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School Direct

School Direct (PGCE with QTS)  

Addison is a member of the Essendine Alliance School Direct program. School Direct is a school-based approach to teacher training, which in many ways mirrors the life of a ‘real’ teacher, as students are based in school from the very start of the training and for the majority of the course.  School Direct is a government-led initiative that seeks to place schools at the centre of Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Working with Roehampton University, schools will take a leading role in recruiting trainee teachers and in designing and delivering the training programme. It is expected that the schools within the Essendine Alliance will employ the teachers they train.


The two School Direct programmes are:

1. School Direct Training Programme (salaried), open to high quality graduates with three or more years’ professional experience. The School Direct Training Program (salaried) provides an employment-based avenue into teaching, where the student is employed by the school as an unqualified teacher and their salary and training is subsidised by the Teaching Agency. This route replaces the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP).


2. School Direct Training Programme, which is open to all graduates. The trainee usually receives a bursary at a level determined by the subject/phase of training and the trainee’s degree class. Training costs are funded through the payment of tuition fees by the trainee (with the help of a student loan). This route is similar to a one year Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), but with schools in the lead.


Each trainee will have the opportunity to gain a PGCE and 60 masters’ credits, whilst developing their essential classroom based skills.


Within Addison and the Essendine Alliance we strive to offer the best training, continuously reviewing and improving our provision for the School Direct Program.


Alongside Addison the schools working within our alliance are:



Essendine Primary School is the lead ‘School Direct School’ in the heart of Maida Vale. Working alongside our partner schools we offer a range of salaried and training positions across primary and nursery school settings, with an unusual yet exciting advantage of linking both inner city and rural schools. At Essendine we strive to be the best, continuously reviewing and improving our practice with a young dynamic workforce, wonderfully inquisitive children within a welcoming environment. Essendine sets high expectations and believe only the best will do for the children and their staff.


St Clement Danes CE Primary School - Westminster

An upbeat school in the heart of theatre land and Westminster. We are a highly committed, inclusive, Christian School that strives to deliver academic excellence through a curriculum bursting with creativity.


Dorothy Gardener Nursery Centre - Westminster

We play a leading part in the development of the UK Early Years Curricular and part of the Westminster consortium of 4 nursery schools developing the Early Years Teaching Centre. As lead role in Queen’s Park Children Centres we offer a full range of integrated children and family services for our area.


Queens Park Primary School - Westminster

Queen's Park Primary School is a thriving, friendly community school committed to providing the best possible education for families and their children.


St Luke’s C of E Primary School

This is a Christian school and we seek to provide education in a caring Christian environment. We are committed to enabling each child to develop his or her potential, intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We will value, celebrate and enjoy the cultural diversity that our children bring to school and promote mutual respect.


St Mary's C of E Junior Academy

This school is set in rural surroundings on the outskirts of Long Stratton in Norfolk, 10 miles south of Norwich. We are very privileged to have a school which has many modern facilities but with a tradition of being at the very heart of the local community.