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LONDON WEST ALLIANCE   -   Realise your future as a teacher.

If you’re thinking of becoming a teacher, our school-led training course gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in one of our Primary Alliance schools.

  • You’ll learn from experienced, practising colleagues and you can get paid while you train with us.
  •  We offer a one-year course with PGCE and Master’s units with the University of Roehampton.
  •  You’ll train in the classroom, and be part of the teaching team from the beginning, building all the skills you need for QTS.


This is what three of our trainees have to say about their experience:

Our Previous Trainees

“The mix between university study and practical experience is great.  I learned so much from the outstanding practice week, when we were able to observe some amazing and inspiring teachers from across the key stages.  This really made me think about what kind of teacher I wanted to become. The school-based nature of the course means that we get to put the theory that is covered in lectures into practice in the class room.  The mentors are extremely supportive and give useful feedback and advice.  I would definitely recommend this route into teaching.”  Sonya Coakley-Hanan

 “Choosing the London West Alliance was a great move for my career!  Being based at the lead primary school has been fantastic.  Every day is different and getting involved from the moment the children started school in September has been very rewarding.  As the year unfolds, the feedback given by my mentor has been constructive and to the point, allowing me to progress further and further.”  Haifa Alsagaff

“Seven weeks in and I could not be happier with my choice to train with the London West Alliance. The support and guidance I receive is second to none and any queries I have are quickly resolved and put to rest.  Training with the Alliance means having a whole host of people working hard to support me on my journey to becoming a NQT.”  Gemma Humphrey

Why train with us?  Your future is our future.

This year, London West Alliance Primary comprises Strand on the Green Junior School, Crane Park Primary, Springwell Junior School and Edward Pauling Primary .

We’re focused on producing outstanding teachers who will be committed to the achievement of all our pupils in all our schools.

Our schools are stimulating and diverse environments in which to train - where children, staff and our trainee teachers feel valued and supported.

Lampton School has 14 years of training teachers at every level of the profession.  Lampton is an Outstanding school, and its School Direct course guarantees you access to outstanding practice.

Springwell Juniors is the Primary lead school for the Alliance. 


Lampton is a hub school in the nationwide teacher development programme ‘Challenge Partners’. This is a dynamic partnership of over 250 schools, and puts us at the leading edge of outstanding practice in education. As a trainee teacher, you’ll benefit from working with the most skilled and committed colleagues, and in a system that aims to improve the quality of education for children across the country.

How will it work?  The first steps to your future in teaching.

  • You will be assigned to one of our primary Alliance schools which will be the base where you develop your teaching skills for the first half of the autumn term and the autumn, spring and summer terms.
  • You will be in school from the first day of the school year, being treated like a member of staff from the beginning. You will attend staff meetings and development days.
  • In your school you will be assigned a trained subject mentor and supervised by a professional coordinating mentor.
  • You will be offered the opportunity for induction visits prior to commencing your first week in your base school in September.  This week is designed to prepare you for your course. Your training will take place on one and a half days a week throughout the year in either the university or one of the Alliance schools.
  • You will also be supported through visits from university tutors and professional tutors from across the Alliance.
  • In the second half of the autumn term you will also do a teaching placement in a consecutive phase in one of our partner schools.
  • All schools have comprehensive intakes and you will get experience of working with children of all abilities.
  • There is a range of funding options to support you while you train.

Who you are

Someone who wants to make a difference, everyday, to the school and every child you teach.

Someone who wants to help kids progress, think for themselves and develop their curiosity so they become life-long learners.

Someone committed to a future as a teacher, with an ability to learn collaboratively and to take advice along the way.

Someone who can demonstrate creativity, resilience and the ability to solve problems.

For more information click on the links below

Lampton portal

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