What is the Partnership?


Schools Direct @ London Metropolitan is a partnership of schools working together with London Metropolitan University to provide high-quality teacher training places. We represent schools across London, as part of a cross-capital alliance of schools that provide diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

Orchard has a long involvement with teacher training, and a strong commitment to ongoing professional development for all our staff with a great track record of training and developing professionals from their very first teaching experience through to experienced school leaders.  All of our School Direct routes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE, which carries 60 Masters Level credits. Amongst many other achievements including being a Pupil Premium Champion regional finalist in 2015, Orchard is a National Support School and holds Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship Status. Orchard works in a ‘Hard Federation’ of three schools Orchard, Southwold and Hoxton Garden, with a shared Governing body and the aim of sharing the very best practice and offering mutual support and expertise.

London Metropolitan University has a long history of providing high quality Initial Teacher Education from its base in Holloway Road, and is a principal trainer of new teachers wishing to work in and around London. Its diverse student body reflects the multicultural contexts in which they teach. The ITE provision it offers has been rated as ‘Good’, by Ofsted. London Metropolitan University have devised the training programmes and will be the provider of the tuition for School Direct students. Around 80 schools work with London Met, in different clusters, each with a lead school, of which Orchard is one, with a cluster of 7 other primary schools.

What can I expect?

All School Direct trainees with Viridis Schools will receive their university tuition at London Metropolitan University and will be allocated a specialist tutor. They will undergo a course leading to QTS and PGCE. Trainees will be placed in our partner schools for 120 days of the 180 day course. While based in school, trainees will have a named teacher-mentor and a weekly ‘professional studies’ programme. They will be visited regularly by their London Met tutor, who quality-assures the placement and observes the trainees teaching.

School Direct at London Met operates a recruitment ‘clearing house’ system, whereby we hope to offer employment to all trainees who successfully gain QTS in schools across the wider partnership.

London Metropolitan University is hosting selection events from November onwards. For further information go to the London Met website: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/teachertraining