Highams Park School offers training places to would be teachers through the government's school direct training scheme.

This is in partnership with two Teaching School alliances, the Whitefields school teaching alliance and the Valentines school teaching alliance.

If you are interested and want to find out more, see the information below. You can also contact our school lead on the scheme Dr Tim Morris (Vice Principal) for an informal discussion if you wish. Successful trainees often gain employment in a permanent post in our school.


Currently we have places available for graduates that would like to train to be teachers in the following subjects

English Salaried Filled
Modern Foreign Languages Salaried Filled
Chemistry Salaried Available
Maths Salaried Available
Physics Salaried Available








More about School Direct

sciencegirlsWith School Direct, you're selected for training by a school or group of schools in partnership with a university or SCITT.

  • You'll also study at the university, college or SCITT they're partnered with.
  • If you're successful in your training, you might get a job in one of the schools in the partnership.
  • Graduates with around three years' work experience (there may be exceptions for STEM subjects) might be able to train on the job, with a salary from the start.

How it works

You'll train in at least two schools, and you'll also be taught by the university, college or SCITT that the school partners with.Training programmes generally last one year full-time, in line with the term dates of your chosen school.

  • Training programmes generally last one year full-time, in line with the term dates of your chosen school.
  • In some cases, you'll find out which school you'll be placed in when you apply or are interviewed, but this isn't always possible.

There are two School Direct training options you can apply for – one that's open to all high quality graduates, and a salaried option for high quality graduates with at least three years' work experience.

school8b1. School Direct Training Programme

  • This is the option most applicants go for.
  • Although your training is based in a school, they're not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges.
  • You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships.

2. School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

  • This route allows you to train 'on the job'.
  • This is an employment-based route for high quality, experienced graduates with at least three years' work experience. You will earn a salary while you train.

You can find out more about the School Direct scheme by following the links below or by contacting us directly, ask for Dr Tim Morris (Vice Principal).




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