School Direct

Clapton Girls' Academy is working in partnership with the University of Cumbria to provide Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct programme.

The University of Cumbria is one of the largest providers of teacher training in Europe. Clapton Girls' Academy is the Lead School for the School Direct Unsalaried route.

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a route into teacher training which allows schools or groups of schools to take a leading role in ITT provision in partnership with an accredited provider. It is underpinned by a belief that schools can improve the system by creating more school-led training that best meets the needs of schools and trainees. School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and select them to work within their partnership schools. This new training route allows you to choose the school in which you train, with an expectation (but no absolute guarantee) of employment once you finish.

If you prefer to spend more time training in the classroom, putting theory into practice, and gaining confidence through increased contact with the school environment, then a School Direct programme is for you.

HTSA School Direct 2018-19 (Secondary unsalaried)

We have unsalaried, secondary places in the following subjects: 

  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Physics

The Hackney Teaching Schools' Alliance and School Direct are seeking people committed to enhancing the lives and education of the young people of Hackney. Applicants are required to have experience of working in a school setting and will need to demonstrate that they would be able to support Hackney schools in raising standards and fostering children's well-being.

We are offering a post-graduate qualification through the University of Cumbria. Trainees will achieve their PGCE and 60 Masters' credits. All trainees will be based in Hackney secondary schools, working alongside a current teacher and supported by qualified mentors and personal tutors. This is for high-quality graduates with a degree level of 2.1 or above, who want to be part of a school team from day one. All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, and Science, and have a good undergraduate degree.

If you have a First Class Hons degree, you may be eligible for a bursary of  up to £30,000 while you train. For more information about funding, click here.

Why train with us?

An Outstanding Teaching School, Clapton Girls' Academy has considerable experience of working in partnership with a range of Initial Teacher Training institutions. Our mentors are excellent teachers who are keen to share their practice and train new teachers. You will be provided with:

  • High quality, school-based training
  • An innovative programme
  • The opportunity to train in supportive, creative, and outstanding schools
  • Outstanding practitioners and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) delivering the programme
  • The chance to train at a school with a proven track record of successful teacher training
  • The high potential for employment after training

How to apply

Applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training using the 'Apply' system. Please click here for details.

For further information, or if you have any queries, about School Direct, please email Natalie Prudhoe at

Or visit the HTSA website: