Teacher Training


Willowfield School, along with Walthamstow School for Girls, Kelmscott School, Holy Family Catholic School and Sixth Form, The Lammas School, Norlington School for Boys and other secondary schools work collaboratively in Waltham Forest.  We are working in collaboration as the Waltham Forest Partnership.  We are delighted to offer a range of subjects for in school teacher training on the School Direct Tuition Fee (unsalaried/PGCE) route. Trainees work alongside highly experienced classroom practitioners and spend the majority of their training in school, completing two placements in contrasting schools.

Willowfield is a former Training School and a UCL, Institute of Education Specialist Partner in Initial Teacher Training/UCL Platinum CPD Award holder and we have significant experience in working with our trainees to move them rapidly into becoming outstanding teachers and leaders of the future. Many of our trainees now hold positions in middle and senior leadership roles in local schools. Our work is supported by NELTSH (North East London Teaching School Hub).  We support our trainees to gain employment in local schools and continuing support and professional development pathways. 

Our School Direct training is delivered in partnership with UCL, The Institute of Education (University of London) and the University of East London.

Lead Direct Training Route

A full time Post Graduate Certificate of Education course with QTS awarded at the end.

1 year in length from September 2022.

Secondary School Direct Places and partner universities

  • Biology (Non-Salaried) UCL
  • Art and Design (Non-Salaried) UCL
  • Design Technology –  (Non-Salaried) UEL
  • Computing (Non-Salaried) UCL
  • English  (Non-Salaried) UCL
  • Maths (Non-Salaried) UCL
  • Geography (Non-Salaried) UCL
  • Music (Non-Salaried) UEL
  • History (Non-Salaried) UCL
  • Physical Education (non salaried) UEL

UCL IOE and UEL are the accredited providers. All courses are postgraduate and fee-funded.

  Financial Incentives for the Academic Year 2024-25

The ITT bursaries, scholarships and Lead Direct grants for specific subjects for the academic year 2024 to 2025 are available on GOV.UK and Get Into Teaching.


Entry requirements

  1. Degree classification: 2:2 or above
  2. The degree must be in related academic subject area
  3. Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics (equivalency tests are overseen by UCL)
  4. Trainees will be required to pass the skills tests/subject enhancement training before starting the course. This will need to be completed by August 2024 at the latest.


  1. School experience (e.g. observation or previous work as a TA) before applying to the course is highly favourable


The application process will be open from October 4th 2023 via https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training

Further information about the School Direct routes into teacher training can be found at: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/steps-to-become-a-teacher

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an initial interview within the partnership.

For all UEL courses, shortlisted candidates will be invited to an initial interview by UEL

Please note: Acceptance onto our programme is subject  a seccond interview with either the University of East London or with UCL, the Institute of Education.

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We look forward to your application.