St James’ Partnership Primary (S241)

QTS, full time or part time with salary

Accredited body
Kingston University
Financial support

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Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This is an early years foundation stage course for practitioners who want to learn about the Reggio Emilia approach to early years education. Trainees will become familiar with the early years framework. The trainees will work alongside current practitioners developing a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Training on observation Training on assessment Training on planning linked to provocations Training on how to plan based on individual interests

School placements

The lead school will arrange for trainees to visit other schools as part of their training.

The trainees will spend at least 4 weeks at another setting - covid permitting. If it is not possible to go to another setting trainees will be able to go to EYFS (nursery).

Interview process

The trainees will be interviewed by an interview panel these interviews maybe held virtually due to coronavirus restrictions. A member of the governing body and Kingston University maybe on the panel.


Trainees will be paid on the unqualified teacher scale.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.




  • A relevant degree
  • Maths, English and Science GCSE’s
  • Equivalent qualifications will be looked

Personal qualities

Trainees should be passionate about early years foundation stage, and how pupils learn. They should be enthusiastic and reflective learners Trainees should have an interest in the Reggio Emilia approach to EYFS

Other requirements

Enhanced DBS School experience

About the training provider

St James’ C of E Primary, based in Bermondsey, is the Lead School for the St James’ Partnership. We aim to offer bespoke training to suit each trainee teacher in order to provide a great start to their teaching career. Throughout our School Direct programme, you will be based in our school or one of our partner schools, gaining first-hand experience of life as a teacher. Supported by your mentor and training sessions, you will develop your own teaching practice so that you are fully prepared to start your teaching career. Our training sessions are all based in schools, delivered by current practitioners and educational consultants, and we work with you, the trainers and mentors to ensure that they have direct impact on the teaching and learning in your classroom. Engaging with research is a celebrated method of improving teaching practice and this is promoted through your own small research project which you undertake in the final term of your training.

About the accredited body

Kingston University are our education provider. They offer access to their extensive online library. Mentor courses are run in partnership with the university. The university regularly monitors the programme delivery, and visits to quality assure the programme and the work of the students, and mentors.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We look to support candidates with disabilities and other needs, however the lead school and some of our partner schools are based in 3+ storey, Victorian buildings without lifts.

Contact details

Old Jamaica Road
SE16 4SU


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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Old Jamaica Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 4SU
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