Hall Mead School
Chemistry (3CZC)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

HTTP training is school based and trainees have benefitted from working with highly experienced classroom practitioners in a challenging but supportive environment. Havering is a successful outer London Borough and almost all local secondary schools are partners. As a result, we are able to carefully match trainees to a suitable school department ensuring that aspiring teachers have the best possible start.

The programme has established an enviable reputation and is well regarded by head teachers: our long term employment figures are exceptionally strong. Our training sessions are provided by practising expert teachers from Partnership schools. They are thematically structured, blending pedagogy and practice, to equip trainees will the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident practitioners.

Training takes place in a number of the Partnership’s schools so that theory can be blended with current practice and trainees can experience “Schools in Action”. Most central training sessions will be at Bower Park Academy in a suite of dedicated rooms.

Staff will monitor your progress and be available to support your development. We take great care to ensure all trainees are valued members of staff.

A senior member of HTTP staff works closely alongside each trainee and small tutorial groups ensure personal attention. Training is held weekly guaranteeing regular contact with other trainees; weekly challenges will be set to ensure you apply the skills taught in the classroom and challenge yourself weekly. In addition, subject specific training is enhanced by the work of our highly skilled team of Subject Leaders to develop subject pedagogy.

We provide a PGCE for all trainees based upon 4 written modules, a folder of evidence and feedback on classroom performance. Trainees also gain 60 level 7 credits (at M level).

In the current University of Buckingham’s “Good Teacher Training Guide” this programme is in the top ten in the country for employment.

Quite simply, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality entrants to the profession to make a difference to the lives of young learners.

Interview process

The Havering Teacher Training Partnership will coordinate the recruitment process and support you to make the right decision for your training. If shortlisted, you will be invited to be interviewed by our Management team to determine whether you will make a suitable teacher. At the initial interview you will be asked to take a literacy test and complete a short, presentation.

If successful, you will attend a second interview by a Partner School or Schools with an interest in employing a trainee teacher in your subject area where one interviewer will assess your subject knowledge.

Our interview process is rigorous, fair and thorough. As the school direct route is challenging, we work hard to achieve the best match of applicants to the available places in schools, which is why our close relationships with our partnership schools enables us to personalise your support. Final offers will only be made once both skills tests have been passed.

Whilst we ask a lot from potential trainees; we ask more from our partner schools to support your training. Each school will provide a subject mentor and a Professional tutor, as well as a link course tutor. We also boast past trainees in all of our partner schools who can offer informal support and understanding along your journey.

How school placements work

On this route, you will be employed by one of our partner schools but will also benefit from half a term’s experience in a contrasting school. From the beginning, you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and training days. You will be in school from the first day of the school year to the last so you will feel part of the team from the outset and we will equip you with skills in lesson planning and behaviour management, before your teaching commences.

You will be teaching pupils in both KS3 and KS4 during the year in one of our 15 partner schools. The Partnership is an accredited ITT provider currently working with the following schools: Bower Park Academy, The Brittons Academy, Harris Rainham Academy, 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 Sanders School.

The long established nature of the Partnership ensures you will be placed in a school and a department where HTTPP can be confident you will thrive.


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.

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.



You will have a history of three year’s employment by the time you begin the course. This may or may not have been in an educational establishment.

You will be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or 2:1 but we will also consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate an aptitude and a passion for teaching. Your degree should have at least 50% study in your chosen teaching subject. HTTP can arrange for you to follow a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course before commencement of the training: a free of charge, on-line learning platform.

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 spent some time in an all-ability state secondary school observing or possibly in paid employment. Alternatively you may have worked with teenagers in a voluntary capacity. We understand that early applicants may still be in the process of finding a school to visit or looking to gain experience if at all possible - we may be able to help with this if short-listed for interview.

About the training provider

At HTTP, we will support our school direct trainees to become outstanding practitioners. We have a strong network of support and 100% pass rate for this programme with exceptionally strong long term employment figures.

We are passionate about our profession and our course is structured to provide a firm foundation for the start of your career; your learning will extend to your NQT year and beyond. Many of our past trainees fast track to positions of responsibility and offer an extended network of support in our Partner schools.

About the accredited body

HTTP is a well-established route into a successful career. We have trained in excess of 550 teachers, many who have made rapid progress into posts of responsibility.

HTTP receives highly positive feedback : ‘This is an excellent programme which has fully prepared me for my NQT post…I do not feel any other training could provide such an in-depth training and preparation for my career.’ Francesca.

We have an enviable reputation being well regarded by head teachers: employment figures are exceptionally strong, being in the top ten in the country for employment in the University of Buckingham’s “Good Teacher Training Guide”.

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 training 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 details

01708 255006
Hall Mead School
Marlborough Gardens
RM14 1SF


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