Train to teach

If you are considering a career in teaching, each year our Association offers a number of places on the School Direct programme, which allows you to train to teach in a school of your choosing – with the expectation that you’ll then go on to work there on completion of the programme. Visit the Association website to find out more about your pathways into teaching.

‘The support from my mentor was fantastic, although the year was intense I knew I could always ask for advice and I wasn’t pressured to take responsibility for classes until I was ready.’
James Lillyman, former School Direct maths trainee

Gain classroom experience

If you’re not sure whether teaching is the right choice for you or perhaps you need more classroom experience, then you could apply for the School Experience Programme (SEP). We offer school experience days that involve observations of lessons, the opportunity to meet current trainees and mentors, and discuss the various routes into teaching.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more about your options or book to attend a school experience day then get in touch with us at or visit the Diverse Association for Professional Learning website for more information.