School Direct Teacher Training

School Direct recruitment portal is open for applications for 2019

Places are available for September 2019 in primary and special schools for non-salaried (tuition route) positions across our Alliance.

Applying for for School Direct places

Applications for the School Direct Programme are made through the UCAS portal. To apply for one of our places search for “Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance – code 1RW” in UCAS Teacher Training.

About us

Castlebar School is the lead school of the Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance which includes other special schools and mainstream primary schools. We have a highly experienced staff team across the Alliance and ongoing staff development and training is always a key priority. We have a strong commitment to supporting Initial Teacher Training and work closely with our partner universities.

School Direct is a school-based teacher training route led by schools in partnership with universities and SCITTs. Together we can provide training which blends the theoretical study of learning, teaching and child development with practical experience in the classroom.

Our School Direct pathways lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

Our Initial Teacher Training programme is tailored to individual needs and aspirations. Whether you are a recent graduate or you are considering a change of career, our programme will give you the best foundation for a great career in teaching.

We look for ambitious, enthusiastic graduates who show a demonstrable passion for working with young people and have a wide range of skills, knowledge, experience and an aptitude for teaching.

Working closely with St Mary’s University we have an established record of supporting and bringing new talented teachers into the profession. You will be well supported by experienced teachers in our partnership schools.

Trainee teachers work in a home school within our Alliance for the majority of their training, all judged to be outstanding or good by Ofsted.

What are the benefits of School Direct?

You can expect lots of support and focused feedback and targets to help you make good progress towards being an outstanding teacher.

You will benefit from:

  • A dedicated Mentor to support and guide you
  • Ongoing CPD opportunities
  • Caring and supportive staff
  • Opportunities to visit other schools within the Alliance

How is the School Direct programme funded?

For details of student finance, bursaries and scholarships go to:    

Applying for School Direct:

Those wishing to make an application to our programmes must fulfil the criteria before making an application.

Entry requirements:

  • UK university degree or recognised equivalent of 2:2
  • Five GCSE awards at grade C or above, including English, Mathematics and a Science subject
  • Show that you can communicate effectively in both spoken and written standard English
  • Demonstrate your suitability to train to teach
  • If accepted, obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure and any other required clearances and complete DfE provisional registration requirements
  • Meet the requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach
  • Successfully pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before entry to the course

Once you have applied through UCAS we will invite you for to an assessment day. This will include an interview, classroom observation and written task. If you successfully complete all stages of the assessment day and meet our entry requirements we will offer you a place on our School Direct Programme in September 2018 and place you in one of our partner schools that have engaged with us for school direct.

If you are interested in joining this vibrant community and starting your career within our Alliance please contact us on 020 8998 3135 for an informal chat or by email at

More information about School Direct can be found on the DfE website: School Direct

To find out more information about teaching opportunities, visit the DfE Get Into Teaching web-site.