Train to Teach

Thinking of becoming a teacher?

Looking to train in Shropshire?

As a trainee teacher, you could receive a bursary of up to £30k while you train. You could also be the most important influence on a young person’s life. There are opportunities available to train at high-achieving Shropshire schools with the Alliance of Leading Learning,  through the School Direct Programme.

Our Alliance includes 10 Secondary and 21 Primary Schools in Shropshire.

As well as deciding which age group and subject you would like to teach, you can choose from various types of teacher training courses depending on your qualifications, experience, and where you want to train. Before you decide which route into teaching you want to take, you should find out about the common factors that apply across all teacher training courses through this link. If you want your training to be based at a school where you can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one, a school-led training course is for you. You’re selected by the school and are based there during your training. There are specific options available within school environments, such as the School Direct Training Programme, School Direct Training Programme (salaried) or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). These courses are taught on the job with the support of experienced teachers. Lectures or discussions that cover the same material as college-based or university courses make up part of these programmes. The Marches School is a lead school for School Direct and has over twenty years of experience in teacher training, offering innovative, successful programmes in all subjects and primary education. The Marches School is currently in partnership with University of Chester for School Direct.

The University of Chester has been making history since 1839, it is one of the oldest higher education systems in the country. It is a member of the Russell Group which represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

A world class education system requires world class teachers and this unique programme sets out to address this challenge. School Direct is a response to what schools have asked for: more influence and control over the way that teachers are trained. It is a way of ensuring that newly qualified teachers deliver great lessons in schools. School Direct is a way of schools growing their own teachers and future leaders; it can make a key contribution to school improvement strategy and help the continuing professional development of staff.

Can I get financial support?

There is a range of funding options to support you while you train on a SCITT or School Direct course. You can also get up to £30,000 tax-free, depending on which subject you intend to teach.

Tuition fee loan

If you are on a postgraduate teacher training course which is not salaried, you will have to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees vary depending on the course. Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.  No trainee will need to pay the cost of tuition charges up front. They will only pay once they are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000. You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website.


Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. Find out more information about EU or overseas status. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.

Student loan for maintenance

Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on the GOV.UK website

Maintenance grant

Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant. This grant will be means tested and you can apply through Student Finance England. More details about these grants and the funding arrangements for trainees from the EU can be found on the GOV.UK website.


Contact Us

For more details please contact us

Kate Aspinall
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01691 664455
Helen Lloyd
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01691 664452