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Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership Primary (V978)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
15 November 2021
Date course starts
June 2022
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Course summary

Please note: The window for receiving applications will open on 15th November 2021.

  • Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of children?

  • Will you support and challenge children to achieve their full potential?

  • Do you want to train with a Trust that prides itself on supporting and developing its staff?

  • Do you want the opportunity to gain practical experience in a diverse range of schools?

  • Do you want to make the best possible start to your career in teaching? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then read on!

Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership is delighted to be offering the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship for prospective primary teachers. Our course is delivered in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University.

This one-year apprenticeship commences on 27th June 2022 until 31st July 2023. This is a full-time employment-based route into teaching. Primary apprentices will be employed within one of Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust’s primary schools for the duration of the apprenticeship.

Primary apprentices will combine study with practical on-the-job training, whilst also receiving a salary. Apprentices will work towards the Apprenticeship Standard, which sets out the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours of the apprentice and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Apprentices will need to successfully complete an end-point assessment as part of the apprenticeship. This is a QTS only course. There is no PGCE qualification.

During the apprenticeship, apprentices will split their time between school and university study. Primary apprentices will receive practical, school-led training alongside experienced staff and spend at least 20% of their time off-timetable to learn how to teach. Primary apprentices will attend Plymouth Marjon University for their Teacher Education conference programme. These conferences are focused on key educational issues. Apprentices will also receive weekly support from their school-based mentor. As the apprenticeship year progresses, apprentices will build up to a 70% classroom teaching commitment.

School placements

Our primary teaching apprenticeship places will be in Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust schools. Apprentices will need to be prepared to travel to any of our primary school locations and have the means of transport to do so.

Over the course of the apprenticeship, primary apprentices will spend their time in a minimum of two of the Trust’s schools. The ‘main placement’ school will be the employing school and is the school where the apprentice will spend most of their time in. A mentor will be assigned to provide support.

In addition to the main placement, apprentices will also spend time (usually half a term) in different a school within the Trust.

Depending on the age range that apprentices wish to specialise in, placements will provide experience in the following age ranges:

  • 3-7 age range

  • 5-11 age range

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

  • Recent and relevant experience of working with children in early years, key stage 1 or 2

  • Commitment to the highest standards of child protection

  • Considerable personal enthusiasm with a high level of integrity and professionalism

  • A willingness to listen to and act upon feedback

  • Commitment to equal opportunities

Other requirements

Please note - our primary teaching apprenticeship places will be in Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust schools. Apprentices will need to be prepared to travel to any of our primary school locations and have the means of transport to do so.

Other requirements:

  • Selection based on the information provided on the Teacher Training application

  • Selection based on a successful interview

  • Satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach

  • All relevant safer recruitment checks completed, including enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks


Primary apprentices will be paid on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale from 27th June 2022 until 31st July 2023 (the length of the teaching apprenticeship).

Apprentices will earn whilst they learn, with no tuition fees.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust is pleased to lead the Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership. Working in collaboration with both the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marjon University, we have years of experience of offering a range high-quality primary teacher training routes – including tuition fee and employment based. Our programme nurtures the teachers of tomorrow and the leaders of the future.

We’re a forward-thinking family of 17 primary and secondary schools with over 5000 children and young people and over 720 staff. Our mission’s to provide the highest possible quality of education, so that all pupils, regardless of their background, are able to succeed and flourish. We’re committed to the development of all our staff; with opportunities for everyone connected to the Trust to grow and develop and therefore fulfil their ambitions. Learn more by visiting

There are many reasons to train with us:

  • We offer high quality placements and excellent taught provision; equipping you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience to make a positive start to your career.

  • Diverse range of placements. Within our Trust there are 14 primary schools. We also work in partnership with other schools in the area.

  • Every effort is made to match trainees to placement schools that will develop their skills as a teacher.

  • Guaranteed interview for Early Career Teacher positions within our Trust.

  • Values-centred training: We are passionately committed to the values of co-operative schools that put people at the centre of everything we do.

Interview process

Applications are reviewed by the Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership. Applicants will be contacted by phone or email shortly after we receive an application to discuss interview arrangements.

Interviews are conducted within one of the Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust primary schools. The process usually consists of a panel interview, a teaching episode and other tasks designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their aptitude for teaching.

International candidates

You’ll 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

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services web page HERE

PGCE trainees are assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

We always seek to support teachers for whom special educational needs could be a barrier to teaching. We will openly discuss the accessibility of our courses and indeed various partner schools in terms of training.

Contact this training provider

01837 52866
Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust
Mill Rd, Okehampton
EX20 1PW

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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