South of Tyne Primary Alliance
Primary (3B2P)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
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 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
September 2020


About the course

South of Tyne Primary Alliance offers tuition fee courses to students dedicated to a future in primary teaching.

You will gain experience of all three key stages over the course of the academic year, with a focus on either KS1 or KS2 in your host class. You will track the children in the host class across the whole school year, gaining an overview of individual pupil progress and unrivalled experience of planning and assessment. The School Direct route allows students to immerse themselves in the whole life of the school and become a genuine member of the team. The alternate placement in the spring term gives experience of a different key stage, school environment and culture in one of our cluster schools.

You will be taught through lectures, tutorials, project and group work with an average of 15 university days during the year; the University will provide support with education assignments and practice based research. Your work-based learning will be in your host and alternative school.

Our alliance will provide a high quality bespoke training programme delivered by excellent and experienced teachers from across our schools. This will address what we see as the key priorities for teaching and learning with a school focussed approach. Trainees will also receive individualised support from their host school mentor and other experienced members of the school team.

You will have a school mentor and university tutor who will assess your written and project work and your teaching practice.

Interview process

The interviews will take place on the site of the lead school (George Washington Primary School) with a panel of representatives from the cluster. The interview will consist some short tasks, which may vary, and an interview.

Applicants will be required to bring any relevant certificates of qualifications, DBS documents and skills test information with them.

How school placements work

Trainees will be placed in one of our schools for the autumn and summer terms. In the spring term, students will be placed in a partner school for a placement in an alternate key stage and school environment.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



An honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification .

You must hold a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in mathematics, science, and English language and a range of national curriculum subjects. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

You must also obtain:

  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • A pass on the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy, set by the DforE. This can be pending when you apply for the course.

About the training provider

We are a cluster of dynamic primary schools south of the Tyne in Washington, Sunderland and Gateshead: George Washington, John F Kennedy, Valley Road, Highfield and Kibblesworth.

Although diverse in location and context, we share high aspirations for all and are committed to personalised learning and development.

Our schools have a proven record of high achievement in English and maths. We also have strengths in provision for vulnerable pupils including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Our experience of raising standards and closing the gap for disadvantaged children means that we can support trainees to provide the best experience for all children in their care. Well-established and effective systems for assessment mean that trainees will learn how to track and manage pupil progress.

We promote the development of the whole child through enriching curriculums, music, art, performing arts and forest schools.

Our schools are friendly and happy environments. We pride ourselves on being welcoming places to work and learn, ready to support trainees and ensure they gain the best possible preparation for life as a teacher.

“I had an excellent experience while on my alternate placement at George Washington Primary, receiving support from all members of staff.” Michelle Anderson, SD trainee

“The support provided was invaluable. I really enjoyed being involved in all aspects of school life. George Washington provided the opportunity to build the skills and confidence needed for teaching, while Highfield helped me to apply these and develop different teaching strategies.” Roxanna Bayat, SD trainee

Training with disabilities and other needs

We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our school communities and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability or mental health difficulty.

The University of Sunderland Disability Support Team provides advice, information and guidance to students with a disability; students with mental illness or mental health difficulties; students with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia.

On application please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries: Website: Disability Services Email: Tel: 0191 515 2952

Contact details

South of Tyne Primary Alliance
Well Bank Road
Tyne and Wear
NE37 1NL


Applications for this academic year (2020 to 2021) are now closed.

Come back from 6 October 2020 to find out if this course is available for the next academic year.

Training locations

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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
George Washington Primary, Well Bank Road, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE37 1NL
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