London East Teacher Training Alliance Primary (3-7) (SEND) (T925)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our training programme has been highly commended in our Ofsted report.
See our LETTA NQTs talking about the programme. (

Our partner schools are in Tower Hamlets or Newham. Please see our prospectus on ( for current partner schools. Training days take place at Stebon Primary, E14.

Trainees are out of school once a week and sometimes on other occasions. The training covers various topics eg.,

  • Mindset theory
  • Learning theories
  • Child development
  • Planning
  • Assessment
  • Behaviour for Learning/Behaviour Management
  • Philosophy for children (p4c)
  • Shared/guided reading/phonics
  • English/Maths/Science
  • Foundation subjects
  • Drama/Dance
  • RE
  • Safeguarding
  • Children’s wellbeing
  • Trainees’ wellbeing

Sessions are led by school practitioners, LETTA tutors, consultants, authors, nationally known figures, eg., Prof. Barry Hymer, Pie Corbett, Dr. Bill Rogers, Shirley Clarke, Tom Sherrington

Trainees are in school for four days a week. Over the course of the year, the amount of planning and teaching gradually increases so that trainees become accomplished teachers ready for their first year as an Early Career Teacher. Trainees work alongside an expert class teacher/mentor who consistently demonstrates good and outstanding practice. Trainees also learn by observing expert colleagues, mentors and school staff, and focusing upon children’s learning. Trainees attend all school inset and meetings and are part of the school team.

Trainees also have experiences of other schools including Phoenix School (autism focus) and for the 5-11 group, a secondary school. (KS3 focus) The programme also includes visits to other primary schools and settings.

There is an opportunity for a science field trip to Oxford. LETTA has a strong emphasis on creativity. Drama, dance and cross-curricular learning is a feature of all our programmes.

The PGCE is led by tutors from Sheffield Hallam University who visit us to deliver the course. There are two assignments. The first is about classroom talk and the second a collaborative lesson study - an area of research chosen by trainees, working together.

LETTA monitors workload carefully. We build in study days into the LETTA timetable, keep paperwork relevant to trainees’ learning and provide personal and pastoral support when necessary. We use OneFile as our e-portfolio platform.

LETTA prides itself in giving wellbeing a priority. We encourage social events, and discussion and communication so we can support each other and celebrate successes, no matter how small. We will get to know you as individuals.

School placements

LETTA use their experience with school partners to match successful applicants with schools and mentors. Trainees will be able to visit schools to ensure they are comfortable in that setting and ensure the journey to school is doable. We will consider personal circumstances eg., for parents, disabilities that require some careful thought about school suitability.

In addition to the main school placement, there are 3 shorter placements during the year:

  • Other Key Stage/Age Phase – 4 weeks in the autumn term
  • Second School – 5 weeks in the spring term
  • Collaborative creativity placement – 1 week in the spring term

The collaborative creativity placement involves 4/5 trainees working in groups to deliver a creative curriculum within the same class. It’s an opportunity to try out new learning and really ‘go to town’ and enjoy the collaborative experience in a new class. Trainees tell us that this is a highlight of the year.

If a trainee is on a 3-7 course, placements will cover this age range. Likewise, on the 5-11 course, placements will cover the breadth of the years represented.

Trainees based at special needs schools, will have a mainstream placement in the autumn term and spend most of the spring term in another mainstream school

Trainees who are on a specialism will have additional activities eg., visits, talking with senior leaders, attending additional courses. Most of these will be in school time.

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.

Please see the prospectus on ( which lists current school partners.

Please note - Covid impact (may still be relevant):
How and when placements occur may change due to Covid. Any unavoidable change to placements does not impact on a trainee’s recommendation for QTS,

LETTA tutors may not be able to visit schools as anticipated but plans are in place to monitor and discuss progress.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We accept equivalencies from AStar and Equivalency Testing. ( (

Personal qualities

Learning to be a teacher requires hard work, commitment and resilience. Without a genuine passion and high level of motivation, then these qualities are undermined. You need these qualities to overcome any problem that you meet. We look for people who can manage their time well, be organised and reflect honestly in their practice. We need people who can collaborate, share and have good social skills to enable them to liaise successfully with a range of professional adults, colleagues and parents.
Most of all, you must enjoy being with children and appreciate the importance of your role in their lives.

Other requirements

The following is needed before training.

  • Enhanced DBS
  • Fit for post check through a confidential questionnaire
  • An ENIC statement for overseas qualifications with a translation
  • Proof of residential status in the UK
  • Photo ID
  • Evidence of current address
  • Passes in LETTA pre-entry tests - English & maths

  • It’s desirable, not compulsory, to have some experience of schools before applying.




We have two routes into teaching - salaried teaching apprenticeship or fee-paying.
Course fees for the fee-paying route are £9,250. For tuition and maintenance loans, see the Student Loans Company. Self-funding is also possible. Those on a fee-paying route maybe able to secure an untaxed bursary from their training school. This is a discretionary school decision and not a LETTA decision.

Currently, salaried teaching apprenticeship trainees receive a salary at Point One on the Unqualified Teachers Scale. The PGCE with 60 masters credits needs to be paid for by the trainee. It will be approx £1,650*. LETTA has a payment plan to spread the cost over the year. Trainees on a salaried route cannot access loans from the SLC to pay for it.

  • tbc nearer the start of the programme

NOTE: LETTA can offer a salaried apprenticeship training place but this also depends on the availability of school funding support. If unavailable an alternative place may be offered. This would be unsalaried but possibly with a bursary (see above).

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

Please note: The process below may change due to Covid. The interview maybe online. Applicants will be notified about precise procedures and activities.

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

  1. A mini-teach with a small group of children - 10 mins
  2. A written task - 20 mins
  3. An interview - 30 mins (est)

Applicants can choose the mini-teach year group from Reception to Year 5. The subject area will be guided by LETTA. No projectors are available for this. We need to see applicants interacting with children. The criteria will be sent to successful applicants.

Please note: those on the maths specialism must do a maths mini-teach.

LETTA send out the written task topic a few days before the interview. So applicants can prepare. It requires applicants to look and respond to a you tube clip.

Please note: those applying for a specialism, will have an additional written task.

The interview panel will have between 3 and 5 interviewers from the LETTA partnership. The panel is usually drawn from partner head teachers and LETTA staff.

LETTA will adjust the interview process for interviewees with particular needs, on request.

Interviews are held at either Bygrove Primary School, E14 or Stebon Primary School, E14. Both schools have good public transport links.

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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