Bristol Metropolitan Academy
Primary (3F8H)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Cabot Learning Federation SCITT
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
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020


About the course

This course is specifically for applicants who already have a school who has agreed to support them with a School Direct salaried position.

Our course is Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only route without PGCE.

The CLF SCITT programme combines school-centred training, experience and practice with subject specific and professional development. This ensures trainees develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be outstanding teachers.

The programme structure is layered and progressive making explicit links to the teachers standards throughout, deepening and strengthening skills and understanding. Trainees are fully integrated into school life from the start of the school year. School experience and assignments complement training enabling reflection on learning, and making links between theory and practice.

Distinctive features of the programme are:

  • Weekly Centre-based training: Weekly subject knowledge and professional development training is led by school-based professionals and specialist leaders of education (SLEs) who are experienced and effective teachers and leaders. We use a facilitated and active learning approach where trainees experience learning techniques, engage in reflective thinking and learn collaboratively.
  • School Experience all year round: Our trainees benefit from school-based training and practical classroom experience from the very start of the programme and throughout. Immersion into the life of the school and exposure to experienced and expert teachers ensures realistic and authentic experiences.
  • Personalisation: We strive to provide a personalised and differentiated programme. Weekly centre-based training alongside regular school visits enables the SCITT team to identify needs and adapt the programme as necessary, using experts from across the partnership.
  • Additional CPD opportunities: As a CLF trainee, you have access to a variety professional development opportunities across the CLF including conferences, collaboration meetings and access to the Boolean Maths Hub, this is in addition to school-based staff training.
  • Employment support: Trainees are provided with exceptional support in securing employment. The CLF SCITT supports trainees transition into their first teaching posts, and provides a continuing network of support and ongoing training.

Interview process

The assessment day will take place at one of our partnership academies or at the CLF Institute. Assessment day tasks will include:

  • A pre-prepared teaching task with a group of pupils
  • A short pre-prepared presentation
  • A group discussion
  • A written task based around personal reflection
  • An individual interview

Details of the tasks will be sent to you prior to the interview date. The assessment tasks are designed to help us select prospective trainees based on our 5 core values and attributes:

  • Aptitude and readiness for teacher training
  • Strong passion for teaching and learning specific to age range or subject
  • Strong sense of moral purpose (linked to our HEART values)
  • Effective communicative and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to reflect, be responsive and pro-active

This rigorous selection process ensures that we recruit the very best trainee teachers for our children and young people. During the process you will also be able to establish whether we are the right training provider for you. Successful applicants may be given conditions or recommended actions to complete prior to the course starting in order to accelerate their readiness for the teacher training year.

How school placements work

As this is a salaried route, you will be employed by one school and spend the majority of the year in class in that school.

The CLF SCITT programme has 4 blocks of teaching experience with over 130 days spent in school throughout the year. All placements take place in CLF and partnership schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Throughout all teaching experience placements, trainees are allocated a mentor who will provide regular guidance, support and challenge. In addition there is a Lead Mentor in school who oversees the school-based training alongside the Programme Leaders.

Contrasting Placement: Trainees move to a new placement school for a short contrasting placement. Placements will be arranged in a contrasting school environment and in the alternate key stage to the ‘home’ placement.

Placement expectations are designed to gradually develop trainees’ teaching during the year. This starts with the teaching of small groups, moving on to teaching parts of lessons, to whole lessons to entire sequences of learning and finally taking on full responsibility for the class and the progress of learners in the summer term. Trainees are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and autonomy in their planning and teaching throughout the year.


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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.



You will be a graduate, with at least a Bachelor’s (Honours) degree, minimum 2:2 or equivalent (3rd class will be considered).

You will need strong passes (grade C/4+) in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science. Recommended equivalence tests may be considered. You will need to show your original certificates at interview.

You will have at least two weeks (10 days) of prior experience working in a primary school as a volunteer or existing role.

If your qualifications or degree are from outside the UK you should apply to NARIC to check equivalence. Applications without a NARIC confirmation will be automatically rejected.

Personal qualities

You should be:

  • A highly reflective, emotionally intelligent person, ready to be‘trained’ again, by experienced professionals

  • Adaptable, flexible and able to respond to feedback and mentoring

  • Able to work well in a team whilst also be self-starter and resilient

  • Well supported by family and friends and entering into this knowingly, fully aware of the intensity such a course will entail.

  • Able to demonstrate the commitment and resilience needed to become a highly effective teacher and lifelong learner.

Other requirements

You will have a school confirmed who is prepared to support you in this salaried course.

You will have at least three years’ experience of transferable work history.

You will need to complete successful Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) and prohibition checks and will require appropriate ID and documents for this.

You must have copies of all relevant qualifications before applying.

You will be required to provide a full employment history and satisfactory references supporting your suitability to work with children/young people, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance for safer recruitment.

About the training provider

The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) is an exciting and inspiring place to train. We are a mature Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in the South West, with 16 Academies, incorporating 8 Primary, 6 Secondary, an all-through 4-19 setting and a 14-19 Studio School, as well as post-16 and alternative provision in primary and secondary phases. The CLF employs over 1500 staff and we educate approximately 9000 children and young people. Our contexts include urban, inner-city, suburban, rural and coastal catchment areas in geographically local clusters serving Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

The CLF Institute is the centre for our SCITT, Teaching School Alliance and the Boolean Maths Hub. The CLF Institute provides a continuum of professional development for staff at all career stages; from Initial Teacher Training, support for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT), recently qualified teachers, emerging leaders and researchers, middle, specialist and senior leaders, Headteachers and governors.

The CLF is sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol); we work in partnership with UWE Bristol for the PGCE qualification for our SCITT trainees.

As a MAT providing 3-19 education, our trainees have opportunities for teaching within and beyond the phases/key stages that they are training to teach. There are often employment opportunities within the CLF and our partnership schools.

We recognise the need to recruit and train excellent teachers to work in schools in our region to support the aspirations, progress and achievement of all children including those in the most challenging circumstances.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The CLF SCITT programme is inclusive and personalised to meet the needs of every trainee. As a schools- based provision we have access to expertise within our partnership schools around meeting all specific educational needs and can provide reasonable adjustment for disabilities. Our trainees have access to study and occupational health support as required. A characteristic of our training programme, afforded by our scale and school-centred context, is the pastoral and individual support that we can provide to ensure that every trainee’s needs are met.

CLF SCITT trainees who undertake the PGCE award have access to the full range of student support provision from the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol.

CLF SCITT trainees have access to an online training package through our subscription to EduCare.

Contact details

01172 446 233
Cabot Learning Federation SCITT
CLF Institute
Russell Town Avenue


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