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Plymouth Teachers and Schools Alliance Primary (3XXF)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
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
June 2020 - July 2021
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
June 2021


About the course

The postgraduate teaching apprenticeship is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) route that combines paid work with on- and off-the-job training, qualifications, and progression. It allows candidates to train to become qualified teachers.

PTSA will provide 20% of the apprentice’s timetable in off-the-job training, designed to build up skills, knowledge and competence in the classroom.

Having completed the training, apprentices must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours contained within the Teachers’ standards. Apprentices will work towards attaining qualified teacher status (QTS). They will need to meet the apprenticeship standard and will need to pass an end-point assessment as required for all apprenticeships. The end goal is to become a qualified teacher.

Schools will employ the apprentice as an unqualified teacher, and from December 2020 the apprentice will be able to lead their own classes, as long as there is sufficient ‘distance supervision’ in place.

School placements

Apprentices will be placed in a Plymouth School.

The host school placement is the school where you will work for most of the academic year.

You will have a Class Teacher and a PTSA school-based Mentor in school to support you.

You will have a second placement for one term to gain teaching experience in a complementary school.

The programme follows the academic year in the Host School. That is, it will begin in June 2020 and finish when the school year ends in July 2021.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Minimum 2:2 Undergraduate Qualification

Maths, English and Science GCSE Grade A-C


Schools will employ an apprentice as an unqualified teacher, A Headteacher will recommend a candidate from their school for an apprentice position.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Plymouth Teachers and School Alliance (PTSA) is an inclusive teaching school serving the schools of Plymouth and the region. The PTSA benefits from a mature ‘blended’ model of delivery alongside Plymouth Local Authority and Plymouth Learning Partnership Community Interest Company (PLP CiC). The two lead schools are High View Primary and Prince Rock Primary (Learning Academies Trust).

In addition to our inclusive values, we also seek to promote collaboration and evidence-informed practice. These values underpin our work. Evidence of this can be seen in the 50 schools that contribute to our teaching school alliance, our unique approach to CPD, and the wide-variety of collaborative partnerships and programmes that we offer.

We benefit from working alongside our partners in the Plymouth Local Authority, Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth University. We also collaborate with our regional teaching school neighbours and access expertise at a national level. We believe in a practitioner-led and school-led system and help facilitate this at all levels. We also strive to have training and support available to all educational professionals regardless of where they are in their career, from trainee teachers to CEOs.

Interview process

Teaching Schools such as PTSA and Teacher Training providers in the South West are in the process of reviewing and forming their course offers for 2020-21 and beyond, in response to a Department of Education system review.

We want to give successful PTSA applicants added security, should training providers merge to form a larger regional hub. Therefore all PTSA School Direct offers for 2020-21 will be guaranteed by Marjon University, and a place on the appropriate PGCE programme protected should you choose to accept.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Training with disabilities and other needs can be supported.

Contact this training provider

07766 942685
LAT Central Office
Salisbury Road Primary School
St Judes

Support and advice

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You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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