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Five Reasons It's a Brilliant Way to Train as a Teacher

  1. On the Crampton School Direct Partnership, you receive the same training as someone on the PGCE course at London Southbank University meaning you work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) AND a PGCE qualification- which includes masters level modules!
  2. You are placed in a class in your training school alongside an experienced teacher. This means you can build your teaching experience as your confidence grows.
  3. Being placed in a training school means that you can start building relationships with a class from September and can experience how children’s learning develops over a full school year.
  4. The support is fantastic! In school you are supported by a class teacher and a school based mentor; you also have a university supervisory tutor; and an academic advisor at London Southbank University.
  5. London Southbank University is local to the Crampton Partnership and offers high quality training. You will be at LSBU for a minimum of one day each week. (Find out more about London Southbank University here )

School Direct Information Events

Are you interested in the school direct training route beginning September 2016? To find out more information about this fantastic training route, attend one of our information events. You will be able to find out more about the programme and application process.

Information Events:

  • We will be at the Train to Teach Hammersmith and Fulham event at Sacred Heart High School on Wednesday 9th March between 17:00 and 20:00 with London SouthBank University.

Register here

  • You can also visit us at Crampton Primary School to find out about the programme on the following dates: Tuesday 8th March: 9:30 - 10:30: come and see the school in action and find out about one of the school communities you could be working in.
  • Tuesday 17th March: 17:00-18:00: come to one information evenings to find out about the programme, with the chance for you to ask the leader of Crampton’s school direct programme your questions.

To book your place, sign up here

If you would like to find out more, but are unable to make the dates above, contact us at

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a yearlong programme, which is designed to ensure that the trainee has a diverse school based experience that allows them to develop their skills in school settings.

What are we looking for?

Crampton Primary School Direct Partnership is seeking to appoint excellent applicants to train as teachers through the School Direct Programme for the academic year 2016-17.

We are offering places for the Primary School Direct training route.

Our partnership of schools

Our partnership comprises of the following schools:

  • Heber Primary School
  • Grange Primary School
  • John Ruskin
  • Lyndhurst
  • Townsend
  • Robert Browning
  • Cathedral Primary School

Across these schools, we are offering the following positions:

  • School Direct Primary Generalist (training route) - 20 places

We are looking for inspiring and energetic trainee teachers committed to helping children make progress in every lesson, every day.

Apply for a School Direct place.

Why train with us?

The Crampton partnership of schools is an inspirational place to work and learn. Crampton is an outstanding school and we are the lead school in a partnership of similarly high performing, welcoming and successful schools in Southwark.

Our partnership of schools comprises of a range of schools which vary in both size and cultural mix to provide a school based learning opportunity in partnership with London Southbank University.

Find out about London Southbank University here

Our partner schools have a range of strengths and methods of teaching and our aim is to expose teacher trainees to the various approaches, which they will be able to learn from and adopt to strengthen their own teaching.

About the training programme

The primary generalist course (2MBT) Accrediting ITT provider: London Southbank University

This will embody a collaborative approach enabling trainees to connect with experienced school based professionals, whilst also receiving guidance from London Southbank University staff.

As part of the School Direct programme you will follow the highly successful primary PGCE course at London Southbank and have full access to the University’s facilities. For the majority of your time you will be based in school for four days a week, with a day spent at London Southbank University. These sessions will engage with generic and subject specific areas and help you to become a reflective teacher.

All School Direct students will need to complete the following modules: Maths, English, Science and Foundation Subjects: These will be assessed through school based directed activities and subject knowledge audits, reviews and portfolios.

Master’s Level Modules: The compulsory module is Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship. Options: You will choose one further option in consultation with the school.

Successfully completing all aspects of the course will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which also carries 60 M level credits that may be used towards a subsequent master’s degree. The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

You will be assigned a university tutor who will help to create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to the school and guidance with assignments.

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What will my training year look like?

You will be placed in a school within the partnership for your main placement. You will be assigned an experienced mentor in school who will support you by meeting with you weekly, by observing lessons, by drawing up a suitable timetable that will develop your skills and broaden your experience.

Your in-school training will include classroom observations, peer observations, working with individuals, small groups and whole classes to deliver lessons, planning in phase groups, mentor sessions and professional development meetings.

In addition to the main placement you will also be placed in a second school for 4 - 6 weeks in the spring term. This will enable you to experience a different environment and work with different pupils. We aim to ensure that trainee teachers have the opportunity to teach across consecutive key stages or age phases at some point within their two placements.

Teaching responsibility will alter depending on the individual, but will be a gradual development of class responsibilities from group and individual lessons into class responsibility. This will take into account your individual training plans and previous experience.

What is the difference between School Direct and a PGCE?

School Direct and PGCE both have the same outcome; successful completion of the course results in qualified teacher status (QTS) and the PGCE. Which route you choose is a matter of preference. The PGCE is an institution based route. You will complete three placements over the year in a minimum of two schools. School Direct is a school based training programme. From the beginning of the year you will be placed in a class with an experienced class teacher and become a full member of the school community. In addition to your school experience, you will attend university for one day each week. You will also complete a second placement in another school for 4-6 weeks. As a school direct trainee you will be a part of the life of the school and have the chance to gain an understanding of how a school operates over an entire year. If you are somebody who likes hands on experience, or already has experience of educational settings, school direct could be the route for you.

What we can offer you

  • Experience in one of our excellent local schools. Placement in schools in our partnership will give you an opportunity to observe, and be a part of, best practice in education.
  • A training route that enables you to achieve QTS and PGCE with London Southbank as training provider.
  • A personalised school experience that is tailored to your interests and requirements.
  • Bespoke training co-ordinated by Crampton Primary school.
  • Guaranteed support from a class teacher and a school based mentor in your school.
  • Support from the Crampton School Direct Lead Teacher when necessary.

Entry requirements

  • Degree Qualifications: A minimum of a 2:2.
  • GCSE and ‘A’ levels GCSE pass at grades A*-C in English, Mathematics and a Science subject by September 2015.

How we select trainees

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview at LSBU. If successful, they will be invited to an interview at one of the School direct Partnership schools. All shortlisted candidates will receive information about the format of the day via email.

Contact us Crampton Primary School Iliffe Street Walworth London SE17 3LE