Oakthorpe Primary School Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship (3BQH)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
2Schools Consortium
Financial support

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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Oakthorpe Primary School operating as 2Schools Consortium provides the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship Level 6 (Primary) leading to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in line with the Teacher Apprenticeship Standards framework.

Ranked in the 10 best Teacher Training providers for Primary Teacher Training in 2015, 2Schools Consortium has been an accredited provider since 2002.

You will benefit from the expertise of an Outstanding (Ofsted, May 2014) teacher training provision working within a partnership of 30+ primary schools in North London across the Enfield, Harringay and Barnet local authorities.

Apprentices will be placed in and employed by the employer’s school for the duration of their course and will also have a second school placement.

The structure of the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship differs from existing ITT programmes as it lasts 12 months and has an end-point assessment (EPA) carried out by a different provider.

Apprentices will benefit from spending 20% of the week attending training led by experts practitioners and completing weekly academic tasks to develop their knowledge and understanding.

Training will be delivered both in school by school based mentors and during off-the-job sessions by school based trainers with QTS and specific expertise related to the Teacher Apprenticeship Standards.

On completion of this apprenticeship all apprentices will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards, for the awarding of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Once the Apprentice is an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) the end-point assessment must be completed within three months.

The end-point assessment comprises of:

  • A lesson observation observed, and assessed, by the independent assessor. A short professional dialogue about the observed lesson will follow this;

  • A professional discussion, which will assess the apprentices’ knowledge, skills and behaviours with regard to the Teachers’ Standards. The professional discussion will be held between the apprentice and a panel, composed of the independent assessor, a representative from the apprenticeship training provider and a representative from the employer who has been involved in the apprentice’s training and development (such as professional mentor or support tutor). The apprentice should bring with them a portfolio of work completed during Initial Teaching Training. The portfolio will not be assessed but will provide the apprentice with an aid to the professional discussion.

School placements

Most of the course is spent at the main placement school which will be one of the 30+ primary schools in the partnership across North London in a class under the supervision and guidance of an experienced and supportive mentor (often the class teacher or a senior member of the school’s staff).

Trainees on the course can choose to focus on EYFS and KS1 (3-7) or KS1 and 2 (5-11), but all trainees will be exposed to the primary curriculum.

The course will include a minimum of three placements/practices. One of these practices will take place in a partnership school and in a different KS.

Experience in school progresses from observing and working alongside the class teacher, to taking full responsibility, initially for individuals and groups, and later, for a whole class.

Throughout this experience trainees acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of the range of elements which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Apprenticeship Teachers’ Standards; from developing good relationships with children that promote learning, with other colleagues to working within a framework and national and school policies to deliver the Curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Degree from a United Kingdom Higher education institution or equivalent.

  • English, Maths and Science GCSE grade C/4 or above or the equivalent

If your qualifications were awarded abroad, you must submit proof of equivalency from NARIC with your application.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage own work load

  • Ability to combine work and study

  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues

  • Ability to build relationships with children that promote learning

  • Clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills

  • An interest in and enjoyment of working with children

  • Ability to reflect on own practice and learning and listen to advice

  • An understanding of children’s needs

  • An understanding of the professional boundaries related to child protection procedures

  • Willingness to implement and promote equal opportunities policies

Other requirements

With the removal of the skills tests, we will be seeking evidence of a candidate’ proficiency in maths and English.

All offers of appointment are conditional upon a satisfactory criminal record (DBS) check, satisfactory outcome of a health questionnaire and two references that meet safer recruitment requirements.


Details of salary will be published in due course.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

2Schools Consortium has been an accredited provider since 2002 and has a wealth of experience in mentoring trainees and in delivering training.

The 2Schools Consortium (Ofsted Outstanding, May 2014) consists of a lead school, Oakthorpe Primary School, in Enfield, and approximately 30 partnership schools where trainees are placed.

All trainees on the 2Schools Consortium School Direct Salaried Programme have the opportunity to work towards a PGCE award which will be validated by the University of Brighton.

Quotes: “This course has provided me with so much knowledge to prepare me for working in the field. The training team have all been fantastic mentors and encouraged me throughout my years training, keeping me on track and providing me with endless support. The training team continuously look for ways to improve the course and listen to the suggestions we make, leading to us having training sessions that were both relevant and engaging from trainers we enjoyed. Overall I have really enjoyed my training year and feel well prepared to undertake my new adventure in September! Thank you :)” NQT July 2020

“I don’t think I could have found a more positive, supportive provider for my training. The training team themselves have gone out of their way to support us this year. The teaching staff have been wonderful mentors and I have learnt so much from them. I wish I could do it all over again.”NQT July 2020

Interview process

Applicants are shortlisted by the training team according to a scoring system against our (person specification)[http://www.2schools.org/school-direct/what-are-we-looking-for/]. and if successful are invited for interview. The interview lasts half a day and usually takes place at the lead school Oakthorpe Primary.

If successful at interview candidates will be invited to the next stage in the interview process, which involves the delivery of a half hour literacy or maths session observed by one of the school’s leaders and a member from the provider’s management board. There will also be time spent in class and candidates will need to take our internally set maths and literacy tests. Maths will be at approximately KS3 level and literacy will be an extended writing task.

Applicants who are successful at interview, are offered a conditional place. These are subject to:

  • Satisfactory references

  • Satisfactory medical assessment and Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

  • National and Local Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • Satisfactory completion of between 1 and 5 days in one of our schools (this will depend on your experience)

The purpose of the additional days in school is to ensure that following the School Direct Programme (Salaried) with us is the right decision for both the candidate and the Consortium. It is also an opportunity for the Consortium to gain information about the candidate to inform the initial needs analysis and the setting of pre-course tasks.

We run information sessions to support applicants. Please check in our News & events section.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At 2Schools we want to enable everyone to reach their full potential. After all teaching is the profession that unlocks potential in children. If you do have and declare a disability we will do everything we reasonably can to make special arrangements. Please provide details on your application form so that we can ensure this happens. This will not affect your application. We are committed to provide equality and fairness for all in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. We have regularly successfully supported a number of trainees with dyslexia, mental health conditions and learning difficulties and will continue to provide high level of support for any disability.

Contact details

0208 807 6906
Tile Kiln Lane
N13 6BY

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