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Teacher Training

Photograph by various teachers, Willow Dene School

Teacher Training

School Direct is a great way to get into teaching with the Royal Greenwich TSA.

This route into teaching will enable you to gain the skills you need to become a teacher. It is a school-led path that includes some of London’s best schools and you could be selected with a job in mind just for you. You could also receive a bursary or salary to help get you started.

Do you…

  • have a passion for learning?

  • have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of children in our local area?

  • want to make a unique and positive contribution to the community?

  • have an excellent ability to communicate with children and adults?

Then we need you to train and work in our schools.

The Royal Greenwich TSA is running School Direct training programmes from many of our Primary and Secondary schools.

We can offer:

  • access to outstanding practice in teaching and learning

  • access to a diverse range of school settings

  • support from trained and experienced mentors

  • experience in an exciting and dynamic locality, in one of the most improved Local Authorities in the country

Our Teaching Schools

The Halstow Hub has established an exemplary reputation locally and nationally for creativity, innovation, and the achievement of the very highest standards. We are part of The Compass Partnership of Schools and work closely together to achieve the best outcomes for children and their families. We ensure a constant focus on current thinking and researchso that our practice is cutting edge.

At the heart of our success is great teaching. It is the teacher in the class who establishes the relationships with every child, enabling all learners to feel safe, and confident to experiment, explore, and question. As a result, we are firmly committed to every practitioner’s professional learning, and therefore place a premium on crafting the highest quality learning experiences for all.

As trainee teachers, you will be engaged in a high-quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme that will run over the course of the academic year. This will enable you to visit all the schools in The Compass Partnership of Schools and learn from leaders in each of them.

The programme will provide you with opportunities to share your experiences with other trainee teachers and find answers to any issues you may have, in a safe and supportive context.

It is said that teaching is the profession that makes all other professions possible. Teachers are the ones who bring about change in pupils’ lives with excitement, enthusiasm and instilling the love of learning in them.

We would like to welcome you to join our Hub to provide quality education for our children, as well as providing you with a School Direct training year that will help you to become a successful teacher.

Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding by Ofsted in March 2019), working with Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance, take a leading role in co-ordinating teacher training.

Across our Alliance we are hosting a number of School Direct places each year in partnership with the University of Greenwich.  This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. We offer School Direct salaried and tuition-fee funded routes into teaching.

School Direct salaried courses take a year to complete, and are a great choice if you want to stay in the world of work. Joining our Heronsgate Hub programme provides a more practical, hands-on learning experience supported by outstanding teachers.  You will also benefit from the immediate immersion in school life and the chance to build lasting relationships with students and colleagues.

We have developed a very strong partnership with the University of Greenwich over the years. Our tuition-fee funded PGCE trainees are supported and guided by Heronsgate Hub schools (all schools in the hub are graded good to outstanding by OFSTED) during their initial and final placements and receive pedagogical teaching at the University of Greenwich.

Training programmes available

Photography by various teachers, Willow Dene School

Applications for the 2019-2020 Programmes at Halstow, Heronsgate and the South Thames Early Education Partnership are now open via the UCAS website

1. School Direct Training Programme PGCE

This modular programme runs for one year and is available to high-quality graduates. Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees will normally be placed in two Greenwich primary schools. There is an opportunity for some candidates to specialise in MFL (French) or Science. Candidates are entitled to a tuition fee loan and may be eligible for a bursary. Full information can be found here.

2. School Direct Training Programme (Salaried)

This programme is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates who will earn a salary whilst they train. This non-modular programme runs for one year.  Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  Trainees will normally be placed in two Greenwich primary schools.

The aim at the end of your training is that you will be employed in an Alliance school.

Our two Lead Schools and the South Thames Early Education Partnership offer School Direct programmes:

Student teacher complaints regarding the School Direct programme will be referred to the University of Greenwich for consideration according to its published procedures.

Secondary School Direct Training Programme (PGCE)

Applications for the 2019-2020 Programmes can now be made via the UCAS website

This programme is led by Thomas Tallis secondary school, will run for 36 weeks, and is available to high-quality graduates. Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). The programme comprises two elements; university-based teaching (with either the University of Greenwich or Goldsmiths University) and school-based experience. Practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools, where student teachers are allocated subject-specialist mentors who offer feedback and guidance. During both placements there is the opportunity to develop your subject teaching, supported by specialist teachers. As well as covering all aspects of the National Curriculum and addressing all relevant government standards, this programme helps trainee teachers to develop as effective teachers. Sessions with our University Partners cover a range of topics, including planning lessons, assessment of pupils and classroom management.

We offer the following subjects: Biology, Maths, MFL, Chemistry, Art & Design, Drama, English & Media, P.E., Physics, and Music.

You must have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) and an appropriate level of subject knowledge in the chosen subject

  • English, Maths or equivalent: Grade C or above

  • Evidence of at least two weeks experience in a UK secondary school.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Shona Elliott at Thomas Tallis by emailing  

The NPQML and SL programmes are led by James Wolfe Primary School and Plumstead Manor in partnership with the Institute of Education.

NPQML:  for those who are, or are aspiring to become a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team

NPQSL: for those who are, or are aspiring to become a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities

Content for NPQML – 4 days (face to face sessions)
  • Leading with Impact

  • Leading Teaching and Learning

  • Leading Partnerships

  • Leading Strategically

Content for NPQSL -5 days (face to face sessions)
  • Succeeding in Senior Leadership

  • Leading Teaching and Learning

  • Leading with Impact

  • Leading Partnerships

  • Leading Strategically


Course costs have not been confirmed as of yet but will be in the region of £795 (middle leaders) and £995 (senior leaders).

Applicants can find out more information about the new qualification on the website –  – you will need to log in as a guest. This is the link to use when applying for the course.

You can also contact David Westerby for further information @