School Direct


We play a key role in training new teachers through the School Direct PGCE route. We work alongside UCL/Institute of Education and 11 other excellent local Camden schools – Torriano, Kentish Town, Holy Trinity NW1, Fleet, Christopher Hatton, Thomas Coram, Eleanor Palmer, Primrose Hill, Brecknock, Netley, Gospel Oak and Rhyl - to deliver a really successful programme.  Our programme is different because as well as attending all the same lectures as other PGCE students at UCL/IOE, our students get together each week for specific, additional school-based training sessions and they know they will do their placements in a good local school. Last year 15 students graduated and many have jobs within our group of local Camden schools. This year we have 18 students. Reviews from students last year include:

“Being part of such an inspirational group of schools has given us the opportunity to observe outstanding practice. We’re part of a really supportive group and have been welcomed into our schools from the very start.”

“What makes School Direct with the Camden Primary Partnership special is the chance to work and learn hands-on in the best primary schools in the country, each with its own unique teaching and learning ethos and a generosity of spirit in sharing skills , mentoring and expertise.”

We are now recruiting for graduates (please note age is no barrier!) to join our teacher training programme and we’d like to encourage anyone who is interested to make contact - Please email: or phone Fiona or Vicky on 020 7485 2155 to book your place. Lots more detail can be found on the Teaching School website:




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We offer:

  • Access to all teaching practices in outstanding schools in an outstanding borough;
  • Schools that have strong and long standing links with the UCL/IOE;
  • The opportunity to ‘front-load’ the training year with the chance to observe outstanding practice;
  • Experience in genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain experience of both very challenging pupils and also some exceptionally high achievers;
  • School-based tutorials as a group led by an experienced member of the Leadership team;
  • Learning in schools that share a strong commitment to child centred hands on learning rooted in an exciting topic based approach;
  • The chance to train amongst highly committed, positive  professional staff ;
  • The opportunity to become part of a school community thus gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of primary teaching.In addition to the high academic standards expected of applicants, we expect candidates to:
  • Have a commitment to our approach to learning;
  • Have the desire to approach curriculum planning in a creative and imaginative way;
  • Have very high standards for the children and themselves;
  • Be committed to inclusion in terms of social class, race and ability;
  • Have a genuine interest in educational thinking and debate;
  • Have the ability and willingness to continuously reflect, improve and learn from mistakes;
  • Have high levels of interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Have the ability to sustain optimism, energy and a positive outlook under pressure and challenge;
  • Have the capacity for hard work and a sense of humourFor more details about our School Direct link with the Institute please go to For more details about our Teaching School work go to our Teaching School website