Elston Hall & St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance Primary (N527)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
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.

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Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Students on School Direct primary routes at schools partnered with the University of Wolverhampton will gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 20 credits contributing to Master’s level. As part of the programme, students will spend around 20 timetabled days within the academic year at university. The remaining time during the academic year (170 days of placement) will be at schools within the Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance. Applicants should have at least three years careers experience when applying for this route.

School placements

Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance spans across two Multi Academy Trusts; there are several schools within the two MATs and the majority of schools are based across the Wolverhampton area. Placements will be within at least two of the schools. Candidates will teach pupils across the 3-11 age range and students will be based according to their suitability for the school/year group. Across the year, we will endeavour to ensure students experience schools of varying sizes/profiles and different year groups/Key Stages. It is the candidates’ responsibility to travel to each school and to the University of Wolverhampton when required.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All entrants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and Science, or pass the equivalency prior to commencement of the course. All entrants must hold a degree of a UK Higher Educational Institution or an equivalent qualification.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates with motivation, enthusiasm and a clear rationale for teaching. It is important that students are committed to teaching as a long-term career, and also hold the relevant academic profile and intellectual capacity. We would like candidates to have a strong subject knowledge, relevant school experience, and be responsible, open-minded and show a professional level of maturity. An awareness of contemporary educational issues would be an advantage. Effective spoken and written Standard English, having equal opportunities awareness and possessing appropriate ethics and values are also of prime importance.

Other requirements

Before taking up a place, all applicants must complete an enhanced Disability and Barring Service check, agree to abide by the University of Wolverhampton Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practice and complete relevant checks to ensure they have the health and physical capacity to teach.
Applicants should have at least three years careers experience when applying for this route. Experience in a primary school may be set as a condition following interview.


Unqualified teacher rate - school will pay fees for this course.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance was formed in 2015. Elston Hall Primary School is an Ofsted Outstanding three form entry school, and leads the Elston Hall Multi Academy Trust, which also contains Palmers Cross Primary, Edward the Elder Primary, Goldthorn Park Primary and Pheasey Park Farm Primary. St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School is also an Ofsted Outstanding establishment, and leads the St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust, which also consists of St Benedict Biscop CE Primary School, Woodfield Primary School and All Saints CE Primary Trysull. All placement schools are within the Wolverhampton/South Staffordshire region. Both lead schools work together to deliver Continuous Professional Development to professionals across the city and beyond. Trainees across the Alliance are extremely well supported by their school-based mentors, and we have an exemplary success rate of Newly Qualified Teachers passing their NQT year. RQTS are also well supported across the Alliance. Working within the Alliance gives students have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of settings across the city, from one form entry schools, to schools with 700+ pupils. Both MATs also have a strong reputation of ‘growing their own leaders’ with many previous NQTs now in middle and senior management positions.

About the accredited body

The Institute of Education is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education. It offers high quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment. Ofsted rated the Institute as particular effective in developing highly professional teachers with the skills to reflect critically on their teaching in order to improve it. For more information about School Direct visit: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-education-health-and-wellbeing/institute-of-education/teacher-teaching/school-direct/

Interview process

Applicants should apply through UCAS and the application will be jointly considered by the university and the Alliance. Applicants will be invited to interview and to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. You may be asked to attend support sessions in English and Maths as one of the conditions of acceptance of the course. Those successful in audits and at interview will be required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a conditional offer. The charge for the DBS is £44 and ID check is £6. All offers will be made via UCAS.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance supports an inclusive vision. Where needed, we will make reasonable adjustments to support disabled job applicants and employees. We will ensure disabled people can overcome any substantial disadvantages they may have doing their jobs and progressing in work. We want to make sure that all our students get the most from training with us. By telling tell us about your disability as early as possible, we can identify any support that you might need.

Contact this training provider

01902 558866
Elston Hall Primary School
Stafford Road, Fordhouses
West Midlands
WV10 6NN

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