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Initial Teacher Training

As part of the Learning in Harmony Trust & Partnership schools,

Sheringham is now recruiting for  

School Direct candidates for 2016 - 2017. 



If you are interested in applying or would like more information please contact us:

All applicants should apply through UCAS - searching for Provider Code: 29Z



Why train with us:


Sheringham Primary School is the lead school in the school direct training offer from the Learning in Harmony Trust. Sheringham is an experienced School Direct provider and has worked collaboratively with our partnership schools (including Essex Primary and Central Park Primary)  for previous School Direct cohorts.    

The Learning in Harmony Trust currently consists of Sheringham Primary School, JFK Special School and Upton Cross Primary School. Sheringham and Upton Cross are both National Support Schools, and JFK is a leading provider of support and training for SEN. All three schools have an extensive record of successful teacher training, and many of their current staff were trained within the schools. Our School Direct training offer will be a combination of input from the Institute of Education and schools within the partnership.


Trainees will have the opportunity to work alongside outstanding practitioners who have a total commitment to teacher training and development. The majority of trainees will be placed within schools within the trust, but some will be placed in nearby schools that share the Trust's values. Across the partnership schools there are a number of staff who are experienced mentors for those in their initial teacher training. There are also opportunities for nursery placements and specialist settings if required. 

We believe that all teachers have the potential to become outstanding practitioners and that this happens through the development of a real understanding of the pedagogy that makes the greatest impact on pupil learning. 


Currently all of our partnership schools are based within Newham.  Newham is a multicultural community with high levels of deprivation and individuals with EAL.  Recently developed as part of the 2012 Olympics, Newham is a vibrant and bustling area of East London with excellent transport links in and out of the city.


About the training provider:


Provider code:  29Z


As a School Direct training provider, Sheringham works as a lead school for those within the Learning in Harmony Trust as well as our other partner schools including Essex Primary and Central Park Primary. Relationships between partnership schools are based on mutual vision and ethos. 


We are looking to place 14 candidates in 2016/17 across 5 schools. These may include up to 2 places in a specialist setting.  Placements in Early Years are also available.




About the training programme:


School Direct offers a schools- based learning approach which gives candidates the opportunity to work in class with an experienced teachers.  Successful applicants will be based within one of our partnership schools and receive support from mentors and class teachers.  A staggered teaching approach is adopted with the aim that as the academic year moves on, the percentage of teaching and class responsibility increases.

As well as school based learning, there are 60 additional days of training.  A small number of these will take place at the IoE London.  Any remaining training and professional development opportunities will be held within one of the partnership schools.  This may include workshops, planning sessions with subject leads, staff INSETs and observations of experienced staff. 



What are we looking for?


We are looking for ambition and highly motivated individuals who are willing to demonstrate a growth mindset. Learning from others and accepting and responding to feedback are necessary. As we encourage our children to be reflective learners, who show resilience in learning, we expect the same from our teachers. Candidates should be sociable and able to work in a large team with ranging experiences and expertise.


All application will need to be made through UCAS.  Shortlisting will take place at our lead school in collaboration with our partnership schools.  Once shortlisted, applicants are invited to visit the school(s) prior to interview. 


Interviews will be held within one of the partnership schools, often lead by members of SLT.  The interview process will included subject skills tests, a formal interview, lesson analysis and group work (where applicable). 

During this time, we will be seeking compatible matches to one of our partnership schools.  If an applicant is successful at the interview stage, a recommendation of placement will be made to UCAS from the lead school.  Any rejections will also be reported to UCAS.     


Entry requirements:


In order to enrol, applicants must have Maths, English and Science GCSE grades A-C and be a post graduate.  We also require a minimum of 10 days work experience within a school setting.  Although we will consider interviewing candidates prior to taking the QTS Skills Tests, applicants will not be able to enrol on the course until these have been passed.  All successful applicants will also need to provide a valid copy of their DBS.



This school is part of the Learning in Harmony Trust, a charitable company registered in England and Wales with company number 09148738.

Registered address: Sheringham Primary School, Sheringham Avenue, Manor Park, London, E12 5PB