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Growing Expert Teachers Primary (2S8T)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Somerset SCITT Consortium
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

The School Direct programme involves both practical learning in school together with training at the SCITT headquarters in Somerset. The current training pattern is as follows:

  • First half of each term: Mon - Wed = school based; Thurs + Fri = training
  • Second half of each term: Mon - Fri = school based only

There are three main written assignments required of trainees over the course of the training period, including one that involves some action research. Full guidance and support are offered to trainees.

School placements

Trainees spend the majority of their teaching experience in one school (known as the host school) in one class or year group. During the Spring term, trainees have a second placement (known as Placement B) in a different school within the Consortium; this placement must be in a different Key Stage from the main placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

GCSE ‘C’ or above in English, maths and science.

A degree classified as 2:2 or better.

(Consideration will be given to applicants whose degree classification is below 2:2 if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience).

Personal qualities

Candidates need to demonstrate their ability to ‘hit the ground running’ from Day 1. They need to be confident, highly motivated, organised and flexible.

Ideally, candidates will be able to describe their relevant experience working with children, whether voluntarily or within a school context.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The ‘Growing Expert Teachers’ School Direct Consortium is a group of primary schools across North Somerset, led by Golden Valley Primary School, Nailsea. It provides high quality, school-based experience and training in partnership with Somerset SCITT. The course will provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The School Direct Consortium aims to create a pathway of the highest quality training and possible succession opportunities for trainees within its partner schools.

The School Direct training programme is for high quality graduates who want to train as part of a school team from day one. We offer placements across the Early Years and Primary phase from Nursery to Year 6. In addition, applicants with an interest in training within a Special School setting will be able to do so from September 2021.

Our pupils are happy, enthusiastic and reflective learners who are at the heart of everything we do. Many pupils out-perform their peers nationally and make significantly more progress; pupils’ attainment at the end of the FS and Key Stages 1 and 2 are above national averages. Our teachers are excellent practitioners who are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

The schools have a history of collaborative team work, working together on areas such as Curriculum Design, assessment and English and form a strong and supportive partnership.

Full details can be found on the Golden Valley Primary School (Nailsea) website.

About the accredited body

Somerset SCITT is a long established collaborative venture between Somerset primary schools, Somerset early years settings, Somerset Local Authority and the University of Worcester. The consortium began in 1997 in partnership with the University of Worcester. Somerset SCITT has grown from strength to strength, providing good quality local training for local people. At each stage of transition and growth high standards have been maintained together with excellent quality of provision.

In 2005 the SCITT achieved Category A/Grade 1 outstanding provider status after an OfSTED inspection and this has been maintained following further successful inspections in 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2017.

Interview process

Candidates’ applications are short-listed by Somerset SCITT. Successful candidates are then invited to interview. The selection process for this programme includes a group task with pupils, a presentation and a formal interview.

The interview panel consists of Headteachers from the Consortium and colleagues from Somerset SCITT.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The ‘Growing Expert Teachers’ School Direct Programme is inclusive and welcomes applications from potential trainees who may have a disability or other need.

A previous dyslexic trainee was given additional support and had certain allowances made, for example, extensions to assignment deadlines. She was the first of her cohort of trainees to secure a permanent position!

If successfully recruited to the programme, candidates with physical, hearing and visual impairments will be placed in appropriate settings for their placements.

Candidates with any specific need that is declared will be offered appropriate support within the resources available at school level or via the ITT partner.

Contact this training provider

01275 853077
Golden Valley Primary School
Nailsea Park
North Somerset
BS48 1BB

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