East London Alliance SCITT (School Direct) Primary (2MMD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
East London Alliance SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may 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.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course is a Primary course for Key Stage One/ Two (5-11) rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in October 2017.

Our vision is ‘Making a real difference to children’s life chances.’ As a partnership of schools in East London, we work together to recruit and train excellent teachers, who are inspired and equipped to continue to develop their teaching and leadership skills throughout their careers.

School Direct (Unsalaried) PGCE: The QTS part of this route is a school based training model and there will be cross phase Primary placements across our network of schools (see below). You will be trained, mentored and coached by highly experienced classroom practitioners and the course will have a strong focus on pedagogical understanding. . As a SCITT we will accredit you with your QTS. The PGCE (non QTS) part of this route is a mixture of school based work and taught sessions at the University of East London. This is a postgraduate programme. On successful completion of QTS and the PGCE (non QTS) you will be awarded a PGCE by the University of East London. You will be trained to teach from ages 3-5 or 5-11 with enhanced experienced opportunities in Early Years and Key Stage 3

School placements

As a partnership of schools, we work together to recruit and train excellent teachers, who are inspired and equipped to continue to develop their teaching and leadership skills throughout their careers.We work with outstanding schools to develop a school led programme to meet the requirements of the Teacher’s Standards. These schools are usually within our Partnership and our Alliance, but we welcome all schools who would like to work with us.

You will have a main placement school and then in the Spring Term (6 weeks) complete a contrast placement in another school, in a different key stage. You will also get opportunities to experience a specialist provision and a Secondary School to look at how pupils progress from KS2 to KS3.

We will select the schools for you based on your experience, interview and commuting distance. Many of our schools have worked with us previously and we have excellent partnerships with them. You may come with a school that may be interested in recruiting you and this will be asked at interview. The commute is usually between 30 minutes and an hour, sometimes shorter.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

The formal entry requirements are:

GCSE grade C or above in English Language, mathematics and science. Other GCSEs are required to show a good spread of curriculum subjects.

A minimum 2.2 honours degree from a UK University or a recognised equivalent qualification.

We welcome career changers and can organise visits to Primary Schools. (We are presently unable to do this due to current risk assessments)

The applicant’s previous education must demonstrate a good foundation of knowledge to become a competent primary teacher. They must be able to communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken and written standard English.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have the passion to become a Primary School Teacher. Applicants who are confident, resilient and willing to learn and work hard. We will support you to develop these skills and learn more.

As well as training on the job, you will be expected to write 2 assignments of 5000 words, therefore commitment and time management is key.

Other requirements

We recognise that not all applicants will have worked in schools before, we can support you to gain some experience before you make your big decision. Presently we are unable to do this due to risk assessments. However, we would still encourage you to apply.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

ELASCITT was rated Outstanding in October 2017. Our employment rate is 100%. We have excellent Partnerships across our trust and with other schools in our Teaching Alliance. We also work closely with other schools in East London. Our training is up to date and delivered by Specialist Leaders of Education, most of whom are still teaching. We are a small provider and therefore can provide bespoke programmes if needed.

Come and see us, our doors are always open.

Interview process


All applicants who submit an application that meets the ELA SCITT requirements, as set out in the application scrutiny process, will be invited to interview day 1. You will be interviewed by a panel of senior leaders and all details of the interview will be sent to you in advance.

Candidates are encouraged to advise us of any Special Needs prior to the Interview days.

If you are successful at day 1, you will be asked to go to another informal interview at a school that would like support you in your training year. You will have to be successful at both stages in order to get onto the course.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a provider we are very aware of supporting our trainees and their individual needs. We provide weekly drop in sessions and regular pupil progress meetings to monitor progress and well being. The School Based Educators, ITT co-ordinators and Professional Tutors are also there to support the trainees and monitor their progress and well being. We include sessions on resilience and well being, both of which are very important to us. We have had Place2be in to run a session and also included mindfulness. We take well being very seriously and offer opportunities to track your own resilience and have signed all of our trainees to individual support and counselling with Education Support. We cater our training to the needs of our students, this may include dyslexia, so we ensure that the resources are on the portal ready to access before the session and discuss your needs during your training.

Contact this training provider

Barclay Road
E13 8SA

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

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