Bringing together the expertise and experience of colleagues from University of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Schools Apprenticeships and Heronsgate Primary School, we are able to deliver an exceptional programme to enable those with aspirations to teach a new and exciting pathway to reach their career ambitions.
This is a graduate teaching apprenticeship. Apprentices will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher. Successful apprentices will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and their apprenticeship.
Apprentices will be working in schools teaching classes for 80% of their time. Pedagogical training will be delivered by the University of Greenwich.
This course is predominately aimed at Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) who are working in schools and want to become a qualified teacher. Applicants need to have the full support of their Headteacher.
Apprentices are employed by their school as unqualified teachers; they will be the named class teacher and they must be employed on a full-time basis of at least 30 hours a week.
Apprentices have a timetable of classes and will be responsible for teaching classes.
Apprentices will receive a mixture of bespoke taught sessions and taught Professional Studies sessions shared with PGCE and School Direct trainees. This means apprentices will be taught by a range of school partners and academics, each with specialist interests and relevant experiences. It will also enable apprentices to have networking opportunities with trainee colleagues studying in a range of schools.
Apprentices work mainly in the school where they are employed.
Apprentices are required to complete a second placement in another school. The second placement will be for a minimum of 6 weeks and our partnership will support in arranging this.
Apprentices will have a school-based mentor who will have access to training and regular network meetings.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Physical education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
Applicants must have the capacity to develop into outstanding teachers. This requires a combination of personal and academic skills. Our schools are families of like-minded people, passionate about the lives of the young people they work with.
You should demonstrate awareness of what good teaching entails and show a desire to teach.
Our schools are looking for teachers who have great subject knowledge and high expectations for their students. Applicants must be hard-working, resilient and have a sense of humour.
You will need to be willing to learn from your colleagues and our students alike, demonstrating your creativity and enthusiasm.
During induction at the University of Greenwich, apprentices will undertake diagnostic mathematics and English tasks in order to identify the extent to which they satisfy the standards regarding subject knowledge in these subjects that all teachers are expected to hold. The outcomes of these tests will be shared with employers, in order that interventions can be put in place by employing schools, if necessary.
All candidates will need to have an advanced DBS check, and their employing schools will need to demonstrate that statutory safeguarding checks have been carried out.
Apprentices will be paid as unqualified teachers by the employing school from June 2022 until August 2023.
The cost of training is £9000, which is paid by the school via the apprenticeship levy.
Schools who do not pay into the levy can still access 95% of the training costs.
Financial support is not available for this course for the applicant because it comes with a salary.
There are no fees for the learner to pay.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding in March 2019 by Ofsted), take a leading role in co-ordinating teacher training.
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 the School Direct tuition-fee funded route into teaching.
Heronsgate are also now 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
University of Greenwich programmes equip students with skills, knowledge and understanding to enter the profession with enthusiasm, confidence and the ability to motivate and inspire young learners.
The University has a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus. The University’s lecturers are all experienced classroom practitioners with an enviable record of success in teacher training.
In 2017, the University was rated Ofsted Outstanding for its Primary Partnership programme. The report said: “The extremely strong relationship between the university and its partner schools ensures that there is a shared vision for future developments.”
Applicants will be interviewed and employed by their current school.
Applicants then apply through the DfE Apply service and will be contacted by the Royal Greenwich Apprenticeship Team to discuss their application before the programme commences in June.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
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.
Heronsgate Primary School Whinchat Road London London SE28 0EA
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