Blue Kite Academy Trust
Primary (3B8X)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
North Wiltshire SCITT
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The School Direct Salaried programme runs from September to the end of June. During your training you will spend most of your time based in a school, working alongside experienced teachers and leaders. You will also attend a series of training sessions, based in a range of school locations, designed to support your development in specific areas of teaching, such as:

  • safeguarding
  • behaviour management
  • assessment
  • teaching pupils with special needs
  • teaching pupils with English as an additional language
  • subject knowledge

The majority of your training will be ‘on-the-job’ training and will gradually prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need for your future teaching career.

During the course you will be assessed through formal observations of your teaching and the compilation of a portfolio of evidence against the Teacher Standards.

Interview process

The interview process is in two parts, an interview with Blue Kite/North Wiltshire SCITT staff and a school based interview at your potential host school.

Full details of the interview process will be sent if your application is shortlisted.

How school placements work

All of our schools are based in and around Swindon. We offer places in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Your main school placement will be based upon your personal preference and an interview by the leadership team of the schools we work with.

You will be required to teach in two different schools during your training year and in two different key stages.


You will be employed by the school you train in for your main placement on a 10 month contract (September to June) at a minimum of Point 1 on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale, in accordance with the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document.

There are no fees for this course.

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.



Minimum requirements are:

  • Honours degree (2:2 or above) in any subject
  • GCSE English language, mathematics and science (grades C/4 or above) or equivalent
  • You will also be required to complete an English and Maths competency test.

If you hold a qualification from another country, you will need to present a letter from NARIC to prove your qualification is equivalent to the UK qualification stated above.

Please note: If you don’t have the required qualifications, you will need to show on your application that you will obtain them before the course begins.

Personal qualities

Use the personal statement in your application to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom.

You can do this by including examples of any experience you have of working with children – perhaps as a classroom assistant, or youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you don’t have such experience, we strongly recommend that you acquire some before making the decision to become a teacher.

Other requirements

You will be required to have a DBS and medical clearances before starting the course. This will be dealt with by your employing school.

About the training provider

We offer School Direct Salaried places for applicants wishing to train in primary schools in Swindon and the surrounding area.
By training with us you will gain guidance and support from a wide range of excellent teachers and leaders, all experienced in supporting trainees and newly qualified teachers in school based settings; giving you the best preparation for your future career.

The Blue Kite Trust is a growing trust with a mix of established and new schools in Swindon, a rapidly expanding town.

About the accredited body

North Wiltshire SCITT is an Ofsted oustanding SCITT based in Royal Wootton Bassett. The Scitt has many years’ experience of working with trainee and students on PGCE and salaried routes in both the primary and secondary sectors.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We support trainees with disabilities and other needs, including support with:

  • dyslexia
    • physical, hearing and visual impairments

Access for applicants with physical disabilities varies from school to school, please enquire for more details.

Contact details

Ferndale Primary and Nursery School
Wiltshire Avenue


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