School Direct

School Direct 2016-17

Applications for 2016-17 are now OPEN.

To apply, please go to


Our teacher training programmes on UCAS will be found under
'Harrow Collegiate Teaching School Alliance', postcode 'HA2 0AD'.


For any queries regarding the training programmes listed on the UCAS Portal,

please contact


What is School Direct?

The School Direct model is a school-led teacher training route, where participating schools recruit and select their own trainees with the expectation that they will then go on to work within the school or cluster/federation of schools in which they were trained, although there is no absolute guarantee of employment. School Direct places are offered by a school or group of schools in partnership with an accredited teacher training provider. An applicant can expect to gain placements and training in schools with experience of initial teacher training, including some of the new teaching schools judged as outstanding by Ofsted and which excel at training and developing their staff.

Why School Direct with the Harrow Collegiate Teaching School Alliance?

Whitmore High School is an outstanding school which is committed to transforming the lives of young people through inspirational teaching. We are the Lead School for the Harrow Collegiate Teaching School Alliance (HCTSA) and offer high quality training programmes across a range of secondary schools in and around Harrow. We have a unique ethos which allows young people to flourish and thrive. To find out more about us, please explore our website and view our prospectus.


We are looking for exceptional candidates to join us as part of the School Direct Programme. To be a successful teacher training candidate 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.

The Harrow Collegiate Teaching Schools Alliance is comprised of Canons High SchoolHatch End High SchoolHarrow High SchoolPark High SchoolNower Hill High SchoolRooks Heath CollegeBentley Wood High SchoolThe Sacred Heart Language CollegeKingsley Special SchoolKingsbury High SchoolHaydon SchoolAlperton Community School and The Jubilee Academy. We work in conjunction with University College London Institute of Education (UCL IoE) and King's College London (KCL) to train suitable candidates for teacher training, on routes that lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


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.

We try to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers alike feel valued and supported. We have worked with trainee teachers for many years and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community.

Our partnership of schools are conveniently located, 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.

Students across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do. Both staff and students are ambitious and confident. Many consistently out-perform their national peers and make significantly more progress.

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.

What are the benefits of training with us?

We pride ourselves on the high quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that is accessible across all HCTSA partner schools. We deliver nationally recognised CPD courses by practitioners, for practitioners enabling all colleagues to benefit from personalised CPD that is pertinent to their role, responsibilities and setting.

We have a track record of involvement in high quality Initial Teacher Training, developing trainees all of whom in recent years have been graded Good or Outstanding at their final assessment. We develop networks across our partner schools to ensure that all trainees are able to benefit from liaison with their peers, sharing good practice and widening their awareness of aspects of teaching and learning at other schools.

Last year 100% of our trainees secured jobs from both within the HCTSA and further afield. We support all trainees with the applications procedure including offering tailored interview practice where required.

What are the entry criteria?

  • All of our training programmes require candidates to successfully pass the QTS Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests before the programme commences. We would advise all prospective candidates to ensure that adequate time is given to preparing and taking these tests, as failure to complete these will disqualify you from reapplying for teacher training for a period of 2 years.
  • Experience working with young people is vital, and we would expect candidates to have a minimum of 2 weeks experience in secondary school in the UK ideally directly related to the course that they are applying to. We would advise candidates to split this experience across two schools to ensure that the application can demonstrate a full understanding of the UK educational environment.
  • If you are offered a place on a Teacher Training programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS). A satisfactory certificate is a condition of entry to the programme, as we need to assess your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults.
  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

Non-Salaried PGCE Programmes

  • For the non-salaried PGCE programmes we require a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject.

Salaried Programmes

  • For the salaried programmes, these are for high calibre graduates with at least 3 years' work experience. This experience does not have to be from an educational setting as career changers can bring valuable skills and experience to the profession.
  • A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject is required. Salaried route students are subject to an Enhanced DBS check and a health check which is undertaken by the host school.
  • You must also have an entitlement to work in the UK.


Please note: preference will be given to applicants with a 2:1 classification or higher although we will consider a 2:2 degree for exceptional candidates.

IOEThe Benefits of School Direct at UCL IOE

The institute looks forward to the opportunities to collaborate with schools in the new School Direct arrangements for employment based teacher education. We have designed an innovative framework for this which we have called internship. Schools will be able to determine which route they would like to take. There are two School Direct Internship routes with the IOE:

Internship: a salaried route to QTS which effectively replaces the current GTP programme, and is Teaching Agency (TA) funded and self-funded. The Salaried Route will include 15 days IOE-based training, leading to (optional) 30 Masters credits* and recommendation for QTS. No PGCE is attached to this route. The IOE based training could be delivered via days spread throughout the school year plus an intensive one or two week summer school: e.g. one week before the teaching year, and one week after it.

Internship Plus: a school direct route to a PGCE qualification, based on adaptations to a more conventional PGCE. Using the extremely successful IOE PGCE structure as a template, the IOE will develop continued adaptations to meet school need in a strongly school-based model. This route ensures a school takes the lead in recruitment. Internship Plus leads to a PGCE qualification, 60 Masters credits* and recommendation for QTS. It will include 40 days IOE-based training.

Benefits from engaging in internship with the IOE include:

  • Building a relationship with IOE for closer collaboration on initial teacher education, continuing professional development and research.
  • Raising standards in teaching and learning, and exploring new forms of pedagogy.
  • Collaboration and partnership with the leading research-based centre for teacher education in the UK and Europe.
  • Accredited initial teacher education.
  • Access to short courses, Masters programmes, professional doctorates and the PhD programme for experienced staff.
  • Reliable quality assurance in assessing the trainees against the Standards and making a recommendation for QTS.
  • Kite-marked association with IOE.


All candidates must be high quality (generally interpreted as a degree with 2:2 classification or above). For the salaried route, trainees must have three years work experience. This does not have to be over one continuous period, but should ensure that the candidate has sufficient experience of paid employment (totalling 3 years).

In all routes, at least two schools must be involved during training.

Places are available at Whitmore High School and in our fourteen partner schools across Harrow and the local area. Our training providers are Kings College London (Classics and RE) and the Institute for Education (all other subjects).

To find out more information about School Direct, please visit the Department for Education website at


To read more about the School Direct training programme at the Institute for Education, go to


To read more about the School Direct training programme at Kings College London, go to

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