Altrincham Grammar School For Girls
Primary (SEND) (P115)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Alliance for Learning SCITT
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 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

This course is designed to enable you to become a successful teacher of Primary with SEND (ages 3-7). The SCITT offers trainees the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers and experienced practitioners from day one of the course. As this is a salaried route you will undertake the majority of your training in your already secured employment based school where you will spend your time in school working alongside highly professional and well qualified colleagues. Trainee timetables are designed to increase in size and complexity over the training year, but trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support is met.

This route also enables the trainee to undertake an alternative placement in a contrasting setting. To apply of this route you must have a minimum of two years of school experience within this subject area, ideally working as a Teaching Assistant given the intensity of the programme. Trainees are assessed through their mentor and by SCITT staff. Observations of teaching form a large portion of the assessment process, with a range of opportunities for trainees to reflect on their progress against the teachers’ standards (2013). Trainees reflect on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. This process is summarised through a moderation interview at the end of the course. Trainees are supported on this journey through a series of school based tasks to enable a thorough understanding of the teachers’ standards.

Interview process

Following an application that meets our criteria, the SCITT will arrange a recruitment day at a partner school. This day will included the following elements:

  • A short pupil-based activity where we ask you to prepare and teach for around 15 minutes
  • An interview with staff from the SCITT and Alliance schools
  • A knowledge audit to ascertain your needs
  • A written communication task

How school placements work

Placement: This is an employment based route therefore the suitable candidate must have a current role within a school/setting. Ideally the candidate will have worked for a minimum of two years within a support role linked to this subject areas.

Face to face training takes place on Fridays. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place in partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.


Unqualified teacher salary

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.



A UK degree of classification 2.2 or higher (we may consider experienced applicants with a 3rd class degree for a QTS only programme). You should be able to demonstrate you have teaching experience within this subject area.

However approximately 50% of your degree course is relevant to the subject you wish to teach.

At least 3 GCSEs grade A*-C (4 or better) with GCSE grade C or above in both English, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent qualifications)

Personal qualities

  • A passion for the subject you wish to teach
  • The potential to train to teach
  • Excellent subject knowledge
  • Resilience
  • Enthusiasm

Applicants must produce a well written and clear personal statement that sets out how they meet the course requirements. The personal statement is part of the application process.

Other requirements

All applicants must undergo a suitability to teach check: this included a disclosure and barring service check and a fitness to teach check.

Full admissions policy

Contact details

Cavendish Road
WA14 2NL


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