Stockton-on-Tees Teacher Training Partnership Primary (3X5A)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

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.

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
July 2023


Course summary

This new one-year route, launched in September 2018, is designed as an additional route in to teaching to improve recruitment of teachers. It provides a fee-free, salaried route for graduates to enter the teaching profession and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within one year.

  • We anticipate that schools are likely to consider this route for TAs they currently employ whom they wish to support to become qualified teachers.
  • Stockton SCITT does not directly recruit apprentices to place in schools. You must already be employed in the school and the Headteacher must be willing to support your application.

We are a well-established, Ofsted accredited ‘Good’ teacher training provider that prides itself on our bespoke programme personalised to meet your individual needs. We are the only accredited teaching apprenticeship provider in Stockton.

We prioritise your curriculum knowledge development, both in terms of content and pedagogy (how to teach). Throughout your training, you will receive substantial, bespoke curriculum training to support your subject knowledge development. Your training in school is personalised to meet your unique needs and will include a variety of activities. You will be assigned a teaching specialist as your mentor. You will work closely with your mentor and other colleagues within the school every day. Time will be spent observing experienced colleagues and learning about the craft of the classroom as well as weekly one to one sessions with mentors, participation in your placement school’s staff training, advice to support your planning and teaching, colleague and pupil shadowing and much more. The ethos of the programme is experiential learning and as such, over 70% of your time will be spent in school learning from experienced, excellent teachers. You are assessed on an ongoing basis, through observation of your practice and reflective conversations with your mentor and professional tutor.

School placements

We work with a large number of schools in the Stockton area and beyond. Stockton’s educational outcomes are strong. Training with Stockton SCITT means working in successful schools, with excellent teachers who ensure pupils in Stockton and the surrounding areas get the best educational deal possible. Where primary schools have Ofsted judgements, 93% of our partner primary schools in Stockton are Ofsted graded Good or Outstanding. For secondary, for those schools with Ofsted judgements, 91% of our partner secondary schools are Ofsted graded Good or Outstanding.

Trainees are assigned two placement schools across the year. You have a host (main placement) school that you will work with the majority of the year (autumn and summer terms) and a shorter second school placement in the spring term. In each school, you have a mentor dedicated to supporting your development.
In school, trainees follow one of three programmes:

  •         Age 3-7 primary programme, covering Key Stage One and the Early 
  •         Age 5-11 primary programme, covering Key Stages One and Two
  •         Age 11-16 secondary programme, covering Key Stages Three and 

In addition, all trainees will have the opportunity to engage with our ‘Wider Education Week’ visiting special schools, pupil referral units and sixth form provision (secondary only).

Placements aim to take the individual circumstances of trainees into account, e.g. geographical location of the school in relation to your home.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Please contact the provider to discuss options.

Personal qualities

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career. We are looking for potential; if you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people, have a positive outlook, are patient and adaptable, have good interpersonal skills, are creative and imaginative, have good organisational and time management skills, are reflective and strive to improve your own practice, then this could be the career for you. Previous school experience is not an essential criteria but if you are able to gain some experience, it could help inform your decision to train to teach and is one way to enhance your application.

Other requirements

Applications are enhanced by evidence of some experience in a school but it is not a condition for application. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check, sign a declaration that they have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children and complete a medical health questionnaire which may be subject to an occupational health referral. This will be arranged by the Partnership.


Your employing school will be responsible for paying you on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale.

Employers that pay into the apprenticeship levy will be able to use up to £9,000 of funding from their apprenticeship service account to cover the cost of training.

Employers that do not pay the levy, or who have insufficient funds in their digital account, can access funding to support training and assessment of an apprentice.

The government will pay 90% of the costs of training and assessment for the apprenticeship (up to the £9,000 apprenticeship funding band maximum) and the school will pay the remaining 10%.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Our unique approach combines focused specialist in-house training in how to teach alongside immersion in the school environment to develop your skills as a teacher. We are one of a very few providers who provide substantial in-house training alongside your placement in school. We believe that this better equips you to hit the ground running when you begin to teach. Training sessions provide practical strategies and techniques that will support you when you are teaching in school. There are also many opportunities for you to learn from and teach your fellow trainees through sessions that allow you to share your successes, ideas and challenges with each other and reflect on your school experiences. You will benefit from a mentor dedicated to supporting your development as well as a professional tutor who will oversee your development throughout the year. We have a reputation for excellence, which is why more trainees than ever are choosing Stockton SCITT. Our employment rate is very strong; every year, over 50% of our trainees go onto secure ECT positions in Stockton, many in the schools where they trained with the rest gaining employment in the wider Tees Valley and beyond.

Interview process

We have robust safeguarding procedures in place, therefore enhanced Disclosure and Barring Checks (DBS) and barred list checks are undertaken to ensure trainees are suitable to train to teach. Our recruitment process follows a number of steps:

  • Stage One: Screening Applications are checked to ensure that your qualifications meet the entry requirements.
  • Stage Two: Scrutiny Applications meeting the entry requirements are scrutinised by the Partnership against set criteria and a decision made whether or not to offer an interview.

  • Stage Three: School Based Interview Process Interviews may take place via Zoom or in the employing school. As part of the preparation for interview, trainees will be asked to prepare a theoretical short teaching activity and watch a short video clip. Trainees will then undertake a formal interview with one of the SCITT leads and often a senior colleague from the employing school. Some of the questions will relate to the preparation tasks. The process is designed to assess the capacity to develop subject knowledge, a capacity for critical thinking and reflection, an ability to engage with young people and to assess a trainee’s overall suitability to train to teach. Trainees will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the process.

Conditional offers are usually be made within 24 hours from the date of interview and often sooner than this. Offers will be confirmed via UCAS.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

All of our training takes place on the ground floor. For trainees with specific needs such as dyslexia or autism, we work with Occupational Health and the trainee to identify their precise needs and ensure that the appropriate support is put in place. For example, a recent trainee with dyslexia was provided with appropriate software on a loaned laptop, a smartpen, overlays and materials provided on coloured paper. The family dynamics of trainees often change during the course of the programme; we work with you to support you to manage these changes alongside your training needs. For example, in previous years, we have offered maternity and paternity leave, compassionate leave and temporary flexible training hours to manage a specific issue. The well-being of all our trainees is very important to us. We continually monitor well-being through a number of mechanisms and individual support is put in place as required. All individual needs are taken into account when determining the location and nature of your placement schools.

Contact this training provider

01642 527675
Block B - The Education Centre at SSFC
Bishopton Road West
TS19 0QD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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