London East Teacher Training Alliance Mathematics (B585)

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

Financial support

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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This programme is delivered by LETTA in collaboration with four of the strongest East London secondary schools with a track record in delivering excellent maths provision. The partnership was brought together out of shared values and a commitment to promoting social equality through education. There are 163 languages spoken across our partnership of schools, and 70% of pupils do not speak English as a first language. Over 50% of local children live in households that receive Housing Benefit. Despite the challenges, expert teaching and a commitment from schools to social equality has ensured excellent pupil outcomes and a large proportion of pupils aspire to a professional career.

LETTA is relationships driven and strives to provide trainees with pastoral support that matches the high quality of our academic support. We have an exceptional track record for trainee employability and retention. Our commitment to quality provision is reflected in our outstanding Ofsted grade.

LETTA takes your wellbeing seriously. Trainees have access to counselling, financial guidance, legal information and work-life support.

LETTA trainees work towards the achievement of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The PGCE provides you with 60 master’s credits. As an internationally recognised qualification, a PGCE will afford you the flexibility to teach in other countries.

Our trainees spend the majority of their time learning alongside an expert teacher mentor and join a centre-based training day at least one day per week. You will join a wider cohort of learners from across the secondary and primary sectors for a core programme of study, alongside attending mathematics specialism study sessions led by expert secondary maths tutors and facilitators. LETTA has a well established partnership with a local Maths Hub, who provide further expertise and professional development. You will participate in three placements across at least two school settings. You will also gain first hand experience of KS2-KS3 transition. This unique experience will support you to establish cross-phase partnerships with primary colleagues to ensure that teaching at KS3 builds on pupils’ prior knowledge, understanding and skills.

A trainee said:

“It’s hard to summarise quite how different I am as a teacher now compared to when we first started. In fact, my entire outlook on human development and relationships has changed. I’m so grateful to have been part of our LETTA community as well as receiving individual support that allowed me to achieve so much this year.”

School placements

At LETTA we use our deep knowledge of school partners to carefully match successful applicants with schools and mentors. Applicants are invited to visit main placement schools to ensure the right fit and that the commute is manageable. LETTA will consider personal circumstances e.g., location, childcare, disabilities that require some careful thought about school suitability.

Trainees are supported by an expert class teacher-mentor during all placements. Trainees generally participate in three placements across at least two school settings, and also gain first hand experience of KS2-KS3 transition, spending some time in a KS2 setting. The majority of time is spent in a main school placement. Additional placements and experiences include:

  • Alternative key stage/age phase (where applicable) - 4 weeks
  • Alternative school - 5 weeks
  • KS2-KS3 transition experience

Trainees and mentors are visited regularly during the year by LETTA tutors. They will observe trainees teaching alongside mentors and discuss progress with trainees and mentors. There will also be visits from LETTA lead mentors to ensure mentors are supported in their role.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in mathematics 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.

We will accept equivalency tests in English, maths and science from the following providers:

Candidates are required to fund their own equivalency tests. A deadline for undertaking these tests will be agreed at interview.

Personal qualities

  • A love for mathematics
  • Strong subject knowledge
  • An understanding of the nature of working in a diverse, inner city setting
  • A clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with and supporting the broader development of young people
  • Keen to participate in the wider life of the school community
  • Manage your time well and reflect honestly on your practice
  • High level of motivation and an attitude of embracing challenges
  • Enjoy being with young people and appreciate the importance of your role in their lives

Other requirements

The following requirements must be met before training commences:

  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Fit for post check through a confidential questionnaire
  • An ENIC statement of comparability for overseas qualifications, with a translation
  • Proof of residential status in the UK
  • Evidence of current address
  • Photo identification
  • A high level of numeracy and literacy demonstrated by passing LETTA’s pre-entry tests
  • Good references


Please be aware that a salaried apprenticeship offer is always dependent on the availability of school support. If school support is unavailable, an alternative route may be offered to you.

