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East London Teaching School Alliance Biology (34HB)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Partnership London SCITT (PLS)
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You will join Partnership London SCITT’s programme with full access to all services and facilities. You will benefit from the world-class expertise and research profile of our team. You are supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring and will spend a minimum of 120 days in school, divided into three assessment phases. This will give you an opportunity to gain experience in contrasting educational settings

The programme covers your chosen National Curriculum subject in detail as well as providing opportunities to learn about professional issues and research in education. You will benefit from an approach to teacher education that puts creative, inclusive and reflective practice at the heart of our programmes.

This programme will give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of the National Curriculum for your chosen subject. It offers a balance of theory and practice, including the opportunity to understand the historical forces and ideas that have shaped today’s curriculum. You’re taught to appreciate a wide range of teaching approaches and we deal in detail with the planning and evaluation of lessons, assessment, marking and examination syllabuses.

Professional Studies and Subject Development Sessions These will take place on a weekly basis throughout your training and will cover the key issues both in the classroom and those wider issues of professional responsibility and professional conduct.

In addition to the subject development and professional studies sessions you will also have a mentor who you will meet with on a weekly basis for review, reflection and target setting.

PGCE Accreditation with Sussex University - this is optional and a fee will be charged to the trainee. The PGCE in pedagogy and practice is awarded by Sussex University. The course structure is a three-fold assessment through a 6000 word essay, presentation of directed tasks and portfolio evidence presented orally towards the end of the course. There will be support from the university as well as from PLS and this is an ideal way to gain PGCE for those wishing to have that academic award in addition to QTS.

School placements

The training model is very much rooted in the philosophy of our mission statement, viewing all as life-long learners.

We find the following definition of pedagogy useful:- Pedagogy is the act of teaching together with its attendant discourse. It is what one needs to know, and the skills one needs to command in order to make and justify the many different kinds of decisions of which teaching is constituted (Alexander 2003)

You will have two teaching placements in contrasting schools covering at least two different key stages. The training will follow what is commonly referred to as an ABA model. The second placement (B) is six weeks and takes place in the spring term. Therefore most of the training year will be spent in your main placement school (A), allowing you to get to know the systems, students and staff.

You will get weekly input on subject pedagogy as well as professional studies. These sessions will be delivered by very experienced practicing teachers, a key part of our training model.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You will require a GCSE grade C or 4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent) and a recognised degree. The degree should be at least lower second class honours and should be in the subject you wish to teach. Should your degree not be in the subject you wish to teach, you will need an A level of grade C or 4 or above in that subject.

Where PLS deem it necessary, a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE) may also be required. This will be indicated if a conditional offer is made.

Personal qualities

Enthusiasm for teaching Positive attitudes to young people and their education Understanding of the importance of establishing respectful, supportive and constructive relationships Ability to communicate effectively and accurately in standard spoken and written English Ability to reflect critically and creatively A good sense of humour Evidence of wider educational reading and knowledge of key issues facing today’s educators A sense of the scope of teachers’ professional skills and responsibilities Understanding ‘Fundamental British - Values’ and its importance to all aspects of teaching Awareness of key safeguarding issues Commitment to inclusion and equal opportunity A strong work ethic

Other requirements

Equivalency testing A NARIC statement of comparability should be provided for non UK GCSE and degree level qualifications.

Literacy and Numeracy Candidates are expected to be competent in fundamental English and Mathematics. This will be tested during the interview.

DBS and Medical PLS places are offered conditionally subject to successful a DBS check and a health check to ensure that they have the health and physical capacity to teach without putting young people at risk.

Failure to complete this questionnaire or any trainee deemed being unfit to teach will result in any offer of a place being withdrawn.


Trainee teachers are paid according to the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale and the location of the employing school. The minimum you can expect to be paid is point 1 on the scale.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

East London Teaching School Alliance, currently comprises of secondary, primary and all through schools spread across East London and Essex with St. Angela’s Ursuline in Newham as the lead school. Please see the website for a detailed list of partner schools. We are committed to the provision of outstanding teacher training and have a long track record in this area going back to the time of training schools. All our partners are equally committed and in ELTSA you will get excellent training in the broadest possible range of contexts. We are forward thinking and want people to train with us who share our inclusive vision and have a can do attitude. Many previous trainees have gone on to highly successful teaching careers, often with very rapid promotion.

In order to extend even further the quality of our training, alongside our desire to recruit and retain the best staff, we are now a major partner in a new SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training).

Through Partnership London SCITT we offer the very best training from outstanding and experienced practitioners - people who spend the majority of their working week in the classroom. The great strength of ELTSA and therefore PLS is the quality and vibrancy of the young people in our schools. From a very wide variety of cultural backgrounds they want to succeed and education is greatly valued by parents and students alike.

ELTSA is a great place to learn your craft and develop your teaching skills.

About the accredited body

‘Inspiring today’s learners to be tomorrow’s leaders’. We aim to recognise and respond to the talents and needs of every trainee and provide the best means of developing their full potential. We aim to recruit, train and retain the very best teachers.

PLS is led by two Outstanding schools, Sydney Russell in Dagenham and St Angela’s Ursuline in Newham both with long track records of outstanding teacher training. Now, as a SCITT, we are in the position to offer you top class training from outstanding professionals in a vibrant teaching atmosphere. The perfect start to your career.

Interview process

Selection Process You will be interviewed by a Partnership London SCITT director and a subject specialist. In order for your application to be considered you should consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process.

References We require two references one of which will be an academic reference. If you completed your studies more than five years ago your employer should provide your first reference.

Interview We will interview all shortlisted candidates prior to making an offer of training. If you are invited to interview, we expect knowledge of key aspects of education and excellent subject knowledge.

The interview process will include

  • Teaching a short lesson
  • Written tasks
  • A formal interview

You will be assessed on your ability to communicate clearly and engage the audience. All teachers need to be able to write English clearly without errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar because this is part of the job. Therefore there will be a literacy written task as part of the selection process as well as a subject related written task.

The interview will assess you on the following criteria:-

  • Appropriateness of subject qualifications
  • Capacity to expand subject knowledge
  • Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher
  • Any teaching or school based experience
  • Resilience
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Enthusiasm for, and commitment to teaching
  • Self-awareness of both strengths and areas to improve

Training with disabilities and other needs

All ELTSA and PLS partner schools are compliant with disability access

Contact this training provider

0208 472 6022
St Angela's Ursuline School
St George's Road
Forest Gate
E7 8HU

Support and advice

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021