The Primary First Trust Primary (2SC9)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Greenwich
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
September 2021


About the course

This course is non-modular programme and runs for one year; successful completion will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Greenwich, who are an excellent Teacher Training provider. During the year, you will be placed in one of our schools and will also experience a comparative teaching experience within an alternative Key Stage with a four week placement at another of our partner schools.

Our Bespoke Training Elements include:

  • A comprehensive induction programme, which includes an introduction to the Trust and to your colleagues, followed by a chance to visit each of our schools on a road trip, with a fact finding focus - a true chance to begin to network with other Schools Direct participants.

  • PFT comparative days - these days are organised and led by the Head Teachers of each school which feature a masterclass delivered by the school’s experts.

  • PFT student teacher network Termly meetings with all student teachers from across our schools to share experiences, ideas and support.

  • Accredited individual mentors All School Direct mentors have national accreditation (or are in the process of applying) to ensure that their support is of the highest quality

  • Contrasting placement swaps Contrasting placements take place in the class of another PFT School Direct student teacher to enable sharing of expertise and continuity of support.

  • Bespoke and individual opportunities based on our school’s specialisms Our schools have a wealth of specialist expertise that they you can draw upon to support your development: Special Educational Needs, Early Years education, Forest Schools, Pupil voice, Mental Health awareness, IT excellence and parental engagement are just a few.

  • Quality Assurance checks PFT senior mentors work together to ensure that individual judgements are moderated for accuracy and our shared standard.

School placements

As the Primary First Trust comprises all Primary Schools, the age ranges that are taught by our student teachers will fall between 3 years and 11 years.

When allocating the home school, the Education Directors work with Head Teachers to consider:

  • the location of the school in comparison to the Schools Direct participants’ home addresses
  • the mode of transport the participant will be using and the possible routes they will take
  • any requests that participants have made through the recruitment process, for example, if they have visited the school prior to applying
  • any previous links the participants may have with schools ( for example, we have a successful track record of teaching assistants from our schools becoming teachers in the same schools vis the Schools Direct route. )

Within the spring term, Schools Direct participants have the opportunity to complete a four week contrasting placement within one of our Trust schools. Here again, we carefully consider:

  • the location of the school in comparison to the Schools Direct participants home address
  • the mode of transport the participant will be using and the possible routes they will take

In addition, we also consider whether the contrasting school is truly comparative by:

  • size - does it have a different number of forms of entry to the home school?
  • community- does the community that the school serves differ from that of the home school? -specialism - is the broad and balanced curriculum on offer different to that of the home school?
  • the key stage experience - can the comparative school offer an experience in a different Key Stage to that of the home school?
  • location - is the comparative school in a different Local Authority?

As we will have eight schools to draw from, we can carefully match participants with the home and comparative placements, whilst providing a comprehensive network of support, which our previous and current participants have reported that they truly value.

Interview process

The Primary First Trust and the University of Greenwich work together to manage and oversee the application process.

In order for your application to be considered you should complete a full application and consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process. If you are shortlisted you will be asked to attend a formal interview.

The interview process takes place in one of our schools and includes an interactive activity with a group of children, a written task and a face to face interview. Further detail will be provided in the invitation to interview. The interview panel will include the Education Directors from the Trust and school leaders ( Head Teachers and Deputy Head Teachers)

If successful, you will be invited to school events over the coming year, in order to have a chance to begin to familiarise yourself with the school community you will be joining.


As student teachers who opt for the Schools Direct route are employed for one year as an unqualified teacher, the salary will be calculated, at a competitive rate, using the unqualified teacher pay scales.

There are no fees or costs for this course.

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.



  • Candidates must have a honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification
  • English, Maths and Science GCSE or equivalent: Grade C or above. You must have received the results from these qualifications before applying
  • At least 3 years recent full-time work experience
  • A new process for assessing numeracy and literacy will be introduced for ITT starting in 2020- we are awaiting confirmation from the DfE.
  • All applications must be made via UCAS

Personal qualities

  • A commitment to our First For Primary Education principals of Knowledge, Personal Development and Connectivity.
  • A sense of adventure - being, bold, courageous and willing to take risks
  • A creative practitioner, who embraces ideas, clear thinking and innovation.
  • An ambition for excellence in standards and dedication to their craft, their children and the wider community.
  • A practitioner with good communication skills who recognises the importance of partnerships with parents and carers

Other requirements

Any employment offers will be subject to the candidate undergoing all statutory safeguarding checks, including a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening

About the training provider

Welcome to Primary First, a Trust that truly celebrates and nurtures the diversity and distinctiveness of its partner schools. We are a growing network of 10 individual primaries across Bexley, Gravesham and Medway. All are at different points in their journey - each with a unique context, considerable strengths and specific opportunities. Our refreshingly collaborative way of working, enviable track record and deep understanding of primary-based learning gives us an unmistakeable edge in driving up standards in every area of school life.

We can offer:

  • Access to excellent practice in teaching and learning
  • Access to a diverse range of school settings
  • Excellent support from trained and experienced mentors School Based Training The majority of your training will take place at within the Trust’s schools. The training programme will be personalised to the individual’s professional needs but will include training on the following areas: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, working with parents and the community. All training is closely aligned to support the trainee achieve the Teachers’ Standards and is delivered by highly effective teachers from both the Trust and also from the university.

Candidates will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced outstanding teachers. Support and mentorship will be given by senior teachers.

Although candidates will have a base school, there will be many opportunities for cross-school training and will include teaching experience within another school in the Trust.

About the accredited body

The Primary First Trust works with the University of Greenwich as the registered training provider for the School Direct programme. The university, which has been rated outstanding by Ofsted has a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both the Trust and also from the university Through the University based sessions, you will acquire a deep understanding of the primary curriculum and how children learn.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We recognise the value of diversity within the community and our workforce and the contribution made by people from different backgrounds; We uphold our value of Unity by ensuring our employment is accessible to everyone and that we actively value and celebrate the wide variety of lifestyles and cultures within the community;

We believe we have a strong moral and social duty to recognise any unlawful discrimination, take steps to challenge prejudice and discrimination and promote equality. We welcome applications from disabled people and are committed to helping disabled students succeed. The University of Greenwich has a Disability & Dyslexia Centre which can provide assistance at any stage in your application process and at any point in your studies. Advice and guidance is based on your individual requirements, and includes support for students with mental health needs and long-term medical conditions.

Contact details

01474 565903
The White House
Clifton Marine Parade
DA11 0DY


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