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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 Teaching School 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.

Whitmore High School is the lead school in the Harrow Collegiate Teaching Schools' Alliance comprised of Bentley Wood High School for Girls, Hatch End High School, Harrow High School, Haydon School, Nower Hill High School, Ruislip High SchoolSalvatorian College and The Harefield Academy.

Click here to see a map of our school locations.

Our partnership of schools are conveniently located with excellent links to public transport, which means trainees can engage with more than one school in the partnership. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences.

We are passionate about developing the next generation of outstanding teachers. We are looking for graduates with passion, enthusiasm and commitment to join us in transforming the life chances of our students through exceptional teaching.

For 2017-18, we are seeking to fill 47 School Direct places across our partner schools and we are working with three different university providers to achieve this (King’s College, London; Middlesex University, Hendon; and UCL Institute of Education).

Training with HCTSA schools gives you the unique opportunity to experience a broad range of teaching environments, with all our schools aiming to provide the highest quality teaching and learning for their pupils and the trainees they are developing.

Our partnered schools all offer you the opportunity to train to teach with excellent, experienced teachers in dynamic learning environments that foster talent. Within the HCTSA there are extensive opportunities for future professional leadership development including an excellent Masters Programme with St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Our region has a number of major employers with which the partnership works to provide genuine employment links and experiences for students and staff.

Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

In addition to the above, we offer:

  • Access to all teaching practices in excellent schools in an outstanding borough;
  • Experience in genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain experience of both challenging pupils and also some exceptionally high achievers;
  • School-based tutorials as a group led by experienced members of the Leadership team and school staff;
  • Learning in schools that share a strong commitment to child centred hands on learning rooted in an exciting topic based approach;
  • The chance to train amongst highly committed, positive, professional staff;
  • Exceptional employment opportunities, 100% of our recent trainee cohort secured NQT positions after completing our School Direct programme

The opportunity to become part of a school community thus gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of secondary teaching.

School Direct at UCL Institute of Education


Studying at Middlesex University