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Castlebar School Primary (5-11) SEND (E677)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Hillingdon 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.

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 designed for applicants who want to train to teach in a specialist setting.

Our Initial Teacher Training programme is tailored to individual needs and aspirations. Whether you are a recent graduate or you are considering a change of career, our programme will give you the best foundation for a great career in teaching.

Trainees will be trained to teach in two consecutive Key Stages (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2).

During the initial teacher training year trainees will not only learn about pedagogy in general but they will also learn about phase specific pedagogy. Simultaneously trainees will also be given the opportunity to improve and expand their subject knowledge. Trainees will also experience some EYFS OR KS2.

All trainees will spend 4 days a week in school. This will comprise of observing and learning from experienced colleagues, teaching, being observed and receiving feedback, as well as professional development.

The fifth day will be a Professional Learning day at Hillingdon SCITT (located at Bishop Ramsey School, Hillingdon) and will be delivered by highly experienced and skilled practitioners. As part of their Professional Learning, trainees will undertake an Enquiry Based Pedagogy Project of their choice.

Trainees will have placements in two different Partner Schools, both in Ealing. Whilst on placement, school direct salaried trainees need to be prepared to teach up to 3 to 3.5 days from the start of the academic year, which may vary weekly.

Throughout the year, trainees will have a designated Mentor/Coach supporting them. To achieve QTS, all trainees at calendared intervals throughout the year will be assessed against their mastery of the ITE Curriculum as well as the Teachers’ Standards.

School placements

During the training year trainees will teach in two different Partner Schools based in Ealing.

Trainees will be spend the majority of the year in one Partner School (where they were interviewed).

The second placement is for the duration of 6 weeks, whereby trainees will be placed in a contrasting school.

Most of the Partnership Schools are located within a few miles from the Lead School.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • You should be a graduate. (Applicants with a 2:2 or above from the UK may be eligible to take the PGCE and this option may be discussed at interview - a cost of £2100 will be payable by the applicant. Applicants with a third will only be eligible for the QTS)
  • You will need at least a Grade C or 4 in GCSE/equivalent in English, Maths and a Science subject
  • If you have completed your undergraduate degree or secondary schooling internationally, we will require a NARIC equivalence

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious applicants who are passionate, enthusiastic, committed and have a desire to share that with children and young people of all abilities.

The salaried route is more suitable for applicants who have worked in schools with children. Therefore, such applicants should be familiar with how teaching and learning takes place within schools.

Other requirements

All successful applicants will be subject to:-

  • Disclosure Barring Service checks
  • Health and physical capacity to teach
  • Childcare disqualification


Applicants will be paid on the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale, which will be determined by each Partner School.

Applicants are welcome to discuss their salary during the interview.

The cost of the QTS will be paid by the applicants employing school.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Castlebar School, previously Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance is looking to train exceptional graduates to become teachers.
Our Initial Teacher Training programmes are tailored to individual needs and aspirations. Whether you are a recent graduate or are considering a change of career, our programmes will give you the best foundation for a great career in teaching. We offer training routes in mainstream and special school settings. We are seeking applicants who are passionate about education, have an excellent academic background, and are committed to working with children and young people to make a difference in their lives. This school-based teacher training route led by schools in partnership with universities and SCITTs means we can deliver training which blends theoretical study of learning, teaching and child development with practical experience in the classroom. We have an established record of supporting and bringing new talented teachers into the profession. Teachers in our Partner Schools are excellent practitioners, both supportive and eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. You will benefit from:

  • A dedicated Mentor to support and guide you
  • Ongoing CPD opportunities
  • Caring and supportive staff All Primary and Special Schools who are in partnership with us have extensive experience of training teachers and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community. As a result, our trainees are highly employable and we have a high employment rate upon course completion.

Interview process

In conjunction with the Lead School, Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance will co-ordinate the recruitment process.

The interview process, which is rigorous and thorough, will involve a full day spent at one of the Partner Schools, which is likely to be your main placement school for the duration of the training year.

The recruitment day will include:-

Teaching a lesson or working with a group of students which will be observed by a qualified teacher (applicants will be given the information in advance about the content of the lesson, the duration and the age group that they will be teaching).

A short presentation (applicants will be given the information prior to the interview to prepare for the presentation).

Literacy and Numeracy tests (these are internal Hillingdon SCITT tests to assess the applicant’s fundamental skills in English and Maths).

Interview (the panel will consist of representatives from Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance, Hillingdon SCITT and the Partner School).

There may also be the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils and possibly a tour of the school.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Candidates who have disabilities or other needs should contact us before making an application to discuss their needs and the bespoke support that we can provide for them during their initial training year.

Our individual Partner Schools have differing disabled access provisions, so if in doubt please contact us for more information.

Contact this training provider

020 8998 3135
Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance
C/O Castlebar School, Hathaway Gardens
W13 0DH

Support and advice

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