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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 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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
July 2021


About the course

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.

As the only Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ provider in Stockton-on-Tees, we are a teacher training provider that prides itself on our bespoke programme personalised to meet your individual needs.

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

You train largely in the school in which they are employed. All apprentices must undertake a second placement in another school, usually in the spring term, negotiated between the partnership and the employing school.

In school, you follow one of two programmes:

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

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

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must already hold the following:

  • GCSE English and Maths Grade C, Level 4 minimum (or equivalent)
    • GCSE Science Grade C, Level 4 minimum (or equivalent) for primary applicants

Applicants must have achieved the following by the time the course starts:

  • Honours degree at 2:2 or above.

For non UK qualifications you will need a ENIC statement of comparability.

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

We are the only OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ provider in Stockton-on-Tees. 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. 100% of our trainees who completed the programme in 2019 were graded at least Good with 79% graded as Outstanding. We expanded by 35% in the last year alone. Our employment rate is very strong; every year, over 50% of our trainees go onto secure NQT 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.
  • Stage Three: School Based Interview Process If you are invited to participate in stage 3 of the selection process, you will be offered an interview at your employing school which will involve an interview with the Partnership and a written task. Candidates who are invited to participate in stage 3 of the selection process will usually attend a Partnership school where they will be required to undertake a teaching activity. This will be followed by a formal interview with the head teacher or other school leaders alongside representatives from the Partnership and a written task. The process is designed to assess fundamental English and maths skills, subject knowledge, ability to engage with young people and assess a trainee’s overall suitability to train to teach.

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.

Training with disabilities and other needs

toilet facilities. 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

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021