Forest Learning Alliance
Primary (25D2)

QTS full time

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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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


About the course

School Direct (tuition fee) programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. We work closely with the University of Reading as our accredited provider.You’ll be based in a school, but will also be taught by the university.

School Direct programmes are popular with students who are hoping to gain a position in their placement school following their training. Although your training is based in a school, they’re not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges.

This particular course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through student loans, bursaries, or scholarships.

If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may still be able to apply for a School Direct (tuition fee) programme by undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. You may be asked to take an SKE course as a condition of your offer, before you start your initial teacher training programme.

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

  • be observed working with a group of children

  • complete an oral presentation on a topic of their choice

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

How school placements work

All School Direct trainee teachers will spend the majority of their training in one school with regular training sessions either at the Lead School, Uplands Primary, one of the partnership schools or at the University of Reading. The 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 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.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,710
EU students £7,710

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or equivalent qualifications).

Personal qualities

Applicants will

-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

About the training provider

Uplands Primary School is the lead school for the Forest Learning Alliance, working with Primary and Special Schools within our local area to provide School Direct fee funded and salaried placements across Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, and beyond. We work in partnership with the University of Reading who has an exceptional reputation in teacher training. As an Alliance of over 24 schools, we deliver a high-quality well-rounded training programme, with a clear emphasis on mentoring throughout. We will provide you with ongoing support and guidance throughout the training year and beyond, as a Newly Qualified Teacher(NQT). We will provide you with a training platform to excel and ultimately become part of an amazing profession.

Who are we looking for? We are looking to offer places to inspirational people who have a proven track record of good communication skills, 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. This year successful applicants have proven at the point of application and also at interview, that they have the necessary skills and understanding of the role of the teacher to be able to train as teachers whilst working in a school environment.

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

About the accredited body

We work in partnership with The University of Reading who provide a stringent complementary academic training programme to our students. For more details follow:

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to make any reasonable adjustment for any applicant with a disability or any other specific need.

Contact details

Uplands Primary School and Nursery
Albion Road
GU47 9BP


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