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    16 June 2017

Course content

School Direct is an employment based model of teacher education where you will gain qualified teacher status as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). School Direct involves schools working in partnership with LSBU to deliver the training. You'll be based in your school, but supported by LSBU throughout.

School Direct supports the Department for Education in giving schools:

• Opportunities to design training fit for purpose to meet the needs of trainees and schools.
• Greater control over recruitment and selection for schools with the expectation that trainees will be employed.
• Greater choice of ITT accredited training providers and flexibility on how School Direct places are used.

School Direct at LSBU

The School Direct programme at LSBU is a high quality intensive programme designed to prepare trainees for working in London schools.

• 100% of our completing graduates in 2015/16 were graded as good or outstanding.
• During our OFSTED inspection in June 2014 our provision was rated 'good'.
2017/18 School Direct Partners

For the 2017/18 academic year we will be working with the following School Direct partners:

• Crampton School Partnership (training only)
• The Gipsy Hill Federation (training and salaried opportunities)
• South London Consortium (training only)
• The Merton Special Teaching Alliance (training and salaried opportunities)

Please see the website for further details



H Level modules:

• Core curriculum
• Professional studies
• Foundation subjects
• School experience
• Alternative education setting

Masters level modules:

As part of the programme you'll have the opportunity to gain a PGCE choosing a Masters level option module that will meet you and your schools' needs, as well as the compulsory module. All the option modules have been developed by LSBU in collaboration with the expertise in our partnership schools.

• Equality, inclusion and citizenship

Plus one of the following module options:

• SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
• Connect, consume, create: ICT in the Primary School
• Performing Arts
• Raising Achievement in Mathematics (RAiM)
• English: Language, learning and culture

Teaching and learning

The university based sessions are taught through lectures, workshops, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials. The aim throughout is to encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues, aims and objectives. We aim to provide a learning community that actively challenges inequality and injustice.

In particular, the module on Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context.

You will be encouraged to make links between the theoretical and practical elements of the course. We use an interactive model of teaching and learning and you will be encouraged to think critically about subjects to inform your understanding of effective methods of teaching and learning and how best to apply these in classroom situations.

Employment Based Partnership

During our OFSTED inspection in June 2014 our provision was rated as 'good'.

Key strengths of the employment-based partnership were identified by OFSTED:

• Teamwork is a significant strength;
• School Direct trainees value the training provided in the two week summer school. It quickly gets them ready for teaching at the start of the year in their school;
• From the outset trainees gain quickly a strong professional understanding of how schools work. They develop good professional relationships with the established staff they work with in schools;
• The quality of feedback and target setting is consistently evaluative and helpful. As a result trainees know exactly what they need to do to improve.


Your weekly timetable will be comprised of a combination of days in your assigned school and taught days at LSBU. The mix of days in school/days at LSBU will vary from term to term. A draft timetable of your programme is available in your Welcome Booklet, which you will received once your place on the programme is confirmed.


The School Direct programme at LSBU is a high quality intensive programme designed to prepare trainees for working in London schools.

• 100% of our completing graduates in 2013/14 were graded as good or outstanding.
• 100% of School Direct PGCE trainees in 2013/14 secured full-time employment upon completing the course.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Visit the School Direct - PGCE page on the London South Bank University website for more details!





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