Advice and guidance on finding a placement through School Direct Advice and guidance on finding a placement through School Direct

Building on our excellent OFSTED grades, a long standing and strong partnership with regional schools that has been highly praised by our external examiners, and very high levels of satisfaction among our PGCE students and Newly Qualified Teachers, we are delighted to be involved in the development of School Direct.

School Direct is an exciting development in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA. The programme has been developed between the University and partner schools in response to the changes in Initial Teacher Education implemented by the Department for Education.

School Direct at UEA

You will study for a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education with an additional award of 90 Master's credits – PGCE(M). The course will lead to you gaining qualified teacher status (QTS). As a School Direct trainee you will study alongside and follow the same programme as our Provider-led PGCE(M) students.

During your course you will spend approximately two thirds of your time in school working alongside experienced teachers to develop your practice. Schools who have chosen to participate in the School Direct scheme have carefully selected mentors who will help shape your training. Mentors will work alongside academic tutors at UEA to help you realise your potential as a reflective practitioner and fulfil your aspirations to become an outstanding newly qualified teacher.

For the remaining third of the course you will spend time working with academic staff and peers at UEA to develop subject-specific pedagogy and explore areas of professional development.

Which courses are on offer?

Primary Places

In 2015-6 UEA will be working with the following Lead Schools. Please note that the base school may be different from the Lead School and that you will undertake school-based training in two schools within the consortium. Please click on the relevant link to find out more:

Secondary Places

In 2015-6 UEA will be working with the following Lead Schools across the full range of PGCE subject offered by the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Please click on the links below for further information on the subjects offered.

Please note that the Lead School represents a consortium of schools and that your school-based training may take place in a different school:

You can find out more about the partner schools mentioned above on the Norfolk County Council or Suffolk County Council websites.

How do I apply?

Applications for School Direct places are made through UCAS. Further details about entry requirements and the application process can be found on our How to apply pages. Please note all School Direct candidates will be expected to have passed their QTS skills tests in both English and maths before they begin their training.

Fees and Funding

The fees and funding arrangements for School Direct trainees can be found on our Primary and Secondary Fees and Finance pages.

UEA Open Days

Discover the University campus and find out more about both our PGCE and School Direct routes to become a secondary school teacher:

Date: Friday 14 November 2014
Time: 13:00-17:00 (Welcome and Subject Talks from 14:00)
Venue: Registration/Information Zone (Thomas Paine Study Centre); Welcome Talk (Lecture Theatre 3)
Register your interest to attend

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding School Direct then please do contact us by email: edu.pgce.admiss@uea.ac.uk or by telephone: +44 (0)1603 592855.