Teacher Training


Welcome to Swale Academies Trust School Direct

Train to become a successful, confident and effective teacher, equipped to teach across a variety of age and ability ranges. As a School Direct trainee you will gain teaching experience in one of our Trust or partner schools.

School Direct is a school based route into teaching, where as an unqualified teacher you will learn alongside highly skilled and passionate teachers as well as gaining insight into the profession through bespoke training sessions. 

Working in conjunction with accredited local Universities we recruit and train teachers on the School Direct Programme which leads into gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

We have a long history of teacher training and have developed a rigorous and robust training programme.  This consists of a combination of practical and theoretical elements delivered by a dedicated team. We are recognised for our high quality School Direct training with numerous past trainees having developed into highly successful teachers. 

If you are completely new to the profession with no classroom experience, you will be supernumerary and will develop your practice at your own rate.  This is very much a bespoke programme, tailored to the individual.

Successful School Direct trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

We warmly invite you to join the School Direct Programme with Swale Academies Trust.


Mrs Louise Hopkins and Mrs Louise Cox

School Direct Programme Leads