Exceed Partnership
Primary (394M)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

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 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
July 2021


About the course

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://exceedacademiestrust.co.uk/scitt/teaching-apprenticeships/ If interested get in touch, see details on our website. The Teaching Apprenticeship will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 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. Our programme design is innovative, with 3 clear strands: The National Curriculum, so that you develop 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 in your class. Your personal well-being is also important to us so the programme includes mindfulness, positive psychology and developing resilience. 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. We have a well established Leeds Hub led by the outstanding school Westerton Primary School where our Teaching Apprenticeship programme is based.

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 at one of our partnership schools where you will be made very welcome. You will be given a tour of the school and an opportunity to talk to some of our NQTs or current SCITT Teachers/Teaching Apprentices training with us. This way you really can find out about our programme! You will have an opportunity to lead a short teaching episode based upon a children’s book and a 30 minute individual interview. This way we really get to know you and you get the opportunity to find out how our partnership supports you to be the best teacher that you can be.

How school placements work

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).

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 and achieve your Level 6 Teaching Apprenticeship.

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 you 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.


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. In addition the employer will receive £4500 as a bursary towards the cost of training and any salary uplift.

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.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



We are happy to accept applications from candidates yet to complete their studies and will obtain a formal qualification later in the year. Normally you need:

  1. a 2:2 degree or above. (NB: A Masters qualification can uplift a 3rd Class Honours degree to a 2:2 to meet our entry requirements)
  2. Level 4/GCSE grade C in English Language, maths and a science
  3. In the case of GCSE-level qualifications, we accept equivalency testing. See: www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
  4. Non UK qualifications, check by NARIC (http://ecctis.co.uk/naric/)

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.

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. You’ll undertake a residential visit to Barnard Castle to learn about working in smaller school settings. 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://exceedacademiestrust.co.uk/our-scitt-partners/

About the accredited body

Exceed SCITT is part of Exceed Academies Trust in Bradford and is an accredited provider of Qualified Teacher Status, we hold an Ofsted rating of Outstanding, a recognition of the quality training we provide. We work closely with our School Direct partners in Bradford, Keighley and Leeds. Our unique programme maximises the time spent in school and access to tutors with up to date professional practice and expertise drawn from their work in schools. We have an excellent track record of supporting trainees in completing the programme for QTS and gaining employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher

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 details

01274 578606
Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools
Holybrook Training Campus
West Yorkshire
BD10 0EF


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