This is a Schools Direct tuition fee training programme. Candidates gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education). Candidates study at London Metropolitan University and have training placements in two schools.
Trainees will spend time in their first placement school in early September to gain experience of how the school functions. They then spend two to three weeks at university before returning to their placement one school in October, where they will observe lessons, teach parts of lessons and gradually build up to teaching classes.
Placement two starts around February and trainees will be teaching more classes.
During both placements trainees will have one afternoon of professional study sessions which run across the alliance, across subjects and, at times, primary and secondary trainees will work together. During both placements trainees will receive regular observations and feedback on how to improve.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
We are looking for candidates who are passionate about improving the life chances of young people, who want to be part of building the future and who see education as a process that goes beyond subject teaching, to developing the whole child.
Candidates need to be resilient; able to work as part of a team and find creative solutions. Teaching is hard work but rewarding and you will never be bored.
It is an advantage if candidates have had experience working with young people.
All candidates will need to pass literacy and numeracy tests set by the university and trainees are subject to enhanced DBS checks.
Candidates will complete a self declaration on their suitability for teaching.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Trainees pay fees directly to the university.
Bursaries are available for some trainees, please follow the below link for further information:
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School is an outstanding inner city 11-16 girls community school. We have been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted since 2005 and our progress 8 scores are significantly positive.
We are committed to supporting the well-being of staff and students.
Everything we do is based on our core belief that every student can achieve in whatever field they chose, regardless of their starting point or background.
Train with us and make a difference to the lives of young people, many of whom are disadvantaged. You will be part of a peer group of trainees across our alliance that receives high quality training and support. Our trainees undertake professional studies across the alliance, and at times, across phases, to maximise learning. We hope our trainees will go on to work locally and take advantage of our career long training opportunities. We are located close to good transport hubs (Angel Islington and Kings Cross). Islington is a thriving borough with many opportunities for social activities. We are close to central London and all that offers.
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
Candidates with disabilities and other needs are supported by DDA compliance and personal evacuation plans, with adaptations made to accommodate needs. Some sites are fully accessible while others (in older buildings) are not. We will interview candidates at accessible sites and ensure placements take place at suitable sites and with appropriate adjustments.
All placements offer mentor support. Trainees who are employed in Islington schools (apprentices) can access Islington staff support. Apprentices can also access support through their university.
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).