Oakthorpe Primary School
Primary (3CG7)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
2Schools Consortium
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Oakthorpe Primary School operating as 2Schools Consortium provides the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship Level 6 (Primary) leading to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in line with the Teacher Apprenticeship Standards framework.

Ranked in the 10 best Teacher Training providers for Primary Teacher Training in 2015, 2Schools Consortium has been an accredited provider since 2002.

You will benefit from the expertise of an Outstanding (Ofsted, May 2014) teacher training provision and an Outstanding lead school (Oakthorpe Primary) within a partnership of 30+ primary schools in North London across the Enfield, Harringay and Barnet local authorities.

Apprentices will be placed in and employed by the employer’s school for the duration of their course and paid on a minimum of Point 1 on the Unqualified Teacher Scale. Apprentices are expected to have a minimum of 120 days teaching, and will also have a second school placement.

The structure of the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship differs from existing ITT programmes as it lasts 12 months and has an end-point assessment (EPA) carried out by a different provider.

Apprentices will benefit from spending 20% of the week attending training led by experts practitioners minimum and completing weekly academic tasks to develop their knowledge and understanding.

Training will be delivered both in school by school based mentors and during off-the-job sessions by school based trainers with QTS and specific expertise related to the Teacher Apprenticeship Standards.

On completion of this apprenticeship all apprentices will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards, for the awarding of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Once the Apprentice is an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) the end-point assessment must be completed within three months.

The end-point assessment comprises of:

  • A lesson observation observed, and assessed, by the independent assessor. A short professional dialogue about the observed lesson will follow this;
  • A professional discussion, which will assess the apprentices’ knowledge, skills and behaviours with regard to the Teachers’ Standards. The professional discussion will be held between the apprentice and a panel, composed of the independent assessor, a representative from the apprenticeship training provider and a representative from the employer who has been involved in the apprentice’s training and development (such as professional mentor or support tutor). The apprentice should bring with them a portfolio of work completed during Initial Teaching Training. The portfolio will not be assessed but will provide the apprentice with an aid to the professional discussion.

Interview process

Applicants are shortlisted by the training team according to a scoring system against our (person specification)http://www.2schools.org/school-direct/what-are-we-looking-for/.

and if successful are invited for interview. The interview lasts half a day and usually takes place at the lead school Oakthorpe Primary.

If successful at interview candidates will be invited to the next stage in the interview process, which involves the delivery of a half hour literacy or maths session observed by one of the school's leaders and a member from the provider's management board. There will also be time spent in class and candidates will need to take our internally set maths and literacy tests. Maths will be at approximately KS3 level and literacy will be an extended writing task.

Applicants who are successful at interview, are offered a conditional place. These are subject to:

  • Satisfactory references
  • Satisfactory medical assessment and Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
  • National and Local Terms and Conditions of Employment
  • Satisfactory completion of between 1 and 5 days in one of our schools (this will depend on your experience)

The purpose of the additional days in school is to ensure that following the School Direct Programme (Salaried) with us is the right decision for both the candidate and the Consortium. It is also an opportunity for the Consortium to gain information about the candidate to inform the initial needs analysis and the setting of pre-course tasks.

We run information sessions to support applicants. Please check in our News & events section.

How school placements work

Most of the course is spent at the main placement school which will be one of the 30+ primary schools in the partnership across North London in a class under the supervision and guidance of an experienced and supportive mentor (often the class teacher or a senior member of the school’s staff).

Trainees on the course can choose to focus on EYFS and KS1 (3-7) or KS1 and 2 (5-11) but all trainees will be exposed to the primary curriculum and the focai are flexible.

The course will include a minimum of three placements/practices. One of these practices will take place in a partnership school and in a different KS.

Experience in school progresses from observing and working alongside the class teacher, to taking full responsibility, initially for individuals and groups, and later, for a whole class.

Throughout this experience trainees acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of the range of elements which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Apprenticeship Teachers’ Standards; from developing good relationships with children that promote learning, with other colleagues to working within a framework and national and school policies to deliver the Curriculum.


Trainee teachers will be employed by their placement school on a minimum of Point 1 on the Unqualified Teacher Scale. This is likely to be around £19,000 (but may be different, depending on the location of the school).

The trainee Teacher will not incur any fees.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



  • First Degree of a United Kingdom Higher education institution or equivalent, passed at 2.2 or above. In exceptional circumstances a third class degree may be accepted. This is at the discretion of the provider and placement school.
  • English, Maths and Science GCSE grade 4 or above or the equivalent
  • Professional Skills Test in Maths and English

If your qualifications were awarded abroad, you must submit proof of equivalency from NARIC with your application

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage own work load
  • Ability to combine work and study
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues
  • Ability to build relationships with children that promote learning
  • Clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills
  • An interest in and enjoyment of working with children
  • Ability to reflect on own practice and learning and listen to advice
  • An understanding of children’s needs
  • An understanding of the professional boundaries related to child protection procedures
  • Willingness to implement and promote equal opportunities policies

Other requirements

Satisfactory criminal record (DBS) check.

Applicants will need two references that meet safer recruitment requirements.

All offers of appointment into the profession are conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of a health questionnaire.

About the training provider

Ranked in the 10 best Teacher Training providers for Primary Teacher Training in 2015, 2Schools Consortium has been an accredited provider since 2002 and has a wealth of experience in mentoring trainees and in delivering training.

The 2Schools Consortium (Ofsted Outstanding, May 2014) consists of a lead school, Oakthorpe Primary School (Ofsted Outstanding, 2008), in Enfield, and approximately 30 partnership schools where trainees are placed.

All trainees on the 2Schools Consortium School Direct Salaried Programme have the opportunity to work towards a PGCE award which will be validated by the University of East London.


'I’ve had so much fun this year and although it sounds crazy, I just wish I could do it all over again! '

I feel that this year has changed me in so many different ways and made me so much more comfortable and confident in my teaching'.

Lorne-Rhys Jones, Qualified Teacher, Worcesters Primary School, School Direct Salaried 2017.18

'Once again very pleased with this year’s trainee. I have been using school direct for 6 years and half my staff next year are from the programme. Without it would not be able to recruit. It has produced wonderful teacher. Thank you.'

Maria Jay, Headteacher St Michael at Bowes Junior School, June 2018

Training with disabilities and other needs

At 2Schools we want to enable everyone to reach their full potential. After all teaching is the profession that unlocks potential in children. If you do have and declare a disability we will do everything we reasonably can to make special arrangements. Please provide details on your application form so that we can ensure this happens. This will not affect your application.

We are committed to provide equality and fairness for all in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

We have regularly successfully supported a number of trainees with dyslexia, mental health conditions and learning difficulties and will continue to provide high level of support for any disability.

Contact details

0208 807 6906
Tile Kiln Lane
N13 6BY


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