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Yarrow Teaching School Alliance Primary (2HV6)

QTS full time

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 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

‘Classroom ready. Classroom confident’. This is our ambition for successful applicants. Every element of our course is designed with this in mind. As a Teaching School, we are proud of our profession and want to ensure that its future is in the best of hands.

We know the best place to train is in a school and so trainees spend four days a week in class supported by a Class Mentor and Link Tutor. Each trainee completes two placements (a Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 experience) - all in Yarrow Teaching School Alliance member schools whose Governors and Headteachers are fully committed to the idea of school based training.

One day a week is spent engaged in compulsory theory based training. Our philosophy is that regular training is more effective than blocking seminars. Attending weekly training means that trainees can get straight back into class and put their learning 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 weekly teaching and learning reviews each with a defined focus. Following each review, targets are set for trainees to work and build on. To successfully achieve Qualified Teacher Status, trainees must demonstrate that they have met all Teacher Standards.

Over the course of the academic year, trainees have the opportunity to spend some time looking at provision in a range of settings eg a school where for a high number of pupils English is an additional language; a small rural school or a special school. Such experiences can be organised by the Teaching School and are undertaken in addition to the trainees’ substantial Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 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 our trainees to reflect on their experiences and progress. Full guidance on how to do 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.

All placements are secured by the Teaching School on behalf of trainees and all take place in Yarrow Teaching School Alliance member schools. All schools are easily accessible and consideration is always 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 Yarrow Teaching School Alliance ensures that all our trainees gain real insight into the provision of education from ages 3 – 16.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All applicants should hold a first degree* of a United Kingdom higher education institution (First, Second or Third Class).

  • Please note a first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6 of the QCF.

Applicants should also have GCSE Grade C/4 (or above) in English Language, Mathematics and Science* at the point of entry (*please note that we consider either dual award Science or single award Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Science related qualifications such as Human Biology or Environmental Science are not considered equivalent).

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 life long 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 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Fees for the course are £9250. The Teaching School 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 Teaching School Alliance is led by the Teaching School, St George’s CE – an outstanding primary school located at the heart of the community. We have a range of schools within the Alliance – large and small, urban and rural, faith and community, a school with a Children’s Centre and schools with nurseries so ensuring range and breadth of experience for trainees. Importantly, we have a secondary school as a member of the Alliance and close links with other high schools in the area so trainees can gain experience shadowing colleagues in KS3. It is our belief that if teachers are to be effective and to offer challenge to pupils they need to know what is coming next in their education. For teachers in key stage 2, that means understanding the demands of year 7.

In training with Yarrow Teaching School Alliance, all placements would take place in schools within the Alliance where you would gain a wealth of practical experience. To complement this, you would access regular theory based training delivered by expert practitioners.

Over the course of the year, you would 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.

About the accredited body

The Yarrow Teaching School Alliance has a close relationship with its chosen accreditor, NWSHARES SCITT, and together we work to create a training programme that is rigorous and robust and prepares teachers for the demands of the classroom. With NWSHARES SCITT, we deliver regular theory based training to underpin practical experience gained i the classroom. These sessions take place either in Skelmersdale (where our accreditors are based) or in Chorley.

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 Teaching School 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 Teaching School Leaders and Headteachers from across the Yarrow Teaching School Alliance An English and Mathematics assessment

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Yarrow Teaching School 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 Yarrow Teaching School Alliance 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

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