The Federation of St. Elphege’s Catholic Schools Primary (2S92)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

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


Course summary

This course offers the candidate in-school training over the course of one academic year. The candidate is able to train with children of different ages and can choose a Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 training programme. The course consists of weekly observations by a school based mentor (SBM) and observations by an e-Qualitas representative a few times a term. The candidate will need to build a portfolio of evidence to meet the Teaching Standards throughout the year. The candidate will have the opportunity to train for a period of time in a different school setting and a different Key Stage.

Identify the age range you think you would like to focus on during the training The options are:

  • Ages 3 to 7 ie Nursery and Reception (Early Years) and Years 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1)
  • Ages 5 to 9 ie Years 1 to 4 inclusive (Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2)
  • Ages 7 to 11 ie Years 3 to 6 inclusive (Key Stage 2)

Visiting primary schools will give you an insight into the teacher’s role, and help you decide whether you are more suited to teaching the younger or the older pupils. A good choice is the middle age range ie Years 1 to 4 inclusive, as you have to know about Early Years and about upper Key Stage 2 although during your training you concentrate on teaching Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2.

School placements

The candidate will be placed at one of our schools in the alliance. They will spend the first half term working in a class with their school based mentor before moving to another year group for the second half term. From January to February half term, the candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience in a different school in the alliance. The candidate will then return back to the host school and continue their experience in a different year group than one they have previously worked in. Finally, the candidate will return back to the original class they began their school based training in to consolidate learning for the final term.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School
173 Pampersford Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6DF
St Elphege’s RC Infant School (Main Site)
Mollison Drive, Roundshaw, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 9HY
St Elphege’s RC Junior School (Main Site)
St Elphege’s RC Junior School, Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 9HY
St Mary’s Catholic Junior School
Shorts Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PB
St Mary’s Catholic Nursery & Infant Schools
West Street, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PT

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.

Third party equivalency tests accepted. Candidate will need to pay for this.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,200.

About the training provider

The Federation of St. Elphege’s Catholic Schools is based in Wallington, Greater London. St. Elphege’s aims to improve teaching and learning in all areas of the primary curriculum, working tirelessly to stay at the forefront of government initiatives and pilot schemes. St Elphege’s Infants was a Teaching School from 2014-2021. ITT enables graduates to become qualified teachers through a variety of different routes such as School Direct, Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) placements and Bachelor of Education (Bed) placements. The schools offer tailored support for each individual candidate. All student teachers that have been trained through St Elphege’s have completed the course graded good or outstanding and have been employed immediately. Working alongside our alliance partners, we have created a robust and exciting CPD programme for teachers with different levels of experience.

Interview process

You are asked to plan and teach a half hour lesson with a story focus in a class. As part of this, you will be asked to provide a lesson plan for the session and copies of resources you will use for the children’s activities.

Written exercises:

  • Grammar activity
  • Mathematics activity
  • Writing activity


  • Approximately 45 minutes interview

Portfolio of evidence You will be asked to bring with you to the interview a small portfolio of evidence to reflect upon your practice in school. When collating this, you should think about a range of activities you will have completed with children to show your skills as a potential teacher.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

We will treat all people with dignity and respect, valuing the diversity of all. We will promote equality of opportunity and diversity. We will eliminate all forms of discrimination including race, gender, caring responsibilities, disability, age, social class and religion or belief.

Our aim is to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and prejudice and embed this in all our policies, procedures, day-to-day practices within our schools and the wider community.

Contact this training provider

St Elphege's RC Schools
Mollison Drive

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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