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School Direct Teacher Training Partnership

The Sharing Excellence Partnership is a network of local primary and secondary schools aiming to recruit trainees with the potential to become outstanding teachers through employment based training. We offer tuition fee-funded and salaried positions in primary and most secondary subjects, leading to QTS with PGCE in most cases, in addition to enhanced employment opportunities within the partnership.

Please check the UCAS website or contact the school using the address below for up to date information about our vacancies.


Download Information About Our Current Training Vacancies Here



Additional information regarding the School Direct training route, including advice about applying, is available on the drop down menus below. 

If you have any further questions about School Direct training in the Sharing Excellence Partnership please contact:

Joanne Clipsham

School Direct Co-ordinator


Recruitment Events

The school holds primary and secondary information events in the autumn and spring terms. Please check here and on the ‘Get into Teaching’ website for updates and further details on how to book a place. We also participate in events held by our training providers and national recruitment events.





Why Train With Us?

Our trainees are  'Good' or 'Outstanding' by the time they complete their training with us, and most are employed in the partnership. Here are some comments from them about their training experience.

"The Dunraven School Direct Partnership is a wonderful place to work and I couldn't have wished for a more supportive start to my teacher training. All staff and students set high expectations of themselves and each other, and the warmth and positivity of relationships at this school really set it apart. I couldn't recommend training here highly enough."

"My experience on the School Direct programme in the Dunraven partnership has been excellent. From the first day, the school made me feel welcome and treated me as a regular member of staff. Furthermore, the support provided by the department, school mentor and teaching mentor has been set up with the emphasis on creating a structure that allows me to develop my teaching skills."

"The School Direct programme is tailored to the individual by your mentor who is there to challenge and support your progress. As a student I receive regular feedback that I can act on instantly as I am classroom based."

"I feel privileged to be part of the Dunraven partnership as a School Direct student teacher. The training I am receiving, from my mentor especially, but also from the Head of the Primary Phase and the other staff, is excellent. I feel supported in the classroom, and receive constructive feedback on my teaching, interaction with the children, and my approach to planning and assessment. The dynamism of the Primary team and the whole school more generally makes it a great environment to work and learn in, both for me and the children. The School Direct scheme allows me time in University to study theories I can then apply in the classroom, and the large amount of time spent in school allows me time to integrate properly in the school and form a true impression of what being a full time class teacher will be like."

Please view the videos below to hear from former trainees.





Secondary Maths 



Secondary Drama 





Congratulations to our 2017 Primary School Direct trainees graduating with PGCE and QTS and all employed for September. We wish you every success in your teaching career.

Primary School Direct 2017






What We Offer

One of the ways in which The Dunraven School Direct Partnership aims to promote ‘Excellence for All’ is by recruiting and training our own teachers, supported by our training providers.


University of Roehampton



If you are interested in a career in primary or secondary teaching, and learning to teach through employment based training there are two possible routes. One is as a salaried trainee, requiring two to three years’ prior work experience. This route replaces the Graduate Teaching Programme. The other is as a tuition fee paying trainee, with the possibility of a range of bursaries and scholarships in different subjects, depending on degree class and subject.

Bursaries, scholarships and funding rates. Find out more.

Details of the Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses available in some subjects with funding for eligible applicants is here. Suitable applicants with gaps in their subject knowledge will be asked to complete an SKE course prior to the start of training.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. Find out more.

Advice on Applying

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for people who are passionate about teaching and have the potential to become outstanding teachers. Personal resilience, effective time management skills and commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for young people are essential.


Entry Requirements

1. GCSE (or recognised equivalent) grade C or above in English and Mathematics for secondary, also science for primary.

2. Degree in the subject to be taught,  2:1 or above.  A 2:2 with substantial classroom experience or a higher degree would be considered.

3. At least 2 weeks' recent relevant school experience (tuition fee funded route)

4. Applicants for the salaried route must have 2-3 years’ relevant work experience and provide a full CV.

5. Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Test Passes (see below)


Skills/ Characteristics Needed for Teacher Training

Applicants need to show what skills and experience they have gained from their work experience, as well as knowledge and understanding of an urban state school environment and its challenges.

  • A commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Understanding of and ability to implement the school’s Equality of Opportunity policy.
  • Presentation as a suitable role model.
  • Excellent attendance record.
  • Willingness to reflect on strengths and weaknesses for development and act on feedback.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to be organised and manage the requirements of employment based training.


How you can prepare to apply to the Sharing Excellence Partnership

We recommend that you attend one of our recruitment events to find out more. Please check the Dunraven website for further information and details of how to book a place.

  • Find out about the school, visit if possible, and find out about the training programme
  • Revise and practise for the Professional Skills Tests (see below)
  • If overseas trained, apply for your qualifications to be checked by NARIC for UK equivalency
  • Have exam certificates to hand for checking or apply for replacements if necessary
  • Contact referees in advance as your application is not complete until they have completed your reference


If you wish to send us a CV in advance of applying via UCAS, or if you have any questions please contact us via the e-mail address below.


In order to enrol on a teacher training programme applicants must have literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Test passes.

Find out more here