What is School Direct Teacher Training? Posted on 7 November 2014 by Samantha Vandersteen in Career School Direct is a programme of on-the-job training allowing graduates to qualify as a teacher while they work. The Schools Direct Salaried option is a good choice for people who want to change to a teaching career but need to continue earning while they train. If you are selected for School Direct you will be trained by a school or a group of schools in partnership with an Initial Teacher Training provider (university or SCITT). All applications for School Direct now go through UCAS: If candidates are not shortlisted or are unsuccessful at interview they can go on to apply to other providers. The application process is open from November through until July or until all places have been offered and accepted. School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) In addition to School Direct some training providers can offer School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) which is: a practical, hands-on teacher training programme designed and delivered by groups of schools a programme that is specifically tailored towards teaching needs in their local area training led by experienced, practising teachers a one year – full time programme You can also apply for SCITT programmes through UCAS. School Direct is a very popular route into teaching, especially with career changers. For more information visit our latest School Direct Teacher Training blog.