School Direct

School Direct

We are currently recruiting for September 2020 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 the University of Roehampton.

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a government-led initiative that seeks to place schools at the centre of Initial Teacher Education (ITE).

Managed by groups of schools in partnership with a university provider (in our case, the University of Roehampton), participating schools recruit you as a School Direct Trainee with a job in mind for you following your successful completion of the year-long course. 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.

Further information on School Direct at the University of Roehampton can be found here.

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 a salary as an unqualified teacher while their tuition fees at Roehampton University are paid 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 4 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 the University of Roehampton to offer an exciting and innovative School Direct programme.

As a National Teaching School, Montpelier Primary School has a record for delivering high quality continuing professional development for teachers and our training practice is well known in Ealing. Montpelier is also 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 developing teaching in order to enhance and improve opportunities for children.

Providing comprehensive and fully supportive guidance from specially trained School Direct mentors, the WLTA gives School Direct trainees a unique chance to become grounded in a broad and balanced range of specialisms and an opportunity to experience the setting at every one of our School Direct schools. Highly skilled practitioners at Montpelier, Lady Margaret, West Twyford and St Raphael’s primary schools will each offer training to our cohort of School Direct Trainees.

To find out more about each of the schools in the West London Teaching Alliance School Direct partnership, please visit their web pages at:

• Montpelier Primary School

Lady Margaret Primary School

West Twyford Primary School

St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School

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.

In addition to the training received at the University of Roehampton, trainees will learn about best practice with training in the following areas taking place in our 4 different schools.

Training Days:

Mathematics: Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract Approach
Mathematics: Mastery and Depth
English: AFL and AOL in Teaching Reading and Writing
English: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
National Curriculum Requirements
Science: Earth, Space, Light, Forces
Science: Animals including Humans

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

Elective Days:

The WLTA School Direct training plan includes a number of Elective Days where the topics for training have been selected by the WLTA in order to give Trainees a broad, fully-rounded curriculum of professional development opportunities. The Elective Days topics include:

• Understanding the Professional School Environment: Appraisal, Professional Conduct, Governance
• Religious Education
• Humanities
• Time Management for Teachers
• Using Circle Time Through PSHE
• Developing Learning for Pupils with English as an Additional Language
• Understanding the Pupil Premium Grant
• A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Children in Your Class
• Curriculum Depth: Gaining Insight and Understanding

Entry Requirements

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

• A good degree of the 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.


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, sports 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

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 Literacy paper and a 20-minute Numeracy test.

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.


“During September 2018 to July 2019, I was enrolled on the School Direct Programme at Montpelier Primary School. Whilst challenging and daunting it was an extremely rewarding and insightful year.


Teaching was a sector that I had previously had little experience with and therefore felt extremely nervous and apprehensive to start the course. However, I feel little else could have prepared me best for my NQT year.  The ‘hands-on’ placement year meant that I got to know the routines and procedures at Montpelier Primary School well and this well-equipped me for the current academic year.


At times during the year, I doubted that I would be sitting here as an NQT due to the huge demand for you as a practitioner. However, I feel privileged to have had the support of fantastic mentors at both my ‘home’ school and placement school who fully supported my progress. In addition to the support of mentors, I was fully supported by my university tutor and lecturers. Additionally, within the alliance, Raj works tirelessly to ensure the programme is running with ease and that all students are happy with the training provided.


Throughout the programme, we received valuable and thought-provoking training from a range of professionals working within schools and in other areas of education. I found it very rewarding to visit other schools for this training rather than being based in one particular school for the year. It provided me with opportunities to meet other teaching staff, see how other schools operate and become familiar with how schools work in conjunction with each other across the borough. I fully recommend the School Direct programme to any potential trainee.”

– Daisy Carew, Year 2 Teacher at Montpelier Primary School & WLTA School Direct Trainee 2018-19

The Teacher Training Partnership