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St. James' CE Primary School

School Direct with the St James' Partnership

The application round for 2018-19 opens on UCAS on Thursday 26th October 2017

Our UCAS code is: 1VN

Course code: 2CXM

We will be recruiting for 20 School Direct (salaried) trainees


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. 

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



John Stainer Primary


Rotherhithe Primary School


St James’ C of E 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 Rafferty through The University of West London. Current St James’ School Direct trainees undertaking the PG Cert training attend fortnightly twilight tutorials.

If you have any further questions at this stage, please contact Helena Moore, on 0207 237 3111 or at: