School Direct offers a unique training route to achieving qualified teacher status (QTS) and aims to attract the highest quality candidates.

In order to apply for a place on the School Direct programmes in the Three Rivers Learning Trust you MUST have:

  • A UK undergraduate degree with a first or 2:1 classification, or recognised equivalent qualification

  • A GCSE grade C or above in English & Maths

  • A GCSE grade C or above in Science, if  you are applying to teach primary

  • Extensive, recent and relevant experience in a mainstream classroom with appropriate age phases prior to interview

  • Evidence of an interest and enthusiasm for teaching children

  • Strong subject knowledge of the subject you wish to teach for secondary applicants

  • Successful completion of the National Numeracy & Literacy Skills tests 

You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously known as a CRB) to verify your suitability for working with young children.  

If you have studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.


In addition, all candidates applying for ITT courses are required to pass the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting the teacher training. The Three Rivers Learning Trust and University of Northumbria are unable to accept applicants onto the course until evidence can be provided that these tests have been successfully completed. The offer of a place will be conditional until these tests have been completed. Please go to www.education.gov.uk/teachskillstests  for further information.