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Bourton Meadow Academy Primary (E141)

QTS part time

Accredited body
Bourton Meadow Initial Teacher Training Centre
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 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
September 2021 - December 2022
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This is a part-time, non-salaried primary general (5 - 11 years) course, leading to QTS. The course will run from September 2021 – December 2022 and trainees will train three days a week (Wednesday – Friday).

The course has three key elements:

School-based training

From the first day in September, trainees commence their training within their main placement school, enabling them to become an integral part of the teaching team and quickly form strong relationships with colleagues, pupils and parents/carers. They will spend time in school each week, working alongside an experienced teacher tutor who will provide daily coaching and support. This school experience is complemented further by a second placement in a contrasting setting and key stage. This placement usually takes place towards the end of the third term.

Centre-based training

In addition to the school-based training, all trainees will attend weekly core training sessions which take place in a range of venues across the partnership on Fridays. These sessions provide a coherent, well-sequenced programme, which meets the statutory requirements of the Core Content Framework.

Part-time trainees will attend the same sessions as the full-time trainees to help them feel part of the main cohort and to give them equal opportunities to benefit from peer support and the sharing of ideas and good practice.

Academic Study

Trainees are also required to complete two QTS assignments, which help to embed key aspects of the core curriculum and support their development towards the Teachers’ Standards.

The assessment of trainees forms an important part of the programme, as it enables trainees to reflect on how well they are mastering the core curriculum and gaining proficiency in fundamental skills in English and maths. Ongoing formative assessments are embedded within the programme, helping trainees to identify their strengths and areas for development at all stages of their training.

Towards the end of the programme (December 2022), trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and after demonstrating that they are meeting these requirements, a recommendation is made for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Great care has been taken to ensure that evidence collection is both purposeful and manageable.

School placements

Generally, trainees will have two school placements during the course: a main placement and a second placement.

Main Placement: This is the school in which the trainee will spend most of their time. By remaining with the same class for the majority of the first year, trainees develop a secure understanding of pupils’ progress over time, how this is tracked and used to inform future teaching. During the first three terms (year 1), trainees will typically spend two days in school and 1 day (Friday) at core training. In the fourth term (Year 2), trainees will have completed the centre-based training and will therefore remain in school for the full three days.

Second Placement: During the first year, a second placement will take place in the summer term (May-July), giving trainees the opportunity to experience a contrasting setting and different key stage. During this time, centre-based training is reduced, increasing the number of days in school.

Second placement familiarisation days provide trainees with an opportunity to spend time in their new school, prior to the placement commencing. This enables trainees to familiarise themselves with the school’s ethos, routines and planning and form strong relationships with colleagues, helping them to maximise their progress during this short but vital phase of training.

Enhancement Visits: These visits are built into our core training programme, giving trainees regular opportunity to spend time in different schools and settings, enabling them teach in a wide range of contexts. Enhancement visits focus on specific areas such as behaviour management, Pupil Premium, Special Educational Needs (SEND) and transition from KS2 to KS3. However, in support of our personalised training programme, training managers can arrange additional visits, if a trainee has a specific interest they would like to pursue.

Bourton Meadow arranges placements on behalf of trainees. When selecting schools, we consider a wide range of factors including geographical location, preferred key stage, type of school, previous experience, chosen course etc. However, we are also able to accommodate requests for a specific school (with the Headteacher’s agreement) if an applicant already has a link with the school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • BA degree or equivalent qualification (preferably 2:2 or better)
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English language (or equivalent qualification)
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in mathematics (or equivalent qualification)
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in a science (or equivalent qualification)
  • Ability to demonstrate proficiency with fundamental skills in English and maths (a prerequisite for QTS)

If you studied outside of the UK, you should contact the National Academic Recognition Centre website ( to obtain written confirmation that your qualifications are of an equivalent level to the required UK GCSEs and undergraduate degree.

Personal qualities

We aim to recruit individuals who can:

  • demonstrate a passion for teaching and a genuine concern for children’s welfare
  • demonstrate good subject knowledge, particularly in maths and English
  • communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
  • show resilience and perseverance
  • manage time effectively and work well under pressure
  • proactively seek opportunities to enhance their training
  • form positive relationships with individuals from all walks of life
  • support the values, attitudes and ethos of our partnership schools
  • maintain high standard of professionalism
  • reflect on their own practice and act upon advice received

Other requirements

  • Fit to Teach health assessment

  • Enhanced DBS check

  • Prohibition Check

We usually recommend that applicants gain a small amount of experience within a primary school, in order to gain first-hand experience of a classroom environment and a small insight into the role of a teacher. However, this is not a requirement of the course and we understand that this may not be possible, due to the current restrictions in schools.

Please visit our website to discover other ways of gaining an insight into the course and the profession as a whole. (

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,500.

