Alban Federation Design and technology (U479)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.albanfederation.com

Contents

Course summary

All Alban Federation (AF) trainees are based at one home school through their training with a second school placement taking place in the Spring term.

Trainees are allocated a subject mentor who offer day to day support within the department. You will spend four days per week on placement. Federation training takes place every Wednesday afternoon, mainly at Sandringham School, with sessions hosted at other schools across the partnership.

Trainees are assessed continually through the programme with an acknowledgement that individuals develop at different rates. Trainees will receive feedback through formal lesson observations (at least one a week) and receive a formal review at three points through training. There are no essays to write or assignments to complete.

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School placements

Alban Federation has over 20 schools in its Secondary partnership so most successful applicants will have the chance to work in a school of their choice. Trainees are normally placed on 11-16 training programme, working in schools for at least 4 days a week. The second placement takes place in the half term immediately after the Christmas break.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in design and technology 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

Alban Federation is looking for applicants with a real commitment to develop their skills through training. To train to teach candidates should be highly motivated and enthusiastic about their subject and working with young people, Prior school experience is highly desirable for a salaried role.

Other requirements

All candidates will be subject to DBS procedures before beginning the programme.

Salary

All salaried trainees are paid at UQ1 The training fee is covered by the employing school

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Alban Federation (AF) have been training teachers across Hertfordshire since 2004. Both Secondary and Primary training programmes are now offered.

Interview process

Applicants will have the opportunity to complete an informal visit to partner schools offering the subject before progressing to a formal selection day in which they will ‘teach’ and complete panel interviews.

Successful applicants will then proceed to a final interview at Alban Federation.

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

Alban Federation and its partner schools are committed to promoting practices that take into account the rights of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect whilst ensuring that the content, structure, delivery and assessment of programmes:

a) enable trainee teachers to meet all the standards for QTS across the age range of training, and

b) ensure that no trainee teacher is recommended for the award of QTS until they have met all of the standards for QTS.

All applicants are subject to the same recruitment processes. Training options and the capacity of schools to manage trainees needs are discussed on a case by case basis.

Contact this training provider

Email
afgtpenquiries@sandringham.herts.sch.uk
Telephone
01727799560217
Website
http://www.albanfederation.com
Address
c/o Sandringham School
The Ridgeway
St Albans
Herts
AL4 9NX

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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