Forest Learning Alliance Primary (25D2)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The University of Reading
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
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our School Direct Tuition Fee Programme allows you to learn in school as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. Working closely with the University of Reading as our accredited provider, you’ll be based in a school for most of your training but will receive regular sessions at the university.

The programme is designed to ensure that School Direct (SD) trainee teachers meet the standards to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides them with insights into teaching beyond the Teacher standards.

Across the partnership, the aim is to produce effective practitioners who will make a positive contribution to the teaching profession. By the end of the programme, SD trainees should be able to demonstrate appropriate professional attributes, have a strong subject and pedagogical knowledge, and be able to plan and teach effectively to ensure that all pupils make progress.

This course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Fees are payable - you might be eligible for funding through student loans, bursaries, or scholarships. Find out more here:(

School placements

All School Direct trainee teachers will spend most of their time in one school with additional supplementary training sessions at the lead school, Uplands Primary School and Nursery. 30 days are spent, across the academic year, at the Institute of Education, University of Reading. Individual placement schools have taken responsibility for deciding individual trainees teaching commitment but the partnership agreement in place ensures that all trainee teachers gain the same range of experience, whatever the school.

In addition to their main placement school all trainee teachers will undertake a second placement at a contrasting school in the spring term for five weeks.

All trainee teachers will gain experience across a range of key stages and contexts and this experience will be tailored to meet the needs of individual trainee teachers to ensure that all gain the range of expertise needed to become an effective professional.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
School Lane , Upper Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 8PD
Birch Hill Primary School
Leppington, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7WW
Crown Wood Primary School
Opladen Way, Crown Wood, Bracknell, RG12 0PE
Earley St Peter’s Church of England Primary School
Church Road, Earley, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1EY
Holly Spring Infant
Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2SW
Holly Spring Junior
Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2SW
Jennett’s Park C of E Primary School (Bracknell)
3 Tawny Owl Square, Bracknell, RG12 8EB
Main Site - Uplands Primary School and Nursery
Albion Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9BP
Meadow Vale Primary School
Moordale Avenue, Bracknell, RG42 1SY
New Scotland Hill Primary School
Grampian Road, Little Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8NQ
Owlsmoor Primary School
Cambridge Road, Owlsmoor, Sandhurst, GU47 0TA
Robert Piggott CE Infant and Junior School
School Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 8DY
Sonning C of E Primary School
Liguage Way, Sonning on Thames, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6XF
St Joseph’s RC Primary School
Gipsy Lane, Bracknell, RG12 9AN
St Michael’s CE Primary School
Lower Church Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8HN
St Michael’s Easthampstead Primary
Crowthorne Road, Easthampstead, Bracknell, RG12 7EH
St Sebastian’s CE Primary School
Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3AT
The Piggott School - Charvil Primary
Park Lane, Charvil, Reading, Berks, RG10 9TR
The Pines Primary School
Hanworth Road, Hanworth, Bracknell, RG12 7WX
Whitegrove Primary
Westmorland Drive, Warfield, Bracknell, RG42 3QS
Wildmoor Heath
Lower Broadmoor Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7HD
Wooden Hill Primary School
Staplehurst, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8DB

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.

Personal qualities


  • can demonstrate and promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour
  • are aware of their professional responsibilities
  • can work with others to promote the learning and welfare of young people
  • can adopt a reflective and critical stance towards their own practice, policy initiatives and listen to and act upon advice
  • take responsibility for their own professional development

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,710.

School Direct “Tuition fees”

Tuition fees The Tuition fees payable by the student to the University in 2022-23 are £7,710 for QTS only and £9,250 for students taking the PGCE route. Eligible students can apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company (SLC). Tuition fees are due to the University in October for all students. For SLC funded students the University will liaise directly with the SLC to collect these funds. Where a student leaves the programme during the year, the fees due will depend on the reason for leaving and the date of departure.

These are set out on the University website.

About the training provider

Uplands Primary School and Nursery is the lead school for Forest Learning Alliance, working with Primary and special schools. We work in partnership with the Institute of Education, University of Reading who have an exceptional reputation in teacher training. As an alliance of 27 schools, we provide a high quality provision to deliver a well-rounded training programme. We offer the potential of employment in the local area, the Early Career Framework, an opportunity for you to undertake the DfE funded two year training programme. Forest Learning Alliance is also a provider of National Programme Qualifications. You can undertake these as you progress in your career. We offer support, guidance and continued professional development throughout your career in teaching and leadership.

Who are we looking for? We are looking to offer places to inspirational people who have a proven track record of good communication skills and the ability to use their initiative and work under pressure in a demanding environment.

School Direct (salaried) is aimed at graduate career changers who have three or more years’ work experience. Successful applicants who have proven at the point of application and at interview, they have skills, understand the role of the teacher and able to train whilst working in a school.

School Direct (fee paying) route is also a school-based route into initial teacher training for applicants who are often undergraduates or who have limited experience of working in schools, leading classes, and taking responsibility for teaching on a regular basis.

About the accredited body

The Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2022) and is committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers thorugh its well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high-quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).

Interview process

Successful applicants will be offered an interview at one of our schools where they will:

  • be interviewed by a Headteacher and a school representative

  • observe a pre-recorded lesson and provide comments

  • complete an oral presentation on a topic of their choice

  • written task

Following success at interview, a School Direct placement will be offered within one of our partner schools.

The interview process may be different because of Covid restrictions but you will be advised at the time of your invitation to interview of any changes.

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

We aim to make any reasonable adjustment for applicants with a disability or other protected characteristics.

Contact this training provider

Uplands Primary School and Nursery
Albion Road
GU47 9BP

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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