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St. James' CE Primary School

School Direct with the St James' Partnership

School Direct - Update January 2021

Due to DFE funding being withdrawn we will NOT be offering the school direct funded course from September 2021.

We may be able to offer unsalaried places but we are still investigating how this would work, and how much it would cost students.  If you are interested in an unsalaried post please can you email:

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.

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


Dog Kennel Hill Primary School  Southwark 

St James’ C of E Primary


Temple Grove Academy  Tunbridge Wells 
The Wells Free School Tunbridge Wells

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.

If you have any further questions at this stage, please contact Karen Willis,