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School Direct

Kingsmead is the lead Primary School within the Hackney Teaching Schools' Alliance (, providing high quality training for the teachers of the future. We offer outstanding Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession. As a trainee teacher with us, you will have access to invaluable training, school and classroom experience to equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise that you will need to become an excellent teacher.

Kingsmead has worked for several years in a successful partnership with the University of Cumbria The UoC is one of the largest providers of teacher training in Europe.  We offer bespoke and comprehensive teacher training courses in both General Primary and Early Years.  Trainees are based across several Hackney Primary schools within our Teaching Schools’ Alliance.  The school based approach provides a highly effective way to experience all aspects of school life, while learning to teach under the support of excellent classroom practitioners. In addition, trainees receive excellent pedagogical input, delivered by specialist leaders of education (SLEs). Support throughout the course is provided by experienced mentors and personal tutors, offering weekly tutorials. The year is structured into school based learning and two assessed placements within a base school, with an additional contrasting assessed placement in another of our thriving alliance schools.  Trainees also experience a placement in a specialist secondary school, as well as a foundation stage placement, giving them a wide range of opportunities to work with children from 3 years to 15 years.

Qualifications gained on successful completion of the course are QTS, PCGE and 60 masters credits.

School Direct Programme


We have salaried general primary or EYFS places within our Alliance for trainees with the potential to be outstanding teachers.  We seek graduates with a degree level of 2.2 and above who are committed to enhancing the lives and education of the young people of Hackney.  Applicants are required to have paid experience of working in schools for a minimum of two academic years and will need to demonstrate that they would be able to support Hackney schools in raising standards and fostering children’s well-being.  Trainees who secure a salaried place subject to checks, will be paid on the UQ1 scale.


We have unsalaried general primary or EYFS places within our Alliance for trainees with the potential to be outstanding teachers.  We seek people committed to enhancing the lives and education of the young people of Hackney.  This is for high-quality graduates with a degree level of 2.2 and above who want to be part of a school team from day one. 

Student finance 

Unsalaried trainees are required to pay the PGCE tuition fees and should contact Student Finance to discuss eligibility for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs.  You can find out more here

You may also be eligible for a student maintenance load to help towards accommodation and other living costs - amounts are dependent on household income and if you're living with your parents. If you are an EU/EEA national, you may be eligible for help with living costs and you could apply for a maintenance loan as a UK national if you've been living in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course. You can find out more about loans at www.GOV.UK

Further details about bursaries and funding can be found here

Qualifications needed to apply 

All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C in GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science and have a good degree - 2.2 or above. They will also need to have passed both the Literacy and Numeracy skills tests prior to interview.

So why choose School Direct with us?

  • High quality school-based training
  • Innovative programme
  • Train in a supportive, creative and outstanding schools
  • Outstanding practitioners and Specialist Leaders of Educations (SLEs) delivering the programme
  • A proven track record of successful teacher training
  • High potential for employment in a Hackney school after training
  • Trainees have secured full-time teaching roles on completion of our course
  • 100% pass rate

How to Apply

Applications should be made via UCAS.  Click here to view UCAS entry requirements. Applications should be made through UCAS Teaching Training using the ‘Apply” system found here N.B. please remember to note Kingsmead if you are applying for primary phase.

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