School Direct


Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding by Ofsted in March 2019), working with Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance, is now taking 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 (rated Outstanding by Ofsted in December 2016). This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher.

We are delighted to be part of the School Direct programme and look forward to receiving applications from those interested in a career in the classroom – it is a excellent way to learn and qualify to become a teacher, offering candidates support from their future colleagues, who have a wealth of experience. School Direct gives trainees the opportunity to gain practical experience and schools are able to personalise the training to the needs of the individual trainee. All of our training programmes are for candidates interested in teaching in Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One or Key Stage Two.

Heronsgate Hub School Direct booklet

Heronsgate School Direct presentation slides


1.     School Direct Training PGCE Tuition Fee Programme (UCAS Provider Code: 1EE, course code: 247L)
Applications for 2021 start are now open
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). Our trainees will normally be placed in at least two of the following good or outstanding primary schools: Heronsgate, Ealdham, Plumcroft, Wyborne, St Margaret Clitherow or Bishop John Robinson. 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) (UCAS Provider Code: 1EE, course code: 247C)
The Salaried route is now full and we cannot receive any further applications.
This programme is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary whilst they train. This non-modular programme runs for one year and successful completion will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  You will be placed mainly at Heronsgate Primary School, unless you are working in a Heronsgate hub school already.

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

Applications will be shortlisted on a regular (usually monthly) basis until all places are full.  Further information is available here.

UCAS have also produced a video on the application process.

Once you have applied, all communication will be via email. Please make sure you check your email regularly. We will only contact shortlisted candidates.


 We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a passion for learning
  • have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of children in our local area
  • can make a unique and positive contribution to the community
  • have an excellent ability to communicate with children and adults
  • possess excellent self-organisational skills and ICT skills

dscn8896You must have:

  • a good honours degree (2:2 or above)- you must have received the results for this before applying for the salaried programme
  • English, Maths and Science GCSE (or equivalent) grade 4 or above- you must have received the results for these qualifications before applying.
  • evidence of at least two weeks experience in a UK primary school

The school/university will also ask you to fill out an occupational health screening and DBS check before commencing the programme.

 We can offer:

  • access to outstanding practice in teaching and learning
  • access to a diverse range of school settings, all of which are good or outstanding
  • support from trained and experienced mentors
  • experience in an exciting and dynamic locality, in one of the most improved Local Authorities in the country
  • support and development in partnership with the University of Greenwich who have been rated outstanding by Ofsted for their outcomes for trainees, quality of training and leadership.

How to write your personal statement:

When you apply on the UCAS School Direct Website, you will be expected to write a short personal statement. This statement will be used to shortlist candidates. In your statement you need to draw upon your previous studies, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to describe how you meet the 5 bullet points in the ‘We are looking for…’ section above. Where appropriate, give examples to illustrate each point, including examples from your school experience or any other experience you may have of working with children. Your personal statement should be no more than 750 words.

Please also note that when asked in your application to add a main subject for either programme, you should leave this box blank.

If asked to choose whether the programme is modular or non-modular, please choose the modular option for the tuition fee programme and the non-modular option for the salaried programme. Our provider code is 1EE.

RGTSA is committed to safeguarding children and expects all staff to share this commitment. This job is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.