This manual is a guide to the operational delivery of School Direct for both schools and providers. The information and guidance contained in the document is relevant to trainees starting in academic year 2013 to 2014 only. The operations manual for the next academic year (2014 to 2015) will be published in the autumn term of 2013.
School Direct was created as a response to demand from schools to have greater control and influence over the training of teachers. It was initially proposed in the 2011 Department for Education (DfE) initial teacher training strategy paper ‘Training our next generation of outstanding teachers’. It was introduced in the academic year 2012 to 2013.