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Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance Primary (2MZ6)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of East London
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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is an employment-based route into teaching. When you apply to the Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance, you could be placed in Elmhurst or one of the other schools in our alliance. On the School Direct salaried route you will earn a salary while you train.

Students will be part of a school team from the start and will receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. Teaching experience will prepare students for a Key Stage 1/2 focus. Opportunities will exist to build networks with fellow trainees.

This programme will prepare students for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012). However, there is an option to complete the PGCE units alongside the salaried training year (completing 2 modules at level 7) at a cost to the trainee of £2,600.

There are two compulsory school placements. Students are expected to complete the associated tasks, and to build a portfolio of evidence during the academic year to demonstrate they have met national teaching standards.

Students do not undertake academic credits on this programme. However, all components will need to be assessed to gain QTS.

Placement: As part of the programme students will spend time in placement at a school, during which time their teaching practice will be supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. Placements will focus on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. For this programme students will spend the majority of the programme in school, employed as an unqualified teacher.

Teaching and learning: The programme is delivered via a series of lectures and workshops at the University of East London (UEL) for 20 days spread over the autumn, spring and summer terms. The placement schools are responsible for providing additional training activities, alongside the practical teaching experience. Students are assessed on their practical teaching and their progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio.

University of East London is one of London’s leading centres for teacher training. All UEL School Direct students have full access to UEL student support services and facilities.

For additional information about School Direct at UEL please follow this link: (

School placements

If you are successful as a trainee you will move from a ‘class-share’ situation to being the main teacher very quickly. You will receive front-loaded training provided by the University of East London (UEL) to ensure you have the necessary skills to take on whole-class responsibilities.

Most of your school experience will be based in your host school, one of the schools in the Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance. You will have a second shorter placement in the Spring term in an alternative key stage within another school in our alliance.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Entry requirements:

  • A first degree - A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • A levels desirable
  • GCSEs - English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or 4 or higher. UEL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UEL can guide you to an appropriate equivalence testing provider.

Personal qualities

What we are looking for:

  • Highly dedicated individuals who believe they can make a difference to children’s lives.
  • Candidates with a strong academic background and evidence of their own positive attitude to learning.
  • Reflective people who show willingness to adapt and change in order to best meet the needs of the children.

Other requirements

Work experience: 3 years’ work experience in any field is desirable. At the point of application 2.5 years of prior experience is desirable - this may or may not be school based. We will assess work experience of a lesser time than this on an individual basis but prefer a substantial amount of experience due to the nature of the salaried training route being on the job training.

School experience: Two weeks of in school classroom experience is recommended prior to applying.


On the School Direct salaried route you will receive a salary whilst you train.

Trainee teachers are paid according to the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale and the location of the employing school. The minimum you can expect to be paid is point 1 on the scale.

To get an idea of the pay you can expect, please click on the link: (

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

You can train to be a teacher in East London with Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance. The School Direct scheme is designed to train up the next generation of high-quality primary teachers, and at ETSA, we draw upon the experience and excellence of our schools across East London to ensure our trainees have a supportive start to their teaching careers. In partnership with the University of East London (UEL), our trainees work to gain Qualified Teacher Status in one academic year.

If you want to work in a diverse and exciting area, make a profound difference to children’s lives and earn a competitive salary, then you should consider becoming a teacher with ETSA.

There are two routes – Salaried and Tuition-Funded. Explore your options to decide which routes you are eligible for, and which one is most suitable for you.

Interview process

Interview: We will interview all shortlisted candidates prior to making an offer of training.

The interview process will include:

  • Observation of teaching
  • A written task
  • Subject knowledge test in maths
  • A formal interview

All successful applicants will have a follow up interview at UEL.

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability that you need to declare we can discuss at interview stage how we can best accomodate your needs.

Contact this training provider

Elmhurst Primary School
Upton Park Road
Forest Gate
E7 8JY

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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