Beal High School (NELTA) Biology (2P7V)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

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 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

NELTA is committed to delivering a comprehensive and bespoke training experience and supporting the development of the next generation of teachers and school leaders.

This is an innovative approach to teacher training delivered and supported by outstanding teachers and school leaders with current and relevant experience. This programme is highly supportive of the realities of the modern classroom.

This course has been designed for those who would prefer a more hands-on approach to teacher training. You may have school experience as an instructor, cover supervisor, teaching assistant or overseas trained teacher.

You will spend the majority of your training working in a local school, where you will be employed as an unqualified teacher. You will be paid at least Point 1 on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale. You will normally be allocated approximately a 50% timetable of classes that you will teach from the first day of term. The timetable allocation will increase as you gain more experience. There is a comprehensive programme of mentoring, training and support delivered by the school and NELTA. You will complete a short placement (minimum 4 weeks) at a contrasting school to allow you to meaningfully experience teaching in another context. This is an 11-16 training programme although there will be pre and post phase experience as part of the training. There will be a three day primary school placement.

As well as the school-based support from your subject mentor there is also a team of dedicated tutors who will deliver training and fully support your school placement experience. You will have small group subject tutorials every Thursday afternoon followed by a facilitated teaching and learning workshop (with all trainees) from 4.15 to 5.15. There is also a programme of five ‘extended study days’ during the year which will focus on teacher training priorities such as behaviour for learning, SEND and EAL. All training sessions are held centrally at Beal High School in our bespoke NELTA training facility.

This course aims to prepare you to:

Become outstanding secondary school teachers Become knowledgeable subject specialists who can support the leadership of curriculum development Become good classroom managers Become successful form tutors and collaborative colleagues.

You will be assessed through a combination of professional practice reports (written by your subject mentor), tutor visits to see you teach, two written assignments and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how you are meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

School placements

Most placements will be within our network of 14 secondary schools which includes community schools (maintained and academies), faith schools, boys and girls grammar schools and an independent school. The placement school itself will depend on which schools have identified themselves as willing to employ a salaried trainee.

All of our schools are geographically close, with most being within the London Borough of Redbridge which means that trainees can easily engage with more than one school in the partnership.

The age range of training is 11-16 although there is a requirement for pre and post phase experience as part of the training programme.

The majority of the time will be spent in the employing school with NELTA based training from 2.15 pm every Thursday. There are also five extended study days throughout the year. There is a requirement for a second placement in a contrasting school (minimum 4 weeks) and a three day primary school placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in biology 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

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. You need to want to make a real difference to young people’s lives. You should be resilient, have the potential to be able to communicate with an audience and be able to develop positive professional relationships with young people and colleagues. We want you to be able to continually reflect on their practice and respond positively to feedback. The best teachers are learners themselves.

Other requirements

We have a duty to protect children and vulnerable adults, and so background checks will include an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a requirement of a place on the course.

Initial Teacher Training providers are expected assess a trainee’s English and mathematics knowledge before QTS is awarded. This will be done during the NELTA ITT programme.

Teaching is physically and mentally demanding, and there are ‘fitness’ requirements set by the Department for Education for applicants to initial teacher training programmes. This does not however preclude disabled people from pursuing a programme of study or a career in teaching.


All trainees will be paid at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale. This is currently (2021/2022) £21,582 for Outer London where most of our schools are based. Pay scales are revised annually.

There are no other fees or costs for this programme.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

NELTA is a school-centered initial teaching training provider within Beal High School which works with over 20 schools.

We are passionate about developing the next generation of teachers and school leaders. Teachers and leaders who will ensure an outstanding educational future for all pupils irrespective of background or ability.

Working with our alliance you can expect:

  • Guidance from an experienced school based mentor and provider tutor
  • Very well established support programmes
  • Access to a wide network of schools including community secondary, primary, independent, grammar and special education
  • Professional development opportunities beyond your training year focused on outstanding teaching and leadership

NELTA, which networks in Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Newham and beyond, offer opportunities to work in a range of different socio-economic areas. Working in a partnership which includes independent schools, boys’ and girls’ grammar schools, faith schools, comprehensive schools and special schools means you will have access to a broad range of training experiences which will give you the opportunity to you develop your practice in a variety of different settings.

We offer teacher training places for both the tuition fee and salaried routes to Qualified Teacher Status. For tuition fee routes routes we work with King’s College London, UCL and NELTA as our accredited providers. For our salaried route the accredited provider is NELTA (the operating name of teacher training provided by the Beacon Multi-Academy Trust)

About the accredited body

We are committed to working in partnership with trainees and partner schools to provide highly trained teachers for the local community and beyond.

Weekly contact with other trainees and our programme tutors means that you will always feel fully supported.

The Ofsted inspection of our initial teacher training provision on 2017 said: “Leaders’ ambitious vision for excellence and their aspirations for trainees are of the highest order” “The quality of training is outstanding” “Trainees are overwhelmingly positive about the quality of mentoring”

Interview process

There is one in-person interview which will be held at whichever school has identified itself as having a vacancy for a salaried trainee. You will be interviewed by representatives of the school (possibly Heads of Department or senior leadership) and a member of the NELTA team.

The interview process may include some or all of the following activities:

  • Subject knowledge activity (set before the interview day)
  • Delivery of a half hour teaching activity to students
  • Written task
  • Interview by panel

We do not give automatic feedback to all candidates rejected at interview. This is due to the large numbers of interviews that we carry out and the additional workload involved in feeding back to candidates.

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 are committed to supporting equal opportunities and disability access.

We have accommodated trainees in the past with a range of disabilities including mental health conditions, dyslexia and physical impairments.

Disability access in schools varies according to the specific training location. Please check with the relevant accredited provider or email us to discuss your needs NELTA.

Contact this training provider

Beal High School
Woodford Bridge Road

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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