Bourne Westfield Primary Academy Design and technology (A436)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The Deepings SCITT
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 overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

Our courses all lead to QTS and are available with or without the PGCE. The key elements of our training are as follows:

  • One-day-a-week intensive core training when trainees come together to learn, discuss and share ideas about teaching and learning content, theory and pedagogy.
  • Access to outstanding school practice in different settings (including SEND experience) via our well-established association of schools
  • Effective in-school support and coaching via a trained school-based Mentor, Visiting Tutor (VT), Subject Tutor (ST) and other key personnel
  • Carefully timetabled teaching sessions, increasing throughout the training, reviewed termly and supported by developmental observations and weekly meetings
  • A full induction programme to prepare trainees for the start of their first term. This includes a meeting between mentor, VT and trainee to discuss the Weekly Progress Documents which bring together all aspects of the course
  • A clear focus on key areas including subject knowledge, effective behaviour for learning, assessment, systematic synthetic phonics and early mathematics for Primary
  • Strong Subject Knowledge for Teaching is vitally important and this will be developed through audits, action plans and a range of developmental activities and inputs
  • A series of structured Teaching Impact Studies which develop key skills, understanding and knowledge linked to the curriculum
  • A carefully selected contrasting second placement linked to individual trainee needs
  • Opportunities to visit schools offering education in the phases before / after your training phase
  • Documentation to support planning and observations
  • Documentation to support monitoring and assessment of progress
  • Literacy & Numeracy support

One-day-a-week core training, plus 2 study weeks, take place largely at The Deepings School and Bourne Westfield Primary Academy. The remaining four days /week are spent in your host training schools.

Assessment is via:

  • Lesson observations
  • Weekly Progress Documents
  • Teaching Impact Studies
  • Assessed written assignments
  • Proficiency tests

Regular progress reviews assist in the monitoring and reporting of your progress throughout the year. A range of assessment evidence is used including lesson observations, discussions and other portfolio evidence. The VT and mentor will ensure the trainee is prepared for the final visit assessment via a summative assessment visit. A final visit assessor then attends the school to moderate this judgment by: reviewing the documented evidence, discussing progress with the trainee, observing a lesson and chatting to the mentor and/or other school staff.

School placements


Trainees will start in September and work in their host school and associated schools until the end of the academic year in July. During this time, at least one day in the phase prior to /following the one in which you train is provided, as is SEND school experience. The 6-week Contrasting School placement is designed to offer a broader experience across school settings and takes place after Christmas.

Schools are matched to candidate need and selected for their training capacity as well as in negotiation with candidates for location and convenience. Consequently it is very rare that trainees need to change placements. We have a growing number of schools and so it is our aim to ensure that no candidate has to travel too far for their training although in Lincolnshire, due to poor transport links in some areas, the ability to drive, whilst not essential, will bring more opportunities.

Although Primary trainees may specialise in a Key Stage, they are trained across at least four year groups and all of our Primary trainees, even those with a KS2 focus, are trained in phonics. For Secondary, the majority are trained in the 11-16 age group although for some (eg Business Studies) this is extended to 16-19 too. Where possible, all trainees in schools with 6th forms are encouraged to become involved with post-16 by the end of their courses.

Over your training year you will also spend 2 days in a Special Needs school and a day in the phase before or after that in which you are training. i.e. primary trainees go to our lead secondary and secondary trainees go to our lead primary.

Experienced staff and fully trained mentors manage your training in all of our placement schools.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in design and technology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Please note that we do not accept level 2 functional skills qualifications as GCSE equivalents.

We do however offer our own GCSE equivalency tests at The Deepings, on a date to suit you, for a £50 fee which includes a practice paper, marking and certificate. We also accept GCSE equivalency qualifications from the ‘Equivalency Testing’ provider: (

Personal qualities

We want passionate trainees who feel inspired by the different needs in our schools. Recent school experience demonstrates clear commitment and a realistic grasp of the role but we understand that current restrictions may restrict this - nevertheless, good, current understanding of your chosen sector is essential, demonstrating an awareness of recent educational developments and good subject knowledge.

We seek applicants who possess multiple transferable skills relating to commitment and motivation, resilience, flexibility, communication, self-awareness and critical thinking, teamwork, decision-making ability, organisation and time management and research. We demand commitment to demonstrating consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct.

Other requirements

Salaried applicants must have some recent school experience in their chosen phase in an English school and have knowledge of the appropriate areas of the National Curriculum prior to application. Ideally, salaried applicants will already have a school who has agreed to host their training.

We want to know that you are serious about the profession, seeing your communication skills and confidence shine through. For us, teaching is all about commitment and making relationships, not necessarily about first class degrees.

Any offer will of course be conditional upon a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and all other DfE requirements being fulfilled.


The salary (unless otherwise agreed with the Head / employing school) will be point 1 of the Unqualified Teacher scale.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Bourne Westfield is the lead school for School Direct training places for The Deepings SCITT which provides a range of school-based programmes in both Primary and Secondary phases for South Lincolnshire. We sit just North of Peterborough and serve North Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire having ‘migrated’ from the CfBT SCITT and moved down to Deeping St James, from Lincoln, in 2015. Since then we have had 100% pass rate and our most recent end-of-year survey data saw trainees rate both Primary and Secondary programmes as ‘outstanding.’

Our School Direct ITT programmes include a PGCE option awarded by the University of Hull. This delivery takes place at The Deepings and the PGCE comes with 60 Masters Credits.

We are a small local provider; with 20-25 trainees in each phase every year, we very much value our ‘family ethos.’ We always aim for exceptional results in terms of the quality of the training and the career prospects of our trainees. Ofsted last rated us as ‘good’ in every category (June 2013,) describing our, “effective recruitment and rigorous selection of highly suitable trainees and consistently high rates of employment.”

Interview process

Rigorous selection and recruitment is an important part of our programme in order that we recruit the very best graduates.

Stage 1 Application screening We consider your qualifications, school experience and your personal statement. Any candidates rejected at this stage may request feedback.

Stage 2 Panel interview
This is usually held, in person, with at least 2 SCITT staff.
Prior to this, secondary interviewees are asked to prepare and upload a 10-minute recorded presentation on an aspect of the KS4 curriculum and are informed of this by letter prior to the interview. Primary interviewees are asked to prepare and upload a reading task, sharing a book with an age group of their choice. Candidates also sit English & Maths tests.

Stage 3 Host School Visit (HSV) We ask you to visit your potential training school. Whilst here, you may be interviewed by the Head of Department or members of SLT and there will be opportunities to tour the school and meet the staff teams as well as the children. This is an opportunity to ensure that you and the school are happy with each other.

We are committed to safeguarding, therefore, if offered a place, all trainees are required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check. Original exam certification and the required photo ID must be available at the time of interview. In the case of lost certificates, duplicates must be obtained by the candidate from the awarding body.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

Applications are welcomed from trainees with disabilities. Our training venues offer disabled access as do some of our host schools. On interview, a short Health Survey determines whether or not a referral to Occupational Health Services is necessary in order to ensure that we can meet your needs. Amongst our successes have been trainees with dyslexia, dyspraxia, epilepsy and arthritis.

Contact this training provider

01778 342159
The Deepings SCITT
The Deepings School
Deeping St James

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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