Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

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QTS full time

Accredited body
London Metropolitan University
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 overseas, though 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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

Orchard is a lead partner school for Schools Direct at London Metropolitan University (LMU).

We work in partnership with eight other good or outstanding Hackney schools to offer Schools Direct Places to LMU students. We are now recruiting trainee Primary School teachers for the new academic year including Early Years (ages 3-5), Key Stage 1 (ages 4-7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11).

Our primary teaching programmes give trainee teachers the opportunity to learn from, and alongside, experienced classroom practitioners. Trainees have the opportunity to carry out a range of training activities in two different schools and in two key stages. The programmes include observing experienced teachers; working with groups and the whole class; planning; teaching and assessing children and reflecting on their developing classroom practice. Trainees “learn on the job” and quickly develop a good understanding and practical experience of the full role of the teacher.

As well as one to one advice from experienced tutors and mentors we offer group training sessions which cover key themes such as providing for children with Special Educational Needs and behaviour management. Assignments and tasks are designed to allow trainees to put the theory into practice and to reflect on their training. Successful completion of either of these programmes leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the academic award of a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

School placements

Our partnership currently consists of seven Hackney primary schools:

Orchard Primary Southwold Primary Hoxton Garden Primary London Fields Primary Shoreditch Park Primary Wentworth Nursery School London Fields Primary

Who will teach me during my training? Experienced classroom teachers, educational consultants, subject specialists and lecturers from London Metropolitan deliver the training.

Will I earn a salary? Trainees on the School Direct programme do not earn a salary but are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover fees and living expenses.

How will I be assessed? A number of different people are responsible for assessing your progress towards the standards. Your practical teaching will be assessed by your mentor, link tutor and other experienced teachers. Tasks and assignments are marked by link tutors and moderated by lecturers from UEL. Rigorous quality assurance procedures ensure that assessment is carried out effectively and fairly.

What support will I get during the programme? You will be allocated a Link Tutor who will visit you at least once every half term to observe your teaching and give you feedback. You will also meet your Link Tutor half termly for a review meeting to discuss progress and targets. You will also be allocated a school-based mentor; this may be your class teacher or it may be another experienced member of the school staff. Your mentor will observe you and give you feedback on your teaching at least once a week. They will also meet you weekly to discuss your training plan, targets and progress. Additional support is available as necessary. If you have a special need or disability we urge you to discuss this with us as early as possible so that we can make any necessary adjustments and provide the support that you need.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Orchard Primary School
Holcroft Road, Hackney, London, E9 7BB

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

We are looking for applicants who: Are self-reflective and seeking to be the best at their profession. Have a professional outlook and thrive on challenge Have a passion for teaching, and are ambitious for children, and for making a difference. Genuinely enjoy the company of children and can see the fun as well as the serious side of teaching Understand that different children learn in different ways

Other requirements

You must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country. Prior to the interview for this course, London Met recommends: You have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience in a school. You are prepared for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed. You have an awareness of multiculturalism and other contexts unique to urban schools. You’re aware you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application. Some offers may recommend further school experience if required.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,890

Initial Teacher Training Bursary You do not need to apply for the Initial Teacher Training bursary (ITT) Bursary personally. Upon enrolment to the course in September, your details will be taken by the University and we will manage your bursary (where eligible) in line with the guidelines given on the Department of Education website. We will confirm the level of bursary you have been assessed for in advance of you starting the course.

Enroling and funding your PGCE PGCE Students may be entitled to a tuition fee loan. You are required to pay your fees at the point of enrolling which will be before you have received any bursary payments to which you may be entitled. Most students will initially fund the course with a loan. Additional information on preparing for a PGCE course are on the UCAS Teacher Training website. You can use the student finance calculator to get an indication of the loan you would be entitled to.

About the training provider

Our in-school teacher training is based in the vibrant and diverse community of Hackney, East London with easy transport links into and out of Central London. We successfully provide for many children from disadvantaged backgrounds and have a passion for making a difference. Our teachers are committed to the fact that establishing a strong social and academic grounding will unlock the fantastic potential our pupils hold. We provide a rich and dynamic learning experience which will inspire our pupils, and have earned many awards and achievements that celebrate our inclusivity and curriculum design. Our schools have a long involvement with teacher training, and a strong commitment to on-going professional development for all our staff, with a great track record of training and developing professionals from their very first teaching experience through to experienced school leaders. We offer all students a mentor to work alongside, as well as links with other students and tutors across our organisation. We understand that the journey to being a great teacher is never simple and have the expertise and ambition to ensure that our programme is of the highest quality and personalised to the needs of each individual. If you want to work in a dynamic and forward thinking community school that really makes a difference for those who most deserve it, then we are the organisation for you.

About the accredited body

London Met have built successful, powerful partnerships with high-quality London schools to provide an excellent platform to develop your career as a teacher. We offer innovative, inspiring courses that are delivered by knowledgeable and experienced sector professionals. Employment prospects are excellent and many students are offered employment in their placement schools. London Met trainees have been praised by Ofsted for their “professional attributes… and their ability to manage pupils’ behaviour” as well as achieving employment and completion rates well above the national average.

Interview process

Congratulations you’ve been invited to interview…

Shortlisted applicants are invited to interview by email. This will ask you to choose a date that you can attend from our booking page. If you have not had an initial decision on your application within 3 weeks of applying then contact Admissions (0207 133 4203).

Interviews are listed in eventbrite by subject/route and you will need to click into these to see the available dates. As UCAS only permit 40 working days for us to provide the final decision on your application you must attend the earliest interview possible. The deadline will be on your email invitation.

You should expect to be on campus for up to 4 hours for the full interview process to be completed. There will be a literacy test in the form of a written task, a teaching exercise/presentation and an individual interview with a course tutor to discuss your application and merits for the course. Full details of this are on the booking page.

If you cannot attend interview by the deadline specified Apply will reject your application. If unsuccessful with your other choices you could then use APPLY2 to be reconsidered with us. For further details on this process contact the admissions office.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

We are able to provide for a range of need, and our staff profile reflects this. Our schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Contact this training provider

Holcroft Road
E9 7BB

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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022