Initial Teacher Training  – Schools Direct

Richard Hale School is proud to offer opportunities for Teachers to complete their Initial Teacher Training through the Schools Direct Program.

We work in close partnership with the University of Hertfordshire to ensure that trainees get an exceptionally high training experience.

Your course will be a mixture of practical classroom experience supported by our experienced teachers and mentors, as well as face to face time with experts in education at the University of Hertfordshire.

There are two possible routes you can explore when applying with us.

Schools Direct Salaried route

This route will lead to you being employed by the school and receiving a regular salary on the unqualified teacher pay scale.

You will work in the school for 4 days a week under the expert guidance of experienced qualified teachers and mentors who will support your day to day development.

Following successful completion of your training year you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and will be ready to commence your Early Career Framework as you start your career as a teacher.

Schools direct Unsalaried

You may wish to pursue the fee paying route into teaching.

The course structure will look very similar, however it will be less immersive allowing you to get used to your new role as a teacher at a slower pace.

This route will not only allow you to gain your qualified Teacher Status but you will also be awarded the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well.

You will be responsible for full payment of the course fees to the University of Hertfordshire however you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan, and for some subjects you may be eligible for a scholarship.

Application window

The School Direct application cycle closes on Monday 26 July 2023, with final interviews scheduled no later than Tuesday 4 July 2023

Course requirements

  • GCSE or IGCSE English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure). (English literature is not an accepted alternative).
  • GCSE or IGCSE Mathematics Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).
  • Please note that we do not accept equivalency qualifications for GCSE English and Maths,
  • An honours degree (2.2 or above), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by ENIC.
  • Usually we would expect the degree to have a minimum 50% content of the subject in which the applicant is applying.


Full details of entry requirements can be found for the University of Hertfordshire website: Entry requirements | Study | Uni of Herts

More information

 For more information on routes into teaching and available scholarships

Inspire the next generation | Get Into Teaching GOV.UK (


For more information on the university of Hertfordshire’s Schools direct program.

Teacher Training / Initial Teacher Education | Study | Uni of Herts


To view our available positions and to apply

Apply for teacher training – GOV.UK (


If you have any questions or wish to discuss training opportunities at Richard Hale School please contact Terry McCarty