Forest Gate Community School, Community Schools Trust Computing (N335)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
London District East SCITT
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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 overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
http://Forest Gate Community School


Course summary

At Forest Gate Community School (FGCS), you will be taught how to deliver the Computing specification as part of the GCSE programme of study.

You will be supported by a dedicated mentor, who will be a subject specialist, where you will follow our bespoke curriculum model.

We have a highly effective science curriculum that is clearly mapped out from years 7-11 that is broken down into key objectives (KOs). This is linked to our dynamic progress reporting system (DPR) with is the back bone of our curriculum plan.

You will be assessed weekly by your mentor as well as at key points throughout the programme. You will have key tasks that you will be supported and guided through to ensure that you are fully aware of what is expected of you throughout the programme.

We have a team of professionals who will support and guide you through your training, both in the science department and whole school. You will attend weekly training sessions with the other trainees in the school, often with trainees from the other schools in the trust too.

You will follow a well planned professional development (PD) programme that is designed to help you be an outstanding classroom practitioner. The PD programme is planned in a very logical and practical manner. This is so that you gain the most important skills first and then quickly build on them to rapidly acquire the many skills that you need to be successful in the demanding role of a teacher.

We have an extremely high pass rate for our trainees and have been delivering teacher training for many, many years. If you train at FGCS it will make you very employable, we find that 90% of our trainees are offered the first job that they apply for. Our trainees also find themselves employed in our trust, many securing middle and senior leadership roles as they progress through their careers.

School placements

You will be based at FGCS for the majority of your placement. You will however undertake a second placement in a different school that we will organise for you.

Your second placement is usually for half a term and will be either at one of the other schools in our schools in the trust, or with one of the schools that we partner with. Your second placement will be discussed with you and your mentor you well in advance so that it is a seamless transition.

You will be assigned a second mentor in your placement school but you will still be in contact with your main mentor at FGCS so they can continue to support you. You will still attend Forest Gate School one day a week so that we can make sure you are getting everything that you need to be successful on your second placement and ensure that you are on top of your independent studies.

Most of the schools in the trust are 11-16, although we do have one with a 6th form that is a UTC in Norwich. This sounds a long way but you can be there in an hour by train, if 6th from experience is something that you would really like to experience.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in computing 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates that want to make a difference to the life chances of children. We want candidates that will go above and beyond to make this happen.

We are looking for candidates that are prepared to push themselves to be better, not because they are not good, but because we can all improve.

We want candidates that are open to advice and can take the support that is offered so that they constantly improve.

We want candidates that are reflective, resilient, caring and self-motivated.

Other requirements

All our trainees will to undergo an enhanced DBS check to check their suitability to work with children.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,000.

About the training provider

Forest Gate Community School (FGCS) is an exceptional learning environment with a real community spirit. In 2019 Ofsted gave our school an “Outstanding” judgment for the second time in a row.

We offer places for trainees in Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Design Technology.

We are a co-educational 11-16 community school that provides students with a high degree of challenge combined with excellent support and as a result, our results are outstanding. Relationships between staff and students are excellent and discipline is extremely good. We treat each other with respect and understanding.

Everyone at FGCS is committed to ensuring our young people progress to college, university and working life, fulfilling aspirations. We provide a first-rate education at FGCS because we equip our students with the skills, knowledge and attitude required to be good citizens and to succeed in the 21st century.

We aim to build a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge in all our students. We believe that by modeling behaviour, and by recognising and rewarding effort and achievement, we provide an environment where students are proud to present their work and strive for the highest standards.

We are a school with enormous strengths. Through the continuous hard work and co-operation of staff, students, parents and governors, we have built a reputation for academic success, as well as an excellent standard of pastoral care. We have outstanding success in our teacher training programs that provide bespoke support to all of our trainee teachers.

Interview process

If you are invited to interview you will usually be with us for most of the morning. The day will look something like this.

1 Meet course leaders at Forest Gate Community School - 20 min 2 Tour of the school- 30 min 3 A task where you teach us a skill that you have (it can be anything that you are good at) - 10 min 4 A written task - 45 mins 5 An interview 45 mins

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

We support all of our trainees to the highest standards possible.

We know that trainees have a range of needs and we do everything in our power to ensure that they are successful. If a trainee has a disability or other needs we will create a plan to support them to ensure that they have full access to the training and support that we provide. This may be by making reasonable adjustments to deadlines, one-to-one coaching or more support where it is needed.

We are a fully inclusive school that is committed to the success of all our students, staff and trainees, no matter what their starting point.

Contact this training provider

http://Forest Gate Community School
Forest Lane
Forest Gate

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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