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school direct teacher training

Why train with us?

The Working Together schools are a group of successful and forward-thinking primary schools that want the best possible outcomes for our children. A key ingredient in our continued success is the effective training of our future teachers and leaders through the School Direct programme. You will be based in an outstanding or rapidly improving school in which you will work alongside an experienced teacher and mentor. You will also have the opportunity to spend time at partner schools within the Working Together group to broaden your experience. It is our intention to recruit our School Direct students following their training.

School Direct Training Programme (Salaried) (UCAS code: 26F)

We work with Goldsmiths University to provide an excellent training programme for prospective School Direct trainee teachers. This programme is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates who are looking to become teachers and earn a salary whilst they train. This non-modular programme runs for one year and successful completion will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with PGCE. Go to for more information.

Structure & Timetable

The programme timetable can be viewed or downloaded below.

Partner schools

St Margaret’s Lee CE Primary School is in partnership with the Working Together Group, which consists of

Trinity Primary and Greenacres are also working in partnership with us for School Direct teacher training.

You may have a clear idea of which school(s) you want to work with. For example, you may be currently working in a school as a teaching assistant or volunteer. However, you may be applying for a School Direct placement without a prior commitment to one of our schools. Following the interview process, you may be offered a placement at more than one school and you will need to decide in which school(s) you would like to work. We encourage you to look at the school websites (click on the links above) and even visit them so that you can make an informed decision.

We want someone who:

  • has a passion for working with children
  • has the belief that all children can and should achieve
  • is organised and computer literate
  • is a good communicator and good at working as part of a team
  • is self-reflective
  • is hard-working and willing to go the extra mile

We can offer:

  • training within an outstanding school, as well as access to a range of successful schools in the Working Together partnership
  • support from a highly skilled teaching team
  • the opportunity to work alongside an experienced class teacher and mentor
  • the prospect of working with us, or one of our partner schools, following your training


  • a good honours degree (2:2 or above)- you must have received the results for this before applying for the salaried programme
  • English, Maths and Science GCSE (or equivalent) grade C or above- you must have received the results for these qualifications before applying.
  • evidence of at least two weeks experience in a UK primary school
  • at least 3 years work experience.
  • you will need to undergo an occupational health screening. In addition you will need to have passed the DfE Numeracy and Literacy skills tests by July 2018.  Practice tests and guidance can be found online at:

Application process

  • Applications will be shortlisted on a regular basis.
  • You apply through the UCAS website Further information is available here.
  • Make sure you search for 'Working Together' on the UCAS 'search for training programme' page

  • Once you have applied, all communication will be via email. Please make sure you check your email regularly. We will only contact shortlisted candidates.

 How to write your personal statement:

  • When you apply on the UCAS School Direct Website, you will be expected to write a short personal statement. This statement will be used to shortlist candidates. In your statement you need to draw upon your previous studies, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to describe how you meet the 5 bullet points in the ‘We want someone who…’ section above. Where appropriate, give examples to illustrate each point, including examples from your school experience or any other experience you may have of working with children. Your personal statement should be no more than 750 words.
  • Please also note that when asked in your application to add a main subject for either programme, you should leave this box blank.
  • If asked to choose whether the programme is modular or non-modular, please choose the non-modular option for the salaried programme. Our provider code is 26F.

Shortlisted candidates

If shortlisted, successful candidates will be invited to a participate in a range of tasks, including:

  • a maths test (25 mins, non-calculator – similar to the professional skills test and contain questions along the same lines. Practice skills tests can be accessed here.  GCSE Bitesize Maths may also help with brushing up on knowledge).
  • a writing task (25 mins, analysed for spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as content).
  • a group discussion
  • small group teaching
  • an interview

Throughout the whole process, we are trying to establish whether candidates:

  • have a passion for working with children
  • have the belief that all children can and should achieve
  • are organised and computer literate
  • are good communicators and good at working as part of a team
  • are self-reflective
  • are hard-working and willing to go the extra mile