School Direct

Gatley Primary School offers a range of development programmes ranging from initial teacher training opportunities through to preparing suitably experienced individuals as aspiring head teachers.  We have a track record of delivering high quality programmes that are endorsed by the National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL), and underpinned by research and teaching and learning developments within education


School Direct / Initial Teacher Training (ITT) 

Our School Direct programme generally lasts a year, and is run in collaboration with Elmridge Teaching School. During the course of the programme, you will train in at least two good schools.

This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and 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. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

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"Alliance training

We received full-day alliance training (joint with Elmridge alliance) on a weekly basis on a Friday, hosted by a variety of schools within the alliance. Both myself and my placement schools appreciated the regularity of this arrangement, knowing I was never in school on a Friday - it enabled for more effective planning to take place regarding what I would be teaching/teaching a progression of lessons. 

The training sessions were of an incredibly high standard; I was really blown away by the breadth and depth of the content we studied. We received training in every curriculum area, as well as in essential areas such as assessment for learning, target-setting, and SEND, to give a small sample. The sessions were highly interactive, with opportunities given to plan and deliver content, conduct school walk-arounds and classroom observations, and talk with expert members of staff and external professionals.

The provision made for us by Gatley and Elmridge was simply outstanding, and the highlight of the course for me."

Student Testimonial for the 2019/20 School Direct programme

Interested in School Direct? 

If you are interested in the School Direct programme, you should:

Details of interviews for the programme will be published in due course.  In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding our primary training programmes please feel free to contact Claire Coleman at  who will assist you as necessary.

Secondary School Direct

If secondary school teaching is the route for you, The Kingsway School are currently recruiting for Secondary School Direct. Please follow the link for more information:


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