South East Learning Alliance English (33SQ)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The School Direct package offered by the South East Learning Alliance is one that allows prospective teachers to gain an opportunity to train in a dynamic educational setting located across ten highly different, but successful schools. The Alliance comprises of four comprehensive secondary schools and six primary schools, all of whom are working in partnership to help produce high quality and well-trained teachers of the future. The South East Learning Alliance is very proud of the bespoke and personal training opportunities we offer our students, which we believe is paramount to successfully completing your teacher-training.

  • Applicants who opt to train through the Salaried School Direct route, will have a timetable of classes from the outset of their training year, which is complimented by the online tutorials and distance-learning modules e-Qualitas delivers

  • In addition to a subject-specific Mentor within your host-school; the partner University also offers a learning-Mentor to support you in the completion of the three written assignments you will undertake across the year, which focusses on the theoretical approaches to pedagogy and effective classroom practice

  • You will train across two diverse placement schools, ensuring you have the confidence to teach in any educational setting

  • In addition to the written assignments; trainees will also be assessed on their classroom practice; their ability to meet the National Teaching Standards; their interactions with students and ability to plan and deliver high quality lessons

School placements

With our School Direct programme, you get practical, hands-on experience in two contrasting placement schools. The majority of your training will take place in your host school, where you will be fully supported by a subject specific Mentor and become a fully established member of the staffing body. This is in addition to benefiting from the wealth of expertise and experience our partner Universities offer our students, which fully compliments the training received in school.

You will also benefit from training in an alternative placement school for at least 5 weeks; where the South East Learning Alliance takes great time and care placing the trainees; ensuring the alternative setting fully supports the individual needs of each student, whilst still offering a diverse experience. All of our trainees will have an opportunity to teach across the age range.

The hands-on practice gained by completing a School Direct programme is complimented with the theoretical and academic rigour of our affiliated Universities. We offer full-time School Direct courses, which run from September – July and each course results in QTS (e-Qualitas).


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
All Secondary schools
Honister Heights, Purley, South Croydon, Surrey, CR8 1EX
Archbishop Tenisons C of E HIgh School
Selborne Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5JQ
Coombe Wood School
Coombe Wood School , 30 Melville Avenue , South Croydon , CR2 7HY
Riddlesdown Collegiate
Honister Heights, South Croydon, Surrey, CR8 1EX
The Quest Academy
Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 8HD
Thomas More Catholic School
Russell Hill Road, , Purley, , Surrey, , CR8 2XP
Warlingham High School
Tithe Pit Shaw Lane, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9YB

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

  • Hold an undergraduate degree conferred by a UK higher education institution or an equivalent qualification (2:2 degree classification or better). Applicants should have a single subject degree in English or a joint degree in which English forms the major part. It is essential that all applicants have substantial study of literature as part of their educational background.

  • Have achieved at least a grade C in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents).

  • Applicants are expected to have significant work experience in an educational setting, prior to submitting an application to qualify for the salaried route.

Your degree subject should be in English 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

  • A sense of humour
  • Genuine concern for others & a clear moral purpose
  • Resilient and determined
  • Integrity, trusted, honest and open
  • Approachable
  • Intellectual versatility
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Adaptable & a team-player
  • A willingness to participate in extra-curricular activities and evening events such as concerts, awards evening, extra-curricular clubs
  • A positive attitude

Other requirements

  • Provide the details of two referees. If candidates have studied within the last 5 years; an academic reference must be provided. The other reference should be a school or employer’s reference.

  • If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, please note that we accept the equivalency tests in both Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing. Please contact them directly via their website []


Salary negotiable. The salary will be awarded using the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale; the details of which can be found here: [] The final salary decision will be based upon experience, location of the host-school, qualifications and subject-specialism.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Thank you for taking an interest in the South East Learning Alliance School Direct training programme we have been running our teacher development programme since September 2014 and therefore have a wealth of experience and expertise to fully nurture and support trainees. Our School Direct Alliance is coordinated through Riddlesdown Collegiate in South London, which is an Outstanding school. We are an innovative partnership, which is continually developing its approaches to training and pedagogy. We invest greatly in the professional development of all our staff and those who choose to train alongside us.

The South East Learning Alliance is a relatively small Alliance, but we pride ourselves on ensuring personal and bespoke training opportunities for all our trainees, which is reflected in the excellent success and retention rates we have achieved over the last seven years. Our size has added to our ability to provide a full and comprehensive range of support and ensures a variety of opportunities to work across a wide plethora of demographics and institutions. Ensuring our trainees receive the right support; in the most appropriate setting possible, is at the forefront of our ethos.

About the accredited body

e-Qualitas offers a route into teacher training, through the South East Learning Alliance, where your study is completed through the distance-learning resources on the eQ virtual learning environment (VLE). Training sessions are provided by experienced school staff, and you are invited to attend training days led by eQ at a central London location. You will also benefit from a subject-specialist visiting Tutor from e-Qualitas, who will support you through your training. You will follow a course that leads to QTS. The course content is organised into six modules, the first three of which may be worked on concurrently.

Interview process

At interview applicants will be given the opportunity to visit one of our Alliance schools. This provides an excellent opportunity to meet a variety of colleagues; tour the facilities and to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities on offer as a result of choosing to train with the South East Learning Alliance. It also affords an opportunity for applicants to better understand the ethos and culture of the school you may be working in partnership with.

You will be expected to prepare for a formal interview panel; plan and deliver a 30-50 minute lesson; complete a subject-knowledge task and undertake a written communication task. The interview panel will consist of a subject-specialist from the host school; a representative from the South East Learning Alliance and often a University representative.

Whilst the interview process is both rigorous and robust - we have experienced great success with this practice; ensuring the right candidates progress onto the right courses - leading to excellent rates of retention.

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 will make every effort to support any disabilities or additional needs candidates may have. However, as we work with over 10 different partner-schools and Universities; we strongly advise you to check directly with the individual school/Higher Education Institute to discuss your needs in greater depth.

Contact this training provider

South East Learning Alliance
Riddlesdown Collegiate
South Croydon

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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