Plume Community Teaching Partnership Primary (K939)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Tes Institute
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

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 overseas, though 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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.plume.essex.sch.uk/teachertraining

Contents

Course summary

The Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is aimed at candidates who are already employed in a school. It is a nationally recognised work-based route into teaching.

We work with TES Institute and your employing school to ensure you access your 20% off the job training as well as your in-school professional development.

The course is set over 4 academic terms.

The Apprentice will be assigned a school based mentor that will help guide you through the ITT Programme and meet with you regularly to discuss progress.

The Apprentice will also be assigned a pathway tutor who will provide regular feedback on your progress and coach and mentor you on subject knowledge and teaching-skill development. They will also visit and support you in school and with your online work.

School placements

Your placement will be with your employing school for the majority of your apprenticeship.

However, you will need to complete a minimum of 20 days at a contrasting placement during the training year and this will be arranged by Plume Partnership in one of our partnership schools.

You will also experience one day in a secondary school as part of your training.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Salary

You will be employed as an unqualified teacher and paid according to the UQT Scale Point 1.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Plume Community Teaching Partnership consists of a consortium of schools in South Essex, all within a twenty minute drive of the Lead School, Plume Academy in Maldon.

Working together, we are committed to providing excellent teacher training in primary and secondary placements, developing outstanding teacher practice and supporting aspirant future leaders. Candidates must have a desire to work with young people, a passion for education and a commitment to raising pupil achievement. As part of our successful ITT programme, candidates will receive excellent training from experienced staff working in association with TES Institute.

The unique blended learning programme combines school based training and online learning materials facilitated by a network of experienced subject specialists. The training experience is also further enhanced through the organisation of a number of visits to other educational establishments, such as special schools, primary schools and schools in an urban environment.

We celebrate the quality of teaching and learning which takes place across the partnership. This provides excellent role models from within the teaching staff and opportunities to observe outstanding teaching. The pupils in these schools are a credit to each individual school and enjoy good relationships with their teachers to create a positive environment for learning. Each school aspires to engender an ‘appetite for learning’ within its pupil community, both in the classroom and within the range of extra-curricular activities it provides.

Interview process

We would ask for you to deliver a short, five minute presentation for which you can provide a Powerpoint or other supportive resources if you would like to. This would then be followed by some questions that explore your desire and motivation for entering the teaching profession.

As part of the interview process, applicants will need to evaluate their English and math skills and complete a short test. Support materials can be provided.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

TES Institute and Plume Community Teaching Partnership are committed to promoting access for people with disabilities and additional needs. We support and enable students with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties, special psychological needs and medical conditions that can have an impact on day-to-day activities, to participate in TES Institute programmes, as far as is reasonably practicable and within any constraints laid down by relevant professional bodies. TES Institute will:

  • Encourage applications from people with disabilities
  • Seek to provide information in suitable formats
  • Assess applicants who disclose disabilities or specific needs solely on the basis of their academic potential and suitability to train to teach
  • Invite applicants with a disability or specific need to contact TES Institute to discuss how their requirements can be accommodated
  • Provide additional support or resources at application to enable the applicant to complete the application process including attending interview where applicable
  • Offer additional provision to ensure no disadvantage compared with other applicants
  • Work towards the earliest possible assessment of needs and offer of reasonable accommodations where required
  • Make reasonable accommodations in assessment where applicable and without impacting the learning outcomes to be assessed
  • Provide educational support services as appropriate for eligible students
  • Take steps to encourage students with progressive conditions, or who become disabled during their programme of study, to continue their studies
  • Promote an inclusive environment and attitude at TES Institute and endeavour to provide appropriate training to staff where required

Contact this training provider

Email
itt@plume.essex.sch.uk
Telephone
01621 854681
Website
https://www.plume.essex.sch.uk/teachertraining
Address
Plume School
Fambridge Road
Maldon
Essex
CM9 6AB

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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