We are now recruiting for September 2018 entry and would love to hear from you! We will have 20 students next year! To hear more about our programme and come and look round Eleanor Palmer school, please contact Sarah Ewins – 020 7485 2155 or email sarah.ewins@camdentsa.org.uk.

From the end of October 2017, applications for 2018-2019 can be made through UCAS Teaching Training using the ‘Apply” system found here www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training. You can find us by typing the postcode NW5 2JA or our UCAS code 14F.

Click above to watch an Institute of Education video about School Direct. We offer an non-salaried School Direct Training route with the IOE/UCL.

We were one of the first schools to lead on School Direct Teacher Training. We have a fantastic cohort of students this year and many have already secured jobs in our schools for September! A large proportion of last year’s students have started jobs in Camden Schools and are thoroughly enjoying their NQT year in Camden.  We have been running Camden’s Primary NQT Training Programme since September 2016  so  offer a comprehensive year of training to follow your PGCE year.

What we offer

Our Teacher Training Programme (School Direct non-salaried route) is run in conjunction with the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and leads to a PGCE qualification. Our students attend exactly the same lectures as all the other PGCE students at the UCL IOE but also get together each week (usually Thursday afternoons) for specific, additional school-based INSET sessions.  Our students also know that we take great care in organising their school placements within our group of outstanding Camden schools:

Lead School – Eleanor Palmer
Current Partner Schools – Brecknock Primary School , Christopher Hatton Primary School, Gospel Oak Primary School, Fleet Primary School, Holy Trinity and St Silas C of E Primary School NW1, Kentish Town C of E Primary School, Netley Primary School, Primrose Hill Primary School, Rhyl Primary School, Thomas Coram Centre and Torriano School.

In short we offer:

  • Access to teaching practices in outstanding schools in an outstanding borough;
  • Schools that have strong and long standing links with the UCL IOE;
  • The opportunity to ‘front-load’ the training year with the chance to observe outstanding practice;
  • Experience in genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain experience of both very challenging pupils and also some exceptionally high achievers;
  • School-based tutorials as a group led by experienced members of the Leadership team;
  • Learning in schools that share a strong commitment to child centred hands on learning rooted in an exciting topic based approach;
  • The chance to train amongst highly committed, positive  professional staff ;
  • The opportunity to become part of a school community thus gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of primary teaching.
  • Strong programme leadership by Eleanor Palmer Deputy Head, Fiona Crean and from the UCL IOE. Fiona liaises with mentors and classteachers from our across our partner schools to ensure that all students have a very well-supported ITT experience.
What we expect

As a trainee teacher on our programme, we expect candidates to:

  • Have a good degree and a high standard of education
  • Have a commitment to our approach to learning;
  • Have the desire to approach curriculum planning in a creative and imaginative way;
  • Have very high standards for the children and themselves;
  • Be committed to inclusion in terms of social class, race and ability;
  • Have a genuine interest in educational thinking and debate;
  • Have the ability and willingness to continuously reflect, improve and learn from mistakes;
  • Have high levels of interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Have the ability to sustain optimism, energy and a positive outlook under pressure and challenge;
  • Have the capacity for hard work and a sense of humour.

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Our intake

Every year our student teachers have had a brilliant opportunity to get to know each other through several induction sessions (including a meal together before they even started!).

The annual programme changes each year and has included being inclusive, effective questioning (in maths), using assessment to inform next steps, and the curriculum as behaviour management tool. The students have the opportunity to visit all our Partner schools and get to know the headteachers and mentors from each setting. Each school welcomes us – the headteacher shares his/her vision and students spend part of the day in classrooms followed by INSET led by the school mentor.  This means that our students have access to a great deal of outstanding practice almost immediately since all our schools have different strengths (i.e. maths, SEN, Rights Respecting excellence, writing, drama, early years etc).  It also allows students to reflect on what makes each of our schools unique and allows them to start to hone their own teaching philosophy.

We use an online (and anonymous!) survey tool after every INSET session to allow us to check how our students found the session and ask how they will implement what they have learnt in the classroom.  We use this information to constantly evaluate what we are providing and react to specific and individual needs of our students.  Therefore our students help to guide our programme and we will run sessions based on specific needs and requests.  For example, our Spring term programme will be designed in the light of feedback from students and mentors gathered across the Autumn term. We constantly strive for excellence and we will look to adapt and improve our programme again year on year.

How to apply

Please contact Sarah Ewins (020 7485 2155, sarah.ewins@camdentsa.org.uk) for more details.

If you are interested in entry for September 2018 please contact Sarah who is happy to have a chat and arrange a visit.

