Schools Direct courses are school based ITT routes.
Trainees get inducted into their ‘home’ schools in July and August and begin lectures at UEL in September.
ITTs spend 1 day a week at UEL (education and subject based lectures, teaching and tutorials) and 4 days a week in schools ‘on the job’ training.
Reading / study weeks are built into the calendar during half terms to accommodate trainees working towards the PGCE option. UEL days are typically front loaded in Term 1 to ensure trainees are up to date early in their training.
Second placement opportunities are calendared in Term 2 in blocks to ensure trainees are immersed into school life in their contrasting school placement - they do not attend UEL during this time.
Term 2 ends with a week at UEL - for tutorial opportunities with a focus on PGCE assignments and evidence gathering linked to the Teacher Standards.
In Term 3 trainee timetables increase in their ‘home’ school so UEL days are again reduced. Alternative education placement visits are organised by the Teaching School to ensure trainees have been exposed to a variety of educational settings including visits to Special Schools/ Units, Alternative Provisions and Independent Schools.
Alongside the training at UEL, the BMAT ITT programme runs regularly to ensure trainees are up to date with everyday pedagogy, MAT policies and procedures and subject networks. There is a layered system of support from the classroom to MAT level which ensures our trainees are supported and developed every step of the way.
A successful applicant will train in any of BMAT’s partnership schools, depending on the schools’ recruitment priority. Allocation of places will reflect proximity, preference and a balance of places across the partner schools. BMAT schools are geographically based from London Stansted Airport to London City Airport - travel distance between each school is no more than 30 miles, the majority of schools are within easy reach of the lead school Burnt Mill Academy.
Al trainees are based in a ‘home’ school and will go on a 2nd placement to an alternative / contrasting school placement for 4-6 weeks during the training programme.
Our BMAT partner schools provide 5 different placement opportunities at EYFS and Key Stage 1/2, 6 opportunities to train in Key Stage 3/4 and 3 school placement options at Key Stage 5.
Primary trainees will teach across Key Stage 1 and 2 (age 5-11) but will also gain experience in EYFS and Key Stage 3.
Secondary trainees will teach across Key Stage 3 and 4 (age 11-16) but will also gain experience in Key Stages 2 and 5.
We also work outside of our Academy Trust network, reaching into schools in West Essex, East London and Hertfordshire for placement opportunities
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Burnt Mill Academy
First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NR
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are looking for candidates who will commit to our vision and values.
BMAT is committed to the following:
‘No limits’ attitude towards children
We believe that no child should be limited by where they’ve come from; that every child within the BMAT family deserves the chance to move on from where they are now to somewhere better.
Letting our teachers truly teach
We believe in letting our teachers do what they’re best at – teach.
Local schools with local personalities
We are not in the business of making every school in BMAT look like each other.
Relevant experience working with children is essential for salaried positions
All offers are subject to satisfactory results from necessary pre-employment checks
Salaried School Direct/ Teaching Apprentices are paid on the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale, Point 1 - Our schools are paid on the ‘Fringe’ and ‘Outer London’ rates.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Burnt Mill Academy is graded as Outstanding by Ofsted. Our most recent inspection recognised that provision for students with special educational needs is strong.
We are an inclusive academy that has the highest expectations so that students are enabled to succeed across the curriculum. We also place a high value on enrichment activities and supporting our students pastorally.
Burnt mill is part of the BMAT Multi Academy Trust which includes 5 Primary and 6 Secondary Schools - including a STEM Academy and 2 Sixth Form provisions providing wide opportunities for trainees to experience educations from EYFS to A Level.
As a Trust, we commit to living out the following values
We are courageous enough to make the tough decision, to do what’s right – even if it’s not what’s popular.
We are unswerving in expecting excellence of our teachers and expecting more of our children – for behaviours, relationships and academic results.
We treat each other as peers, not as superiors, and choose to adopt a leadership style that asks: ‘How can I help?’
Applicants may train across one of the trust schools.
About the accredited body
UEL is one London’s leading centres for teacher training, offering highly successful courses for the primary, secondary and further education and training sectors. Capitalising on our east London location, we’ve earned an excellent reputation for working in partnership with schools to prepare teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools.
The Cass School of Education and Communities trains approximately 600 teachers every year. You will be joining a large department with a long and impressive track record and benefit from subject specific coaching and mentoring from experienced and expert practitioners.
We encourage prospective candidates to come meet us and tour our schools during the application process.
Please keep up to date about our Teacher Training Open Events on our website bmat-trust.org and on Twitter @BMATTeach
You will be formally invited to interview directly by the Teaching School Team at least 1 week in advance.
The interview process consists of three parts (approximately 1.5hour duration):
Basic Skills Assessment - a short test (20 minutes) to assess Literacy and Numeracy levels
Teaching a Lesson - you will be asked to plan and deliver a 30 minute lesson to a class of learners. You will be guided on the topic, content and class details in advance of the lesson. The lesson will be observed by two members of the Teaching School Team / Senior Leadership.
Formal interview - the interview will be conducted by two members of the Teaching School Team / Senior Leadership Team
You will receive Interview feedback within 2 working days and if successful your recommendation to teacher training will be passed to the University to assess your subject knowledge before starting the enrolment process.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
The Disability and Dyslexia Service at UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs), including dyslexia.
If you have a disability, long-term medical condition or a specific learning difficulty, we can help to identify and address any barriers to your education so that you can access your course and reach your potential.
Appointments can be made via the student Hub at both the Docklands and Stratford Campuses in person, on the phone (020 8223 4444) or by email (email@example.com).
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.