School Direct - Secondary

 For enquiries about the various routes into teaching through Davenant Foundation School,
email Suzanne Giles or call 020 8498 6718.

The UCAS portal for applications to this partnership opened in October and you are able to view our training programmes on UCAS now. To search for our training programes  you can find us under The West Essex SD Partnership or by entering the postcode of Davenant (the lead School). We currently recruit for 17 schools.;

Davenant Foundation School acts as a hub school for the School Direct Programme and, with alliance schools, we are recruiting trainees for 2017/18.  In October the process starts again recruiting for the September 2018 intake.  Trainees are recruited and placed secondary schools across Epping Forest, Harlow and Chelmsford. TES Institute will award Qualified Teacher Status and will award a PGCE (the latter will be accredited through TES Institute in partnership with UEL) for secondary route trainees.

Routes and recruitment:

From September 2013, School Direct has offered a new “salaried” route to replace the GTP route. This is an employment based route for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee will be employed as an unqualified teacher for the duration of their training and receive a salary. The salary is expected to reflect subject priorities with Physics, Maths, Chemistry, MFL and Computing attracting the higher salaries. Many shortage subjects are now offering bursaries which compete with the Salaried route.

The recruitment process commences with our Teacher Recruitment Information Event which takes place in the autumn term, when all routes into teaching are represented. All ITT applicants must have English and Mathematics at GCSE Grade C or above. The expectation at Secondary level is that successful candidates will have spent at least three days working in a School on a voluntary basis and will at some stage be asked to teach part of a lesson so that we can judge potential.

For information on School Direct please visit the DfE website.