School Direct was developed as a response to demand from schools to have greater control and influence over the training of teachers. School Direct provides the opportunity for schools or partnerships of schools to apply for Initial Teacher Training places. St. Joseph's Catholic Primary school has chosen to work with Leeds Trinity University as part of the Catholic Schools Partnership. This ensures CSP schools have more control over what training is provided and how it is delivered, ensuring the best teachers are recruited where they are most needed.
Through this scheme, schools within the CSP recruit the trainees they want, and the trainees are expected to go on to teach in their school, or another school in the partnership, once qualified.