Tykes TSA
Primary (5-11) (3DFP)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam 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 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

On successful completion of the course students are awarded QTS, PGCE, comprising 60 credits at Master Level 6.

Students are placed in two highly performing schools, mentored by good and outstanding teachers.

They will experience all aspects of school life which is invaluable when applying for future teaching positions.

Students will spend more than 120 days in schools on placement.

We arrange for students to visit EYFS provision to increase their awareness of where children transition into Key Stage 1 from, we will also arrange for students to visit a secondary school to increase their awareness of where children transition on to from Key Stage 2.

Students will also have the opportunity to view best practice for SEN and EAL children.

Interview process

We invite applicants who successfully meet the application criteria to attend a Selection Event at one of our schools.

The event will be led by staff from our partnership schools along with a staff member from Tykes Teaching School Alliance. The event will last approximately two to three hours and will include:

A meet & greet – an introductory talk about the course and Tykes Teaching School Alliance A learning walk – where you will be shown around school by a group of pupils An individual interview A teaching task

At this stage we assess your;

  • ability to communicate clearly, both orally and on paper
  • knowledge of the area of education you are interested in
  • interest in, and commitment to, a career in teaching
  • ability to work effectively with children in an educational setting (for primary education courses you will need to bring the reference from the educational setting you attended)

How school placements work

Students will be placed in two primary schools within the Barnsley borough, schools placement schools will be selected based on the strength of their provision.

Wherever possible will be place students in placement schools that are located conveniently for their needs, especially if the student has caring responsibilities. Students will not be expected to travel further than 25 miles from their home address to their placement school.

Students will be asked their preferred key stage (KS1 or KS2) and will spend the vast majority of the their placement within this key stage.

Students will spend September and early October in their substantive placement school before spending 9 weeks in their alternative key stage in their swap placement school. They then return to their substantive school from January through to June. This 6 month block allows students to develop a sense of ownership of their class and develop relationships with children, parents and the staff team.


Unqualified teacher salary.

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.



GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade C or above.

2:2 degree

Personal qualities

We are looking for people to change the lives of children in Barnsley.

We are keen to receive applicants from people with a genuine passion for improving the outcome of children and young people in our local area.

About the training provider

We provide professional personalised Initial Teacher Training. It is our aim to train the next generation of outstanding teachers in South Yorkshire!

We work in partnership with Sheffield Hallam to deliver the Schools Direct route into teaching (3-7, 5-11 & 11-16 age ranges). On successful completion of the course students are awarded QTS, PGCE, comprising 60 credits at Master Level 6.

Students are placed in two highly performing schools (for Primary both will be within Barnsley ), mentored by good and outstanding teachers, experiencing all aspects of school life which is invaluable when applying for future teaching positions.

We pride ourselves on our holistic support for students. Creating opportunities for sharing good practice ideas and we foster a supportive environment amongst our cohorts.

Our Specialist Leaders of Education deliver taught training sessions to ensure our students are fully equipped to enter the teaching profession. These cover topics that are most relevant to the current climate and needs of the local region.

We work with small cohorts and so our training is tailored to meet the needs of individual students.

In 2018/19 100% of our students passed the course graded as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. 67% of students who were looking for an NQT position had secured one before the end of the course.

As a designated Teaching School we are committed to providing the highest standard of education for the young people in our community of South Yorkshire. If you share our vision for education, we want to hear from you!

About the accredited body

Sheffield Hallam received the first ever ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted for early years’ teacher training - alongside an ‘Outstanding’ rating for their primary teacher training. They are a national centre of education, recognised for their excellence and innovation in teaching and learning

Sheffield Hallam is one of the UK’s largest universities, based in the heart of Sheffield, one of the UK’s biggest student cities.

They have invested £100 million into new building and facilities.

They received an overall students satisfaction rating of 86% in the 2018 National Student Survey, placing them in the top 30 universities in the country.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At Tykes TSA we aim to provide a bespoke, personalised, professional package for all our students. We discuss with our students their specific needs and tailor our support and training offer where needed.

We are friendly, approachable and always on hand for our students.

If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties and mental health conditions you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at Sheffield Hallam. This may include learning contracts, support workers equipment/assistive technology and software. There is an onsite assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments. Daily drop in sessions are run, with no appointment needed.

As a designated Teaching School, Tykes TSA have a detailed Equality Policy stating how we fulfil our responsibilities to The Equality Act 2010, this can be accessed here;


We will take reasonable steps to ensure all our students receive the best possible training experience. This may involve altering or avoiding a physical feature, for example step and lifts, providing auxiliary aids/services or provide information in an accessible format (this is not exhaustive.)

Contact details

01226 100450
Tykes TSA, Unit 4, Great Cliffe Court
S75 3SP


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