School Direct

School Direct

Kingston University, School of Education offers a number of School Direct training and salaried places in partnership with Lead Schools.

The list of schools with whom we are working with in academic year 2017/18 has not yet been published. Listed below are schools we are working with from September 2016.

School Direct Training Route (Primary)

  • Chipstead Valley, Coulsdon Surrey
  • Latchmere School, Kingston upon Thames
  • Perseid School, Morden Surrey
  • Westbourne Primary, Sutton


School Direct Salaried Route (Primary)

  • Belleville Primary School, SW11
  • Chipstead Valley, Coulsdon Surrey
  • Latchmere School, Kingston upon Thames

These schools are Lead schools in established alliance partnerships with other schools, and as well as training primary teachers, Latchmere School and Chipstead Valley School are also supporting Secondary Teacher Training.

If you are interested in undertaking your training in one of the above schools and studying at Kingston University, we would welcome your application via UCAS. You will need to apply directly to the Lead School who will review your application. If you are short-listed, you will be invited for interview at the Lead School and if successful, will be offered a conditional place on the programme. Please note your placement school may be different to the Lead School.

Entry criteria

  • A 2:2 or above UK honours degree (you must have a subject specific degree if applying for secondary)
  • GCSE English, maths (and science for primary) at grade C or above
  • Recent classroom experience in the relevant phase

You will also need to pass the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before you begin the programme and obtain Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Medical Clearance. Please note the DBS and medical checks will be undertaken by Kingston University once an offer is made.

Course information for Primary

School Direct training

  • The course begins in September 2016 when you will be required to attend Kingston University, although you may be expected to attend your placement school prior to this. Please liaise with the Lead School contact for further information.
  • The structure of the course is the same as PGCE Primary mainstream which means you will spend your time at the University with PGCE students until you begin the Phase 1 School Experience placement in November 2016. There are Creative Practitioner and Preparatory weeks in February and March 2017 respectively which will help you to prepare for Phase 2 of your school experience beginning in April 2017 and your required written assignments.
  • You will be awarded the Qualified Teacher Status and PGCE with 60 Masters level credits upon successful completion of the programme.

FEE: The fee for the course is £9,000 (candidates are eligible for student loan and bursaries where appropriate).

School Direct salaried

  • You will only be required to attend the enrolment session at the Kingston University on in September 2016 (date to be confirmed). All other days will be spent at your placement school.
  • Your training will be provided according to the school’s approval training plan.
  • You will be awarded the Qualified Teacher Status upon successful completion of the programme.
  • As a School Direct salaried trainee, you will receive an unqualified teacher’s salary as an employee of the school and because of this you are not entitled to any financial support.