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The Government has made a commitment to recruit more teachers through school-led training courses. This gives opportunities for trainee teachers of all ages to learn ‘on the job’ within a local school. Successful applicants work as part of a teaching team from day one – similar to student medics in hospitals – learning from experienced, practising colleagues and immediately putting your new skills into practice.

Isleworth & Syon School is part of the London West Alliance providing training places for secondary teachers. The training will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Masters credits. Teacher training is delivered in association with Roehampton University and Goldsmith’s, University of London, as well as high-quality, very well-supported school placements at Isleworth & Syon School or at other institutions within the Alliance.

In order to help tailor training to your skills and experience there are two separate School Direct training options:

  1. School Direct “training” programme is available to high quality graduates. You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 to support you while you train.
  2. School Direct “salaried” programme is an employment-based route available to high quality graduates with at least three years’ work or industrial experience. These trainees will earn a salary while they train.

Application is through the UCAS website but for more information please visit this link to the Lampton School website:

In addition the Department for Education (DFE) has information about the process:

If you are interested in teaching any of the following subjects, we offer School Experience days:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish)

To sign-up for School Experience days please visit the DfE site. Further information can be found at:

Having gaining QTS teachers must complete an induction period usually lasting one year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). Training of NQTs at Isleworth and Syon is rigorous and robust. Retention rates of qualified are very high.