As a school-led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs, by utilising the resources of the school and their alliance partners. In addition, at Hertfordshire University you will also benefit from access to the University’s extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.
The School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University. These may include sessions which:
Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas.
Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist areas of the curriculum.
Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.
When you are training with us you will train for the 1st and 3rd term within your ‘host’ school and then experience another school within the Alliance in the 2nd term.
Our lead mentor will visit you within your second setting to ensure you are supported throughout this time along with a mentor being provided every step of the way at the school.
This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then be able to learn your new skills and experience back at your host school.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Broadfields Primary School
Roseberry Drive, Edgware, HA8 8JP
Deansbrook Junior School
13 Church Close, Edgware, HA8 9NS
Fairway Primary School and Children’s Centre
The Fairway, Mill Hill, NW7 3HS
Spur Road, Edgware, London, HA8 8DE
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We accept equivalencies from equivalencytesting.com
Above all else we want to see that you like and can interact appropriately with children and young people. We want to see that you:
like people and can interact with them appropriately
are determined, trustworthy and resilient
show patience and kindness to others, and don’t harbour grudges
can engage peoples’ attention, and adapt to situations as they unfold
You need to be very clear about why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession.
You must complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire. Further details will be sent to you on your offer.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Aim Alliance Schools is a collaborative Alliance of schools made up of both Primary and Secondary Schools. London Academy is the lead school for the Alliance and part of AIM Academies Trust. We recruit, train and develop teachers across London working in partnership with Middlesex University, Hertfordshire University and e-Qualitas.
We ensure there are experienced mentors within the classroom and provide additional support throughout the year to our host schools. We are small (a cohort of 35 trainees this year) thus concentrating on the quality of training our trainees receive. Our schools work closely together in partnership with our training providers to ensure you receive a tailored programme of learning and support.
The University of Hertfordshire is an accredited Initial Teacher Training provider working in partnership with schools across:
the North London Boroughs
They offer School Direct and Apprenticeship routes for those training in early years, primary or secondary settings, including Special Schools.
All Interviews will be held virtually with a ‘panel’ consisting of the Headteacher of the recruiting school, the mentor at the recruiting school and an Alliance representative. You will also be asked to provide a practice lesson on a subject related topic with sample literacy and numeracy tasks.
You will be asked to provide copies of your original certificates and photo identification.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Aim Alliance Schools is always willing to support applications from candidates with disabilities. The Alliance will try to accommodate all trainees with disabilities and other needs. Individual needs will be assessed on application and our in-school mentors will discuss with individuals how their needs can be supported.
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).