School Direct Initial Teacher Training

School Direct is an employment based training route for individuals wishing to gain Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE whilst working in a high performing school supported by experienced teachers, within a network of local training schools.

The Lambeth Teaching Schools Alliance offers both salaried and non-salaried School Direct programmes at primary and secondary level, we work with over 15 schools each year to provide up to 30 places for high quality ambitious trainees looking to start their teaching careers within our diverse dynamic central London borough. Our programmes are accredited by our partners Roehampton and Kingston Universities and our trainees have access to their world class training and facilities.

We have been running School Direct programmes for several years, and offer excellent access to employment opportunities once qualified through our network of local schools. Over 90% the trainees in our 2018-19 cohort have gone on to secure NQT positions in Lambeth.

Recruitment for School Direct programmes starting in 2020 is currently open! We are recruiting for;

  • General Primary salaried and non-salaried (Salary offered at least £21,000)

  • Primary with maths non-salaried

  • Bursary route secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computing, Languages, Geography, English, RE (Bursaries of up to £28,000 available)



An information evening for potential primary and secondary applicants will be held on October 8th at Lilian Baylis Technology School, 323 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5BZ, from 5.30-7.30pm. We will discuss the different routes into teaching, features of our School Direct programmes, application and interview process and characteristics of the range of partner schools we work with. We will also discuss the bursaries on offer and our subsidised zone 1 accommodation.  


We are also happy to arrange visits from prospective applicants during the school day, please contact Amy Lesik at the LTSA for details.


To book a place or for any other queries please email Amy Lesik at or call us on

0208 6166 766