Please note UCAS have taken over responsibility for all teacher training applications. T Applicants make up to 3 choices for any teacher training course – whether school direct, PGCE or SCITT – which are considered by the providers in parallel.  Candidates should make their applications as soon as possible. To view a UCAS video detailing the application process go to the latest news section of our website:  http://www.camdentsa.org.uk/latest-news-post/ucas-teacher-training/

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Quotes from last year’s trainee teachers (after completion of Term 2):

“The School Direct route has definitely enhanced the PGCE route. It has been great to visit a variety of schools in different settings and gain a wide range of advice and knowledge from the outstanding teachers in them.”

“The smaller group setting has a great community feel, you get tailored INSETS that put all the academic UCL IOE stuff into context and you get very valuable reflection time on Thursdays that is 1000 times betting than lonely PPA time.”

“I expected the PGCE to be a hard year, and it certainly met that expectation. However, it was never unmanageable and being part of School Direct meant I was well supported by both my peers and the School Direct team.”

“The programme also helped when applying for jobs: I had a better idea of the kind of school I wanted to work in and the NQT provision of Camden borough than other students.”

“An amazing term! Thank you so much for your continued hard work and support throughout the year! I have no doubt in my mind that the training we have been provided is without parallel due to all of the great training you’ve given us.”

“The school direct days have been invaluable. They have helped with cross phase observation and experience schools with outstanding practice.”

“I just want to say a big thank you for these days, they’ve been really helpful and very practical, which has complemented our university work which has a lot of emphasis on the theory. For example, in our first few maths sessions we spent a lot of time thinking about how connections can be really beneficial to children learning maths, and how a strong understanding of place value / the relationships between numbers is essential. The last two cross-school sessions were great in terms of showing how you can do this in a practical way when teaching maths using games and questioning to help children secure this understanding. The sessions have also been very helpful in terms of giving us an opportunity to fulfil our cross-phase observations, particularly for those of us in an early years / junior school setting who do not have access to other key stages… Thanks again for everything!”


During 13-14 we ran our Teacher Training School Direct Programme with 10 UCL Institute of Education (IOE) students (many were successful in getting jobs within our group of schools). Read on for a review of the whole experience by Rosie, one of the students and current Year 6 teacher at the host primary school Eleanor Palmer:

“After University I began working in the recruitment sector but, after realising it wasn’t the career for me, I decided to go to America and work for Camp Leaders USA. I really enjoyed running activities and sessions for campers of all ages and decided on my return that Primary School teacher training was for me. I attended Eleanor Palmer School’s Open Day and having the chance to see such a great school in action made me want to apply for the Camden Primary Partnership Alliance. The whole School Direct package, including the partnership with UCL IOE, works so well. It was really reassuring knowing that both my school placements would be in one of the excellent Partner Schools in the London Borough of Camden.”

“The course content was great – Thursday INSET sessions were extremely valuable; they underpinned the UCL IOE theory whilst providing hands-on experience within a classroom setting. Visiting a variety of Camden Partner Schools was very helpful – all schools provided great examples of excellence and were different in their own way. The sessions each week in a small group provided peer support and felt more personal, creating a friendly environment where we could ask questions and give each other advice on placements and planning. This made me feel more comfortable and confident when being observed. Fiona Crean from Eleanor Palmer School has an abundance of experience and was always there to answer any queries and help us settle into our placements. It was also very beneficial having a link to the UCL IOE, Caroline Heal. She was such a help with our portfolios and all staff would be happy to check our work and provide detailed feedback throughout the whole year.

“I’m so glad I experienced my Primary PGCE year with Camden Primary Partnership, in conjunction with the UCL Institute of Education. It felt like being part of a community, as the support network was phenomenal so I never felt alone and someone was always on the other end of an email. This gave us the opportunity to talk openly with teachers about their practice and provided hands-on experiences to compliment the academic knowledge! My specialism subject was history; I enjoyed the extra content and support as it showed us examples of inspiring lessons to deliver a range of history topics and also gave me the chance to explore the curriculum and its delivery in much more depth.“

“The standard of teaching in the Camden Borough is great and always at the forefront of teaching practices. It was so helpful being able to observe and discuss a wider variety of teaching practices in more detail.  I was lucky enough to secure a job at the host school, Eleanor Palmer – it was so reassuring already knowing most of the staff and the structure. My first year was amazing, Camden run useful support sessions and my NQT mentor was an invaluable part of this transition year. I felt the whole experience prepared me really well for a career in teaching and I’m very glad I applied to part of Camden Primary Partnership’s training programme. I’m now building my teaching career in a place I absolutely love!”