School Direct Placements

South Croydon Learning Alliance: School Direct Programme

Our School Direct courses are designed as school-centered initial teacher training routes and is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

Our School Direct courses last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS) – they award you or allow you to undertake a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or Master’s-level credits depending on whether you take the salaried or unsalaried route.

Click on the link to view the online brochure Key Information for School Direct Applicants

If you’ve been working for three years or more and like the idea of School Direct, but want to earn a salary, School Direct (salaried) is available exclusively for you. Otherwise you can elect to take the unsalaried route but you are also equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

You’ll train in at least two schools in the alliance and can specify your preference of lead school should it be Warlingham or one of the others in the alliance. You will get the chance to learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too.

Our School Direct Alliance is one that allows prospective teachers to gain an opportunity to train in a dynamic educational setting. Our Alliance is located across four successful comprehensive secondary schools, which are working in partnership to help produce high quality and well trained teachers of the future. Our School Direct Alliance is coordinated through Riddlesdown Collegiate in Purley, Surrey, which is a Multi Academy Trust. Our Alliance includes a variety of partner schools including those in mainstream; across the 11-19 age range, as well as Faith Schools and specialist behaviour schools.

We are an innovative and growing partnership, which is continually expanding and developing further links with schools in the wider community. We invest greatly in the professional development of all our staff and those who choose to train alongside us; to ensure that the quality of our work remains consistently high and the Alliance continues to be at the forefront of pedagogical practice. For 2017-2018, we are seeking to fill a large number of places across four of our schools and we are working with three different university providers to achieve this (The University of Roehampton, e-Qualitas, and Kings College London).

Training within our Alliance gives you the unique opportunity to experience a broad range of teaching environments, with all our schools providing the highest quality teaching and learning for their students and the trainees they are supporting and developing. Within the Alliance there are extensive opportunities for future professional leadership positions and development; including an excellent Masters Programme, which we run in connection with St Mary's University, Twickenham.

Alongside Warlingham, there are currently three other secondary schools within the South Croydon Learning Alliance who offer School Direct placements and a further two schools who offer opportunities for school experiences and observations. Please visit their websites to find out more. They are Riddlesdown Collegiate (Lead School), Archbishop Tenison’s School and St Andrews School.

Please note that all; salaried positions are offered through e-Qualitas and all unsalaried routes through Roehampton or Kings College.

More information about our programme and what we can offer can be found using this link to our School Direct Brochure

Further information regarding the courses provided by the South Croydon Learning Alliance can be found by clicking on this link to our Additional Information Booklet

Click on the link to view some Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching.

For general information on how to ‘get into teaching’ and how to apply; please use the following websites:

Please find below the courses the Alliance are offering for the 2017/2018 cycle, which will be available for viewing and application on UCAS from 18th October 2016.

School Direct Training Programme

Programme Title

Programme Code


Outcome - Professional and post-graduate
Art and Design 2V4Q Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Biology 33SB e-Qualitas QTS
Biology 2V4P Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Chemistry 33SJ e-Qualitas QTS
Chemistry 2V4N Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Classics 2VMG Kings College QTS plus academic award
Design and Technology 33SM e-Qualitas QTS
Drama 2V4L Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Economics 33SP e-Qualitas QTS
English 33SQ e-Qualitas QTS
English 2V4R Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Geography 33SR e-Qualitas QTS
Geography 2V4K Roehampton QTS plus academic award
History 2V4J Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Mathematics 2VMB e-Qualitas QTS
Mathematics 2VMC Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Modern Languages 2VMD e-Qualitas QTS
Modern Languages 2V4H Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Music 2V4S Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Physical Education 337W Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Physics 33SV e-Qualitas QTS
Physics 298P Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Psychology 33SW e-Qualitas QTS
Religious Education 2V49 e-Qualitas QTS
Religious Education 2V4G Roehampton QTS plus academic award
Science 33SX e-Qualitas QTS
Science 3383 Roehampton QTS plus academic award

All courses are available at all four of our training schools, with the exception of Classics which is only offered at Riddlesdown Collegiate.

To begin the process and to apply please click here for the UCAS website. 

Thank you for your interest in the South Croydon Learning Alliance Training Programme; we welcome your application and look forward to hearing from you soon!

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