Esk Valley Alliance Primary (2HBH)

QTS full time

Accredited body
York St John University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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


Course summary

Our course is school based, with academic training days provided by York St John University. Your training is split into 3 sections; days provided by the university, time within school and training provided by the Alliance.

The academic training days with the university total approximately 20 across the year. You will be attending the University Campus in the centre of York with full access to the university facilities and support.The university is responsible for all academic papers, assignments, essays and research projects including marking and feedback. York St John is also the accrediting body.

Time within school is split between two placements ensuring that you have a range of experiences across age ranges and school types. This helps equip you with the essential skills necessary for starting life as a teacher.

The Esk Valley Alliance provides approximately 40 face to face sessions during the year with our experienced teacher trainers, serving headteachers and Specialists Leaders of Education. These sessions are solely for our ITT students. You will cover all Primary National Curriculum Subject Areas as well as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Early Years Foundation Stage, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Assessment and Data Tracking and English as an Additional Language. All of our training takes place in primary schools that are part of the Esk Valley Alliance giving you the additional opportunity to see a variety of educational practice in our vibrant schools.

Being part of the Esk Valley Alliance also entitles you to access any and all training courses and opportunities that are available to our serving teachers as part of their Continuing Professional Development; once again allowing you to visit functioning schools and meet other professionals.

School placements

Your teaching experience with the Esk Valley Alliance will take place in two main schools. The first school will be known as your ‘Home School’. This is the school that you will spend the majority of your training with in the first and final term. The second school placement is in the Spring term and will offer a different experience to your home school within your chosen route.

Your home school will be allocated to you based on your chosen route and proximity to your home address. We endeavour to keep your travelling within a reasonable distance and time to support your work-life balance. Whilst at this school you will have a six week assessed placement in term 1 and an 8 week assessed placement in term 3. All remaining time, when not attending a university day or an Esk Valley training session, will be spent within this school learning from your classteacher, mentor and other professional colleagues.

In term 2 you will be placed in a contrasting primary school within your chosen route for an eight week placement, six of which will be assessed. The first two weeks are to allow you to understand the context and plan your assessed placement. Following that all remaining time, when not attending a university day or an Esk Valley training session, will be spent within this school learning from your classteacher, mentor and other professional colleagues.

Placements schools will be chosen from anyone of our 40 plus partnership schools within the Alliance. Our alliance covers a large geographical range from Whitby to Scarborough and Ryedale to the Moors offering you a varied experience.

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated learners who will inspire our children for the future.

You will need to be motivated, committed, organised, creative and above all have a good sense of fun and humour!

Experience with children is essential and this can be arranged through the Alliance once you have shown commitment to our training programme.

Other requirements

Your role will be subject to:

Medical Fitness

Declaration of Criminal Convictions

Disclosure and Barring Service check

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

The tuition fees for the Esk Valley Alliance School Direct programme are £9,250.

You may be eligible for a tax free bursary or scholarship to support your training. For further details regarding bursaries and scholarships please see the following NCTL link: Further advice can also be provided by York St John University Funding Advice Team, please use the following e-mail:

Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. Please contact Student Finance to apply:

About the training provider

Training with the Esk Valley Alliance will enable you to access ‘on the job’ training with a variety of experienced staff ranging from practicing class teachers and SLEs to serving headteachers, all of whom are committed to the ITT training program and believe that the best way for a teacher to learn is to be taught by the best.

During the programme you will have opportunities galore to experience a range of our schools, of which we have over 40, in the the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors and surrounding areas.

We are able to offer rural school placements as well as the larger primary school placements enabling your skills to cover the full span of primary ages including your chosen route.

You will be supported throughout your learning journey by an experienced ITT team and your appointed mentor. We are fully committed to enabling your successful launch into your teaching career.

About the accredited body

York St John University is a high quality, friendly university with a campus based in the historic City of York. It achieved university status in 2006. It is one of several higher education institutions which have religious foundations. Esk Valley and York St John University have a long history of working in partnership to deliver high quality teacher education and training, leading to the award of PGCE with QTS. We work with York St John University because they have been involved in training and educating teachers since 1841 and are committed to working in partnership and collaboration with schools.

Interview process

The Esk Valley Alliance runs a robust interview process aligned with York St John University.

You will be invited to a one day interview on the recommendation of the Admissions Team from York St John University. The Admissions team will have checked that you have met the statutory requirements for entering Initial Teacher Training including your qualifications.

These interviews will take place in one of the Esk Valley Schools and will be conducted by members of the ITT team and a colleague from the university.

The format of the day includes: a small group teaching task of your choice with 6 children, followed by a short written reflection task; a piece of academic research on which you will be asked to give a five minute presentation; a chance to work alongside a classteacher and a formal interview.

Following the interview the Alliance will make a recommendation to the Admissions team at York St John University and you will be able to track our decision on the UCAS website.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

The Esk Valley Alliance is a fully inclusive alliance and extends a warm welcome to all students.

Candidates are encouraged to discuss any specific disabilities and needs with the team to enable us to facilitate any necessary adjustments and to be able to include you in our course.

Our schools range in physical size and age, this sometimes may impact on accessibility. However, every attempt will be made to accommodate suitable candidates and any specific requirements.

The Alliance works closely with York St John university and our students have full access to appropriate resources. The Well-being Team, based in Student Services, provides emotional and psychological support to students at York St John University including those working with the Esk Valley Alliance.

The Alliance in conjunction with the University take a team approach to support students to improve their resilience and ability to cope with life stressors and because of this we may refer to a variety of support options ranging from 1-2-1 sessions through to workshops, exercise classes, self-help materials or specialist external agencies.

Contact this training provider

01947 895369
North Yorkshire
YO21 1UT

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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