The City Academy, Hackney
Physics (377X)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Middlesex 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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This secondary training programme is being offered at four campuses in an alliance of five academies . You will work towards Qualified Teacher Status via the Schools Direct (Salaried) route where you will be training as you work in the classroom. The majority of the training programme will take place in your allocated school; you will also have the opportunity to complete a 6 week placement in a second school.

Your training programme will combine working as a teacher (on a reduced timetable) with bespoke weekly training sessions provided in your placement school and at our partner training provider (Middlesex University). You will be supported in school by both subject and professional mentors; themselves outstanding teachers who have undertaken rigorous training programmes to further develop their skills. This enables them to support and coach you to become a highly skilled teacher. Your teaching timetable will increase throughout the year as you develop your skills and confidence in the classroom.

Your professional responsibilities will include planning and delivering lessons in your subject area, assessing students’ work and fulfilling professional duties across your placement school. Your progress towards achieving Qualified Teacher Status will be tracked through lesson observations and other evidence gathered through your work in school. You will be formally assessed each term by practitioners from partnership schools.

As part of your programme with Middlesex University, you will have the opportunity to gain a PG Cert in conjunction with your Qualified Teacher Status.

Interview process

If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an assessment day at The City Academy, Hackney where you will be interviewed by senior members of staff and a representative from Middlesex University.

You will be required to teach a short lesson, complete a group task, and have a formal interview. In certain circumstances, some candidates may be required to take an additional numeracy and literacy test.

Candidates who are successful at the school assessment day will be invited for a further interview with our accredited provider, Middlesex University.

How school placements work

Successful candidates may be placed in any of the schools within the City of London Academies Trust - The City Academy Hackney, City of London Academy (COLA) Southwark, COLA Islington, COLA Highgate Hill, and COLA Highbury Grove - which are all located in central London. You will also have the opportunity to participate in additional placements (including a 6 week second school placement) and visits within the wider City of London ‘family’ of schools, which includes primary schools and some of the highest achieving private schools in the country.


You will be paid on the unqualified teacher pay scale (usually UQT1) and the cost of your tuition fees for Qualified Teacher Status will be met by the COLAT alliance.

In your second year, you will be paid as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) on the main teaching pay scale.

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.



Degree or equivalent All applicants must have a good first degree (2:2 or above) in their specialist subject or a degree closely related to their specialism.

GCSEs You must have GCSE mathematics and English Language at grade C(5)+ or equivalent. We accept GCSE results from Equivalency Testing. For more information, please visit the company’s website:

Overseas Qualifications Applicants who have studied outside of the UK must check their qualifications with NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) before making an application, to confirm their qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and undergraduate degrees.

Personal qualities

To be a successful teacher, the following skills and qualities are important:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Effective organisational skills
  • Resilience
  • Capacity for hard work

We also look for a genuine passion for teaching and commitment to improving the life chances of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Other requirements

Work Experience We expect a minimum of 18 months of work experience for these priority subjects: maths, physics, chemistry, languages and computer science.
For all other subjects, including primary, we expect a minimum of 2.5 years of work experience.

School Experience All trainees must have a minimum of 10 days school experience. COLAT will be able to support you to gain this experience if you are successful in gaining a place on the training programme.

About the training provider

The City of London Academies Trust’s aim is to provide a high quality education for students and pioneer educational innovation. All City of London schools and academies draw upon the traditions, institutions, heritage and historical successes of London to furnish each of their diverse communities with life-transforming learning experiences. In doing so we believe that the young people we serve develop into successful, compassionate young adults, who make a positive contribution to their local, national and global communities. In particular, all our schools provide learning experiences that reflect common characteristics for which The City of London is world renowned. The City of London, its schools and academies are all characterised by:

  • high expectations, aspirations, excellence and a belief that all can succeed;
  • combining creativity, innovation and enterprise, alongside tradition and continuity;
  • developing people who are confident, resilient, compassionate and democratic.

Training with us will provide you with the opportunity to be a part of this vision. You will train in one of our academies: The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsored by KPMG); COLA Highgate Hill; COLA Highbury Grove; COLA Southwark or COLA Islington. You will be provided with expert, personal support and will have the opportunity to complete placements, visits and training at academies across the trust.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We look to make reasonable adjustments to support candidates with disabilities and other needs. All our school sites are wheelchair accessible.

Contact details

The City Academy Hackney
Homerton Row
E9 6EA


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