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Become a Teacher via schools direct


Atlas Teaching School Alliance, led by the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation welcomes high calibre graduates and career changers to train to teach through our School Direct programmes.

We work in Partnership with TES Institute, a designated SCITT to deliver a blended programme of face to face and online learning leading to QTS and a PGCE. We have excellent retention rates with most of our trainee teachers going on to secure permanent teaching positions in one of our schools. We welcome applications from aspirant teachers that want to grow and develop within our Federation


There are two School Direct training routes available:

  • - School Direct salaried for applicants with school experience and three years transferable work history. This route is available in schools with a teacher vacancy in a priority subject
  • - School Direct non-salaried for applicants that require a slower pace of learning and more school based experience. Applicants on this route may be eligible for a bursary that will cover some or all of the tuition fees of £9,250 leading to QTS and a PGCE

Both routes last one academic year and allow you to work in a Federation school as a member of the school team, learning your skills from experienced professionals whilst accessing additional support and mentoring from Atlas subject experts. 

You’ll gradually start to take lessons alongside training and, in time, take shared responsibility for pupils. You’ll also attend school professional studies and benefit from all of the school and Federation professional development and training. Throughout your programme, you’ll have the equivalent of one day per week for your online study and you’ll participate in online learning via an innovative and interactive e-learning platform where you can access course materials, lessons and tutorials, making learning extremely flexible.

Entry Requirements:

  • An Undergraduate Degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • A standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
  • A standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination (for Graduates wishing to train to teach pupils aged three to 11; early years and primary)
  • Three years transferable work history for the salaried route
  • At least 1 reference from a former employer
  • The appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher. These are skills such as resilience, commitment, adaptability, along with good communication skills.



School Direct Unsalaried

School Direct Salaried

Art and design











Modern languages (ML) – French, Spanish and German



Physical education (PE)




Primary maths

Religious education (RE)



How can I apply?

You can apply via UCAS Teacher Training for postgraduate teacher training programmes in England and Wales. Applications will open in October 2020.


So will I have a PGCE after this?

ANSWER: No, however you have the option to add on the PGCE.


I do not have a degree in the subject I want to teach? Can I still be a teacher?

ANSWER: YES! ATLAS teaching school have partnered with TES institute who offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses that will increase subject knowledge.


How many days do I have to attend college/university?

Training with Atlas you will not need to go to college, once you have been offered a placement after the interview, you will receive you TES details that will take you to your account with assignments and resources and a day to allow you to study and complete any assignments.


Funding: Am I eligible?

You may be eligible, this link may further explain how you can apply.

Should you have any more questions, email us on enquiries@atlaspartnership.com