Bowes Primary School Primary (38TD)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Middlesex University
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 overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
Other, 4 terms.
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The Apprenticeship programme is an employment-based route offering you a way to qualify as a teacher (QTS) while based mainly in a school. The content and the focus of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs. You will also have the benefit of receiving training from Middlesex University and making use of their extensive resources, including the library and student support services.

Our Apprenticeship programme also provides you with the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification (PGCert Teaching), which can be used towards a Masters award in the future. This will enable you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching, as you develop into a critically reflective practitioner.

All apprenticeship programmes have to be at least 12 months and this programme lasts for four terms.

School placements

The schools within our partnership are all located within the London Borough of Enfield. When identifying schools for each candidate we consider home locations and travel options. All of our schools have good public transport links. The teaching age ranges that we can offer are within the primary phase (3 -11). Our current partnership includes approx. 10 Enfield primary schools. The majority of your training will be spent in your employing school, however there is a second setting placement in one of our partnership schools for half a term (6 weeks).

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and hard working trainee teachers who can bring learning to life for our children. Every day in school is different so you will need to be flexible and adaptable. We would like you to have had some experience of working with young people of primary age, but this does not need to be paid work. It could be helping with a sports team, drama group, youth group or voluntary work in schools. We welcome career changers and the skills that can be transferred between professions.


Trainees are paid on the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale (Outer London) at a minimum of Point 1.

There are no fees to be paid by the candidate to gain QTS.

Fees and financial support

Financial support from the training provider

As salaried employees, you will not be eligible for any training bursaries or student maintenance loans.

About the training provider

Bowes Primary School is a Lead School for Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships and School Direct (tuition fee) placements. We have a number of partnership schools working with us to deliver fantastic teacher training. We work in partnership with Middlesex University to grow our next round of future teachers and leaders.

Bowes Primary School has worked with trainee teachers for over 15 years, with a large number of our previous School Direct and Graduate Teachers trainees now employed in middle and senior leadership roles. We currently have 8 trainees (2021-22) and had 10 trainees (2020-2021) in seven local partnership schools. We work very closely on Initial Teacher Training and are able to provide cross phase opportunities.

The schools in our Trust offer a range of experiences, working alongside happy and friendly children, and hardworking and ambitious staff. All the schools have experience of teacher training and are able to coach and mentor trainees through the programme, producing good and outstanding trainees who go on to complete their ECT Induction with confidence.

Interview process

Bowes Primary School, as the Lead school in the partnership, will coordinate the selection and recruitment process. If shortlisted for interview, candidates will spend a full day in school participating in the following:

  • A 20 minute observed session with a small group of children
  • A written and maths task
  • Presentation
  • Group discussion
  • A formal individual interview

Members of the partnership and Middlesex University will be involved throughout the day and will have an equal say in the selection. It is a rigorous and thorough process to ensure applicants are matched to the employing school.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Within our partnership of schools and alongside Middlesex University we aim to provide an inclusive environment which caters for all trainees. We have supported trainees with disabilities and other needs, including dyslexia and mental health conditions.

Accessibility varies between locations, including some schools which are located over three floors with no lift access. However, this can be discussed and appropriate locations identified.

Contact this training provider

07957 076602
Bowes Primary School
Bowes Rd
Arnos Grove
N11 2HL

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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