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Harrow First Biology (2RVF)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Hertfordshire
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

Harrow First in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire offer a salaried School Direct training programme for a limited number of top graduates who wish to teach. Trainees spend four days in school and one day at the University of Hertfordshire each week during term time.

All courses are run in Harrow and allow teachers to develop their leadership skills whilst training to teach. Harrow First is a challenging programme which will take a fresh approach to training teachers via the School Direct (salaried route). Successful applicants will undergo training during July and August with a view to teaching from 10 hours per week in a school from September, supported in the classroom by a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). Training will continue through the year, both in school and at the University of Hertfordshire. The course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus 30 MA credits. There will be opportunities to complete further MA modules in subsequent years in order to achieve the MA in Education.

There are three assessment point throughout the year and trainees are assessed through a combination of lesson observations and an evidence bundle include lesson plans and evaluations. Trainees will benefit from a variety of support: from the University of Hertfordshire, from their mentor in school, from the Higher Level Teaching Assistant, from a Professional Mentor in school and from a Specialist Leader in Education who will ensure the coherence of the course. Colleagues in all these roles are well trained and experienced. We are committed to training creative, innovative and reflective practitioners who see themselves as future leaders.

School placements

You main placement school will be one of the schools located in North-West London with good transport links to Central London. You will be teaching either 11 – 16 or 11 – 18 depending on the subject and placement. All trainees will have one main placement school where they will complete the majority of their training. They will train at a second school for a short six week placement in the Spring Term.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You should have:

  • 1st or 2nd class honours degree in Biology or a related subject, or a joint degree with Biology as the major component (i.e. at least two years of Biology studies at undergraduate level).
  • GCSE Grade C or above in Mathematics and English
  • A level in Biology at minimum B grade
  • Candidates without these qualifications may be accepted if they have acquired knowledge through other routes (e.g. work experience; a subject knowledge enhancement course).
  • Overseas qualifications should be checked by UK NARIC before making an application.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about learning and have a desire to share this with children and young people of all abilities. This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with children and young people. This does not need to be paid work but might be helping with a sports team, drama group or youth club. During the last two years we expect you to have carried out at least five days classroom experience, or you may have worked in a school.

Other requirements

We particularly welcome applicants who have worked with young people in a variety of settings. We expect you to have spent at least five days shadowing in a school or schools; and to have observed lessons in a secondary school before your interview. You will be required to provide written evidence of this if invited for an interview. Three years’ work experience (PhD study is acceptable) is required to meet the eligibility requirements of the School Direct (salaried) programme.


This is a salaried programme and all training fees and costs are covered by the Canons Park Teaching School Alliance. We pay on the unqualified teachers’ pay scales (for Outer London). There are no other fees or costs for the trainees.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

We are looking for exceptional graduates to join us on Harrow First – a unique and challenging route into teaching, following a full-time training programme. Applicants will be passionate about education, have an excellent academic background and a deep commitment to working with young people to improve their life chances. We create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers alike feel valued and supported. All schools involved in Harrow First have extensive experience of training teachers.

Trainee teachers recruited onto the Harrow First programme will be well supported and challenged to become creative, innovative and reflective practitioners. In addition there will be a strong focus on leadership development throughout the programme including opportunities to work in teams and take on various responsibilities.

Harrow is located in North-West London with good transport links to Central London. Successful applicants will have school based training in two schools.

Pupils across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do. Our staff are our most valuable resource and we have a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

About the accredited body

The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Education (ITE).

Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections and in the Guardian and Times League tables, it is recognised as a very good quality training provider by local employers and graduate employability is amongst the highest in the country.

At the University of Hertfordshire the School of Education offers:

  • Outstanding levels of employment to a first teaching post.
  • Excellent support throughout the training.
  • Strong partnership with local schools.

Interview process

Once your application is submitted shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at one of the schools in the alliance. The interview process will involve four parts and will include the following:

  • Interview
  • Lesson Observation – the topic will be provided prior to interview
  • Literacy task
  • Document check

The interview process will include the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils and is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to allow you to demonstrate a range of qualities and competences. We seek to get the best match of applicant to the limited places available.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Hertfordshire has full disabled access and is committed to admitting and supporting students with disabilities. Please refer to the website for details –

The individual host schools have differing disabled access provisions, so if in doubt please contact the host school directly.

Contact this training provider

Park High School
Thistlecroft Gardens

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