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School Direct

School Direct is a new route into teaching. Whether you have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years School Direct offers a brilliant teacher training opportunity. Okehampton Primary School, in partnership with Exeter University, are offering both salaried and non-salaried School Direct placements for 2016-2017. We are calling for applications from the most able graduates in the region.


Your training will be based in our school, learning on the job alongside outstanding practitioners with all the support and guidance required for success close at hand. We are currently offering 6 School Direct placements for the 2016-17 academic year. The resulting qualification is accredited as a PGCE with QTS.



Salaried School Direct

Applications for the 2016-2017 Salaried Programme are now open via the UCAS website
This programme is available to high-quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary whilst they train.

Non-salaried School Direct

Applications for the 2016-2017 Non-Salaried Programme are now open via the UCAS website
This programme is available to all high quality graduates who meet the criteria below to a very high standard.

Both programmes run for one year and successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a passion for learning and consider themselves to be lifelong learners
  • have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of children   in our local area
  • have an excellent ability to communicate with children and adults
  • possess excellent self organisational skills and IT skills.


You must have:

  • a good honours degree (2:1 or above)- you must have received the results for this before applying for the salaried programme
  • English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade B or above, Science GCSE (or equivalent) grade C or above - you must have received the results for these qualifications before the course commences in September 2016.
  • evidence of at least two weeks experience in a UK primary school
  • if you are applying for the Salaried programme you must also have at least 3 years work experience.
  • take the DfE Numeracy and Literacy professional skills tests and ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.


In order to submit your application, you will be required to confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for School Direct.

We can offer:

§  an individualised training programme for all trainees

§  access to outstanding practice in teaching and learning

§  access to a range of school settings within the Dartmoor Cooperative Trust

§  support from trained and experienced mentors.


Our training programme is tried and tested


Joe trained at Okehampton Primary School through our School Direct Programme qualifying in 2015. He is now one of our team of Reception teachers and was also winner of Exeter University’s Ted Wragg Award 2015.

"As a graduate of this training course, I can say with confidence that the support I received during my training has enabled me to become the reflective, resourceful and highly motivated practitioner that I am today. Working alongside the staff and students of Okehampton Primary School has offered me a wide range of opportunities from which I was able to gain valuable experience, skills and support that were essential to my developing practice. I can safely say that training as part of Okehampton Primary School’s dedicated and encouraging teaching team is a fantastic start to any teaching career."


Please pay us a visit!

We welcome visits from anyone interested in applying to train with us. In fact we recommend that all applicants arrange to visit our school before completing the application process.

Please contact the school to arrange an appointment or for further details.                      

admin@okehampton-pri.devon or  01837 52866



As part of the application process you will be required to submit a personal statement. This is your opportunity to explain why the school should offer you a place on the programme. As there is considerable competition for places, we recommend that you spend some time writing, drafting and checking this before submitting your application.


Useful websites

  • UCAS


  • To find out more about funding visit


  • Exeter University School Direct