Exceed Partnership Primary (394M)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Exceed 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
July 2023


Course summary

IMPORTANT: This course is for candidates who are currently employed in school. It is essential that we have an agreement with your employer PRIOR to an application through UCAS. Any applications that do not follow this process will be rejected.

For details of our Teaching Apprenticeship, including guidance for both applicants and employers see our website: (https://www.exceedscitt.co.uk) If interested get in touch, see details on our website.

The Teaching Apprenticeship will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will train in the 5-11 age range, if you prefer to train in the 3-7 age range then please apply to our course code for that age range, G351. In addition you will complete a Level 6 Teaching Apprenticeship, there is an option to undertake a PGCE qualification should you choose to.

This programme offers practical classroom teaching and a salary. You will experience classroom teaching and 20% of your time is allocated to off-the-job training as you work towards Qualified Teacher Status.
In the final term you are required to undertake an end-point assessment (EPA) to ensure you’re on track to be an effective newly qualified teacher. Our unique programme maximises your time in school and classrooms. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school. Our programme design is innovative, with 3 clear strands: Subject Knowledge, so that you develop strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil’s make good progress. Conceptual Knowledge, such as inclusion and effective behaviours for learning so that you are confident to meet the needs of all children in your class. Embedding Practice, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge with the support of your Class-Based Mentor. Your personal well-being is also important to us so the programme includes Mental health First Aid and managing workload. If you’re wanting to train to be a teacher to make a difference to children’s life chances, there is no better place to train.

Our Teaching Apprenticeship programme is based in either the Leeds or Bradford Hub.

School placements

You are in school all the time. Experienced schools and teachers will lead the design of this Teaching Apprenticeship. You will receive classroom teaching and 20% of your time is allocated to off-the-job training as you work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Following the completion of your Teacher training, you are required to undertake an end-point assessment (EPA) to ensure you’re on track to be an effective Early Career Teacher and achieve your Level 6 Teaching Apprenticeship. This will take place in your employing school in Autumn 2024.

All our partners are 100% committed to your training, The Home School (where you do the majority of your training) will be the school your are employed in. You will need to attend a Host School (where you have an opportunity to broaden your experience). We will look to support you and your employer in seeking out this second school.

You will select whether you want to specialise in 3-7 (Foundation Stage /Key Stage 1) or 5-11 (KS1 and 2). Although you will be trained in 2 different schools, the structure of the programme will enable you to get to know the whole partnership. This is because your dedicated training days are delivered by expert tutors who are also senior leaders within their own schools. Most of the dedicated training involves you visiting these schools. Having an opportunity to see practice and meet children in a wide range of schools helps you to reflect on what is going to have the most impact upon your progress towards 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.

We ask candidates to use a third party for the equivalency tests and we would recommend they use Equivalency Testing. (https://www.equivalencytesting.com/)

For those without a GCSE in English or Maths, an equivalency test would be required to meet DfE requirements. You would also be required to access a programme of Functional Skills during the programme followed by a Level 2 Functional Skills assessment before the end of the year.

Personal qualities

Remember that we really try to get to know you as an individual at the interview so that you feel at ease and can evidence the personal qualities that you bring to the programme. It is your personal qualities that will help to make a significant difference to the educational life chances of the pupils in our partnership of schools.

Other requirements

Before starting the programme all applicants must be deemed suitable to train to teach so safeguarding checks will be undertaken. They must also demonstrate they are fit to teach so will need to complete a pre-ITT health questionnaire.

We are also looking for the following qualities in our applicants:

  • Excellent communication skills and rapport with children
  • Transferrable skills into teaching
  • Awareness of teaching and learning
  • Able to answer questions in depth and can articulate ideas clearly
  • Demonstrate strong aptitude for teaching


You must be paid in accordance with at least the minimum of the unqualified teacher pay range for the period of your training.

The QTS programme will be paid by the employer utilising the apprenticeship levy.

If you wish to undertake an internationally recognised qualification of a PGCE, then you will need to self fund. Leeds Trinity University is excellent in supporting students on how best to pay for this award via a series of payments. The total cost of the PGCE is £1,300. This is the only cost that you will need to budget for on the Teaching Apprenticeship should you opt to undertake it.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Thank you for considering Exceed Partnership to train to teach in Bradford and Keighley. We also recruit to our Leeds hub based at Westerton Primary Academy.

We aim to recruit 30 trainees on either a Primary 3-7 or 5-11 programme. We also have places for Salaried School Direct in Bradford and Teaching Apprenticeships which are based in Leeds. We want to know all our trainees as individuals to ensure your training experience is bespoke and meets your needs.

Our programme is innovative and forward thinking, with 3 clear strands: The National Curriculum for strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil’s make good progress; Professional Practice, such as inclusion and effective behaviours for learning so that you are confident to meet the needs of all children; Your personal well-being including mindfulness, positive psychology and managing workload. Want to train and make a difference to children’s life chances? There is no better place to train than in our diverse partner schools. We offer experiences that few providers can, such as experiencing schools in challenging socio economic circumstances and achieve outcomes well above national expectations.

Our partnership is an amazing place to train and committed to its vision and values; ‘providing inspirational training for aspirational teachers and a genuine commitment to professional learning and evidence based practice.’ You can see the schools in our partnership here: (https://www.exceedscitt.co.uk)

Interview process

Once agreements have been made between Exceed SCITT and your employer, including that funding through the levy is in place we would welcome your application.

Make sure that your application is clear and grammatically accurate. We are looking for your potential as a trainee teacher, not for someone who is already an experienced teacher. In your personal statement you might want to cover the following aspects, which we offer as a guide only. Your reason for wanting to teach, why primary? Which phase of learning are you most interested in, e.g. EYFS, KS1 or KS2. Your vision for education and your commitment to young people in the community in which you are employed. What was your ‘wow moment’ when you knew teaching was the career for you? Any other relevant and transferable skills/experiences that can be related to teaching.

You will be invited to interview via Zoom in the first instance. This will give you the opportunity to find out more about the programme. You will also have the opportunity to show us how you would lead a short 15 minute teaching episode based on a children’s book. There will then be the opportunity to visit one of our partnership schools where you will be made welcome and given the opportunity to talk to some of our ECTs or current SCITT Teachers/Apprentices training with us. This way you get the opportunity to find out how our partnership supports you to be the best teacher that you can be.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also 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

As a partnership of schools committed to inclusive education and challenging discrimination, we welcome applications from trainees with disabilities. Exceed SCITT places trainee welfare at the heart of its vision and values. “Putting the pupil at the heart of teacher training and Exceed Teachers at the core of our care.” You will have regular progress meetings that include trainee wellbeing and support to ensure you can access all aspects of the training programme. For example, additional time for tasks, contact with expert tutors on the programme who can provide guidance and strategies for any individual needs. The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education is an academic award with 60 Masters Level credits and is awarded by a University. As a student of a University you are able to access the support services offered by the institution.

Contact this training provider

01274 611327
Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools
Holybrook Training Campus
West Yorkshire
BD10 0EF

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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