Berlesduna Academy Trust Teacher Training Primary (B445)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
BEC Teacher Training
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

We work in partnership with BEC Teacher Training.

Our ambitious, inspiring training programme consists of several different complementary strands.

You will learn about educational theory in your professional studies input sessions and develop your primary subject knowledge in curriculum input sessions from subject experts held at our training base in Wickford, Essex and in partnership schools. In these sessions you will engage with the latest research about how pupils learn, how to help pupils overcome disadvantages, and how to motivate and engage them. We explore in detail the five core strands of the Initial Teacher Training core content framework for behaviour, pedagogy, curriculum , assessment and professional behaviours. You will cover practical aspects of teaching such as using ICT to engage learners, managing your workload, developing relationships with pupils and their families and voice care. You will learn too about your legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding young people.

You will spend a high proportion of your time on the course working in schools, gaining hands-on experience and putting your knowledge of theory into practice with the support of a lead and class mentor. You will start by watching expert teachers and gradually build up your skills and confidence. Once you start teaching, your lessons will be observed and you will have opportunities to discuss how the lesson went. Your regular meetings with your lead mentor will help you to link the theory from input sessions to whole school practice and the weekly meeting with the class mentor will be an opportunity to highlight your achievements and plan your next steps. You will find you really feel part of the team in school.

You will also read widely, submit written tasks reflecting on your teaching and prepare oral presentations on aspects of education that interest you. We make sure that these tasks are evenly spread throughout the course and our weekly newsletter reminds you of deadlines. We operate an ‘open door’ policy so you can discuss any issues or worries.

During the course we will use observations of your teaching, your assignments and reflections to continuously, formatively assess your progress. There is a formal review at the end of each school placement, with the final assessment to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status taking place in the third term.

School placements

You will spend a high proportion of your time on the course gaining practical hands-on experience in school, fully involved in day to day school life and supported by a lead and class mentor who are experienced teachers. We work closely with a diverse range of excellent schools, including faith and special schools, but all sharing a passionate commitment to training the next generation of teachers and with an exceptional, experienced and caring team of tutors and admin team ready to support you.

We aim to place you in a school that is a reasonable travelling distance from your home and to find you a mentor with whom you can build a strong professional relationship. We know our school class mentors well; often they undertook their own teacher training with us, and we try to match you with a class mentor who will bring out the best in you. As you become more confident in your practice, in the spring term we arrange a second school placement for you. This placement, which is six weeks long, enables you to experience a different type of school and different key stage. We will also arrange visits to other types of educational environment such as special schools, alternative education settings and schools with unique and interesting characteristics.

In school, you will work primarily with students aged 5-11. You will start by observing your mentor and other teachers and discussing their behaviour management and pedagogical techniques. You will begin by team teaching with your mentor, following their advice and guidance and then gradually build up to confidently delivering lessons across the curriculum for your class. At the same time, you will be involved in the wider life of the school; you are encouraged to participate in continuing professional development and some extra-curricular activities. You will meet formally with your class mentor once a week to review your progress and plan your next steps.

Although you cannot choose what schools you will train in, if you have a preference, let us know and we will be pleased to discuss it with the Headteacher.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Cherry Tree Primary School
Church Road, Basildon, SS16 4AG
Crays Hill Primary School
London Road, Crays Hill, Billericay, CM11 2UZ
Fairhouse Community Primary School
Long Riding, Basildon, SS14 1QP
Felmore Primary
Davenants, Pitsea, Basildon, SS13 1QX
Merrylands Primary School
Cumberland Drive, Laindon, Basildon, SS15 6QS
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School
Main Road, Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, CM3 8RJ
The Willows Primary School
Church Road, Basildon, SS14 2EX
Whitmore Primary School and Nursery
Whitmore Way, Basildon, SS14 2TP

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.

We advise applicants to use one of the two equivalency testing providers listed below.


Personal qualities

Teaching is a fascinating and complex job. You’ll need to be versatile and have a broad skill set. We are looking for trainees with a wide range of personal qualities including, but not limited to:

◆a genuine enthusiasm for teaching ◆effective communication skills ◆an ability to develop positive working relationships with children ◆positivity and resilience ◆imagination and creativity ◆good organisation skills ◆energy, focus and determination ◆team-working skills ◆a reflective approach and willingness to act on advice ◆adaptability and initiative ◆openness and willingness to learn

Other requirements

Before joining the course you will also need to pass:

◆a Health and Physical Capacity to Teach assessment ◆an enhanced DBS check to confirm your suitability to work with children, children’s barred list, prohibition order and reference checks.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,250.

Fees for full time 1 year programme are £8,250.00

Financial support from the training provider

The partnership may able to offer a small group of applicants a tax free bursary. Please note there are a limited number of places with a bursary so some places will be offered without a bursary.

The bursary for this year is £10,000 which consists of 10 monthly payments of £1,000.

As well as the potential of a tax free bursary, you may also be offered a ‘Golden Handcuff’ which includes a 1st July 2023 start date along with an enhanced starting salary depending on experience. You would be expected to stay at the school that has employed you for a minimum of two years.

About the training provider

We are looking to recruit high quality graduates onto our School Direct programme accredited by BEC Teacher Training. School Direct is a popular choice for trainees and many secure a teaching post in the network of schools where they train, for their ECT induction years.

Our School Direct course lasts one year, and trainees train at schools across Basildon. This course offers a brilliant option for trainees that want to train and learn ‘on the job’ – but prospective trainees shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. They’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. This ensures trainees won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks the trainee is ready.

School Direct graduates have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction.

We pride ourselves on the following values:

  • Growing and developing future teachers
  • Investing time and energy in supporting and challenging trainees
  • Creating a long term career pathway – from trainees to highly effective, reflective practitioners, and building potential for future school leaders and managers
  • Developing a depth of understanding of teaching and learning
  • Facilitating delivery of great learning experiences
  • Offering high quality training and excellent Continuous Professional Development across the teaching school alliance
  • Harnessing the quality existing within our schools in order to create aspirational and inspirational future teachers and leaders

Interview process

Once you have submitted your application, we will arrange an interview for you either in one of our partner schools, or online if necessary. You’ll be interviewed by a member of the BEC Teacher Training team and a member of school staff.

On the interview day, you’ll be asked to:

◆during a 10 minute period, read to a class a children’s story book of your own choice that either supports pupil emotional wellbeing or explores feelings or celebrates diversity. After the reading you are to explain how you would follow up the key messages with the pupils ◆complete a written task in response to a question we give you on the day ◆undertake a formal interview lasting around 40 minutes

If you are successful, we will contact you by the end of the next working day to let you know. Then we will send you a formal offer letter which may give some conditions you will have to meet before taking up your place, such as passing your degree.

Once you have accepted your place, we will organise a meeting with the Primary Course Director to follow up on your interview and discuss your individual development plan. We send you some pre-reading to do, and we will book you in for our pre-course orientation in July when you can meet your tutors and other trainees.

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 committed to offering all prospective trainees the opportunity to gain QTS. If you have a specific need, we can discuss this with you at interview and agree a suitable level of support.

Contact this training provider

BEC Teacher Training
c/o Bromfords School, Grange Avenue
SS12 0LZ

Support and advice

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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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