St John’s Teaching School Alliance Primary (S001)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course is for -a Primary teaching qualification. Trainees will link with St John’s Teaching School and the University of Wolverhampton. The first month will be spent in the university acquiring knowledge and skills to equip for Primary Teaching. This will then lead to two school based attachments - one will be at St John’s and the other in a local partner school. There will be an opportunity mid- year to accompany the university on an international visit either to India or China; researching international education. There is also the possibility of a bursary for some candidates which will be provided by Walsall Local Authority. Employment rates are very high from this route. St John’s has also been at the forefront of the formation of the innovative Walsall NQT teaching pool which , last year, placed up to 40 trainees in Walsall schools for their NQT year.

School placements

Apprentices will be based predominantly in their host school across the partnership. There will be a second school placement within another school across the partnership.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A degree at 2:2 or above

Personal qualities

We are looking for suitable candidates who see teaching as a vocation.


Salary will be based on an unqualified teachers’ pay scale or through a local agreement with their host school. Training fees are £9250 which in the majority of cases are met by the bursary the host school receives.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Many of our trainees go on to gain employment within our alliance or Walsall borough. All trainees last year successfully completed the course and gained employment ready for this September. Our training package is complemented with numerous qualified mentors and coaches throughout our school who offer a bespoke package of support to meet identified training needs. Our work with trainees was recognised in June 2020 by the University of Wolverhampton who awarded us the winner of the Outstanding School and Mentor Support Award.

About the accredited body

Our partnership with the University of Wolverhampton (UoW) means that students will receive high-quality support, continuing into your NQT year and career.

The UoW is one of the Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education. Tutors are experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.

Ofsted say:

‘particularly effective in developing highly professional teachers with the skills to reflect critically on the quality of their teaching in order to improve it’

‘excellent reputation’

Employment rates are high’

Interview process

The interview will be held at St John’s school with the Headteacher and the senior course leader at the University. There may be a short task to accompany the subject knowledge audits. Successful candidates will be informed via UCAS

Training with disabilities and other needs

Depending on your individual needs, you may be eligible for additional support provided by the University. The Student Support and Wellbeing Team can talk to you about additional support that may be available.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

You may be eligible to receive additional funding known as the Disabled Students’ Allowances to help cover the costs of any additional support you may need to access your university course. DSA funding is available for eligible students and can help with costs for specialist equipment, Non-Medical Helpers and other disability-related costs associated with studying.

The Sign Language Society at UoW has been running since 2008 and this is where you get to meet current Deaf students as well as other Deaf people who are both local and from all over the UK along with Deaf students who have already graduated - you can also meet BSL Interpreting and Deaf Studies students there too.

For more information please email:

Contact details

Brook Lane
Walsall Wood
West Midlands

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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