LETTA offers two routes into teaching: a salaried apprenticeship or tuition fee-paying. Both routes lead to QTS and a PGCE with 60 level 7 masters credits. Course fees for the fee-paying route are £9,250

The majority of trainees apply to the Student Loan Company for loans to cover course fees. More information is available on Some trainees self-fund. Seek advice from the LETTA Business Manager ( regarding self-funding arrangements or queries about funding generally. Salaried apprenticeship trainees receive a salary at Point One on the Unqualified Teacher Scale. Salaried apprenticeship trainees pay a total of £1,600 towards their PGCE with 60 masters credits. This is payable via a payment plan.

A locally funded bursary scheme is available on application to a trainee’s main placement school. This is for fee-paying trainees only and is discretionary. The decision to offer this is made by the main placement school only.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

LETTA is an outstanding provider. See Ofsted report, Jan 2018 ( We offer up to 55 places.

All aspects of the inspection were outstanding ie:

  • Overall effectiveness
  • Trainee outcomes
  • Quality of training
  • Quality of leadership and management

The following points were highlighted by Ofsted in a rigorous inspection.


  • has a collaborative and personalised approach to supporting and developing trainees, building upon prior knowledge and expertise.
  • provides outstanding centre-based training every week of the school year. Trainees benefit from the expertise of school-based trainers, LETTA tutors and a wide range of highly knowledgeable external facilitators. Several have international reputations. eg., Dr. Bill Rogers, Jenny Mosley, Prof. Barry Hymer, Shirley Clarke, Pie Corbett.
  • provides an opportunity to visit other local schools, visit schools outside our local area and attend an outdoor science weekend in Oxford.
  • provides high-quality, bespoke training for mentors to ensure they are well prepared for their role in supporting trainees to be successful teachers.
  • provides continuing support for mentors via lead mentors and LETTA tutors.
  • provides placements in contrasting schools within the partnership and across the age-range of the course.
  • placements in a Special Educational Needs & Disability setting (SEND) are also possible.
  • arranges a week long collaborative creativity placement where trainees work together in small teams in classes across the partnership.
  • provides excellent pastoral support
  • provides a PGCE with 60 masters credits for all trainees

See LETTA prospectus, newsletters and tweets on (

Interview process

Interviews take place in one of our East London partnership schools.

Interviews give you the opportunity to demonstrate your subject knowledge in mathematics and why you have chosen teaching as a career. This will allow us to see your potential to work in a classroom setting.

Successful shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview consisting of:

Planning and leading a maths teaching activity with a small group of pupils A written task A maths subject knowledge related task A panel interview

LETTA will share interview arrangements and preparation materials with shortlisted candidates prior to the interview. The interview panel generally consists of between three to five members drawn from across the LETTA partnership.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

Ofsted recognised the importance that LETTA gives to inclusion and recognising individual needs.

‘Since the SCITT opened, 99.5% trainees have been graded at least good by the end of the course and a high proportion of them have achieved an outstanding grade. There are no significant differences between the attainment of different groups because leaders’ promotion of equality and diversity lies at the heart of the SCITT’s work.’ (Ofsted report, 2018, p.5)

Dyslexic trainees have achieved the same high standards as their peers. This includes achieving distinctions in the two PGCE module assignments.

Our partner university, Sheffield Hallam, provides access to all specialist equipment, counsellors and other student services that are provided for students at the university itself. See ( equality_and_diversity/index.html)

LETTA subscribes to the Employee Assistance Programme, part of the Education Support Partnership. This programme offers free, confidential support and guidance by qualified counsellors - 24/7, 365 days a year.

Some schools have lifts. There is good access to all LETTA schools. LETTA will discuss individual needs with applicants, in order to ensure the right schools are selected for training and needs are communicated.

Please note: LETTA will adjust the interview process for those with particular disabilities, on request.

Contact this training provider

020 7538 4925
Bygrove Primary School
Bygrove Street
E14 6DN

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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