Stafford Primary Schools’ Teaching Partnership Primary (2QNW)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Staffordshire University
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
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Welcome to Stafford Primary Schools’ Teaching Partnership. Our School Direct programme is delivered in partnership with Staffordshire University who is our ITT (Initial Teacher Training) provider. Our programme is a carefully thought out blend of classroom experience, university led training and school led training. As a trainee within the Stafford Primary Schools’ Teaching Partnership, you will be provided with a professional mentor who will support you within every aspect of your learning journey. In addition to this, you will be able to access the support of a link mentor from another school who will arrange training and networking opportunities. The schools within the Stafford partnership have strong links and work closely alongside each other to support associate trainees to develop strong subject knowledge and pedagogy. As a trainee within this partnership, you will be provided with the knowledge, understanding and skills to become an effective classroom teacher who inspires the children within their class to develop a love of learning and be the best they can be. Alongside classroom practice, you will be assessed via written assignments.

School placements

There will be 2 placements in contrasting schools. Each placement will last at least 60 days. One placement will be in KS1 and one will be in KS2. We select placements from within our partner schools, with whom we work closely and have strong links. Associate Teachers have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular teacher, help with group work and then move towards sharing classes with the teacher before eventually taking classes yourself. As well as teaching, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the school.

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 are looking for associate teachers who have a passion for teaching at the primary phase and who are committed to providing the best possible learning experiences for children. Enthusiasm for working as part of a team is an extremely helpful quality as this will lead to the best possible school-based experiences. We expect our associate teachers to be reflective so that they can learn from their own experiences, as well as the professionals who support them throughout their PGCE learning. High level communication skills are also essential.

Other requirements

Successful applicants will also be required to: Complete a medical questionnaire, which will be assessed by an Occupational Therapist Provide an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (application can be obtained through the University)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Our qualification provides intensive training leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for primary schools (5-11 year olds). The course is a blend of school based placements, high quality university input, close attention to individual needs and a genuine sense of partnership between our schools and Staffordshire University. Trainees within our partnership will be given placement opportunities in supportive, forward-thinking primary schools which all have strong links. The lead school, Oakridge, is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Intensive support will be given throughout the programme from experienced teachers and mentors. As a result, all trainees emerge from our teacher training programme as good or better teachers. Employment rates are very high with many of our trainees gaining offers of employment from placement schools within our cluster.

Interview process

Following an initial screening to ensure your application meets our entry requirements, applications will be considered by the course leader. Successful applicants at this stage will be offered an interview consisting of a series of questions relating to teaching and learning and an analysis of a short, filmed teaching input.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our schools acknowledge reasonable adjustments for trainee teachers with disabilities and other needs to promote equality of opportunity for all.

Contact this training provider

01785 337300
Oakridge Primary
ST17 0PR

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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