You will attend centre-based training in Kilburn one day per week, with additional visits to alternative schools. Taught sessions are wide-ranging and thorough, ensuring that you have the confidence and competence to plan and teach creatively to meet the needs of all pupils. Tutors are experts in their field, offering informative and practical sessions which you can immediately apply to your own classroom practice. Sessions include:
Subject knowledge and related pedagogy
Theories of learning
Assessment and Planning
Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
English as an additional language (EAL)
Behaviour for Learning
Academic Studies for the PGCE
Developing a working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum (NC)
Voice coaching and classroom presence
You also have 5 Intensive Training and Practice weeks (ITAPs) focussing on:
Early reading and SSP
How children learn
Learning outdoors (EYFS specific)
You spend 4 days per week in your base school. A second, 6 week, placement is undertaken in a contrasting setting and age phase. There is also the opportunity to apply for an enhancement placement in a SEND setting.
You will be observed teaching each week and targets set by your school based Mentor. You will also be visited by a Teaching London Link Tutor, and keep a Professional Development Portfolio with evidence of your progress. You take on increasing responsibility for planning and teaching, up to 80% by the Summer Term. To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your progress towards meeting the Staged Curriculum Expectations is formatively assessed at 5 review points across the year. You are summatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the course.
To be awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you need to pass two written assignments at Master’s Level and 10 Curriculum Learning Assessments (CLAs). Classroom-based research for the first assignment is carried out during the Autumn Term and submitted at the beginning of Spring. Classroom-based research for the second assignment is carried out during the Spring 2 term and submitted at the beginning of Summer. CLAs are a mixture of group presentations and 1000 word critical reflections.
Candidates will be placed in one of our schools within the partnership. Second placements are selected by Teaching London to ensure that you have experience of a contrasting age phase and setting. We aim to ensure that trainees do not have to travel for longer than an hour to their placement schools.
Trainees will have two placements in EYFS and KS1 in mainstream schools, with the possible option of an enhancement placement in an SEND setting. Trainees spend the Autumn term, Spring 2 and the Summer term in their base school. Trainees spend Spring 1 in their second placement school (6 weeks).
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become Outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.
We are looking for candidates who:
Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
Have a positive outlook
Are patient and adaptable
Have good interpersonal skills
Are friendly and approachable
Are passionate about teaching
Are creative and imaginative
Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice
Successful applicants will be made a conditional offer, based on them meeting at least the following standard conditions:
a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
a satisfactory Criminal Record Check abroad for relevant countries where the applicant has spent more than 4 weeks travelling or working abroad
a satisfactory “Fitness to teach check”
If you are not a British national, you must ensure via UK Visas and Immigration that you are eligible to work and study in the UK and, if necessary, have applied for and received any required visas, permits and documentation before training begins.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
This is a tuition fee based (unsalaried) route, and so trainees are responsible for paying the £9,250 tuition fee. Trainees are generally eligible for maintenance and tuition fee loans, but this should be clarified with Student Finance. You will also be eligible for other benefits such as student travel/oyster card, student discounts and exemption from paying council tax.
About the training provider
An Outstanding provider (Ofsted: 2017), Teaching London: LDBS SCITT puts pupils at the heart of your training. The depth and breadth of our programme enables you to gain the confidence and competence to develop into a highly skilled, responsive and effective teacher. Exciting, interactive and rigorous centre-based sessions will inform and support your classroom practice, led by inspiring and experienced tutors. Your growth as a reflective practitioner is underpinned by the PGCE element, routed in school-based and current research. We are committed to your wellbeing during your training and support your future, with 100% of trainees gaining employment in the profession over the past 6 years.
Teaching London has been training teachers for over 20 years and we are highly effective in our role, with 76% of trainees graded as Outstanding at the end of their training in 2017-18.
Successful candidates will be invited to interview online. Interviews are conducted by the Headteachers of the school and a representative of Teaching London.
An online interview will consist of the following:
A three-four minute (pre-recorded) video of applicant sharing a children’s book/story
A four minute teaching session
A formal interview
A written English task
Successful candidates may be required to visit the school they applied to and teach a 20 minute lesson to a class.
All elements of the interview process are used to establish candidates’ suitability and potential for ITT. A conditional offer will be made following a successful interview.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
The well-being of our trainees is paramount, which is why you will be automatically enrolled into the Employee Assistance Programme with the Education Support Partnership. This provides 24/7 individual support and counselling, in addition to our in-house advice and support.
We have experience in supporting trainees with a diagnosis of dyslexia and are able to offer specialist support on the course.
Our centre has a degree of step-free access, but as our building was a Victorian school, we are unable to fully accommodate wheelchair access. We are always willing to discuss, and where possible, adapt to meet individual needs.
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).