Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance: Whitehall Primary/Ashley Down Primary Primary (5-11) (AW29)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Cabot Learning Federation 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Bristol Primary Teaching School, in partnership with the CLF SCITT, are offering a programme which combines school-centred training, experience and practice with subject specific and professional development. This ensures trainees develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be outstanding teachers. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and there is an opportunity to gain a PGCE for an additional fee. The programme structure is layered and progressive making explicit links to the Teachers’ Standards throughout. Trainees are fully integrated into school life from the start of the school year. School experience and assignments complement training, enabling reflection on learning, and making links between theory and practice. Distinctive features of the programme are:

  • August Induction: Early induction is designed to accelerate trainee’s preparedness for training and being in school. We focus on how to be a successful trainee, programme expectations and the concept of reflexivity. It is also an opportunity to develop a strong trainee community and support network for the training year.
  • Weekly centre-based training: Weekly subject knowledge and professional development training is led by school-based professionals and specialist leaders of education (SLEs) who are experienced and effective teachers and leaders. We use a facilitated and active learning approach where trainees experience learning techniques, engage in reflective thinking and learn collaboratively.
  • School Experience all year round: Our trainees benefit from school-based training and practical classroom experience from the very start of the programme and throughout. Immersion into the life of the school and exposure to experienced and expert teachers ensures realistic and authentic experiences.
  • Personalisation: We strive to provide a personalised and differentiated programme. Weekly centre-based training alongside regular school visits enables the SCITT team to identify needs and adapt the programme as necessary, using experts from across the partnership.
  • Employment support: Trainees are provided with exceptional support in securing employment. The CLF SCITT supports trainees transition into their first teaching posts, and provides a continuing network of support and ongoing training.

School placements

The CLF SCITT programme has 4 blocks of teaching experience with over 130 days spent in school throughout the year. All placements take place in CLF and partnership schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Throughout all teaching experience placements, trainees are allocated a mentor who will provide regular guidance, support and challenge. In addition there is a Lead Mentor in school who oversees the school-based training alongside the Programme Leaders. School Carousel: Over the first 5 weeks of the programme, trainees embark on a carousel of school experience, visiting a different school each week. Trainees are set key tasks and observations, linked to their weekly training, to carry out in school in order to explicitly make links between theory and practice improving their understanding of how children and young people develop and learn. This provides a smooth induction to the programme and is particularly beneficial to trainees who have limited experience in school. It also provides the SCITT team with an opportunity to get to know the trainees so that future placements can be better matched to trainee needs. Home Placement: All trainees will have a ‘home’ placement where they will spend the majority of their training year. For Primary trainees, the first part of this placement will start in October and go through to December. Trainees will then return to this placement in the summer term from April to July. Contrasting Placement: During the spring term, from January to April, trainees move to a new placement school. Placements will be arranged in a contrasting school environment and in the alternate key stage to the ‘home’ placement. Placement expectations are designed to gradually develop trainees’ teaching during the year. This starts with the teaching of small groups, moving on to teaching parts of lessons, to whole lessons to entire sequences of learning and finally taking on full responsibility for the class and the progress of learners in the summer term. Trainees are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and autonomy in their planning and teaching throughout the year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You will be a graduate, with at least a Bachelor’s (with Honours) degree, minimum 2:2. You will also need strong passes (grade C/4+) in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science. (recommended equivalence tests recognised). You will need to show your original certificates at interview. If your degree or eligibility qualifications are from outside the UK you should apply to NARIC to check equivalence. They will issue a statement of comparability. For Primary with Maths there is an additional requirement of a Maths A level at grade B or above in order to be eligible for the bursary.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainee teachers who share our ambition for improving outcomes for children and young people through working collaboratively and empowering learning. You will need to demonstrate the commitment and resilience needed to become a highly effective teacher and lifelong learner. Additional qualities we look for throughout the application process are:

  • Aptitude and readiness for teacher training
  • Strong passion for teaching and learning specific to age range or subject
  • Strong sense of moral purpose (linked to our HEART values)
  • Effective communicative and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to reflect, be responsive and pro-active

Other requirements

You must complete successful enhanced Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) and prohibition checks & will require appropriate ID and documents. You must provide full employment history & satisfactory references supporting your suitability to work with children/young people, as per Keeping Children Safe in Education requirements. The selection process will include an interview. You will be asked to complete an Occupational Health form/self-declaration about your fitness and wellness to teach. School experience is highly recommended to both support your application and improve your readiness for teacher training. You will also need the financial backing of your school to pay your salary.


You will be employed as an unqualified teacher, point 1.

Those applying for this route should already be employed by a school, with the intention of stepping up their role to continue working as a teacher in their current setting.

As this is a salaried route, applicants will need the financial backing of the schools in which they are working. The salary paid by the school will be that of an unqualified teacher, point 1, and the school will also pay all training costs.

There is an additional fee for those wishing to obtain a PGCE qualification in addition to QTS.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

We have a well-established track record in ITT as part of our overall staff development, leadership and succession planning work. The Teaching School Alliance is made up from the three primary Teaching Schools in the city, each with outstanding reputations for excellence. These are Whitehall Primary School in Easton, Bridge Farm Primary School in Whitchurch & the Ashley Down Schools’ Federation. Two of the head teachers are designated as National Leaders of Education (NLEs) who support other schools across the city and beyond. The Teaching School Alliance has a strong reputation and proven track record of delivering training to leaders, leadership teams, teachers and trainees, which makes a lasting difference to teaching, leadership and classroom practice. We have links with more than 80 of Bristol’s primary schools and work closely with many schools and head teachers in the city.

In 2020 - 2021 we are training 22 teachers of the future through the School Direct PGCE and salaried routes in schools across the city. We work hard to ensure that your training year works for you, and pride ourselves on working closely with every trainee, mentor and school. We offer a unique and high-quality learning experience to prepare you fully for your future career in teaching. We have an invested interest in ‘growing our own’ teachers, spotting talent and raw potential in local schools, and our communities, then coaching and nurturing trainee teachers towards employment in local schools as excellent practitioners.

For more information, please visit our website (

About the accredited body

The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) is our accrediting body and quality assures our training programme. The CLF has a long history of being involved in Initial Teacher Training. In 2015 the CLF became an accredited provider of ITT and was given the privilege of being able to take full control of their training programme and recommend for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They recognise the need to recruit and train excellent teachers to work in schools in our region and to support the aspirations, progress and achievement of all children including those in the most challenging circumstances.

Interview process

The assessment day will take place at one of our partnership academies or at the CLF Institute. Assessment day tasks will include:

  • A pre-prepared teaching task with a group of pupils
  • A short pre-prepared presentation
  • A group discussion
  • A written task based around personal reflection
  • An individual interview Details of the tasks will be sent to you prior to the interview date. The assessment tasks are designed to help us select prospective trainees based on our 5 core values and attributes:
  • Aptitude and readiness for teacher training
  • Strong passion for teaching and learning specific to age range or subject
  • Strong sense of moral purpose (linked to our HEART values)
  • Effective communicative and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to reflect, be responsive and pro-active This rigorous selection process ensures that we recruit the very best trainee teachers for our children and young people. During the process you will also be able to establish whether we are the right training provider for you. Successful applicants may be given conditions or recommended actions to complete prior to the course starting in order to accelerate their readiness for the teacher training year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability Access

All schools and the university have disabled access. For information on any other needs, please contact a member of the BPTSA team through our main email address

Contact this training provider

Bridge Farm Primary School
East Dundry Road
BS14 0LL

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