West Hertfordshire Teaching School
Primary (2TWW)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Hertfordshire
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 Salaried Primary course is a full time, one year Initial Teacher Education qualification for people who want to become a primary school teacher and earn a salary whilst training. It has been designed to enable you to demonstrate evidence of having met the Teachers’ Standards that lead to Qualified Teacher Status for the Primary Age Phase. Trainees will be employed by their placement school and paid a salary equivalent to point one on the unqualified teacher scale. You are not required to pay tuition fees.

You will attend taught sessions at The university of Hertfordshire for one day a week. There you will be supported and taught by specialist tutors with excellent experience, knowledge and research informed expertise. You will also spend four days a week in your placement school. Partnership schools provide opportunities for you to learn about pedagogical approaches relevant to the full range of National Curriculum subjects and the professional responsibilities of all teachers.

You will have two School Based Training placements, where, with the support of a Teacher Mentor and a University Tutor, you will develop your skills to become an excellent classroom teacher. Training to teach is exciting, rewarding and demanding. By the end of the course you will be well prepared for employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

Interview process

Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview.

Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview.The interview will take place at West Hertfordshire Teaching School (based at Bovingdon Primary Academy) and involve a panel with representatives from The Teaching School and members of its alliance of schools.

You will be required to:

  • teach a short lesson
  • complete a reading and writing task
  • answer a series of formal questions

Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare for the interview.

How school placements work

Trainees will have two school placements in addition to other placement visits during the programme and will be supported by mentors, visiting tutors and the University team, trainees will also spend time in a special school.

Most trainees will come to interview having already found a school placement. Exceptional candidates, without a school placement, will be matched up with a suitable school following interview. A candidate may have to travel across the county to a suitable placement school.


Schools employ trainees during their training period as unqualified teachers. Trainees are paid at point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale.

There are no fees for this course.

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.



  • Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC.
  • GCSE Grade 4 or above in English, mathematics and science/biology/chemistry/physics/additional science or applied science(Grade C or above under the old grading structure).
  • Original certificates will need to be shown at interview
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates with a real passion for teaching. You will need to be self-motivated and resilient with a drive to make a difference to the lives of young people. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are vital in classrooms of today alongside the ability to be organised and adaptable . As a successful candidate you will be able to provide evidence of empathy, respect and an inclusive attitude.

Other requirements

Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview. We recommend that applicants undertake observation time in a state school prior to interview but this is not essential.

At interview applicants will also need to show some knowledge of the school curriculum as well as the Teachers’ Standards.

About the training provider

Teaching Schools are identified as having a key role in ensuring trainee teachers see and learn from truly outstanding practice. The West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership is committed to training our next generation of outstanding teachers. Led by two outstanding academies in Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon, we are supported by an alliance of over 70 Primary and Secondary schools, within the county of Hertfordshire.

Entering into our eighth year of recruiting and training future teachers in Hertfordshire, for the academic year 2019-2020, we are working in collaboration with our Training Providers, SAF Pilgrim Partnership and The University of Hertfordshire.

One of the many advantages of training to be a teacher with West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership is the personalised programme of training and support we offer. All trainee teachers work alongside an experienced mentor and with professional tutors who can guide them skilfully through their training year.

Visit our website to find out more about the School Direct training opportunities that are available with the West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership 2019-2020.

About the accredited body

Our accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training for the School Direct Salaried route is The University of Hertfordshire. The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Education (ITE).

Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections and in the Guardian and Times League tables, it is recognised as a very good quality training provider by local employers and graduate employability is amongst the highest in the country.

Training with disabilities and other needs

SAF ITT is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

What do we mean by disability? The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.

Contact details

01442 406545
High Street


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