School Direct

From October 16th we will be recruiting for September 2019 entry and would love to hear from you!

Applications can be made through UCAS Teaching Training using the ‘Apply” system found here. We are listed as Montpelier Primary School (West London Teaching Alliance). You can find us by typing the postcode W5 2QT or our UCAS code 2F3.

Click above to watch an Institute of Education video about School Direct. We offer both salaried and non-salaried School Direct Training routes in partnership with Roehampton University.

What is School Direct?


School Direct courses are based on schools looking to directly train newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Designed by groups of schools in partnership with a university provider (in our case Roehampton), the schools recruit you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

The qualification gained is a PGCE which is recognised internationally and you will also get a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. Successful completion will give you 60 Masters level credits, which can be carried forward to further study.

You’ll train in at least two schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses. You may also be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.


Types of training places and funding:


There are 2 types of School Direct training places available.


School Direct (tuition fee) places

These places are open to all graduates and funded by a tuition fee of £9,250 paid by you. To find out if you’re eligible for a training bursary or scholarship, please click here.

School Direct (salaried) places

These places are aimed at graduates with work experience. Trainees are employed and paid as an unqualified teacher while your tuition fees at Roehampton University are for by us.

Why train with us?

Led by Montpelier Primary School, judged outstanding by Ofsted, the West London Teaching Alliance has a collaborative School Direct partnership of 9 primary schools in the London Borough of Ealing. Dedicated to delivering excellence in education as well as first class teacher training, the WLTA works in partnership with Roehampton University to offer an exciting and innovative School Direct programme.

With a record for delivering high quality professional development for teachers, our training practice is well known in Ealing and, consequently, the WLTA now delivers Ealing borough’s induction training for newly qualified teachers. Montpelier is both a National Support School and a National Teaching School and provides support for other schools to strengthen teaching, learning and leadership at different levels. The school is well resourced and support is available from existing teachers and leaders who are committed to develop teaching in order to enhance and improve opportunities for children.

Providing comprehensive and fully supportive guidance from our mentors, the WLTA gives trainees a unique chance to become grounded in a broad and balanced range of specialisms and an opportunity to experience a day at every one of our School Direct schools. Highly skilled practitioners at Montpelier, North Ealing, Lady Margaret, Oaklands, Viking, St John’s, St Mark’s, West Twyford and Derwentwater primary schools will each offer a full day of training. Trainees can also choose to take part in further elective options.

To find out more about each of the schools in our teacher training partnership, please visit their web pages at:


About our training programme:

With the WLTA, trainees will have the opportunity to become immersed in the culture and ethos of a diverse group of schools and will benefit from working alongside experienced and supportive teachers. Trainees will learn about best practice with training in the following areas taking place in our 9 different schools.

Training Days:


  • Behaviour management
  • Reading
  • Art of writing
  • Maths
  • Science
  • EAL
  • Assessment
  • Pedagogy
  • SEN
  • Dealing with parents
  • Values Based Education
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Health
  • Speech & Language / Communications
  • Computing

Our training locations and placement schools are locally based across Ealing – applicants must be happy to travel.

Elective Training Days:

  • Philosophy & Debate
  • Forest School
  • Singapore Maths

Our training locations and placement schools are locally based across Ealing – applicants must be happy to travel.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are required to have, or are expected to gain:

  • A good degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution of 2.2 or above
  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above
  • 2 A levels or equivalent

Applicants must be a graduate with a minimum of a 2.2 degree although applicants with a 2.1 or 1st class degree will be seen as more desirable. Graduates will need to be able to demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching. Applicants can apply from any degree subject discipline; however applicants will need to demonstrate how the skills, knowledge and understanding developed within the degree are applicable to primary teaching. Applicants who are currently retaking a GCSE or awaiting a degree classification will be offered a conditional place if successful on interview until the grade can be confirmed.

Additionally, all trainee teachers who start initial teacher training programmes in England must pass the Department of Education’s professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can start a training programme. For further information about these skills tests, visit the Department for Education’s website: here.


Applicants must have:

  • An informed professional reference to support their work experience.
  • A reference containing a strong recommendation that they are suitable to train as a primary school teacher.

Experience within the past 2 years of working with children in a school or other settings would be helpful but, in addition to academic qualifications, we will consider the full range of knowledge, skills and prior experiences of every application in judging whether the applicant is capable of meeting the requirements.

Personal Attributes

Applicants must articulate a clear and appropriate reason for wanting to teach children

  • Convey commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching
  • Demonstrate openness to learning and self-development
  • Demonstrate a desire and passion to teach young children
  • Demonstrate the correct use of standard English

It is preferable that all applicants gain some insight into what is involved in being a teacher, this does not have to be paid work in a school it could be in an informal environment such as brownies, sport coaching or summer school.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the specific entry requirements detailed, the following DfE Requirements must be met.

All candidates must:

  • Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach
  • Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring enhanced disclosure check
  • Have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the required DfE Teachers’ Standards
  • Communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English
  • Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher
  • Have passed the professional skills tests in English and mathematics prior to the start of the programme

What are we looking for?

We are interested in applications from trainees who will bring enthusiasm, self-organisation, resilience, determination and motivation to the teaching environment. You will be passionate about ensuring every child succeeds and be driven by a desire to make a difference.

Successful candidates need to enjoy working in teams, have the ability to deal with a heavy workload and be adaptable, considering different elements of pedagogy. Staff must also be reflective, welcoming feedback to improve provision within a professionally secure environment. We look to employ professionals with secure interpersonal skills, empathy and a good sense of humour.

How we select our trainees:

Applicants who successfully meet the entrance criteria will be invited to an assessment day and will be interviewed by our panel before sitting a 45 minute written task.

You will also be asked to take part in a teaching activity in which you bring in and talk to the children about something of personal significance.

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