Stepney All Saints Partnership Physics (22J6)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of East London
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You will spend one day a week at University, developing your subject knowledge along with other trainees, but most of the time you will be developing your skills and knowledge at Stepney All Saints. 3 hours of Professional Studies training a week, led by our experienced Senior School Professional Tutor and specialist staff such as our Literacy, EAL, SEN and G&T co-ordinators covering topics such as lesson planning, marking and assessment, pastoral issues, classroom management and different teaching and learning strategies. Weekly meetings with an experienced subject mentor focusing on developing your subject knowledge and skills and review of targets is an important part of your training. Working alongside experienced teachers, observing lessons, discussing approaches and participating through supporting students, teaching starters or plenaries and then taking responsibility for whole lessons will build up your timetable so you are eventually teaching across the full 11-19 age and ability range during the course of the year. Weekly lesson observations and feedback on how to improve, from mentors and other experienced colleagues will enable you to progress as a teacher. Guidance on building up a Portfolio of Evidence to support the Teachers’ Standards will be taught to you at university and weekly professional study sessions. You will also develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a reflective practitioner. You will also become fully involved in the life of the department and school, attached to a Tutor Group and have opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities and CPD. A six week placement 2 at a partner school will provide a contrasting teaching experience.

You will then return to SASS. Assessment will consist of judgements throughout the year, made jointly by school mentors and university tutors. Progress will be monitored and assessed through the weekly progress meetings, half termly reviews and end of term reports.
Assessment will be based on realistic Career Stage expectations so a trainee is never overwhelmed. You will receive QTS qualification at the end of the year and an additional PGCE qualification with credits towards a Masters qualification, if you are a salaried trainee. All tuition fee candidates will receive QTS and PGCE accreditation. The partnership has always had a 100% pass rate of trainee teachers, all judged good or outstanding as well as 100 % employment rate often at SASS itself.

School placements

Our partner schools include; St Paul’s Academy in Greenwich, Highams Park School in Waltham Forest, London Academy of Excellence in Stratford, Leytonstone School in Leyton, Sarah Bonnell in Newham, Lambeth Academy in Lambeth, St Paul’s Way in Tower Hamlets, Stoke Newington in Hackney, Parliament Hill in Islington, Davenant Foundation in Essex, and schools in Barking and Dagenham. Our partner schools are equally successful and provide a contrasting school experience, for example St Paul’s Academy in Greenwich: this is an outstanding Catholic school and a ‘good’ school as judged by Ofsted, with ‘outstanding’ behaviour and safety of pupils. The school has excellent sporting and learning facilities with a strong emphasis on implementing new approaches to teaching and learning. Stepney All Saints is in the heart of the vibrant East End of London with excellent train, tube and bus links and many cultural and social attractions. We have excellent facilities, including swimming pool, fitness gym, drama studio theatre, recording studio and the latest technology throughout the school. Trainees will spend a minimum of 6 weeks at one of these placement 2 schools. Their teaching will focus mainly on KS3 and KS4 with some post 16 experience where relevant. During the course of the training year there will also be a primary school placement for up to 2 days. All of these schools are accessible by public transport.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in physics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

Desirable qualities in applicants include; enthusiasm, resilience, interpersonal and communication skills, capacity for hard work and willingness to listen, learn, accept constructive feedback, reflect and work professionally with other colleagues. Some form of school experience /observation is helpful which can be arranged within the school upon request. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are available to help boost subject knowledge if required.

Career changers are welcome as they bring a variety of skills and experiences outside of education.

Other requirements

Successful candidates are required to have completed a DBS check and medical clearance prior to the start of their training. Subject knowledge enhancement courses (which are free) are available for candidates who wish to further improve on their subject specialism. Once a place has been offered trainees are welcome to come and work within departments to familiarise themselves with the school and colleagues.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,000.

Financial support from the training provider

Training bursaries are available through applications to UEL student finance.

A bursary of £26,000 is available for candidates with a 2:2 degree or above.

Alternatively if you have a 2:1 or above and are passionate about your subject you can apply for a scholarship. If you are awarded a scholarship you cannot apply for a bursary.

Tuition fees can be paid from this bursary or scholarship.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses which are completed online also attract funding. UEL and the school recommend these courses to suitable candidates.

About the training provider

Stepney All Saints Partnership [formerly Sir John Cass Partnership] as a Lead School in Tower Hamlets recruits, selects and trains its own prospective teachers working with its partner schools in London and Essex.

Over 50 of our current teaching staff gained QTS with us, and are still with us, many in senior positions. Please see our school website in the ‘learn to teach’ section to hear what former and current trainees have to say.

We are a Church of England School with a strong religious ethos, but also a neighbourhood school with a multi-faith intake. We are rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and by the SIAMs church school inspection.

We are in the top 1% of highest achieving school in the country with excellent examination results at GCSE and A Level. We have a Sixth Form College of over 400 students where the majority of Year 13 students progress to University, including Russell Group Universities.

For further information and to read what former trainees have said about training at Stepney All Saints [formerly Sir John Cass] please visit the link below. ”

About the accredited body

We have a longstanding relationship of over 20 years with the University of East London , our HE provider and work closely with tutors to plan programmes , the calendar , weekly meetings between trainees and mentors and tutor visits. UEL have awarded us a Gold Award for our “outstanding support of the UEL ITE Partnership’s Trainee teachers.

Together we aim to develop outstanding teachers through innovative, creative and critically engaging experiences.

Interview process

You will need to select Stepney All Saints Partnership as a Lead School, Contact Jane Barnes, Senior School Professional Tutor on 020 7791 4965 if you would like to organise a preliminary visit or discussion which we welcome.

The selection process will include a tour of the school, time with the relevant departments, time to prepare a lesson, observation of a lesson taught to a group of students, written tasks and the marking of students’ work. A formal interview with Head of Department, School Professional Tutor and Head Teacher will then follow. Candidates will also need to present evidence of all qualifications, complete a medical clearance and DBS application.

A formal interview with University of East London (HE provider) staff with a focus on subject knowledge will take place after a successful school interview. School staff will not be available during half terms and holiday dates; please check the school website for these.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are able to accommodate trainees with limited mobility as we have a lift in the main building and sixth form college, but our corridors do get very busy at lesson change over. We can also support trainees with dyslexia. This past year we have successfully supported trainees with limited mobility and dyslexia.

Contact this training provider

Stepney All Saints School and Sixth Form College
Stepney Way
E1 0RH

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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