School Direct

Latchmere Teaching School Alliance is an outstanding lead school which has a bespoke and proven programme for those who want to follow the salaried primary route and gain a Qualified Teacher Status award on completion.

For those who want to take the primary or secondary training route, we will work with Kingston University to achieve this and gain a PGCE award on completion.

This will be our fourth year of school direct training options.

The LTSA have a variety of exceptional and experienced partner schools. These good or outstanding schools have many years of experience in training teachers. School Direct has proved to be a very successful and creative training route for our recruits over the last three years.

Currently Cranford Community College is our secondary alliance member and will be delivering the training with Kingston University for the places we have available in Maths Science and Languages.


Advice to Applicants for School Direct Places

All applications must be made via UCAS

When applying for School Direct places with the LTS Alliance ensure that you take every opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom.

You can do this by including examples of any experience you have of working with young people – perhaps as a classroom assistant, or youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you don’t have such experience, we strongly recommend that you get some before deciding to become a teacher.

You might also complete your application on the UCAS system in such a way as to:

Ahead of completing your Personal Statement you may wish to familiarise yourself with the schools within the LTS Alliance by looking through our individual school websites and obtaining any official literature.  Please see the LTS Alliance website for the information about our alliance members.
Follow these simple guidelines and you should put yourself in a good position to be invited to attend an interview with the LTS Alliance, where you’ll be able to build substantially on the evidence you provide on your form. The LTS Alliance wishes you every success with your application.

Candidate requirements (essential):

Please note: We are able to accept equivalency tests from some recognised providers.  Please use to check when completing your application.

Further requirements

All students starting an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course from September 2013 are required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme ( You should submit an application as early as possible via UCAS teacher training (applications open early October) and then make arrangements to take the skills tests.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

Recruitment process

Successful completion of this course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS) or a QTS with postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE)

School Observations – both routes

You will need to have recently spent some time observing lessons in a UK primary or secondary school before submitting an application. All observational experience should provide an opportunity to gain insight into teaching, learning and reflection upon the professional responsibilities of teachers.

If you are applying for Maths, Chemistry, Physics, MFL or Computer Science, it is suggested that you register with the School Experience Programme who will work with you to find up to 10 days observations within state schools. For other subjects, you should contact with schools in your area to see if they can offer you any observations.

Latchmere Teaching School Alliance looks forward to hearing from you.