Hall Mead School Biology (2BK4)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The Havering Teacher Training Partnership
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may 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.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our salaried initial teacher training route programme, also known as School Direct offers you the chance to learn to teach whilst being paid as an unqualified teacher. You will need to be well-organised, passionate about your subject and have significant experience of teaching or working with teenagers to access this route as from the very start you will be planning and teaching 10-11 hours of lessons per week.

You will also be observing experienced teachers in both your subject area and beyond, spending time in your subject department focussing on the curriculum and therefore developing the necessary awareness, skills and understanding of what it means to be a great teacher of your subject.

At The Havering Teacher Training Partnership (HTTP), we pride ourselves on the personalised support available to trainees on our programme. You will complete a Subject Knowledge Audit in our summer induction, prior to starting the course in order to ensure that you know where your gaps are and so you can work with your Mentor and Subject Leader to plug these gaps.

Throughout the year you will develop your understanding of how students learn, your subject knowledge and your classroom practice. You will be expected to read current generic and subject specific pedagogy, so you are able to plan and sequence lessons with competence and achieve sound lesson outcomes for your students. We also encourage you to join your subject association and to network with other teachers of your subject to maximise your potential.

We will develop your skills so you become a reflective practitioner and can view your lessons through different lenses. You will be visited in your schools by your Subject Leader and your link Manager, as well as receiving weekly observations from your school mentor; our feedback is regular, concise, and specialised to ensure you fulfil your potential.

Subject leader sessions provide opportunities for you to develop your understanding of your subject and how to teach it. We believe that teaching is a craft that requires passion, and we will help you find your teacher identity to become the best practitioner you can be.

We provide a PGCE for all trainees based upon 2 written modules, a presentation, and a portfolio of evidence. Trainees also gain 60 level 7 credits (at M level) facilitating the opportunity to then go onto to complete a full Masters in the future.

School placements

The Havering Teacher Training Partnership is an accredited Initial Teacher Training provider currently working with the following Havering schools: Abbs Cross Academy, Bower Park Academy, The Brittons Academy, Harris Rainham, The Coopers Company and Coborn School, Campion School, The Drapers’ Academy, Emerson Park Academy, The Frances Bardsley Academy, Hall Mead School, Hornchurch High School, Marshalls Park Academy, Redden Court School, Royal Liberty School, The Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School and The Sanders School.

On this route, you will be employed by one of the Havering partner schools listed above but will also benefit from half a term’s contrasting experience in another of the schools listed above where you will focus on a particular aspect of your practice. Your employing school will be aware of the need to release your for this contrasting placement. We work with them to minimise the impact on their students whilst ensuring you gain the experience necessary to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS).

You will be immersed in your school from the first day of the school year, treated as a teacher, attending staff meetings and training days to ensure that you feel part of the team from the outset. We will equip you with an understanding of how children learn and the skills to plan lessons and manage behaviour before your teaching commences and will continue to support you throughout your journey to (QTS).

All trainees teach across both KS3 and KS4 to gain a real understanding of the breadth and depth of your subject curriculum but depending on need/aptitude we may place you in a school for your contrasting placement that provides experience of KS5 teaching.

The long-established nature of the Partnership means we have a detailed knowledge of the culture and support mechanisms available in any given school. Whilst demand for trainees on the self-funded route (SCITT) usually outstrips supply , places on the salaried route are limited, often not becoming available until later in the recruitment cycle, but we will work with you to find the best place for you.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in biology 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.

Approved equivalency tests; https://www.equivalencytesting.com/ https://astarequivalency.co.uk/

Personal qualities

We are looking for the right blend of subject expertise and people skills to be able to impact upon the development of our young people.

We will expect you to speak clearly and coherently, and be comfortable talking to adults and students in a range of situations. You must be ready to accept constructive criticism to get the most from the experienced practitioners we will place you with.

Passion for your subject is necessary. We will embrace your passion, drive and energy to support you to grow your teacher identity and become an excellent practitioner.

Other requirements

You will have significant experience of an all-ability state secondary school usually in paid employment.

