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St. James' CE Primary School

School Direct with the St James' Partnership

**All School Direct (Salaried) Places for 2017-18 Have Now Been Filled**

School Direct  is a one-year initial teacher training (ITT) programme that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), and provides schools with the opportunity to deliver in-school teacher training. St James’ C of E Primary based in Bermondsey, is the Lead School for the St James’ Partnership.

The School Direct (salaried) programme is aimed at graduates with a 2:2 or above, and a minimum of three years’ work experience (in any field). Within our partnership we expect applicants to have (or be planning to have) at least 10 days’ classroom-based experience.

If your qualifications were obtained outside of the UK, they will need to be checked by UK NARIC to ascertain whether or not they are equivalent to UK qualifications at the same level.  This must be done BEFORE you submit your application.

It is also a government requirement that all applicants to initial teacher training pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy BEFORE the start of the course. You can only sit the tests once you have submitted an application for an ITT course, but it is important to start practising even before you apply. More information can be found here.

Successful applicants will be employed as unqualified teachers either at St James’ or in one of the schools within our partnership (see list below) and will be paid at point one of the unqualified teachers pay scale.

Partner Schools



Dalmain Primary


John Stainer Primary


Rotherhithe Primary


St James’ C of E Primary


Farnborough Primary


We work in partnership with Kingston University to deliver the School Direct programme. Kingston was awarded a grading of ‘Good’ by Ofsted for its Initial Teacher Education provision during their 2015 inspection.

We will also offer trainees who demonstrate that they can effectively manage the additional workload, the option of studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice and Pedagogy (PG Cert) as they train.  Trainees will be required to meet the £1,500 cost of the course.

The PG Cert programme at St James’ is run by Professor Rosie Raffety through The University of West London. It is anticipated that as in previous years, the PG Cert training will take the form of fortnightly twilight tutorials. 

If you have any further questions at this stage, please contact Ros Osawe, on

0207 237 3111 or at: