The Level 6 Teacher with QTS Apprenticeship Programme is an employment-based route into teaching. This route is for people with a degree who receive a salary while training.
The apprenticeship will typically be 12 months in duration (with 12 months as the minimum length). You will begin your main school placement in September and will be a valued member of the school community from the outset.
The Apprenticeship Programme consists of 80% on the job training and 20% off the job training with the Reach Teach Primary Partnership and the University of Derby as the main provider of the apprenticeship.
Usually the 80% on the job training will consist of the apprentice being in a substantive role as an unqualified teacher working four days per working week, delivering a subject specialism or teaching a specific age phase of children. The 20% off the job training consists of a variety of activities which will usually take place one day per working week.
The 20% off the job training has three strands:
Professional Studies – this covers aspects which relate to developing professional practice in the classroom. For example, learning how to plan and design learning experiences for pupils, assessment of pupils, behaviour management, statutory responsibilities (safeguarding).
Academic Studies – this covers aspects which have been designed to complement professional studies/practice and develop thinking teachers who make research informed decisions in their classrooms. For example, an introduction to theories of teaching and learning, models of reflective practice and evidence-based practice.
Subject specialist/age phase knowledge and pedagogy – this element is personalised to the subject specialism or age phase the apprentice is teaching to help them develop their professional skills.
On completion of this apprenticeship, the individual will be confirmed to be a competent and qualified teacher, having already achieved QTS and entered the teaching profession. Having completed a programme of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and obtained QTS, at the start of their
Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year the apprentice will complete an independent end-point assessment at the end of the
minimum period of training which is typically 12 months.
The Apprenticeship programme consists of three mandatory modules. Each module is at level 6 and is worth 20 credits.
The three modules are:
Module 1: The Reflective Teacher
Module 2: Professional Practice and Pedagogy 1
Module 3: Professional Practice and Pedagogy 2
As a key member of the school community, you will start your teaching apprenticeship in September.
Apprentices complete a second school placement of 6 weeks in a contrasting school to broaden your experience. You will be supported throughout by highly trained school mentors as well as the same Link Tutor and University Tutor. We invest heavily in our mentor training to ensure you receive the best support throughout the programme.
We work with a large network of around 65 partner schools, grouped in local clusters. Our network of primary schools is diverse yet they share core values of integrity, inclusion and success for all children, regardless of their background.
Our partners include rural, multi-cultural and inner city schools; most schools are part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary only academy trust in the country yet we are also proud of our links with a range of other schools in local communities.
Starting your teaching career with REAch2 brings with it unrivalled training and development and excellent career progression.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Concordia Primary Academy
Union Road, Havering, RM7 0GN
Heath Hayes Academy
Wimblebury Road, Heath Hayes, WS12 2EP
Manor Park Primary Academy
Church Lane, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B6 5UQ
Riverside Primary Academy
Newbold Road, Newbold-on-Av, CV21 1EH
Sprites Primary Academy
Stonechat Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 0SA
The Limes Primary Academy
Lime Avenue, Lowestoft, NR32 3BQ
The Palmer Academy
70 Northumberland Avenue , Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7PP
Cerne Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4BN
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
We are looking for applicants who understand the difference high quality education makes to children. We want to see passion and creativity, reflection and emotional intelligence, resilience and integrity. Candidates need to have an appreciation of how children learn and an awareness of how to engage them in the learning process. You should be confident, articulate and have a strong work ethic and sense of humour!
Grade 4 or equivalent standard achieved in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics, and all who intend to train to teach pupils aged 3-11 additionally have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade 4 GCSE in a science subject;
a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) for entry to graduate Initial Teacher Training programmes;
assessed as suitable to teach by accredited Initial Teacher Training providers (through successful completion of an enhanced DBS check and Disclosure by Association check if working with children under 8);
passed the national professional numeracy and literacy skills tests.
Unqualified teacher pay scale 1
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training pathway that offers practical, ‘on-the-job’ training and teacher education. Our unique and blended REAch Teach programme aims to create highly skilled teachers who are an integral part of a school community.
With more than 60 partner primary schools across the country, we enable you to train locally and grow nationally. The majority of schools we work with are academies within the REAch2 Academy Trust. Starting your teacher training within the REAch2 family of schools enables you to benefit from the wealth of opportunities that come with belonging to a national community of professionals, and a wide range of networks and development opportunities once qualified.
Whichever school you train in, you will be part of the community from the very start of the academic year. Effective mentoring is at the heart of our programme and you will be supported by expert colleagues who will guide your introduction to the core body of knowledge, skills and behaviours that define great teaching. We invest in the training and development of your mentors, so that they can invest effectively in you.
Our Lead School Tidemill Academy is a former National Teaching School which is amongst the top 3% of schools nationally for progress. We have supported over 120 trainees through their School Direct teacher training, with all trainees who completed the programme receiving a Good or Outstanding grading. An average of 80% of our trainees stay with us as early career teachers.
About the accredited body
The University of Derby is an Outstanding provider of Primary ITT.
With a rich heritage in teacher training dating back over 150 years, The University of Derby have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking primary teachers.
In their 2015 Ofsted inspection, they received an ‘outstanding’ rating for the quality of their work with the Primary Leadership Team praised for putting students at the heart of all they do and ensuring excellent career outcomes.
Our students were described as “highly motivated and passionate about working with children,” keen to be fully involved in the everyday life of schools.
We aim for our interview process to be as relaxing as possible so that you can feel comfortable to show us your true potential.
Shortlisted applicants will complete a face to face interview where you will be asked to:
1.Deliver a presentation
Respond to a range of scenario based questions.
Complete a 20 minute teaching an activity with a small group of children.
You will also complete maths and English assessments.
Our selection process is designed to assess how well you demonstrate the following competencies which we think are essential in an effective trainee, and ultimately in successful teachers:
Care and compassion
Works well with others
Copes with demands
Engages with learning
In addition to this all trainees must demonstrate:
High quality written English
A suitable academic profile
A clear education and employment record
Favourable and recent references
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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 have a strong commitment to equality and inclusion and we seek to offer a first class education to all students, including students with disabilities. All of our sites are wheelchair accessible and we undertake all reasonable adjustments necessary to ensure inclusion of all disabilities.
We are committed to our Equality Policy in respect of serving students and employing staff. Within this policy we will endeavour to ensure that disabled students and staff receive the same standards of service as others. We will not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of disability.
Tidemill Academy 11 Giffin Street Deptford London SE8 4RJ
Support and advice
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for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school
experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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