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Are you interested in the school direct (unsalaried) training route beginning September 2016? To find out more information about this fantastic training route, attend one of our information events. You will be able to find out more about the programme and application process.

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What is School Direct?

School Direct is a year-long programme, which is designed to ensure that the trainee has a diverse school based experience that allows them to develop their skills in school settings.


Why train with us?

The South London Consortium of schools is an inspirational place to work and learn. Immanuel & St. Andrew is an outstanding school and we are the lead school in a partnership of similarly high performing, welcoming and successful schools in South London. We will pay the university tuition fees for good graduates and it is likely you will be working within the consortium for a minimum of two years.


Our partnership of schools comprises a range of schools and diverse boroughs which vary in both size and cultural mix to provide a school based learning opportunity in partnership with London South Bank University.


Our partner schools have a range of strengths and methods of teaching and our aim is to expose teacher trainees to the various approaches, which they will be able to learn from and adopt to strengthen their own teaching.


What are we looking for?

South London Consortium is seeking to appoint excellent applicants to train as teachers through the School Direct Programme for the academic year 2016-17.


We are offering places for the Primary School Direct (unsalaried) route.


Our partnership of schools


LEAD: Immanuel and St Andrew, Lambeth, SW16 5SL

Archbishop Sumner, Lambeth, SE11 4PH

Parish Church Infant, Croydon, CR0 4BH

St Andrew’s & St Mark’s, Kingston, KT6 4AL

All Saints’, Croydon, SE19 3LG

All Saints’, Lewisham, SE3 0TX

St Mark’s, Lambeth, SE11 5SL

St Jude’s, Lambeth, SE24 OEL

St. John Divine, Lambeth, SE5 0SX


We are looking for inspiring and energetic trainee teachers committed to helping children make progress in every lesson, every day.


Applicants should also be:

  • Passionate about improving children's life chances through education

  • Committed to equality of opportunity for all children

  • Interested in how children learn and develop

  • Ready to inspire and motivate young people

  • Keen to give something back and make a contribution to society

  • Hard-working, dedicated and organised

  • Of all faiths or none and supportive of the work of Church of England schools


About the training programmes

You will be based in the assigned school from Monday to Thursday to complete the school experience element of the programme and be based at London South Bank University on Fridays. The taught course is built around the following elements: Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship, Professional Studies, mathematics education, English education, Science and ICT education, foundation subjects and Option Module.


School Based Training
Applicants will apply to a Lead school and be assigned to either the Lead School or a satellite school for the duration of the programme. Trainees will gain experience in two consecutive key stages as well as an Alternative Education Setting which may be an alternative main stream school or an informal setting. This could be linked with a chosen option module.

Trainees' school experience will be based on a training plan laid out at the beginning of the programme in conjunction with a class teacher, school based mentor and university supervising tutor. All trainees can expect to gain experience in two key stages and an alternative school or educational setting as well as having opportunities to observe examples of outstanding practice.


Immanuel and St Andrews cluster offers a truly school-centred training programme. Trainees are employed in one of our partner schools and involved in all aspects of school life. Through an on-the-job training approach, trainees work alongside experienced teachers to plan, deliver and evaluate lessons. As they become more confident and experienced, trainees take on more whole-class teaching and responsibility for children's learning. They gain experience in at least two schools over the year.


Trainees benefit enormously from working with other participants at the Schools and London Southbank University. You will have plenty of opportunities to share ideas and experiences and to be offered truly tailored provision and personal support at your allocated school.


Centre Based Training
Centre based training involves working at LSBU every Friday throughout the school year. Sessions are made up of practical workshops, seminars, tutorials and lectures.

LSBU has a particular focus on social justice and equality that is well matched to the needs of schools in urban and multicultural areas. At LSBU we encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues.

The success of our PGCE courses has been recognised by Ofsted and we have been identified as a good provider of initial teacher training. Completion and employment rates for our PGCE are both above the sector norms (OFSTED 2014).

All trainees entering the course have the possibility of gaining up to 60 credits at Masters level, which can be used by trainees to count towards the award of full Masters qualifications (such as the LSBU MA in Education) gained via further study after graduation.


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Teaching Methods
The university based sessions are taught through lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials. The aim throughout is to encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues, aims and objectives. We aim to provide a learning community that actively challenges inequality and injustice.

In particular, the module on Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship allows you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context.

You are encouraged to make links between the theoretical and practical elements of the course. We use an interactive model of teaching and learning and trainees will be encouraged to think critically about subjects to inform their understanding of effective methods of teaching and learning and how best to apply these in classroom situation.


For more details and case studies, visit http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/school-direct


What will my training year look like?

You will be placed in a school within the partnership for your main placement. You will be assigned an experienced mentor in school who will support you by meeting with you weekly, by observing lessons, by drawing up a suitable timetable that will develop your skills and broaden your experience.


Your in-school training will include classroom observations, peer observations, working with individuals, small groups and whole classes to deliver lessons, planning in phase groups, mentor sessions and professional development meetings.


In addition to the main placement you will also be placed in a second school for 4 - 6 weeks in the Spring term. This will enable you to experience a different environment and work with different pupils. We aim to ensure that trainee teachers have the opportunity to teach across consecutive key stages or age phases at some point within their two placements.


Teaching responsibility will alter depending on the individual, but will be a gradual development of class responsibilities from group and individual lessons into class responsibility. This will take into account your individual training plans and previous experience.

Entry requirements


Higher Education/Degree Qualifications We give preference to people with a first degree at second class or above. However, primarily, we look to ‘hire character and train skill’ and seek above all else an energetic approach to learning and development.


GCSE and ‘A’ levels GCSE pass at grades A*-C in English, Mathematics and a Science subject by September 2015. What we are looking for: We are looking for inspiring and energetic applicants who are hard-working, resilient and committed to helping children make progress in every lesson, every day.


How we select trainees

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; the process may last the whole day and will be based at one of our partnership schools. All shortlisted candidates will receive information about the format of the day via email.

Contact us

Email: schools.direct@immanuelschoollambeth.org.uk


Apply here