School Direct: Train to Teach

Train to teach with our School Direct Primary or Secondary programme to become a qualified teacher with a PGCE, QTS and 60 Masters credits!

Train to Teach: School Direct

Whether you aspire to be a primary or secondary teacher, our School Direct programmes are exciting, school-based training routes for recent graduates and career changers. You learn ‘on the job’ with school placements, excellent training and lots of support.

Get into Teaching

We work alongside the University of Huddersfield, over 57 partner schools, our MAT schools and MAT external initiatives to help you become the best teacher you can be. Our programme takes one year to complete and on average we have a 98% employment rate. You will be in school, teaching from the start, giving you the practical experience to feel confident in a classroom from the day you graduate as an ECT (Early Career Teacher.) We also offer a FREE laptop, DBS check, SMART Notebook access and the entire Microsoft office package to help you get started!

Each Wednesday morning, we have two webinar slots available for you to meet our Primary or Secondary leads, ask questions and see if our one-year school direct PGCE course is a good fit for you and your future goals. – Click to book a slot with Sue or Elaine!

Support you’ll receive

Within our course, your time will be divided between the TIE Hub, University of Huddersfield and your placement schools. You will receive constant support from our School Direct leads, a personal university tutor and a placement school mentor. We understand that it’s a big decision to become a teacher and so we want to ensure our trainees feel the support from our entire team at all times.

100% of our 2021 Trainees said they felt supported during their training year!

With a close-knit Institute of more than 57 primary and secondary schools across Calderdale and West Yorkshire and in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield, TIE has the expertise, resources and skilled support to put you ahead of the rest as you begin your teaching career. Check out our 63 initiatives and partner schools that help to inform and support the development of our programme…

Your time on the course

During your time at the TIE Hub, you will learn alongside other trainees on your course while attending lessons lead by partner school speakers and TIE staff. Your time at the university will focus on specific subject knowledge in your chosen topic, allowing you to become outstanding in your field. While, days in your placement school allow you to gain practical experience, applying the knowledge you’re learning on the course in real-time. On average, we have a 98% employment rate, with an incredible 50% of our 2020 trainees securing employment with their placement school, demonstrating the incredible professional relationships that can be fostered during our training course!

Hear from Calum Harris who is now a teacher at one of his placement schools, Trinity Academy Halifax.

Trinity Academy Halifax take on School Direct trainees

Achieve top qualifications

Both our primary and secondary programmes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a valuable Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and 60 credits towards a Masters degree, should you choose to continue your studies. To qualify for most of our courses you need a 2:2 or above at University & a passion for all things education.

Why choose our School Direct Programme?

Here are just a few great reasons!

  • Train alongside outstanding leads and teachers
  • Friendly, helpful support from start to finish
  • Gain more classroom experience than on a ‘standard’ PGCE course
  • 98% of our graduates secure their first teaching post before the end of their course!
  • Excellent, varied training and learning techniques help make your course engaging, exciting and super-effective!

How do I apply?

Take a look at our handy guide to help you through the DfE application process.


Take a look at our Prospectus below or head over to our Helpful Downloads page that asks you to sign up to our mailing list to read our Information and Interview Booklets!