St. Edward’s Teacher Training Partnership Primary (Q446)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Partnership London SCITT (PLS)
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You will join a programme by our Provider - Partnership London SCITT which offers full access to all services and facilities. You will benefit from the world-class expertise and research profile of our team. You are supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring and will spend a minimum of 120 days in school , divided into three assessment phases. This will give you an opportunity to gain experience in contrasting educational settings The programme covers your chosen National Curriculum subject in detail as well as providing opportunities to learn about professional issues and research in education. You will benefit from an approach to teacher education that puts creative, inclusive and reflective practice at the heart of our programmes. This programme will give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of the National Curriculum for your chosen subject. It offers a balance of theory and practice, including the opportunity to understand the historical forces and ideas that have shaped today’s curriculum. You’re taught to appreciate a wide range of teaching approaches and we deal in detail with the planning and evaluation of lessons, assessment, marking and examination syllabuses.

Professional Studies and Subject Development Sessions

These will take place on a weekly basis throughout your training and will cover the key issues both in the classroom and those wider issues of professional responsibility and professional conduct. In addition to the subject development and professional studies sessions you will also have a mentor who you will meet with on a weekly basis for review, reflection and target setting.

School placements

The training model is very much rooted in the philosophy of our mission statement, viewing all as life-long learners. We find the following definition of pedagogy useful:- Pedagogy is the act of teaching together with its attendant discourse. It is what one needs to know, and the skills one needs to command in order to make and justify the many different kinds of decisions of which teaching is constituted (Alexander 2003) You will have two teaching placements in contrasting schools covering at least two different key stages. The training will follow what is commonly referred to as an ABA model. The second placement (B) is five weeks and takes place in the spring term. Therefore, most of the training year will be spent in your main placement school (A), allowing you to get to know the systems, students and staff. For both placement A and placement B trainees will have a school based mentor. Every effort will be made to ensure that trainees have a reasonable travelling distance from home to school during both placements. You will get weekly input on subject pedagogy as well as professional studies. These sessions will be delivered by very experienced practicing teachers, a key part of our training model.

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

An equivalency from ‘A’ Star Equivalency is required.

Personal qualities

Enthusiasm for teaching

Positive attitudes to young people and their education

Understanding of the importance of establishing respectful, supportive and constructive relationships

Ability to communicate effectively and accurately in standard spoken and written English

Ability to reflect critically and creatively

A good sense of humour

Evidence of wider educational reading and knowledge of key educational issues

A sense of scope of teachers’ professional skills and responsibilities

Understanding ‘Fundamental British Values and its importance to all aspects of teaching

Awareness of key safeguarding issues

Commitment to inclusion and equal opportunity

A strong work ethic

Other requirements

Equivalency Testing

A NARIC statement of comparability should be provided for non UK GCSE and degree level qualifications

Literacy and Numeracy

Candidates are expected to be competent in fundamental English and Mathematics. This will be tested during interview.

DBS and Medical

PLS places are offered conditionally subject to a successful DBS check and a health check to ensure that they have the health and physical capacity to teach without putting young people at risk.

Failure to complete the questionnaire or any trainee deemed being unfit to teach will result in any offer of a place being withdrawn.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The School Direct route is an employment based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. As a trainee you will be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school.

St. Edward’s Teacher Training Partnership works with the Partnership London SCITT (PLS) to provide School Direct ITT in Newham and its neighbouring boroughs.

We offer training for 5-11 age ranges. Weekly sessions are delivered a range of schools including Sydney Russell Secondary School and St. Angela’s Secondary School which includes professional studies and subject related sessions. This programme provides opportunities for trainees to observe outstanding teaching and learning across a variety of settings and develop networks of local peer support.

About the accredited body

Partnership London SCITT is based in the heart of east London. PLS distinguishes itself from other local providers by its unique ethos and mix of schools and academies, long history of teacher training activity, geographical spread and commitment to a diverse workforce in a multi-cultural environment.

PLS aims: Recognise and respond sensitively to the talents and needs of every trainee teacher and provide developing their full potential Ensure equality of opportunity is available to all Welcome, value and respect all who train in PLS Provide opportunities for experiencing the fullness educational life while developing a spirit of tolerance & understanding

Interview process

Selection Process You will be interviewed by a Partnership London SCITT tutor. In order for your application to be considered you should consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process.

References We require two references one of which will be an academic reference. If you completed your studies more than five years ago your employer should provide your first reference.

Interview We will interview all shortlisted candidates prior to making an offer of training. If you are invited to interview, we expect knowledge of key aspects of education and excellent subject knowledge.

The interview process will include: Teaching a short lesson Written tasks

A formal interview You will be assessed on your ability to communicate clearly and engage the audience.

All teachers need to be able to write English clearly without errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar because this is part of the job. Therefore, there will be a literacy written task as part of the selection process as well as a subject related written task.

The interview will assess you on the following criteria:-

Appropriateness of subject qualifications

Capacity to expand subject knowledge

Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher

Any teaching or school based experience

Resilience Ability to communicate effectively

Enthusiasm for, and commitment to teaching Self-awareness of both strengths and areas to improve

Training with disabilities and other needs All St Edward’s Teacher Training Partnership schools are compliant with disability access.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

All St. Edward’s Teacher Training Partnership schools are compliant with disability access.

Contact this training provider

Green Street
Upton Park
E13 9AX

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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