City Excellence in Teaching
Primary (38SQ)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

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


About the course

Our Primary School Direct Training programme is an innovative route that is delivered in the heart of a rejuvenated East London. City Excellence in Teaching (CET) is an immersive experience. You will work within our partner schools, and become part of a larger community of committed professionals. You will be part of the team.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about working in an inner-London context and see primary teaching as significantly contributing to the life chances of young people.

We work with e-Qualitas who provide subject training days outside of your in school experience, and you are supported through online learning tools. Our trainees choose this provider as the training allows more autonomy and you are not tied to attending lots of face-to-face training at a university.

We offer supplementary training through our ‘Enhanced Professional Studies’ programme. These sessions bring trainees together from across our cluster and builds a network of professionals who have chosen to train to teach in inner London schools. These training sessions ensure that you are prepared to meet the challenges, and make the most of the opportunities, that this unique context brings.

You are able to research out partner schools in advance and you are only placed in schools within a pre-defined local area. Read more about placements below.

To find out more about our offer please go to our website:

Or visit the e-Qualitas website for details of their support

Interview process

Stage1: Your application form is received by Mulberry School for Girls, as the lead school for the City Excellence in Teaching partnership. We will contact you to inform you if you are being invited to stage one of the selection process. This will be held at one of our partner primary schools.

The Stage 1 process includes:

  • Delivering a teaching sequence
  • A written task
  • A panel interview.

At Stage 1 we are looking to see that you have the potential to be a successful trainee teacher. We want to know why you are interested in teaching in inner London, and what drives your passion for teaching.

If you are successful in stage one of the selection process you will be recommended to e-qualitas.

Stage 2: e-Qualitas hold stage 2 of the selection process. They will set you pre-training activities to complete and will conduct a school visit, meeting you at your employing school.

Examples of pre-training activities can be found here:

How school placements work

City Excellence is a school based ITE programme which offers you the experience of working within a thriving and successful inner-city context and the opportunity to teach in two or three of the cluster schools. You will complete placements in schools within our cluster. You complete your main placement in one school and then complete one, or possibly two, other shorter placements throughout the year. The school placements must be contrasting and there is a lot of diversity within our cluster of schools. One benefit of applying to train to teach through us is that you know that all of your placements will be within a pre-defined local area. This offers you security and means that you can research the schools in advance. You will experience teaching in different settings and will deepen your understanding of inner-city learning contexts. A large proportion of your training will be in classrooms. Our cluster includes primary and secondary schools and so there is an opportunity to teach for a short period in a different phase.

As a School Direct trainee you will begin your training at the start of the academic year. The programme runs for one year and you achieve QTS only at the end of it. e-Qualitas have options for you to study for a PGCE in your NQT year if you would like to.


The course fees for 2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,000
EU students £8,000

Tuition fee: Trainees pay e-Qualitas a tuition fee of £6,000 + VAT + £2,000 disbursement which is forwarded to the school.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study - note that you'll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Trainees may be eligible for a student loan of up to £6,000; information is available from Student Finance England. Some trainees will be eligible for a bursary, as explained on the DfE website.



e-Qualitas requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language, Maths and Science at grade C/5 or above. e-Qualitas does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing e-Qualitas will only accept tests from”

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Personal qualities

-Ability to engage interest and communicate your own enthusiasm for your subject -Good subject knowledge and commitment to professional development if necessary -Commitment to working with young people in an inner-city context -Ability to explain ideas clearly and to think on your feet -Evidence of good interpersonal skills -Awareness of current educational issues -Ability to reflect and respond to professional critique

Other requirements

• We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.

• If your application is successful, The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Be aware that if your application is successful, you will need to complete a DBS check before commencing your placement in a school.

About the training provider

City Excellence in Teaching is an innovative school-based initial teacher education (ITE) programme devised and facilitated by a cluster of fifteen schools with an excellent history of high quality ITE provision. We offer you the experience of working within a thriving and successful inner city context. Our schools are mostly in Tower Hamlets with one school in Southwark and another in Greenwich. We work in partnership with UCL Institute of Eduction, Kings College London and EQualitas who we register our school direct trainees with, and with whom you will gain your accreditation. We work with different providers for different subjects and phases in order to ensure the highest quality provision.

Our mission is to ensure high quality teacher education with a specific focus on teaching in a global inner city context. We are incredibly proud of the education we provide for young people in Tower Hamlets and are keen to work with trainee teachers who share our passion and commitment to ensure the best for inner city children. We offer supplementary training through our ‘Enhanced Professional Studies’ programme. This is an addition to training provided by your placement school and our partner HEIs and SCITT. These sessions bring trainees together from across our cluster and builds a network of professionals who have chosen to begin their career in inner London. We ensure that you are prepared to meet the challenges, and make the most of the opportunities, that this unique context brings.

For more information please see our website:

About the accredited body

e-Qualitas is a School Centered Initial Teacher Training provider.

The key strengths of this provider are:

  • Highly personalised training that is very well structured to enable trainees, with support, to take control of their own development.
  • Expert visiting tutors who provide excellent individualised training for trainees.
  • Rigorous and well-embedded quality assurance systems that lead to continually improving provision and to the promotion of high quality outcomes for trainees.
  • e-Qualitas has high aspirations and expectations that result in a partnership that has an outstanding reputation with its trainees, former trainees and schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The central aim of City Excellence in Teaching is to provide the highest quality training experience for all in order to secure the best experience for all participants and as a consequence ensure the best educational opportunities for all pupils. As such, we are committed to an Equal Opportunity policy which enables all trainees to feel secure and confident, and to succeed to the best of their abilities.

City Excellence in Teaching has a commitment to placing the promotion of equality and diversity at the centre of every aspect of its work. We will implement all legal and local requirements, but also go beyond this to ensure our trainees needs are met.

If you would like to discuss specific needs with us, then please do contact us at

Contact details

Mulberry School for Girls, Richard Street
Commercial Road
Greater London
E1 2JP


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