School Direct

Gipsy Hill

Gipsy Hill Federation is recruiting for School Direct trainees for a September 2018 start.

Why Train With Us?

Kingswood Primary School is the lead school for Gipsy Hill Federation (GHF), a group of 6 primary schools across the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. All our schools provide an optimum learning environment in which high achievement, positive self-esteem, respect and educational excellence are valued by everyone in a caring and supportive atmosphere.

As a School Direct student you will be enriched with maximum peer support across our 6 schools and receive full support from a strong leadership team. You will be based in a class where you will receive support from an experienced class mentor a well as a school based mentor, University supervisor and academic advisor. You will benefit from contributing to a large and experienced team and being a part of a family of schools that provide an outstanding education. We have one mission and that is to provide a world class education to all our children.

The School Direct route at GHF works in partnership with London South Bank University (LSBU).  You will receive the same input from the University as PGCE students and at the end of the year-long course receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE, which includes Masters Level modules.  Students spend a minimum of 1 day per week at University and the rest of their time in our family of schools.

Entry Requirements


Good Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification from abroad. It does not have to be a National Curriculum subject.


GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject. Alternatively, we will accept equivalency tests from only in the above subjects. Please note that the science equivalency test MUST be in combined science. All equivalency tests must be passed by 1 May 2018.

QTS Skills Tests

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be passed before 1 May 2018 or you will not be able to commence on the programme.

Booking the skills tests

Candidates can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. They can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before they attend the test centre.

What you need to bring

Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.  

You'll also need to bring proof of your teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:

  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training
  • correspondence from your school or university
  • a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

Work experience (salaried route only)

You are required to have at least three years' work experience. This experience may be in any career and does not have to be from an educational setting, but should generally apply to the years following graduation. 

School experience

You must have a minimum of 10 days school experience, preferably in a mainstream setting.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for enthusiastic and ambitious trainee teachers who can bring their transferable skills and experience to our learning environment and make a positive difference to our schools and children every day.

It is desirable for you to have worked with children of primary school age and for you to prioritise their safeguarding at all times.

Skills test

It is desirable that you have already taken and passed both Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests.

How We Select Our Trainees


We shortlist trainee teachers who can demonstrate the following, as well as meet our entry requirements:

A personal statement which we will mark against the following criteria:

  • Written in Standard English with no ambiguities or grammatical errors.
  • Your ability to reflect upon what you have learned from your experience in an educational setting
  • Your reflection on how your individual qualities and skills would be in an asset in primary schools.

Your application must be supported by two strong academic and/or employer references. On enrolment original certificates of degree awards and GCSEs MUST be produced.


We will invite shortlisted applicants to an interview.

  • The first part of the interview day will consist of a maths and English test. The results of these tests will determine whether candidates progress to the next round.
  • If successful in your tests, you will be required to give a short presentation demonstrating an awareness of the role of a teacher, as well as some knowledge of current issues in primary education.
  • You will then undertake a formal interview which will include a series of questions
  • You will also be asked to deliver a storytelling session to a class (20 mins max)


About This Training Programme

Course Modules

Level 6 Modules:

  • Key Stage 1 and 2* core curriculum (including maths, English, science and ICT);
  • Professional Studies;
  • Foundation Subjects;
  • School Experience;
  • An Alternative Educational Setting placement

Master's Level Modules:

Compulsory module: Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship.

Options: You will be able to choose an option. The following are examples: SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability); Inquiry based science learning; Raising achievement in mathematics; Exploring mathematics; Connect, consume, create: ICT in the Primary School; Language, literature and learning; Performing Arts; and Early years education.

Funding and Fees

Successful candidates for salaried school direct places will receive a salary on the unqualified teacher scale at point one.

Successful candidates for unsalaried school direct places will be eligible for a student loan.  Fees will be £9,250.

Successful candidates for unsalaried school direct places who choose the Maths Masters Level module and have a B or above in A-Level Maths (or equivalent) may be able to access a bursary.

  • Kingswood Primary School Lower Site
  • Kingswood Primary School Upper Site
  • Elm Wood Primary School
  • Paxton Primary School
  • Crawford Primary School
  • Fernstanton Primary School
  • Glenbrook Primary School
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