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Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance Primary (H766)

QTS full time

Accredited body
The Sheffield SCITT
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

LUTSA is committed to providing quality first teacher training. We continually develop and review our programme of study to make it current and relevant, working along side the Sheffield SCITT.

This course will entail 4.5 days in school. During time in school you will be guided by an experienced mentor. Half a day per week you will join other teacher trainees. You will receive high quality training on all aspects of the Teacher Standards including: teacher presence and behaviour management, planning and teaching effective lessons, and how to really stretch and challenge students.

There are three formally assessed teaching practices throughout the year. You will begin, and spend the majority of the year, in your ‘Home School’ and there will be the opportunity to complete one teaching practice in a contrasting primary school, in an alternate Key Stage.

School placements

You will spend most of the training year in your Home School and these schools are good and outstanding. You can express a preference for your Home School based on location, preference for the type of school or a personal connection to a community you want to serve but we cannot guarantee to meet everyone’s preference.

There is also a short alternative placement in a contrasting alliance school in the middle of the training year and a brief experience in the phase (primary or secondary) you are not training to teach in. It would be sensible for trainees to base themselves within commutable distance of their Home School so these are finalised with you before the summer holidays to allow you to arrange your accommodation. We make every attempt to make sure the alternative placement school is in an accessible location but it may involve a few weeks of travelling further to get that all important contrasting experience in the right school for you.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

By the start of the course all applicants will need to have a degree.

Any applicants offered a place who have yet to complete their degree will, if successful at interview be offered a conditional place.

All applicants need to have as a minimum:-

  • GCSE grade C or 4 in Maths, English and Science for Primary applicants.

  • If your qualifications are from overseas you will need to provide a NARIC certificate of comparability to UK qualifications.

If you have any questions about qualifications – please contact [] and we can offer support

Personal qualities

We are looking for the next generation of outstanding teachers and future school leaders. They will be passionate about children and education but also care about our schools and the communities they serve and the special ethos each of those schools have.

They will have experience of working with young people - ideally some of this will be school based giving them a good awareness of how schools operate and teachers work. Whatever their experience our applicants need to demonstrate how they have engaged, communicated with and inspired the young people they have worked with.

Other requirements

You will need to pass an Enhanced Criminal Record Check. Ideally you will have some experience working with children in a school or another organisation e.g. nursery, playgroups, scouts etc. If you have not got this experience we can help to arrange placements for you in our Alliance schools. As we are not allowed to hold a Tier 4 Sponsorship licence you will need to be either a UK, European Economic Area or Swiss citizen.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £7,850.

There are Student Loans available to pay the fees.

If you decide to pay privately then the payment schedule is calculated and spread over the 3 terms of the course.Each amount being due on the first day of each term.

You will have to pay the cost of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check in advance of starting the course.

Financial support from the training provider

We are not able to offer any monetary financial support to trainees. However,

  • We will support you with the Student Finance Application process.
  • We will keep you informed as to whether you are eligible for a government funded Train to Teach Bursary.
  • We will also make you aware of any national scholarships that may be available for the subject you are training to teach.
  • We offer free membership to the Westfield Foresight Health plan to assist you with the cost of dental, ophthalmic and other treatments.

About the training provider

LUTSA is based at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School in Sheffield. This is an outstanding school with drive and passion to transform children’s lives through world class teaching. Our focus is Primary, Primary with Maths and Early Years teacher training. Our mission is to grow the highest calibre of teachers to meet the needs of the schools in our region. Feedback from our latest cohort of trainees was overwhelmingly positive with 100% rating the training at five out of five. For the past 2 years more that 75% of the cohort have been graded Outstanding by the end of the course, with the rest graded good. LUTSA are currently working with 15 partner schools across Sheffield, Chesterfield and Doncaster. Over 85% of the cohort for the past 2 years have gained employment before the completion of the course and many in our partner schools. This is a high quality and individualised training route into teaching where you will learn alongside outstanding classroom practitioners and gain exceptional training experiences with input from our expert facilitators overseen by our Ofsted Outstanding Lead school. As a teaching School our trainees have access to many development opportunities that we run in addition to their training, including a Maths knowledge enhancement programme of 12 sessions to grow their confidence in teaching Primary Maths using Mastery techniques. We also collaborate with other providers to make sure our trainees get experiences from a range of contexts and experts in the region.

About the accredited body

General Primary and Primary with Maths are run by LUTSA with the Sheffield SCITT as the accredited provider. This course leads to QTS and PGCert with 30 Masters credits from Hull University in your training year and the option to do a further 30 Masters credits in your NQT year fully paid for.

You train in 2 contrasting schools, attending “Hub” sessions every Tuesday afternoon. You will attend 3 of days for Masters sessions.

A QTS only route is available this year.

The SCITT was subject to an Ofsted inspection in 2017/8 and was graded as Good with Outstanding features.

Interview process

The interview process for LUTSA involves a formal interview, questions from senior leaders in our Alliance schools and a 15 minute teaching activity.

We also ask you to sit mock numeracy and literacy papers to help us identify if you will need support before you start your ITT course.

We also ask you to reflect on your teaching activity.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At LUTSA we provide a very personalised approach to School Direct Teacher Training. We take pride in getting to know all our trainees, their personal circumstances and their strengths and areas for development so that we can support and develop them most effectively.

We have developed specific support for trainees with Dyslexia in the past including providing software and a laptop for academic purposes.

We have developed training that specifically looks at resilience and strategies to help recognise and cope with stress for example.

At LUTSA we are able to carefully match students to schools and mentors who will help support their needs due to the fact that we deal with relatively small numbers each year (up to 20 trainees)

We continue to offer Maths subject enhancement sessions this year to support trainees in growing their knowledge, skills and confidence in this area and have introduced Literacy sessions also.

Our students have access to the comprehensive student support services provided by both the Hull University and Sheffield Hallam depending on which course they undertake with us at LUTSA.

Contact this training provider

01142 745745
Learning Unlimited TSA
St Thomas of Canterbury School
Chancet Wood Drive
S8 7TR

Support and advice

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