Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance
Primary (2MZ6)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
UCL, University College London (University of 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


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).

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 the Early Years, 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 UCL Institute of Education for 15 days (10 days’ Professional Studies and five days subject-specific training) spread over the autumn and spring terms. The placement schools are responsible for providing an additional 45 days of 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.

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in very criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.

All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

Please follow this link for full course details: (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/teacher-training-programmes/primary-school-direct-salaried)

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
  • A formal interview

How school placements work

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 UCL Institute of Education (IOE) 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.


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 - (https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/advice/pay-pensions/pay-scales/pay-scales-fringe-outer-london-and-inner-london.html).

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



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
  • GCSEs - English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or 5. UCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from (www.equivalencytesting.com)

For full details please visit the UCL web page: (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/teacher-training-programmes)

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: You must have 3 years’ work experience in any field. At the point of application you must have 2.5 years of prior experience - this may or may not be school based.

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

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 College London, 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.

About the accredited body

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in very criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.

All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

For more information on the primary salaried route, including full course details and entry requirements please follow this link:


Contact details

Elmhurst Primary School
Upton Park Road
Forest Gate
E7 8JY


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