The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance is an established School Direct teacher training partnership.
We offer the School Direct and School Direct Salaried routes into teaching. These are school based teacher-training routes, which gives trainees more time ‘on the job’. Our trainees are successful; since we began training teachers, 100% of our trainees have been graded good or outstanding at the end of the course. Alongside our University partners, UCL Institute of Education (IoE) and The University of Derby, we offer exceptional school-based teacher training in schools which put enjoyment at the heart of learning.

Download our School Direct Information pack here to find out more about our programmes School Direct Information pack.

All applications are processed through UCAS. When applying for the School Direct Programme at the Endeavour Teaching School alliance you will need to search for Endeavour or Tidemill. You can indicate a preference for one of our partner schools on your application.


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








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.