Between October 2012 and April 2013, 65,040 applications were received for School Direct places starting in the 2013 to 2014 academic year. This represents applications from 22,490 applicants.
There have been 34,130 applications for secondary school teacher training places, and 30,910 applications for primary school places.
The most applications have been received for key English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects - English, history, maths and modern languages - and for physical education.
Applications by subject to School Direct training programme and School Direct training programme (salaried)
||School Direct training programme
||School Direct training programme (salaried)
|Art and design
|Design and technology
|Social sciences/social studies
Source: School Direct portal 30 April 2013
Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:
School Direct is a response to what schools told us they wanted. It gives schools a greater role in selecting and recruiting the best trainees – those who have the potential to be great teachers. It enables schools to choose the staff they need.
Schools have requested as many as 9,440 School Direct places. It is now for schools to decide how best to use these places to meet their needs. It is right that schools will be selective, choosing only the best graduates and those best suited to the school.
There are 2 School Direct programmes open to graduates:
- the School Direct training programme is a fee-based programme - paid for by the trainee through the Student Loans Scheme - which offers well-qualified graduates the opportunity to train in a school
- the School Direct training programme (salaried) is an employment-based route available to graduates with 3 years’ work experience and ensures trainees are paid a salary while they train
These figures are available via the School Direct website.