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IOE Lead Partner Direct at Valentines High School  

What is IOE Lead Partner Direct? 

IOE Lead Partner Direct (IOE LPD) is a postgraduate fee-funded route into initial teacher training that is run in partnership between IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, and Valentines High School (the Lead Partner School). This was formerly known as Schools Direct. 

Who is the IOE LPD for? 

Applicants who apply for IOE LPD often do so because they want to learn to teach in a specific secondary school, and to potentially gain employment there at the end of the course.  

Who can apply? 

Like the communities we serve, we are proudly diverse, inclusive, welcoming and keen for our teaching workforce to reflect our vision and values. Whatever your background or experience, if you want to make a difference to the life chances of young people through inclusive inner-city education in a vibrant school community, then read on to find out more about the opportunities available right now. 

How is IOE LPD different to UCL’s other Primary and Secondary PGCE Programmes? 

IOE LPD follows the same structure as the core PGCE route. Student teachers attend teaching days at IOE alongside other student teachers on the core PGCE. However, IOE LPD is different to the core PGCE in that applicants apply directly to the Lead Partner school and we also arrange your contrasting teaching placements. 

What qualifications will I get? 

Successful completion of the programme leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) awarded by UCL and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  

Why apply to train with us? 

  • You will be placed in a local "Outstanding" or "Good" school for your placements 
  • You will spend more time in school than trainees on a ‘traditional’ PGCE route 
  • You will be training alongside outstanding teachers and lead professionals 
  • You will receive excellent professional development within our partnership schools and with the IOE, as well as weekly mentor meeting and bespoke Professional Studies sessions delivered by Senior Leaders and outstanding practitioners 
  • You will experience the diversity of excellent education providers in different types of schools within our Partnership 
  • You will still have access to university facilities e.g. libraries, lectures etc. 
  • You will gain a PGCE with QTS for the School Direct Tuition Fee route and Masters Accreditation can be awarded on successful completion of assignments across the year 
  • You will be supported in seeking employment on successful completion of training 

Our Courses 2024/2025 – Current Vacancies 

This link will take you straight to the DFE page which shows our current vacancies:



What are we looking for in a candidate? 

  • Enjoyment of your subject and the ability to communicate this to young people to stimulate interest in lessons and promote learning
  • Capacity to be reflective and evaluate your teaching and students’ learning
  • Adaptability and the ability to work under pressure
  • Great inter-personal and team working skills
  • Good attendance, punctuality and professionalism
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Previous experience of working with children and young people
  • Familiarity with recent educational developments and trends 


  • A degree classification of 2:2 or above in all subject areas 
  • GCSE in Mathematics and English Language Grade C/4 or above 


What Experience do I need? 

It is advised that candidates have some experience in a school setting, or experience of working with young people. Having some experience in a school is an advantage as it will assist you throughout the recruitment process.  


Explore below to find out more on the funding available to you 



How Do I apply?  

Please find the application website here: https://www.find-postgraduate-teacher-training.service.gov.uk/  

How can I find out more about training to teach at Valentines High School? 

If you would like to contact the school directly for further information please contact Sophie Smith at ssm@valentines-sch.org.uk  

Overseas Qualifications 

If your qualifications were awarded from another country, you need to contact NARIC who are an organisation who will check your equivalency, and give you a certificate to prove that your qualifications are acceptable. We will ask for this on application. To check your degree equivalency click here 

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