The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance is a vibrant and exciting partnership of schools which is passionate about finding and nurturing talented individuals to become outstanding teachers. We offer the Salaried School Direct route into teaching, which is aimed at graduates with three or more years’ career experience. School Direct is an employment-based teacher training route which gives trainees more time ‘on the job’. Our trainees have been hugely successful; since we began training teachers, 100% of our trainees have been graded good or outstanding at the end of the course. Working alongside UCL Institute of Education (IOE), a global leader in teacher education, we offer exceptional school-based teacher training in schools which put enjoyment at the heart of learning.

All applications are processed through the UCAS system. When applying for the School Direct Programme at the Endeavour Teaching School alliance you will need to search for the Lead School which is Tidemill Academy. You can indicate a preference for a school offering a placement within the alliance on your application.

To find out more about our partner schools, please click on the links below. click here for more details on how to apply.


To see our FAQs on the School Direct programme please click here.

Read what our trainees have to say about our programme:


I applied for School Direct after working as a Teaching Assistant for two years. This put me in great stead for my training year. I chose this route for Initial Teacher Training because I wanted to be fully immersed in a school environment and have hands on experience for the whole year.

Having the opportunity to observe and learn from experienced colleagues made a huge impact on my teaching and being in the classroom every day meant that I could put lessons I had learnt into practice very quickly.

I received an Outstanding grade at the end of my training year and I am continuing to develop my practice, learning from colleagues and children, all the time. Now, I have come full circle and am a School Direct Mentor.
I could not recommend this route enough.

- Megan, School Direct trainee 2015-16

I chose to apply for School Direct after spending several years after university exploring the world of education where I worked in a SEN unit as a Mentor to secondary school children, a fee paying public school as Support Worker and finally as a primary Teaching Assistant for 3 years. I was able to use the experience that I had during my training year. The School Direct route was able to provide me with a fuller, immersive and hands-on experience where I had daily access to a wealth of inspirational and knowledgeable practitioners. I was able to appreciate the passion and creativity that teachers have for making a mundane learning objective into an exciting and engaging learning experience. Even better than that, I was able to see the impact of those brilliant learning experiences on the children by being part of the school community. My mentor was incredibly supportive throughout the year and encouraged me to implement the practices that I had the opportunity to observe in school or learn about at the University quickly and effectively. The best thing I discovered from choosing this route in to teaching was the way in which it enabled me to develop an ability to interact and build strong relationships with children in such a way that I knew would have a positive and lasting impact. No textbook or lecturer can ever teach you that; the children you are surrounded with each day do. I received an Outstanding grade at the end of my training year and I continue to seek opportunities where I can to develop my pedagogy; once a learner always a learner. It has been two years since I completed my training and I personally think that it was the best choice I made to train to be a teacher.

- Katy, School Direct trainee 2015-16





Applications for School Direct 2018-19
are now closed.
They will re-open in October for
September 2019 entry.


Need school experience?

We offer School Experience Programme Days as part of the School Experience Programme. These days give you an insight into what it is like to teach in one of our primary schools.

For more information click here and apply by registering online with the School Experience Programme.