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What is School Direct?

Do you want to make a real difference to the outcomes of children and young people living in the capital?

Do you have the skills and abilities that would make you an outstanding teacher?

Are you interested in finding out more about training ‘on the job’ in high performing schools?

We are looking for exceptional candidates to train with the Harrow Collegiate  Alliance as part of the School Direct Programme. To join us you will need to have a passion for your subject grounded in academic achievement as well as a deep commitment to working with young people to transform their lives through education.

School Direct is a national teacher training initiative, which offers an exciting opportunity to train alongside outstanding practitioners, gaining valuable knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that will enable you to start your personal journey towards becoming an excellent teacher.

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What are the training routes available to me?

See Routes to QTS by clicking here or on the left-hand menu.

School Direct (Tuition Fee)

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a school-led, one-year initial teacher training programme that equips our trainees with a wealth of classroom experience, a full Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE/PGCert), and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), subject to successful completion of the written assignments and passing the Assessment of Teachers Standards (ATS).

This route is also referred to as the Non-Salaried or PGCE route. This programme is run by our experienced team of educators, whilst also benefiting from the academic rigour and expertise of the staff at our partner university (Middlesex University).

You will work closely with an experienced mentor and will undertake school placements in contrasting settings. Whilst you are a part of the team from day one, you are not expected to teach classes independently until you and your school feel you are ready.

Places are self-funded; you may be eligible for a student loan and for a tax-free bursary of up to £30,000 as you have to pay tuition fees of £9,250 to Middlesex University, our training provider.

School Direct (Salaried)

The School Direct (Salaried) route means that you are employed for the maximum of a year by one of our partnership schools. You are paid at least point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay spine.You do not have to pay any fees for your training as your employing school pays these on your behalf.

This route is designed for candidates who have had some experience in the workplace (i.e. if you have been working full-time or part-time in paid employment).

At the end of your training year, you will gain a full Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCert) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), subject to successful completion of the written assignments and passing the Assessment of Teachers Standards (ATS).

Although there is no guarantee of employment upon successful completion of the training year, we have an excellent record of trainees gaining employment at their host schools or at another local school within the Alliance.

For more information, click here to download the Salaried programme overview.

Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship begins with an intensive, centrally delivered introduction at the start of June. The induction in Term 1 covers core aspects of the school curriculum:

  • features of effective learning and teaching;
  • how pupils learn and how teachers facilitate learning;
  • behaviour management;
  • assessment;
  • planning effective learning for all learners, including those with special needs (SEND);
  • English as an additional language (EAL);
  • and planning differentiated learning that meets all young learners’ needs.

During this time, there will be a focus on developing the apprenticeship group, sharing and disseminating practice together, collaboration and teamwork in learning, planning and teaching. Apprentices will undertake audits of skills, experience and knowledge in relation to the programme requirements and the Teachers’ Standards. These will be used to build a personalised learning plan that you will maintain throughout your apprenticeship working in close partnership with the Middlesex University team to develop your evidence for assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.

For more information, click here to download the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship programme overview.