Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT Primary (5-11) (2VG4)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

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

We offer a primary teacher training course aimed at the 5-11 age range, leading to the award of QTS. There is also an optional PGCE qualification with Oxford Brookes University which includes 60 credits at Masters level. All PGCE seminars take place at CVPA SCITT.

Our course consists of two core elements:

School-based training

The vast majority of training takes place in schools. Our trainees spend four days a week in two different placement schools, teaching subjects across the primary phases.

An experienced teacher will be allocated to a trainee as their Teacher Tutor mentor and they will work closely alongside them during each placement, ensuring the trainee receives high quality training, support and advice, and models exemplary practice. In addition, a School-based Mentor, typically a Senior Leader in the school, will be allocated to each trainee, offering professional support, guidance and pastoral care. Trainees are supported and assessed throughout the course, through weekly review meetings with their Teacher Tutor mentor, lesson observations, professional discussions and formative assessment points towards the end of each placement. Trainees’ reflections and self-evaluations are important to help strengthen and deepen their knowledge and understanding of their teaching practice and progress. There are two summative assessment points, half way through and towards the end of the course, when trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.

Centre-based training

To support the school-based training, trainees attend weekly training sessions at the CVPA SCITT centre in High Wycombe, delivered by current and outstanding practitioners from the Partnership schools. Practical and evidence-based training is delivered, in line with our Curriculum, covering all primary subjects and integrating other educational areas such as cognitive science, behaviour management, safeguarding and wellbeing.

These weekly sessions, along with our provision of online educational resources, enable trainees to develop and consolidate a deeper understanding of key issues and pedagogical thinking as well as their subject knowledge, practical techniques and strategies that can be applied to their own classroom practice. It also offers the opportunity for critical thinking and reflection, and for trainees to share experiences in a supportive environment.

School placements

We work with a large partnership of schools in High Wycombe and the surrounding area, offering a wide range of learning experiences across the primary years.

Our trainees have two placement schools: a main and second placement. We aim to match trainees with the right schools and try to accommodate personal wishes, including location and transport considerations.

Main Placement (MP1) – Autumn Term

Trainees will spend the majority of their time in this school. During MP1, trainees begin by observing other teachers in the school, working with groups of children and gradually increasing their responsibility until they are teaching approximately 50% of the time in school, delivering lessons with support from their Teacher Tutor against specific targets.

Second Placement (SP2) – Spring Term

This placement typically takes place in a contrasting school and a different key stage. Following initial teacher observations and small group work, trainees continue to develop their teaching experience and practice, culminating in teaching up to 60% of the week.

Additional Placements – Spring Term

Trainees will also have the opportunity to undertake a short placement in an Early Years setting (either a nursery or Reception class), a Special Needs school and an upper and grammar school. This invaluable experience enables trainees to appreciate a range of education settings and the different strategies, skills and knowledge needed to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.

Main Placement (MP3) – Summer Term

Trainees return to their main placement school for their final term of training. At this stage, trainees are expected to fulfil the main requirements of a classroom teacher with a teaching commitment of up to 80% of the week by the end of the placement. Regular lesson observations and feedback continue throughout the training programme. Our Teacher Tutors and Quality Assurance Mentors monitor the progress of all trainee teachers. At the end of the course, a final assessment board considers the progress made by each trainee, their level of attainment and ultimately the award of QTS.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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 English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

We aim to recruit individuals who:

  • demonstrate a commitment to teaching and genuine concern for children’s well-being
  • are flexible, creative and enthusiastic
  • are self-motivated, resilient and adapt well to change
  • work well under pressure
  • communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
  • are proactive in enhancing their learning and subject knowledge
  • work effectively in a team and foster positive relationships with the school community
  • support the values, attitudes and ethos of our partnership schools
  • maintain a high standard of professionalism and conduct
  • reflect on their own practice and act upon advice

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,750.

The fee for the optional PGCE with Oxford Brookes University is £1,500.

About the training provider

Chepping View Primary Academy is an innovative and vibrant outstanding school in High Wycombe. We are the lead school of a partnership of schools in High Wycombe, Marlow, Aylesbury and across Buckinghamshire and an accredited provider of school-centred initial teacher training. Our SCITT team provides a formal and comprehensive training curriculum covering the primary phase for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, as well as early years with our 3-7 programme. Our training and school placements lead to QTS, authorised by CVPA SCITT. The support and training offered by CVPA SCITT and our partnership schools prepare trainee teachers in the best way possible to become outstanding primary school teachers and school leaders of the future.

Interview process

The interview process takes place at Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT and consists of a short presentation, a teaching activity with a small group of children, a written and maths task, and a panel interview. You will be told in advance about the content of the activity and the age of the children.

The selection process takes up a minimum of half a day. Please note that applicants for salaried positions may be asked to complete additional tasks as specified by the employing school.

For successful applicants, conditional places may be offered; typically conditions include evidence of qualifications, a criminal record check (DBS) and an occupational health assessment. To reflect individual circumstances, further conditions may be discussed at interview.

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

Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT is committed to equal opportunities and will not discriminate on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex or marital status or on the grounds of disability. We encourage all potential applicants to discuss their needs in order that we can consider them individually and explore any adjustments that can reasonably be made to offer the best learning experience. Every effort will be made to support an individual’s needs with the successful management of their condition.

Contact this training provider

Chepping View Primary Academy SCITT
Cressex Road
High Wycombe
HP12 4PR

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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