School Direct

Lambeth Teaching Schools Alliance


What is School Direct?

School Direct is a year-long, school-led training route, designed to ensure that the trainee has a diverse experience that allows them to develop their skills as a teacher. Participating schools recruit and select their own trainees with the expectation that they will then go on to work within the school or Alliance of schools in which they were trained, although there is no absolute commitment on the part of the school or trainee.


Why train with us?

The Lambeth Teaching Alliance is a network of schools that work closely together to support teaching training. Immanuel & St. Andrew is an outstanding school and we work in the partnership with similarly high performing, welcoming and successful schools in South London.


Our partnership schools include;


  • Wyvil Primary School (Lead primary UCAS ref 1F9)
  • Vauxhall Primary School
  • Ashmole Primary School
  • Stockwell Primary School
  • Henry Fawcett Primary School
  • Sudbourne Primary School
  • Henry Cavendish Primary School
  • Woodmansterne Primary School


Our partnership comprises a range of schools which vary in both size and cultural mix to provide a school based learning opportunity in partnership with Roehampton 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?

The Lambeth Teaching Alliance is seeking to appoint excellent applicants to train as teachers through the School Direct Programme for the academic year 2018-2019.


We are currently offering places for the Primary School Direct (unsalaried) and Primary with Maths (unsalaried). Trainees may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000.


We are looking for inspiring and energetic trainee teachers committed to helping children make progress in every lesson, every day. We are committed to our motto "Excellence for all. Excellence from all."


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


For academic requirements for postgraduate teacher training, visit


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.


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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.


Apply here


Further information:

For further information please email Charlotte Thomas at