In this section you will find case studies of schools who share their School Direct experience, together with some other useful documents and links which will help you get an insight into how other schools manage their School Direct programmes.

The case studies below provide illustrations of schools’ experiences of working within partnerships and with ITT providers, managing the recruitment and selection of trainees, designing and delivering training, plus mentoring, developing and deploying trainees following training. They also show how School Direct has added value to their schools and pupils:

Trainees are an additional adult presence in schools and offer a range of additional support opportunities including one-to-one or small group intervention. Many are career changers and bring in valuable insights into the application of their subject in real-life experience. Some have brought in their own contacts who might be used as visiting speakers or work places where pupils can visit. (Kent and Medway Training SCITT)

Primary case studies:

Secondary case studies:

Mixed partnerships case studies:

You may also be interested in the Key questions to shape your School Direct training programme document, which has been developed in partnership with schools and teacher training providers to help schools think through their School Direct approach.

More case studies and resources are also available on our School Direct online community, where schools can share their own School Direct experiences, resources and tips. Everyone with an interest in School Direct can join the community to exchange information, seek advice and collaborate.