The fee is broken down as follows:

  • Year 1: £6,000 (September 2021 - July 2022)
  • Year 2: £3,500 (September 2022 - December 2022)

In addition to the fees, you will also be required to cover the cost of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application (Approx. £45), which is a prerequisite for working in schools. This is a one-off payment prior to the commencement of training.

Also, immediately before starting the programme, you will be asked to sit a free, online diagnostic maths assessment through Elevate My Maths. If this assessment identifies any areas of fundamental maths skills requiring further subject knowledge development, you will be asked to complete an interactive module to enhance your skills in each of the required areas. Following this, you will then be able to complete a free summative test in order to demonstrate your proficiency in maths, prior to QTS. (There are 7 modules in total and the interactive modules cost £5 plus VAT each. However, you will not need to complete all 7 modules - only the ones that require further study, as identified through the diagnostic assessment.)

About the training provider

Bourton Meadow Initial Teacher Training Centre (BMITTC) has a long history of training exceptional teachers. The teacher training centre is attached to Bourton Meadow Academy and operates within the Campfire Education Trust.

Based in Buckingham, the partnership is ideally placed between Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Oxford and Northampton.

It is an established provider of initial teacher training - recognised by Ofsted (2014) as an outstanding provider and has been since its formation in 2000.

A very unique and important aspect of our training programme is the regular meetings with an experienced training manager from Bourton Meadow, which take place every 2-3 weeks.

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career but it is not an easy one. These planned and regular face-to-face meetings (in addition to the time you’ll spend with school-based colleagues) provide you with the highest level of support. By being with you every step of the way, we can ensure your wellbeing and progress on the course and really personalise the training you receive, to ensure you reach your full potential – both now and in the future.

Other benefits of training with Bourton Meadow include:

  • Opportunity to work alongside skilled practitioners on a daily basis

  • Large focus on practical experience and application of skills across the full national curriculum

  • Regular feedback on your teaching and the impact it’s had on pupil progress

  • A coherent and well-sequenced training programme, which delivers the statutory core curriculum.

  • A flexible training programme, responsive to trainees’ evolving needs

About the accredited body

Bourton Meadow ITTC is an established, outstanding provider of initial teacher training. It accredits School Direct courses for two lead school partnerships: Bourton Meadow Academy (Primary General: 5 - 11 years) and Bedgrove Infant School (Primary General: 3 - 7 years). All trainees, regardless of the route, benefit from the same high-quality training and support, including very regular visits from a training manager.

Working within the Campfire Education Trust, it shares three core values: supportive, cooperative and adventurous. To find out more about these values and how they underpin our training programme, please visit our website. (

Interview process

It is our aim to recruit the highest quality applicants into the profession.

For this reason, we carry out a rigorous, three-stage selection process.

(Due to the current circumstances with Covid-19, recruitment is being carried out remotely, via video conferencing.)

Stage 1: An application sift is carried out by course leaders to check for minimum academic requirements as well as strong references. To enable your application to be processed more quickly, please ensure you include a full work history, with no gaps.

Stage 2: Applicants are invited to attend a (virtual) selection day, where they will take part in a range of activities including a maths and English task as well as a short presentation linked to a lesson idea.

These tasks enable us to identify applicants who possess good subject knowledge, as well as desired characteristics and interpersonal skills.

Stage 3: Formal interview

This interview lasts approximately 20 minutes and consists of a series of questions which enable the applicant to share more information about their previous experience and to elaborate on the skills they can bring to the profession. We look for evidence that the applicant has a thorough understanding of the role of a class teacher and what this entails on a daily basis.

Following a successful interview, a conditional offer is made. This offer is conditional on the applicant obtaining any pending qualifications, an Enhanced DBS check and a ‘Fit to Teach’ health assessment.

Safeguarding is at the forefront of our selection and recruitment.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We strongly encourage skilled and talented applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including those with a disability.

We therefore endeavour to cater for trainees’ individual needs, through the application and selection process, as well as the duration of the training programme by working in collaboration with our schools to make reasonable adjustments, as recommended by occupational health.

Placements are carefully chosen to ensure that the specific needs of an individual can be met within the setting and this includes accessibility for trainees with a physical disability.

The regular visits by a training manager from Bourton Meadow enable us to keep in close contact with trainees and to personalise the training and support they receive. Wellbeing is given high priority within these meetings and training managers are experienced at supporting trainees in different ways.

In the past, trainees with dyslexia have benefitted from additional visits and meetings to support them with the completion and organisation of course-related paperwork, as well as time management. Bourton Meadow ITTC can also help to signpost trainees to various organisations who can provide more specialist advice.

As a result of these measures, data analysis from the last three years demonstrates that there are no differences in the outcomes of trainees with a known disability compared to those with no disability.

Please contact us if you have a disability or other need and would like to discuss any specific requirements before applying to our training programme, as we would welcome the opportunity to do so.

Contact this training provider

01280 823374
Bourton Meadow Academy
Burleigh Piece
MK18 7HX

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021