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Ignite TSA Primary (2HB8)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chester
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 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
4 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

For 2021-22, Ignite TSA are working in partnership with Deep Learning TSA to offer an outstanding training programme that covers a wider geographical area.

Training to be a teacher with Ignite allows Associate Teachers to gain a realistic understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching by becoming an integral part of the school staff. We have an established induction process in place, ensuring our trainees hit the ground running when the course starts in September and employment rates are high, particularly in Alliance schools.

The training year consists of 130 days based in 2 schools, alongside 60 training days. 15 of these days are led by The University of Chester and focus on completing assessments for PCGE. The remaining 45 days are led by highly skilled and experienced specialists who work regionally and nationally, providing our trainees with outstanding CPD they can use and develop in the classroom. Training days are interactive and practical and due to many being based in a school setting, we build in opportunities for our trainees to put into practice with children some of the theory and pedagogy they have gained.

Our programme also includes accredited specialist SEND/autism training from a local partner TSA and trainees will also receive Educational Visit Leader accreditation during a 3 day residential.

Alongside our high quality CPD, during school based experience, trainees will be supported, mentored and coached by excellent classroom practitioners. We promote a team teach approach as trainees begin their programme and there will opportunities for trainees to get fully immersed in the life of the school, observing and learning from as many different specialists as possible.

Our Professional Mentors are experienced, supportive and aim to ensure that ATs set high standards for themselves and the pupils they teach. Weekly reviews take place where trainees are encouraged and coached to become increasingly reflective as they review themselves against the teacher standards.

During the training year, there are 3 formal review points, where a QA lead from Ignite will work alongside a University Link Tutor to support schools and trainees in their reflective judgements.

Support is provided for trainees when making applications for NQT positions and due to the size and scale of the Alliance, job opportunities are high.

School placements

During the training year, trainees will spend the autumn term in their main host school and the spring term in an alternative school. Trainees will then return to their main host school in the summer term, meaning that school based experience is split into three phases.

All trainees will gain experience in both KS1 and KS2. For the 2021-22 training programme, we are now able to offer EYFS specific school placements for candidates who are looking to secure positions in a Reception class.

Placements will be in an Ignite TSA or Deep Learning TSA school. With over 50 schools in the Alliance, the opportunity to learn in different contexts is strong and will enable trainees to get experience a range of different settings.

We will always take into consideration travel distances for our trainees and ensure that journey times to schools are reasonable and agreeable.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Minimum degree required: Upper Second Applications are invited from graduates with a good honours degree (a minimum of 2:1 classification), or from students in the final year of their degree anticipating at least a 2.1 classification. However, we will consider applicants with a 2.2 classification on an individual profile basis, provided they can demonstrate excellent potential to become a successful teacher.

At the time of application, candidates should have GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science

You will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure of criminal records through the DBS.

Personal qualities

Teaching and shaping the lives of young people is one of the most rewarding career choices a person can make. We need candidates who have the passion and drive to mould children into learners able to cope with an ever-changing world. You should demonstrate high levels of enthusiasm when working with children.

Teaching is a demanding career choice and we are looking for candidates who are fully committed and believe that learning is life-long. The training course is intense and a high level of motivation to learn is essential.

Other requirements

School Experience It is essential that applicants have suitable experience of working in a Primary School setting, either on a voluntary or salaried basis. It is desirable that such experience includes a range of year groups covering KS1 and KS2. The more experience an applicant can gain before applying for a place on the course, the greater the chance they will have of being successful.

If the number of applications far exceeds the number of places available on the course, applicants with little or no school experience will not be selected for interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Fees are set by University of Chester - please check on the university website.

Financial support from the training provider

Please check DFE and University of Chester websites for details on loans and bursaries.

Ignite TSA and Deep Learning TSA have no financial incentives for this course.

About the training provider

The Ignite North West Partnership is a diverse range of 25 schools across Cheshire, Halton, Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool and Glossop, committed to growing the next generation of primary school teachers.

As a training provider, we are proud to work in partnership with other local partnerships, offering specialist training in autism and behaviour and we are renowned for outstanding mentoring in our highly supportive schools. Enjoy the opportunity to receive bespoke training from outstanding practitioners, subject specialists and nationally renowned trainers, all of which will enable you to become a highly effective teacher for 21st Century education.

For the last 6 years, we have trained a growing number of Associate Teachers across Early Years and KS1/2 and have excellent employment rates. 95% of our trainees have gone on to secure jobs, with a high proportion of these in Ignite schools. Following your School Direct training year, Ignite are committed to supporting you in the next stage of your career, with networks and on-going outstanding training for you to access. We are delighted that many of our previous trainees are now progressing into roles of high responsibility and leadership within their schools.

For success stories from our previous trainees, please visit (

We are looking for the next generation of high quality teachers. If you have passion for working with children and want to make a difference, Ignite is the ideal place to realise your potential and help you develop you into a highly skilled classroom practitioner.

Visit ( for more information.

Interview process

If you are successful at the application stage and have met the application criteria, you will be invited for interview.

Our interview process consists of 3 components:

  • a formal interview
  • a live teaching session lasting 30 minutes with a group of children
  • a short written task and online maths task.

Feedback will be provided and if you are successful, an offer will be made. This offer may be conditional on successful completion of any courses you are currently undertaking and we will always look to promote as much ongoing experience in school as possible.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Ignite NW Partnership is highly committed to supporting candidates with disabilities and other needs. Since our training programme began, we have accommodated and supported trainees with specific needs. Please contact us to discuss any questions you may have.

Contact this training provider

0151 355 2047
St Bernard's RC Primary School - A Voluntary Academy
Ellesmere Port
CH65 5EW

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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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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