Secondary – School Direct Tuition fee



Training providers

County Upper School is a lead school for the Schools Direct Tuition fee programme delivered in partnership with suffolk and norfolk initial teacher training and is a member of the pgce (m) partnership with uea.

Both are recognised as being high quality, leading edge providers of initial teacher training with strong records of nurturing trainees into the profession. Unlike many other routes into teaching, both courses lead to the award of the prestigious Post Graduate Certificate in Education in addition to QTS and Masters level credits.

Why should you choose school direct training?

You will be following a school-based programme of study highly rated by previous students and Newly Qualified Teachers. Throughout the year you can expect to be closely supported by a team of specialist school-based staff as well as mentors from either SNITT or UEA.

The focus is very firmly on providing a personalised and well supported programme, based very much around your strengths and needs. There is the flexibility to ensure that the training takes place at a pace suited to you; your teaching increases as your understanding grows. Supported by tutors and mentors you gradually acquire the skills to have confidence in front of students and become a high quality teacher by the end of the training year.

You will find that the training year will be challenging but there is a very experienced and supportive team, made up of experienced school mentors who are experts in their field and SNITT/UEA mentors who are able to guide trainees every step of the way.

How is the course structured?

The School Direct Tuition Programme sees you based in a real school environment right from September. You are closely supported throughout the course at a pace that suits your needs – your teaching commitment gradually increases through the year as your understanding grows.

Trainees are students and so are not employed by the school which gives you the flexibility to undertake your training at a personalised pace to suit your needs.

What will happen in the training year?

During the year you will be placed in two schools within the consortia where you will work with secondary age pupils. Throughout the programme you will attend curriculum subject training and Professional Development sessions, delivered by experienced tutors from UEA and SNITT as well as experienced teaching staff from partnership schools.

Both UEA and SNITT will allocate you those schools from within the consortia which are best suited to your needs.

Which subjects do we offer?

The subjects that we offer, across our consortium of schools are:
Physics*, Chemistry* Maths* and MFL
English, Geography, History, Computer Science*, Music, Biology and PE
Art, DT, Business Studies, Media Studies, Sociology, Psychology, RE and Drama
* Trainees with a 2:1 and above can apply for a scholarship.

Full details of bursaries and tuition fees can be found on the SNITT website finance page

For more information regarding bursaries and scholarships please visit

County Upper is a Lead School for Secondary SCITT and we have a number of placements available. However, there are further training places offered at other schools in our cluster.

How to apply

Applying through SNITT? – Follow the link to the snitt website for details on how to apply through county upper school.

Applying through UEA? Follow the link for university of east anglia

Full information on the application process can be found on the ucas website.

UCAS have released a selection of videos for applicants including information on the application process and requesting a reference. in addition there is a video for referees on providing a reference

The UCAS Teacher Training application system for the Academic Year 15-16 opened on 28th October 2014.

We strongly advise early applications for our training routes.