Teach East Design and Technology (2ZM8)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Bursaries and 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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to work in the classroom, inspiring and empowering young people to achieve their full potential and instill life-long learning.

A standard week means that you spend 4 days in a selected partner school developing your classroom craft, and one day a week in our Core Training Rooms, receiving input from a range of expert facilitators and presenters and improving your understanding of the theory behind the Teacher Standards.

Our Core Curriculum offer allows you access to the full entitlement within the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework, as well as offering you opportunities to experience and understand a range of contextually relevant educational settings.

On placement you are supported by a dedicated mentor who will inspire and guide you to become a highly effective practitioner, and this is augmented by Teach East support across Primary phases and Secondary subjects.

We have excellent pass rates and outcomes for trainees, and very high levels of recruitment into our partner schools and the local area.

Placements offer a range of Ofsted gradings, attainment, outcomes, challenge, pupil demographic and subject coverage. As a trainee you will teach in two contrasting schools across the year.

Trainees are assessed formatively through the year using an On-Track Review system, through a mixture of observations, portfolios, short tasks and written assignments, all with the consideration of workload and wellbeing. The ultimate aim is to meet Teacher Standards for QTS.

Trainees will also have the opportunity to access the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, worth 60 Masters credits. Although entirely optional, this gives trainees the chance to underpin their reflection and practice with further theoretical understanding.

A previous trainee said: ‘Teach East are amazing! The team are very supportive and provide the skills and knowledge to progress their trainees through the year and prepare them for their teaching careers.’

School placements

Teach East has an ever-growing number of Secondary and Primary school partners across Peterborough. Trainees will have a Main Placement school for the majority of their training year, and the chance to experience a contrasting placement for a sustained period of time after Christmas to enrich their experience.

Throughout the year we also endeavour to provide trainees with experience of a range of settings through our Core Curriculum days. Within the programme trainees will have the chance to experience teaching across their chosen age-range and the relevant Key Stages so they are fully prepared.

Every trainee is assigned a dedicated mentor to guide them through the teacher training year and to help them connect the Core Training sessions to classroom practice, offering guidance, setting targets, observing lessons and giving feedback.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in design and technology 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 confident people with a passion for learning and the capacity for reflection and continued improvement.

Alongside your academic qualifications you need to be highly motivated and well-organised. Interpersonal skills are vital as we want to work with those who are committed to ensuring strong academic outcomes for pupils.

We expect all candidates to have researched teaching roles thoroughly, and know where their chosen specialism sits within the curriculum. School experience is valuable but not essential.

You need to be able to articulate about what you can bring to the profession, and why teaching is for you.

Other requirements

If you are offered a place on the Teach East training programme an enhanced DBS check will be applied for. www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview

You will be required to complete a Health & Safety questionnaire via Peterborough City Council prior to starting the course to prove your fitness to teach.

Applicants who have studied outside of the UK must check their qualification with ENIC (The UK national agency for international qualifications and skills - formerly NARIC) prior to making an application and provide original certificates and paperwork. https://www.enic.org.uk/

Qualifications need to be the equivalent level to UK GCSE’s, A Levels and undergraduate degrees.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,250
International students £8,250

An additional £1000 is payable for a PGCert (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) if you choose to take this alongside QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Financial support from the training provider

Certain subjects come with available bursaries, more details of which can be found on our course page.

We also allow trainees access to a Hardship Fund in exceptional and unforeseen circumstances.

About the training provider

Teach East is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme based in Peterborough. We offer a route into teaching that prepares you for a career in education as most of your time will be spent in schools.

Teach East is run by a team of dedicated senior leaders, all of whom still teach and lead in the city on a day to day basis. With the support of staff from a wide and diverse range of schools within the city, we have constructed a course that allows trainees to learn in high quality settings, watching and working with some of the best practitioners in Peterborough.

We are proud of our 100% employment rates at the end of the training year, for which we provide excellent guidance and support for finding the right school for each trainee.

We have a strong network of partnerships across Peterborough which enables us to draw on the best available expertise, supplementing a curriculum built on the principles of effective teacher development and underpinned by the full entitlement of the ITT Core Content Framework.

We believe in the trainee as an individual, supporting them to craft their own professional identity and enter the teaching profession as an informed and engaged practitioner.

Interview process

All applications are reviewed and then shortlisting takes place; successful candidates are invited to attend a two-stage interview process which will include the need to provide a recording of the delivery of selected relevant content linked to the chosen course.

Interview questions will cover aspects of professional behaviour, subject / phase knowledge, reason for application and safeguarding.

Candidates will be invited to complete tasks related to Literacy and Numeracy prior to course commencement.

Offers made are conditional, with conditions outlined clearly to successful candidates.

We may request that a candidate completes a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as part of their offer. Full guidance on how to complete all aspects will be provided to all applicants, and can also be found on our website.

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

Providing all the eligibility criteria is met for teacher training Teach East will ensure that people are treated solely on the basis of their abilities and potential, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religious or political belief or affiliation, trade union membership, age, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic background, or any other inappropriate distinction.

All disabilities can be declared on your application form and Teach East will work with all individuals to ensure their needs and requirements are met.

Contact this training provider

01733 252235
Helpston Road

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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