School Direct

School based teacher training

As an Academy we offer two School based routes into teaching through our partners; The John Taylor SCITT and Nottingham University.

(The John Taylor SCITT)

(Nottingham University)

These two routes are in addition to our PGCE partnership again with Nottingham University. Information about this approach can found on the link: 

A brief overview of the two school based courses:

School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT):

SCITT programmes are delivered by a network of schools and focus on training as you teach.

School Direct (fee-funded):

School Direct (fee-funded) programmes are delivered by groups of schools in collaboration with a SCITT or university. The content and structure of a School Direct course is broadly similar to a SCITT course, each providing school-based training.

Many SCITT and School Direct (fee-funded) programmes give you a PGCE or PGDE (an academic qualification) in addition to QTS.

As an Academy, we offer the following benefits of studying with us:

  • Opportunity to train across a wide range of subjects

  • Working within a cohesive and supportive faculties

  • Experienced mentor to guide you through your training year

  • Trust wide training on a wide range of different areas of teaching from how students learn to working with students with special educational needs and disabilities  

  • The Academy has 1 to 1 iPad’s therefore you will receive an iPad and a laptop to help with preparation and delivering of lessons

Views of two previous trainees:

“I have been on such a long journey through The de Ferrers Trust. I started out at De Ferrers as a student, and then completed my teaching training and now a teacher of Design and Technology. The de Ferrers Academy have shown me so much ongoing support through my career and the enrichment opportunities have made me the person I am today” 

Miss O Eaglefield – John Taylor SCITT – Art and Design (2020/21) now teaching Design and Technology within the Academy

“I've thoroughly enjoyed training at The de Ferrers Academy! Working amongst such a successful, supportive department has been a definite highlight. Each member I have worked alongside has happily given their time to share their expertise and aid me in becoming the best teacher I can be!”

Miss A Gregory – Nottingham University – Mathematics (2021/22) will be joining the Mathematics team from September

For further information about getting into teaching please visit: 


To apply for either a SCITT or School’s Direct use the following link: 


If you wish to ask any further questions or arrange a tour prior to applying please contact

Carl Roberts (Initial Teacher Training Coordinator) on