Reach Academy Feltham History (J676)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
South West Teacher Training
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 overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You will learn how to teach students a range of history from Medieval England through to the Cold War, exploring themes of genocide, civil war, migration, empire and the development of British politics. By giving pupils the opportunity to explore a range of sources and historical interpretations, you will enable them to form their own judgments about the key turning points in History and set them up for further study of history in future education.

The programme includes:

  • In-house training days (1 day a week) - seminar and lecture style sessions and live practice that cover teaching theory, teaching techniques, pedagogy and academic literature (including ‘guest lectures’ from expert practitioners).
  • In-school teaching (4 days a week) - you will be: planning for, preparing and delivering lessons; observing and supporting the lessons of other teachers; and taking part in the day to day running of the school.

Course structure

Trainees complete the following stages of progression (including hours of teaching each week):

  • Confident Teaching Assistant – 0-3 hours
  • Competent Lesson Deliverer – 3-6 hours
  • Considered Lesson Planner and Evaluator – 6-9 hours
  • Independent Early Career Teacher – 9-12 hours (or more)

The rate at which you progress will be decided in consultation between the trainee, their mentors in school and the course leader.


You will be assessed in your progress in the following ways:

  • Informal mentor drop-ins weekly
  • Halfway progress check
  • Formal observations by a member of SLT
  • End of phase review meeting
  • Review of the evidence in your digital evidence folder

Distinctive features of this course

  • Careful progression in teaching load to support a sustainable start to your teaching career.
  • Deliberate practice approach to teaching skills to rapidly develop teaching practice.
  • Emphasis on building strong relationships with pupils and their families.

Experience of previous students

“I really like the real-world applicability of the training. The teacher techniques we learn, script and then practice are so helpful for embedding every day and essential routines within teaching”

“[I like the] real experience in a school and access to discussion with lots of expert teachers”

100% of trainees this year:

  • describe the training as ‘Very good’ or ‘Excellent’
  • would recommend the training to others

School placements

Trainees will be placed in a main placement school (either Reach Academy Feltham or a partner school) for four days a week from September for the majority of the school year. Trainees will attend training at Reach Academy Feltham one day a week (currently Wednesday although this is subject to change). You will teach classes from across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 across the year with some experience of Key Stage 5 teaching where available. Placement schools are carefully chosen to ensure they have strong support available for trainees that are on our programme.

At some point in the year, all trainees will complete a second school placement at another school (likely to be in the spring term). If your main placement school is not Reach Academy Feltham, then Reach Academy will be your second placement school.

You will have a subject mentor at your main placement school who will be your main day to day contact. You meet formally with them at least once a week to discuss your planning, receive feedback on your teaching and practice a key teaching technique. You will also have a professional mentor who is the key contact between the course leader and your placement school. They will oversee your placement and arrange the observations that will need to take place as part of assessing your progress.

You will also be supported by the course leader who is responsible for overseeing the programme. This person facilitates weekly training sessions and quality assures the support that trainees receive in their main placement school. They arrange the second school placement and coordinate with all parties to ensure that trainees are on course to achieve their QTS/PGCE qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in history 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 seeking to train teachers to ensure that young people are able to go on to live lives of choice and opportunity. We are seeking candidates with the following background:

  • Passionate about sharing knowledge
  • Great communication skills
  • Resilience
  • Ability to build relationships
  • The ability to take on board feedback and a desire to improve

We welcome applications from candidates with a connection to the community we serve and an interest in working in an all-through environment.

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Other requirements

Applicants will go through the following process:

  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Criminal Record Checks
  • Two satisfactory references
  • Occupational Health check

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,250.

Financial support from the training provider

If you are a trainee and you are not eligible for a government bursary, you may be eligible for a bursary from the Reach Foundation of up to £10,000. These bursaries are available for prospective trainees that would not be able to afford to train as a teacher without further financial assistance.

About the training provider

Reach Academy Feltham is an all-through school serving pupils aged 2-18 in South West London. The vision of the school is to support our pupils to develop the skills, attitudes and academic qualifications to live lives of choice and opportunity. The school is 30 minutes from Waterloo in the borough of Hounslow.

Reach opened in 2012 and has quickly developed an excellent reputation. It was judged outstanding in 2014 and has achieved strong results across the board, including the 16th best GCSE results in the country in 2017.

The school has a strong track record of training and developing teachers. We have trained more than 50 teachers via Schools Direct, Now Teach, Researchers in Schools and Teach First in Primary and Secondary and across a range of subjects.

The school has particular expertise in curriculum design - more than 100 schools around the country subscribe to use our History and Geography curriculum - and community engagement - we work closely with families and the wider community.

Instructional coaching is a strong feature of working at Reach. Every teacher and leader receives weekly coaching on their teaching and this is strong element of the training programme. We will support trainees to quickly become highly effective teachers!

In addition the school has developed an innovative cradle to career model to support the whole community. The Reach Children’s Hub offers expertise in working with parents and the community.

Our School Direct programme is delivered in partnership with South West Teacher Training.

Interview process

Applicants will go through the following process:

  • Initial application screening
  • A short telephone interview to explore background and fit;
  • An assessment centre which will include teaching a short lesson to a small group of pupils, an interview with senior staff, a check on your subject knowledge and a written task.
  • A visit to the prospective placement school (where an informal interview will take place) to ensure a good fit between trainee and placement school.

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 are committed to support candidates with disabilities and other needs. The school is fully accessible and we will work with prospective trainees to create a plan to enable them to flourish in the school.

Contact this training provider

020 8893 1099
53-55 High Street
TW12 4AB

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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