Heronsgate Primary School
Primary (247C)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Greenwich
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This programme is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary during the year’s training. This non-modular programme runs for one year and successful completion will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

The salaried programme offers:

  • school-based training mainly at Heronsgate Primary School, with 23 days spent at the University of Greenwich
  • a choice to specialise in EYFS, KS1 or KS2
  • a experienced personal tutor who will support you throughout your year
  • a personalised training plan, tailored to the needs of the student
  • support from trained mentors and the chance to work as part of the school team

We are very proud of our strong partnership with the University of Greenwich, with both providers rated Ofsted Outstanding.

We only offer a very small number of places onto this programme so advise early application.

Interview process

The interview process will consist of three stages.

For the salaried route, you will be asked in advance to prepare a short teaching activity to complete with a group of pupils.

You will then have an interview with a panel, followed by an English and Maths task.

Further details can be found on our website: http://www.heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk/teaching-school/school-direct/

How school placements work

Students will be placed at Heronsgate Primary School during the year but will get to experience teaching practice across the key stages with a half-term placement at another local good or outstanding school.


The salary will be calculated using the unqualified teacher’s pay scales.

There is no fee 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.



Candidates must have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification certified by NARIC.
  • English, Maths and Science GCSE or equivalent: Grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications certified by NARIC.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a passion for learning
  • have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of children in our local area
  • can make a unique and positive contribution to the community
  • have an excellent ability to communicate with children and adults
  • possess excellent self-organisational skills and ICT skills
  • have good written and spoken English

Other requirements

  • Written letter detailing evidence of at least two weeks experience in a UK primary school (must be completed before commencing the programme)

The school/university will also ask you to fill out an occupational health screening and DBS check before commencing the programme

About the training provider

Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding in March 2019 by Ofsted), working with Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance, take a leading role in co-ordinating teacher training. Across our Alliance we host a number of School Direct places each year in partnership with the University of Greenwich. This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. We offer School Direct salaried and tuition-fee funded routes into teaching.

From June 2020, Heronsgate will be working with Royal Borough of Greenwich Apprenticeships Plus and the University of Greenwich to offer postgraduate teaching apprenticeships.

With our outcomes for children and young people improving each year, Royal Greenwich is a great place to grow up, work and visit. We know teachers can transform lives and whatever their background, we want every child, living in this Royal Borough in a fantastic capital city, to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities available on their doorstep. We hope our trainees will go on to work locally and take advantage of our career long training opportunities.

About the accredited body

Heronsgate Hub has developed a very strong partnership with the University of Greenwich over the years. Heronsgate tuition-fee funded PGCE trainees and postgraduate teaching apprentices receive pedagogical teaching at the University of Greenwich.

The University of Greenwich, which has had its primary provision rated Outstanding in its most recent Ofsted inspection, and its secondary provision as Good, has a long running history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both partnership schools and from university lecturers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from disabled people and are committed to helping disabled trainees succeed. Advice and guidance is based on your individual needs and long-term medical conditions.

Our courses aim to remove all unnecessary barriers for trainees from recruitment, induction and throughout courses, trainees are encouraged to inform us of their needs and discuss any concerns so that reasonable adjustment can be put in place to ensure equality of access to learning and assessment.

All placements offer mentor support. Trainees employed in Royal Greenwich schools can access RBG staff support and can also access support through their university.

Contact details

020 8317 0809
Heronsgate Primary School
Whinchat Road
SE28 0EA


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