Sydney Russell Teacher Training Centre Social Sciences (GH76)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Partnership London SCITT (PLS)
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
14 to 19 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

You will join Partnership London SCITT’s programme with 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 Knowledge for Teaching These sessions 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 weekly 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. These placements will not necessarily be in Sydney Russell School or St Angela’s Ursuline School. There are a number of secondary and primary schools within our SCITT Partnership, so you could be placed in any one of them.

The training will follow what is commonly referred to as an ABA model. The second placement (B) is up to six 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.

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.

A recognised awarded honours degree (or equivalent) of at least 2:2 classification with at least 50% of the degree content being in the subject to be taught although consideration will be given outside this criteria on a case-to-case basis

Your degree subject should be in social sciences 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.

Equivalency tests must be taken with a recognised provider. Costs vary with each provider and the candidate is expected to pay these costs themselves.

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiasm for teaching
  • Positive attitudes to young people and their education
  • Understanding the importance of establishing respectful, supportive and constructive relationships
  • Ability to communicate effectively and accurately in spoken and written English
  • Ability to reflect critically and creatively
  • Evidence of wider educational reading and knowledge of key issues facing educators
  • A sense of the 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

A UK ENIC 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 the 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 this questionnaire or any trainee deemed being unfit to teach will result in any offer of a place being withdrawn


Trainee teachers are paid according to the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale and the location of the employing school. The minimum you can expect to be paid is point 1 on the scale.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Sydney Russell Teacher Training Centre, in partnership with other local schools is able to offer you a fantastic school based opportunity to train in a supportive and aspirational environment. Our staff are excellent practitioners with outstanding behaviour management skills and are eager to support and train the next generation of teachers.

Our partnership comprises of Primary, Secondary 11-18 and a Special School. They are conveniently located and trainees have the unique opportunity to experience more than one school, age range and sector. We have successfully worked with trainee teachers for many years and offer you outstanding practical teacher training leading to QTS with the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This is truly an exceptional opportunity.

Our core philosophy is to train the next generation of teachers to inspire, motivate and challenge our children. We will work with our trainees to build a solid foundation from which they can embark upon a rewarding career. We work to create an environment in which teachers and students thrive and feel valued and supported. Parents, teachers and children need excellent teachers in schools and our purpose is to provide them!

Working closely with our partners allows us to provide each trainee with rich opportunities to develop their teaching skills. Each trainee will have a personal learning programme closely matched to their individual needs and aspirations.

About the accredited body

We see teaching as a vocation and we aim to recognise and respond to the talents and needs of every trainee and provide the best means of developing their full potential. We will recruit, train and retain the very best teachers. A key part of our philosophy is that we ensure equality of opportunity and welcome, value and respect all who train with us. We will build a learning community based on justice and a sense of personal responsibility. Central to our philosophy is promoting dialogue and cooperation with the wider community and encouraging a commitment to life-long learning.

Interview process

Selection Process You will be interviewed by a Partnership London SCITT director and a subject specialist. 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

  • Preparing and presenting a lesson
  • Written assessments
  • 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 fundamental English written assessment as part of the selection process as well as a written assessment for fundamental maths and a subject related written assessment.

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

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

All Sydney Russell and PLS partner schools are compliant with disability access

Contact this training provider

0203 959 9900
The Sydney Russell School
Parsloes Avenue

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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