Teach SouthEast Primary (C249)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Teach SouthEast are excited to offer a 1-year ITT programme in primary teaching. The programme will consist of:

  • Professional studies training covering topics such as lesson planning, behaviour management, assessment, marking and monitoring.
  • Subject specialist training to enhance your knowledge and teaching of the national curriculum.
  • Two placements within our partnership schools to enable you to embed your training and to further develop your teaching skills. Predominantly you will be placed in a ’home’ school for approximately 28 weeks. A shorter, 6-week placement will be completed in an ‘away’ school, again, all within our partnership. The rationale for two differing placements is to not only teach across the key stages but also to experience a different educational setting to further enhance your teaching.
    Whilst on placement you will be assigned a highly skilled mentor who will support, develop and challenge your teaching to ensure your experience is of the highest quality. You will have a weekly meeting with your mentor to review progress and set personalised targets, as well as a weekly formal observation to celebrate your achievements and consider your next steps. In addition to your placement schools you will also be given the opportunity to visit several educational settings including; a secondary school, a SEND school and a behaviour immersion unit. Teach SouthEast are committed to laying the foundation for a long and successful career in teaching. In order to support this, not only will you receive high quality curriculum and pedagogy training, but you will also receive 1 – 1 support from a pastoral coach to ensure a smooth and successful training year. On completion, all trainees will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition to this, we are extremely proud to work alongside University of Sussex who deliver and award a PGCE qualification in conjunction with your QTS for fee-paying trainees. There is also the option for fee-paying trainees to undertake a QTS only option.

School placements

Teach SouthEast is a growing partnership, currently consisting of over 10 primary schools in the SouthEast of England. Placing trainees is a complex process and we take many factors into consideration when doing so. These factors include:

  • Establishing which schools in the partnership have the capacity to host a trainee
  • Selecting a mentor who will be the best fit for the trainee
  • We will establish at interview where the candidate will be living for the course, if the candidate drives and if they have access to a car or if they will be dependent on public transport
  • We do not expect trainees to travel for longer than an hour each way to their placement school. Trainee journeys to their placement schools are typically between 20 – 40 minutes
  • We always do our best to accommodate trainees’ personal circumstances when placing them. Predominantly you will be placed in a ’home’ school for approximately 28 weeks. A shorter, 6-week placement will be completed in an ‘away’ school, again, all within our partnership. The rationale for two differing placements is to not only to teach across the key stages but also to experience a different educational setting to further enhance your teaching.

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 accept an equivalency from Equivalency Testing: https://www.equivalencytesting.com/ Candidates will need to book, sit and pass any equivalency exams before the course officially starts on 1st September.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen. These personal qualities include:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • A passion for your subject
  • An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people
  • A positive outlook and resilient nature
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities
  • A passion and drive for delivering first class education.

Other requirements

All trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 3 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check. All trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigors of the teaching profession. After interview, successful candidates will be sent a link to sit Teach SouthEast’s on-line literacy and numeracy skills tests for teaching.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,200.

About the training provider

As an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider, Teach SouthEast delivers high quality bespoke school-centred ITT programmes for aspiring primary and secondary teachers in South East England. The programme operates across 3 regional hubs (in Surrey, Sussex and South London) and in discussion at interview, the most geographically appropriate campus will be selected. Ofsted found Teach SouthEast to be outstanding in every category in its 2018 inspection. Teach SouthEast and its vast network of partnership schools are passionate about training and developing outstanding teachers of the future. Since its inception in 2013, Teach SouthEast has trained over 600 trainees; the majority of these trainees remain in the partnership and many are already in leadership positions. Of the 2021-22 cohort, 100% of trainees gained their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of the ITT year. Teach SouthEast offers routes into teaching through fee-paying, salaried and apprenticeship places. We seek to provide a dynamic environment where trainees on any of the ITT pathways can immerse themselves in what it is to be a great teacher, be nurtured within their own practice and be empowered to deliver outstanding lessons to our students. Teach SouthEast delivers an engaging and innovative training programme, with unique opportunities to experience placement in primary, secondary and in a special school. Depending on personal circumstances, part-time options may be explored. All trainees are provided with a trained and dedicated mentor to lead you through your training year.

Interview process

Once we receive your application through DfE Apply we will make a call to interview within approximately one week. The interview day will usually be held at one of the schools within the partnership within approximately two weeks. The interview day will consist of:

  • An exercise on resilience
  • Teaching an advised topic to a class of approximately 30 students for approximately 25 minutes
  • An interview with staff from Teach SouthEast and our partner schools
  • A short 15 minute free-writing exercise on a prescribed topic

If candidates are made a conditional offer after interview, one condition will be to sit an on-line literacy and numeracy skills assessment prior to starting the course to establish if any additional support in these areas is required during the ITT course.

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 work with any trainees that have additional needs to put together a bespoke support plan that is individual to them. In the past, this has included; providing printouts of presentation slides; enabling the use of recording devices during training sessions; enabling the use of laptop computers during training sessions; considered seating arrangements; providing additional pastoral support meetings throughout the year and extra support with paperwork. Our fee-paying trainees, who study for the PGCE, also have access to support through the University of Sussex Student Life Centre. We pride ourselves on knowing our trainees well, and catering for any needs they may have.

Contact this training provider

01932 578682
Xavier MAT, Salesian School
Guildford Road
KT16 9LU

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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