Alternatively, you may have worked with teenagers in a voluntary capacity but since competition for positions on the salaried route is fierce, we would strongly advise that you consider the SCITT (school-centred) self-funded route unless you are able to demonstrate that you have a good level of previous experience.

We understand that early applicants may still be in the process of gaining this experience, however, and it is possible, that if short-listed for interview we could help you with this.


On this route, you will be contracted to your employing school and paid a minimum salary of point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale for outer London.

Being contracted to a school means that you will be expected to complete all the of responsibilities of a teacher from the very start of term including planning, marking and reporting. You will attend school meetings and events but will have no timetabled classes on a Tuesday, when you will be training with HTTP.

The course fees are £8,500 and are usually, but not always, paid by the employing school. Your first payment starts at the end of September and you are contracted until the end of July.

A high percentage of our school direct trainees are offered jobs with their placement school but you are able to apply for other jobs and change schools for your NQT year.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Hall Mead is the designated lead school for the Salaried route of The Havering Teacher Training Partnership

We will provide you with consistent exposure to outstanding practice and current educational theory as you journey towards Qualified Teacher Status. (QTS).

You will be trained to be a critically self-reflective practitioner, ready to thrive in the teaching profession; capable of delivering good or outstanding lessons to ensure excellent learning experiences, spark creativity and passion for lifelong learning, prepare and equip your students for an uncertain future.

You will be immersed in school life from the outset, teaching up to 11 hours per week initially with this increasing to 15 hours by the end of your training year to prepare you for the demands of teaching.

The programme incorporates a PGCE accredited by Coventry University seamlessly interwoven into your training to ensure you benefit from maximum time in your placement school.

You will be fully supported throughout your training year, participating in weekly training sessions designed to help you understand the art of teaching (pedagogy) and develop your own subject knowledge and how to translate pedagogical learning to the teaching of your subject.

Currently Central Training takes place at Bower Park Academy with Subject Leader sessions at the Havering School in which they are based.

We are delighted, however, that we are currently in talks with National Institute of Teaching & Education, Coventry University to further strengthen our partnership, which may result in us being able to offer more flexible and accessible training.

About the accredited body

The Havering Teacher Training Partnership has been established for over 21 years (OFSTED GOOD 2021). HTTP is highly regarded by all Havering’s headteachers. Long-term employment figures are exceptionally strong and across the borough our Alumni can be found in leadership positions.

Interview process

We will coordinate the recruitment process and support you to make the right decision for your training. Our interview process is rigorous, fair, and thorough.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to be interviewed by our management team to determine your suitability for teaching. At this initial interview you will be asked to complete a short presentation and respond to a series of questions. If successful at this stage, you will be invited to interview with a subject specialist to assess your subject suitability. You may be advised to undertake further study either in the form of a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme or independently.

Successful candidates will then be offered to partner schools who, if they have a suitable placement, will then arrange their own interview with you. If successful at this interview you will be employed by the school ,and we will be the training partner. If no salaried places are available, you could consider the self-funded SCITT route for which we would have places available.

Our programme is full-time and because you will be achieving both QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a PGCE (60 MCATS) you will need to undertake guided further study independently.

Whilst we ask a lot from potential trainees; we ask more from our partner schools to support your training. You will be supported by a Director of HTTP in the role of Lead Mentor, a school-based Mentor (subject specialist) a Professional Tutor in your placement school and a Subject Leader.

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

We welcome trainees with disabilities and other special needs. In recent years Havering schools have been modified in order to improve disabled access. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know in their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

HTTP has a partnership with “Havering Mind” who provide us with training, advice and support. Where Trainees have experienced problems they have been helped with personalised support tailored to their specific needs.

A senior member of HTTP staff works closely alongside each trainee and small tutorial groups ensure personal attention. Training sessions are held weekly which guarantees regular contact with other trainee teachers. Past trainees have remarked upon the valuable personal support received during those challenging periods inevitable whilst training as a secondary school teacher.

Our most recent Ofsted Report identified as a key strength: ‘The high level of individual support, and adaption of the programme in response to individual needs.’

Contact this training provider

01708 255006
Hall Mead School
Marlborough Gardens
RM14 1SF

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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