School Direct

School Direct Route Into Teaching


At FIPC we believe that teaching is an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. We pride ourselves on having a proven track record over the past 20 years in training excellent practitioners and supporting them in gaining positions within our partnership schools. 


This path into teaching is an excellent way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. It enables those who have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job.

We place trainees in our partnership schools. If you wish to complete your training in a school that is not within our existing partnership (e.g. you may already have a relationship with a school) this may be possible providing it meets our requirements.

This one year course will be based in one school for the majority of the year with a contrast setting placement. Part of the course is theory based and there will be formal training days held in a variety of schools and centres across our partnership. School Direct requires a full time commitment of 5 days per week from September to July and trainees are expected to participate fully in the everyday life of the schools in which they train.

Trainees will be able to choose to train for Early Years and Key Stage 1 (ages 3 – 7) or Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5 – 11). 


To qualify for this school led route the minimum requirement is English, maths and science GCSE grade 4 (or the equivalent) and a degree of a 1st or 2:1, although applicants who have a 2:2 will be considered. Overseas qualifictaions must be verified as equivalent by NARIC.

Two references are required. 

You must pass both the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests before the start of the programme. 

You must also meet suitabilty requirements incuding health and safeguarding checks. 

A conditional offer can be made pending the above requirements.


There are two parts to the selection process:

  • There will be an observation of a short teaching activity within the school.
  • Successful candidates will be asked to attend a formal interview.

If there is anything further you wish to know about the School Direct Route please contact, Dr Helen Tyler, FIPC Director, on 07948373053 and she will be happy to answer any questions and talk you through the UCAS application process.


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