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East London Early Years and Schools Partnership Primary (2W2L)

QTS full time with salary

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


About the course

You will learn how to be a nursery or primary class teacher. By the end of the year, you will understand how to teach the entire primary curriculum to a class of 30 pupils, and be confident and competent in doing so.

You will leave the course with outstanding subject knowledge across the curriculum. You will have an understanding of how to plan and deliver engaging and motivating lessons and how to support your pupils’ progress.

You will learn how to identify the strength and needs of your pupils and make sure that everyone in your class is included and challenged.

You will spend 4/5 days of your week, from day one, in your sponsor (employing) school, meaning you get to build relationships with your colleagues and pupils immediately.

The other 1/5 days of your week is spent at the university, where you will build your academic and theoretical knowledge and understanding about the key components of becoming a primary teacher.

This will include sessions such as:

  • Theories of learning and child development;
  • Managing behaviour;
  • Addressing different learning needs;
  • Developing pupils’ understanding of foundation subjects, English and maths;
  • Embedding assessment;
  • The pastoral role;
  • Working with families;
  • Developing resilient learners.

You will be assessed throughout the year, through mentor observations and progress meetings and you will gather evidence in an e-portfolio to meet the Teacher Standards, which take into account your practice and professionalism.

You will complete a complementary placement during the year in a different school and key stage, all the while being mentored and supported by experienced teachers and tutors.

School placements

It is highly recommended that you have a sponsor school before you apply, but we can also find employing school placements from one of our 15+ Alliance schools in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

You will spend 4/5 days of your week in your sponsor (employing) school from September to December. You will then move to your second complementary placement school for 4/5 days of your week until February (NB During the coronavirus period, we are working with schools to ensure you work in another phase, although this may be in your employing school).

After this placement, you will return to your sponsor school for 4/5 days of your week until the end of the year.

You will be teaching, not helping, on your placements. You may start off working with groups of pupils but your role is not to help the teacher – it is to support and increase the pupils’ learning. You will gradually increase your teacher time as your competence and confidence grow.

This School Direct Salaried programme offers you the chance to teach children aged from 3 -11, resulting in Primary QTS.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You will need a GCSE C or 4 or above (or an equivalence exam) in English, maths and science.

Your degree will need to be graded at 2:2 Honours or above.

If you do not have the required GCSE qualifications or grades you can sit an A Star Teacher’s Equivalency Exam. Further information is available at (

If you who hold a degree or qualifications from a non-UK institution, you must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (NARIC). Please go to ( for information on their services.

Personal qualities

We are looking for reflective, hard-working and committed people who are ready to listen and learn.

You must have some experience of working with children, preferably in a nursery or a school.

Other requirements

We follow Safer Recruitment guidance and your employing school will carry out a criminal record check in line with obtaining a DBS certificate.


You will be employed at your sponsor (employing) school as an unqualified teacher (minimum scale point 1).

There are no fees for this course.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

We are delighted you are interested in teacher training with the East London Early Years and Schools Partnership.

We think that every child deserves a great education, and in particular, we must do everything possible to give children living in social and economic disadvantage the best start in life and learning. This means that we want to find the very best people and help them to become effective and inspirational teachers.

People like you.

Our specialisms include:

  • learning about the Early Years, in outstanding Nursery Schools as well as in Primary Schools
  • Working with a wide range of local Primary schools (all rated outstanding or good by Ofsted)
  • Developing trainees’ understanding of how to make the best curriculum for all, regardless of ability.

And because we work so well as an alliance of schools, we’re able to draw on high levels of expertise to ensure that you get the personalised support, mentoring and input you need so that you can be the very best teacher you can be.

We also offer the unique opportunity to spend time in a contrasting location - the Lake District - observing practice and taking part in teaching in our partner school there.

We look forward to welcoming you to East London.

About the accredited body

We’re proud to work in partnership with the University of East London, who have an excellent reputation for preparing teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools and successfully train up to 600 teachers every year.

You’ll benefit from the excellent core learning from The University of East London, delivered by experienced and expert practitioners, as well as individual tutoring to ensure you stay on track and get the support you need to succeed.

Interview process

Your application will be short listed, and you may be invited to interview at our lead school, Kaizen primary school.

The interview process will consist of an individual interview with leaders from across our Alliance of schools, during which you will present a planned session and talk through your intentions and activities and a chance for you to ask any questions.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our schools aim to meet their obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it;
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

High quality tutoring by the University of East London ensures that individual needs are identified and communicated and structured plans are put into place, quickly and effectively. This means that trainees’ needs are well met and responded to in a timely way.

Contact this training provider

020 8325 4585
East London Early Years and Schools
Partnership, Elkington road,
E13 8LH

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).

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