The SD (Salaried) Route:

What Type Of Course Is This?

This is an employment-based route into teaching intended for high quality graduates with three or more years career experience. School Direct (salaried) trainees earn a salary while they train in their employing school



The school is responsible for paying your salary while you train. This will be at least at the first point of the Unqualified Teacher Scale (which for the 2021-22 academic year was £17,208)



There is a high level of competition for places on the SD course. so we advise that individuals apply as early as possible – ideally in the Autumn term before the year of their training.  Applicants should aim to gain as much experience as possible of working in a primary school prior to applying for a School Direct place and a minimum of six months is expected. SD candidates have an interview first with the Shire as the Training provider and, if successful, a second interview at their employing school 



The majority of training takes place in the employing and second placement schools, including substantial teaching experience. Trainees will have responsibilities for a class from the beginning of the course, teaching the whole class for a minimum of 70% of the time in the Autumn term and 70% of the time in the Spring and 80% in the Summer term. There is also a centre-based training element consisting of 23 days of training based at the Shire Foundation located in Hillborough Junior School, Luton. For this reason HJS/Shire Alliance can normally only work with trainees/schools located within a 30 mile radius of the training centre

Employing Schools:

You may already have a school which is prepared to employ you as a SD Teacher if you are successful in gaining a place with Shire. Alternatively, you may apply to Shire without a school and Shire will help to find you an employing school.  Please note that employing schools should normally be located within 30 mile radius of  Luton.



Please Note:


  • SD awards Qualified Teacher Status but graduates may find that the QTS only route is not widely accepted for teaching overseas. 


  • As there is no longer any government funding for this route, there is a £5,000 tuition fee.  This should be paid by the trainee and/or school.  As this is a salaried route, you will not be eligible for a student loan.  The payment is due in 3 instalments (Sept, Dec and April)"