Yarrow Schools Alliance Primary (2HV6)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

‘Classroom ready. Classroom confident’. This is our ambition for successful applicants. Every element of our course is designed with this in mind. At Yarrow Schools Alliance (YSA), we are proud of our profession and want to ensure that its future is in the best hands.

We know the best place to train is in a school and so trainees spend the academic year in school with two 5-month long placements - one in Key Stage 2 running from September to the end of January and a Key Stage 1 placement from February to the end of the year. Trainees spend much of the week in class supported by their Class Mentor as well as a Link Tutor. All placements are secured by YSA and take place in member schools whose Governors and Headteachers are fully committed to school based training.

To complement trainees’ practical experience, regular and compulsory theory based training underpins the practical work being done in school. Theory based training is timetabled so that trainees can go straight back into the classroom and put what they have learned into practice.

Training sessions, held either in Skelmersdale (where our accreditors are based) or in Chorley, are led by expert practitioners, all of whom currently practise in their field. Training is designed to develop professional knowledge of national statutory curricula and current national priorities as well as enhancing understanding of theoretical principles of teaching and pedagogy.

Assessment takes the form of regular teaching and learning reviews each with defined focuses. Following each review, personalised targets are set for trainees to work and build on. To successfully achieve QTS, trainees must demonstrate that they have met all Teacher Standards.

Over the course of the academic year, trainees have the opportunity to look at provision in different settings eg schools where for a high number of pupils English is an additional language; small schools or special schools. Such experiences can be organised by the YSA and are undertaken in addition to the trainees’ Key Stage 1 and 2 placements.

All trainees are expected to keep an up-to-date planning file containing planning, evaluations and lesson observations. Throughout the course of the year, trainees complete a series of short written observations in relation to the Teachers’ Standards allowing them to reflect on their experiences and progress. Full guidance on this is given as part of the induction process and in subsequent training sessions.

School placements

Over the course of the year, trainees undertake two substantial placements in school. From September to the end of January, trainees are placed in a Key Stage 2 setting and from February to the end of June, they undertake a Key Stage 1 placement. Throughout each placement, trainees have the support of the class teacher on a day to day basis with additional input and support from a Link Tutor who will visit regularly and maintain close contact.

All placements are secured by YSA on behalf of trainees and all take place in YSA member schools. The majority of our schools are located in the Chorley area with consideration given to any individual’s personal circumstances when placing in school.

All member schools share our belief and passion that school-based ITT training is the best route into the profession and so trainees can be assured of a warm welcome and plentiful support.

Trainees work alongside the Class Teacher in planning and delivering lessons and assessing learning. The length of each placement (approximately 5 months in each school) means that trainees not only have the opportunity to form good relationships with the children they teach but with the staff who work within the class and throughout the school. Trainees are welcomed as fellow professionals and are expected to play a full and meaningful role in school life - attending weekly staff meetings and INSET, carrying out break-time supervision, playing a part in Parents’ Evenings and Open Evenings and assisting with extra-curricular activities. We believe that immersing oneself fully in the life of the school is the best way to develop classroom confidence and teaching stamina!

We are proud that as an Alliance of more than thirty schools based in and around Chorley, we are able to offer trainees a fully rounded experience. The range and breadth of establishments within the YSA ensures that all our trainees gain real insight into the provision of education from ages 3 – 16.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third 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 science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who:

  • can inspire, motivate and challenge
  • can make each member of a thirty-strong class of children feel unique and special
  • can inspire a lifelong love of learning
  • have drive, commitment and enthusiasm
  • understand that teaching is not just a job but a privilege
  • have a desire to make a real difference to the lives of the children they teach

Other requirements

Following successful interview, a number of checks will be needed to confirm suitability to teach and potential to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the training programme. These will include:

  • Health and Capacity to Teach checks
  • Disclosure and Barring Service checks
  • Police clearance from abroad if the candidate has lived/worked abroad in the last 5 years for 6 months or more
  • Prohibited Teachers Check (UK)
  • Prohibited to teach in EEA In addition, trainees will be required to develop and demonstrate Mathematics and English proficiency prior to and during the programme.

Fees and financial support

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

Course fees for the academic year 2023-2024 are £9 250.

The Yarrow Schools Alliance is happy to give advice about Student Finance and DfE Bursaries and to give help and advice with the application process.

Financial support from the training provider

We are happy to signpost applicants to information they may need on Student Finance.

About the training provider

Our vision is, first and foremost, to provide school-led ITT of the highest quality and we believe there is no better training ground for future teachers than in the classroom working alongside experienced professionals.

Yarrow Schools Teaching Alliance is led by St George’s CE – an outstanding primary school located at the heart of the community. We are a large Alliance of local schools firmly committed to the philosophy of improving outcomes for the children in our schools. We understand that the best way to achieve this is through quality teaching and it is this belief that led us to establish our highly successful ITT programme which has run now since 2014.

All placements are organised by YSTA staff and take place in schools within the Alliance. Trainees can expect to spend 80% of their time in class gaining practical experience on how to provide challenging and meaningful teaching and learning opportunities. To complement this, there is regular theory based training delivered by Lancashire’s Senior Consultants and other experienced practitioners.

Our training programme ensures that trainees gain the skills and experience needed to become fully qualified and highly effective teachers able to take up a post in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.

Interview process

Quite simply, we are looking for ambitious trainees who can demonstrate their commitment and desire to become outstanding teachers of the future and who understand the impact a teacher has on the lives of the children they teach. It is a pre-requisite that, as well as having the required academic qualifications, candidates should have the determination, enthusiasm and strength of character necessary to successfully make the transition from trainee to fully qualified, highly skilled classroom professional. In return, we promise to offer the best professional training available.

How we select:

Charged with the training of teachers of the future, our selection and recruitment process is both rigorous and robust. The process is led by experienced Headteachers and senior leaders of schools within Yarrow Schools Alliance.

The selection process involves a thorough scrutiny of application forms to check that applicants meet the academic entry requirements and have the professional entry requirements. Personal statements should demonstrate that the applicant has a clear understanding of teaching and learning, national statutory frameworks as well as having a clear desire to become an outstanding teacher.

Shortlisted candidates are then invited to interview where they will be expected to demonstrate their skills and competencies in a range of situations which will include:

  • Teaching a class
  • Pupil Panel Interview
  • Individual interview with a panel comprising Leaders and Headteachers from across the Yarrow Schools Alliance
  • An English and Mathematics assessment

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

The Yarrow Schools’ Teaching Alliance is committed to treating all applicants fairly and with respect, irrespective of their actual or assumed background, disability or any other protected characteristic.

Applicants with a disability or need such as dyslexia, a medical condition or individual need which they believe could affect their performance during the selection process should notify the YSTA at the point of application in order that the selection panel can make adjustments to enable them to perform at their best.

Contact this training provider

St George's CE Primary School
Carr Lane

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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