The Seven Kings Learning Partnership is proud to offer primary and secondary teacher salaried training through School Direct, a school-based teacher training route which is similar to the GTP. Trainees work alongside highly experienced classroom practitioners and have more of their training in school.

As a Partnership we have vast experience in Initial Teacher Training and are proud of our achievements in turning inexperienced trainees into outstanding teachers and leaders of the future. Many of our trainees now hold positions in middle and senior leadership roles across the Partnership and East London. It is expected that trainees will go on to work within their host school or group of schools although there is no absolute guarantee of employment. All our School Direct Trainees who have completed the course have achieved employment at the end of their training year.

Throughout your training you will be supported by a mentor and be part of bespoke learning communities. We believe that investing in people’s training is vital to those people becoming the outstanding teachers that we need in this profession. Our trainees really appreciate the one to one guidance they get from their mentors and their departments and schools. They enjoy meeting the other trainees across the Partnership where they take part in professional learning activities but also get a chance to share their experiences within their teaching practices.

You will have seminars at our linked universities where you will explore different pedagogical ideas and learn different techniques to practise in the classroom.

You will receive regular feedback on your teaching practice with support and guidance on how to plan and deliver lessons as well as improving your practice within the lesson.

We are proud of our awarded Cradle to Grave programme of training and the exciting programmes we offer for ITT across our schools’ networks. We are proud of how many teachers we train remain in the profession and are making a real difference in schools in this area impacting on the lives of children across East London.

Our School Direct training is delivered in partnership with the Institute of Education (University of London) and the University of East London.

We offer three routes into teaching:
A School Direct tuition fee route
A salaried School Direct route
An Apprenticeship in Teaching Route

Courses do vary from year to year. At present we offer the following programmes:

School Direct Salaried

This is an employment-based route into teaching where the trainee is employed by the host school as an unqualified teacher. In the salaried route your fees are paid and you receive a salary of approximately £19,000 per year on a one year contract.

Candidates must be graduates with three or more years’ relevant experience but not necessarily in education.

We are asking our salaried trainees to teach from day one and would expect them to have some experience leading lessons or sessions with young people. 

You will have your own timetable and be responsible for your own classes for 4 days a week. On the other day you will attend university lectures. You will be given assignments to complete and you will receive QTS at the end of this.

School Direct Training Route (non-salaried)

This is a PGCE based course; in the tuition route you pay the fees of up to £9250.

This is a more gradual introduction into teaching.

Initially you will attend lectures at your university and then by October you will start going into schools. You will observe lessons and then slowly start to take parts of lessons before taking responsibility for a full lesson and then sequences of lessons. You will be supported in preparing and delivering these lessons throughout your time within your teaching practice.

Both courses last 1 year in length and all School Direct places will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) but not a PGCE.

Teaching Apprenticeship

This is similar to the Salaried School Direct Route. You will be in class for 4 days a week and attend lectures and seminars at your university for the other day. You will have a timetable from day one and be responsible for your classes. You will receive support from your mentor and your school as well as having a bespoke programme where you get to meet up with other trainees across the Partnership. There is an End Point Assessment which usually takes place in October.

You are supported in all three routes on the course within school and receive support and training by our HEIs as well. 

We place you in schools across our Partnership; we are part of a partnership of schools (many of which are outstanding schools), which is looking to develop exceptional candidates into the outstanding teachers of the future.

The Seven Kings Learning Partnership:


Aldersbrook, Barley Lane, Christchurch, Cleveland Road, Fullwood, Manor, Mossford and St Ursula’s


Caterham, Frederick Bremer,  Heathcote, Isaac Newton Academy, King Solomon, Little Ilford, Mayfield, Oaks Park, Seven Kings,  Valentines, Wanstead, Willowfield 



School Direct Places

We are offering a mixture of salaried and non - salaried places in 2020/21 in the following subjects:

Salaried: Primary, Maths, Science, English, Economics

Non Salaried: Biology, Chemistry, English, Economics, Geography, History, Physics, Maths, MFL

Entry requirements

  1. Degree classification: 2:2 or above

  2. The degree must be in related academic subject area (secondary places)

  3. Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics (primary applicants need a C in GCSE Science) (Or a grade 4 or 5 depending on which route you apply for.)

  4. For the salaried route, you must have at least three years of full-time work experience to be eligible to apply

  5. Trainees will be required to pass the skills tests before starting the course (preferably prior to interview). This will need to be completed by June 1st at the latest

  6. School experience (e.g. observation) before applying to the course is highly favourable

The application process will be open from November 2020 through the Department for Education’s online application portal:

We intend to contact short-listed candidates from December for interviews from January.

Please note: acceptance onto the programme is subject to passing all the relevant qualifications and DBS checks.

If you have any queries, you can contact us directly at

For more information about tuition fees and maintenance please visit

We look forward to your application.