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Working in partnership to train Teachers

At St Peter’s we value working in partnership with teacher training organisations.  Our most established partnership is with the LDBS SCITT organisation who provide a range of teacher training courses.  Primarily: PGCE Early Years (3-7), PGCE General primary (5-11) and on-the-job training through School Direct Primary.

Our long-established partnership with the LDBS SCITT has enabled us to train a range of teachers, many of whom have gone on to work within our school.

Watch the video below created in partnership with the LDBS SCITT to find out about the teacher training options.  Many of the teachers involved now work in our school, or have trained with us.



St Peter’s – Lead school for the School Direct Programme

St. Peter’s Primary School is the Lead School for a partnership comprised several schools working in conjunction with the London Diocesan Board for Schools School Centred Initial Teacher Training (LDBS SCITT) to recruit and train teachers on the School Direct programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

The St. Peter’s partnership of schools has now filled its vacancies for  the  2014-15 academic year.  Information below will be relevant for the 2015-16 academic year.

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school based route into teaching. As a School Direct trainee training with St. Peter’s and our ITT provider, the London Diocesan Board for Schools School Centred Initial Teacher Training (LDBS SCITT), you’ll learn alongside inspiring, passionate teachers with outstanding pedagogical skills whilst experiencing the pleasures and challenges of working in a culturally diverse community in London. We will train you to become successful, confident, effective teachers, well equipped to teach in a dynamic and vibrant London primary school.  As a School Direct trainee you will be employed here or in one of our partnership schools as an unqualified teacher. You will undertake entirely ‘on the job’ teacher training, allowing you to gain the qualifications and practical skills required to become a teacher whilst actually working in our school and earning a salary.

Successful School Direct trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) worth 60 Masters level credits

We’re keen to recruit high quality graduates. Places are highly sought after so please apply as early as possible

These placements are for the salaried programme and trainees will be paid £20,092.  per annum (figures for 2014/15 academic year).

Entry Requirements

We are seeking high quality graduates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career. You will need the following qualifications for entry to the programme:

–        A degree, class 2:2 or higher, awarded by a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification.

–        GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C or above

–        You must pass the professional skills tests(http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional) in Literacy and Numeracy

Applicants’ previous career

You must have a minimum of three years’ work experience.  This experience may be in any career and does not have to be in an educational setting, but should generally apply to the years following graduation.

Classroom experience

A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such it is important applicants make this commitment based on a first hand understanding of the rewards and challenges of working in an English primary school in the 21st century. All applicants therefore need a minimum of two weeks relevant and recent experience in a primary school prior to interview.

Fitness to Teach

You will be required to complete a health questionnaire and satisfy Fitness to Teach requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check. A criminal record won’t necessarily prevent you from becoming a teacher though you will need to disclose any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs and agree to an enhanced criminal check. This enables us to identify those who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Eligibility to study in the UK

If you are not a British national you must ensure via the Home Office/UK Border Agency that you are eligible to study in the UK and, if necessary, have applied for and received all the required visas, permits and documentation to do so before your training begins.

What we are looking for:

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.

We are looking for candidates who:

·         Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of  their pupils

·         Have a positive outlook

·         Are patient and adaptable

·         Have good interpersonal skills

·         Are friendly and approachable

·         Are passionate about teaching

·         Are creative and imaginative

·         Have good organisational skills and excellent time management

·         Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice


We want our candidates to demonstrate the following qualities:

Creativity and commitment – we want to recruit talented and creative individuals, with a passion for teaching and learning across the wide range of subjects taught in a primary school along with a desire to constantly improve their own practice. We believe these qualities will underpin the work of trainee teachers as they seek to challenge and excite their pupils and enable them to develop as confident, enthusiastic and effective learners.

Good communication skills – these are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Stamina and determination – Teachers in schools know that teaching demands stamina and perseverance. We are looking for applicants who show a commitment to high standards and excellence, combined with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of the course and of teaching.

Good role models representative of the local population – We are very interested in all candidates whose applications demonstrate the qualities outlined above and who meet our selection requirements. We aim to recruit a range of good role models representative of the local population. We are also particularly keen to hear from experienced classroom assistants, professionals seeking a career change and those returning to work after a career break.

How to Apply

Candidates’ applications will be processed via the university clearing system, UCAS (http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training). After an initial screen to check you meet the minimum entry requirements your application will be read by an expert panel who will invite successful applicants to interview. The interview will take place here or in one of our partnership schools and is likely to include:

·         teaching – potential trainees are asked to teach something of their choice to the class

·         classroom observation and discussion – after spending time in the classroom, potential trainees will discuss their observations with school colleagues

·         written tasks  – designed to assess the quality of candidates’ written English and their understanding of current issues in education

·         formal interview – panel interview with members of the selection panel


Candidates will be advised of the exact format in advance.


Applicants who are successful at interview will be offered a conditional place subject to:

·         Satisfactory references

·         Satisfactory Fitness to Teach assessment and Disclosure and Barring Service record check (DBS)

·         Satisfactory completion of between 5 and 15 days in one of our schools (this will depend on your experience) if appropriate. The purpose of the additional days in school is to ensure that the School Direct Programme is the right decision for both the candidate and the school. It is also an opportunity for us to gain information about you to inform the initial needs analysis, the setting of pre-course tasks and your personal training plan.


You will work in either this school or one of our partnership schools as an unqualified teacher and you will be paid whilst you train. The salary is in line with the Unqualified Teacher Scale 1 and varies according to your experience, qualifications and the location and circumstances of the school in which you train. You do not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your training but as you earn a salary, you will not eligible for a training bursary. Please see here (link to http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/salary) for further info.

What You Study

It is a Government requirement that you undertake at least 60 days’ training activity per year, separate from your teaching commitment.

Our accredited training provider, the LDBS SCITT will provide approximately 17 training days (more if you are doing the PGCE M level modules) to cover areas including:





Child Protection & Safeguarding

Theories of Learning

Religious Education

Behaviour for Learning

Effective Planning

Working with children with special needs

Voice work

Working with children with English as an additional language

The remaining training days are provided by us as a programme of professional development and will focus on the practical development of your subject knowledge and the craft of teaching. This includes observing other teachers, team-teaching, joint planning, meetings with mentors and subsequent discussion and analysis, subject based tasks and training in venues other than schools.


You will be able to study for your PGCE programme if you wish. LDBS SCITT will offer up to 60 Masters level credits as part of a twilight programme. The advantages of doing the PGCE are that as an academic qualification it demonstrates that you have critically engaged with the research and knowledge base which underpins professional practice. Some schools in the UK and many overseas insist that teachers from the UK have the PGCE rather than just QTS.


A link tutor from LDBS SCITT will visit you at our school at least twice each term to observe your teaching. You will also be assigned a school-based mentor who will monitor and review your progress. This includes a commitment to a weekly mentor meeting including a review of your progress and setting future targets and regular observation of your teaching. You will receive regular feedback that will help you to build on your strengths and develop your skills in those areas in which you are less confident.

All trainee teachers must demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will keep an electronic portfolio of evidence to show that you have done so.

If you would like further information, please see our Entry Profile on UCAS or look at the LDBS SCITT website: http://www.ldbsscitt-teacher-training.org/


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