School Direct Initial Teacher Training

Luton Futures secondary schools have a range of local training opportunities for enthusiastic graduates.

School Direct Initial Teacher Training places at the Luton Futures schools are offered through Ashcroft High School, our lead school for the School Direct scheme.

Opportunities can be found by selecting ‘Luton Futures’ or ‘Ashcroft High School’ on the UCAS website.

For further information, contact us by email at ProcterL@lealands.luton.sch.uk

School Direct Routes

Luton Futures secondary schools have initial teacher training opportunities available through two School Direct routes.

The routes are:

School Direct Training Programme (tuition fee)
School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

Most trainee teachers follow the tuition fee route but some trainees, usually those with a substantial amount of experience of working in schools, choose to apply for the salaried route.

For information about the two routes, see http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training/postgraduate-routes-teaching/training-in-schools

Applications for 2017-18 have now closed. We expect the application process for 2018-19 to open in late October.


Luton Futures will have the following opportunities for trainee teachers for 2018 - 19:


Tuition fee route








Physical Education

Modern Languages (French and Spanish)


Salaried route






For further information, contact us by email at ProcterL@lealands.luton.sch.uk

Tips for School Direct Applications

In general, take great care to provide accurate, relevant and compelling information that will convince initial teacher training providers of your suitability for the programme.

In your personal statement, clearly illustrate:

Why you want to be a teacher
Passion for your chosen subject
Your ability to work successfully with children, adults and as part of a team
The skills you have to support your role as a teacher

This means taking every opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the realities of teaching, including the challenges and opportunities, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom.

You can do this by including examples of any experience you have of working with young people – perhaps as a classroom assistant, or youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you don’t have such experience, we strongly recommend that you gain experience before deciding to become a teacher.

You should complete your application so that it:

is clear, well organised and easy to read
emphasises the relevance of your previous work and/or studies for the course(s) for which you are applying
provides evidence of your social and communication skills

The online form may time out, so we suggest that you have your personal statement in a word document that you can copy and paste into the form.

Follow these simple guidelines and you should put yourself in a good position to be invited to attend an interview with your chosen training providers, where you will be able to build on the evidence provided on your form.

Train to teach English, maths or science in Luton Futures schools

Luton Futures secondary schools have a wide range of training opportunities for enthusiastic graduates.

Over the last three years, the Luton Futures schools have also offered a number of salaried training positions for:

Teachers with Qualified Teacher Status intending to convert to teach secondary English, maths or science
Qualified teachers from Middle Schools, Primary Schools or Further Education or returning from a career break
Graduates with a degree in English, maths, science or a related subject and substantial experience of working in a school

If you would like to be considered for any future opportunities, please contact us by email at ProcterL@lealands.luton.sch.uk

Newly Qualified Teachers

Luton Futures secondary schools have excellent opportunities for Newly Qualified Teachers.

If you are looking for a great job as a Newly Qualified Teacher for September 2016, we may have the right opportunity for you.

Our Information Days give participants the opportunity to:

Discover Luton
Visit our schools
Meet our students and staff
Meet current NQTs
Apply for jobs in the Luton Futures schools

Details of future Information Events will be available on this page soon.