Teaching School Alliance

Cranford Community College leads the Cranford Teaching School Alliance whose work focuses on Initial Teacher Training, Leadership Development, School to School Support through development of the best practitioners in their fields and Research and Development to stay at the cutting edge of educational innovation.  The Executive Headteacher Kevin Prunty is a National Leader for Education commended by Sir Michael Wilshaw in the 2015 National and London Ofsted Reports for his outstanding work in leading a primary school from Requires Improvement to Outstanding within a very short timescale.

School Direct

Cranford Community College is a Lead School for School Direct in partnership with Teaching London: LDBS SCITT. We are delighted that Teaching London have been judged as Outstanding in all areas in their recent OFSTED report. You can read the report here.

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Partnership with LDBS

Cranford Community College is the Lead School for a partnership comprised of several primary and secondary schools working in conjunction with the London Diocesan Board for Schools Centred Initial Teacher Training (LDBS SCITT) to recruit and train teachers on the School Direct programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

We have a wide range of vacancies, salaried and tuition fee, in both primary and secondary in all subjects. We’re keen to recruit high quality graduates; places are highly sought after so please apply as early as possible. Please see our UCAS profile for details.

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school based route into teaching. As a School Direct trainee training with Cranford Community College and our ITT provider, the LDBS SCITT, you’ll learn alongside inspiring, passionate teachers with outstanding pedagogical skills. We will train you to become successful, confident, effective teachers, well equipped to teach in a dynamic and vibrant London primary school. As a School Direct trainee you will be employed here or in one of our partnership schools as an unqualified teacher. You will undertake entirely ‘on the job’ teacher training, allowing you to gain the qualifications and practical skills required to become a teacher. Successful School Direct trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) worth 60 Masters level credits.

Entry Requirements

We are seeking high quality graduates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career. You will need the following qualifications for entry to the programme:

  • A degree awarded by a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification
  • GCSE English, Maths and Science* at grade C or above or a recognised equivalent qualification. (*primary only)
  • You must pass the professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy

Applicants’ previous career

Generally, you should have at least 3 years’ work experience if applying for a salaried route though this isn’t necessary for shortage subjects and tuition fee programmes. This may be in any career and should usually be in the years following graduation.

Classroom experience

Applicants must have first-hand experience of the rewards and challenges training involves and therefore need a minimum of two weeks relevant and recent experience in a school prior to interview.

Fitness to Teach

You will be required to complete a health questionnaire and satisfy Fitness to Teach requirements.

Disclosure and Barring Service

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check. 

Eligibility to work and study in the UK

If you are not a British national you must ensure that you are eligible to work and study in the UK.

What we are looking for:

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who:

  • Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
  • Have a positive outlook
  • Are patient and adaptable
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Are friendly and approachable
  • Are passionate about teaching
  • Are creative and imaginative
  • Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
  • Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice

We want our candidates to demonstrate the following qualities:

Creativity and commitment – we want talented and creative individuals, with a passion for teaching and learning along with a desire to constantly improve their own practice.

Good communication skills – these are at the heart of effective teaching.

Stamina and determination - we are looking for a commitment to high standards and excellence, combined with the resilience and determination required to meet the demands of the course g.

Good role models representative of the local population - we want candidates who demonstrate the qualities outlined above and who are good role models, representative of the wider community. We are also particularly keen to hear from classroom assistants, career changers and those returning to work after a career break.

How to Apply

Candidates should apply via UCAS. If successful, you will be invited to interview here or in one of our partnership schools. Candidates will be advised of the exact format in advance though it is likely to include some teaching, written tasks and a formal interview. Applicants who are successful at interview will be offered a conditional place.


You will work in either this school or one of our partnership schools as an unqualified teacher and you will be paid whilst you train. You do not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your training or the PGCE but as you earn a salary, you will not eligible for a training bursary.

What You Study

In addition to your school based training, you will also benefit from approximately 20 centre based training days covering:

  • Subject development
  • Pedagogy
  • Primary curriculum incl. Reading and Phonics, Mathematics and Science
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • Theories of Learning
  • Religious Education
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Effective Planning
  • Working with children with special needs
  • Voice work
  • Working with children with English as an additional language


We strongly support all our trainees to study for their PGCE and meet the cost of this on your behalf. The PGCE demonstrates that you have critically engaged with the research and knowledge base which underpins professional practice.


A link tutor from LDBS SCITT will visit you in school at least twice each term to observe your teaching. You will also be assigned a school-based mentor who will meet with you each week and monitor and review your progress.


Once you have qualified, you will be eligible to apply for a job in the school where you train or in another Primary school.

If you would like further information, please call us on 0207 932 1126 or see the Teaching London: LDBS SCITT website: www.teachinglondon.org

LDBS SCITT run a series of Open Information events and Teaching Taster Days throughout the year. These are very useful and informative and we strongly recommend you sign up to gain valuable information about the programme, how to apply and what to expect at the interview. Please contact Teaching London on 0207 932 1126 for further details.

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