Merton Special Teaching Alliance
Primary (2VM2)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
St Mary's University, Twickenham
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

The university programme at St Mary's University will cover teaching and assessing; classroom management; child protection; and core subjects: English, maths and science. The university tutor will support trainees' development through these tutorials, visits in the placement schools and guidance with assignments.

MSTA partners with St Mary's University to run this School Direct Salaried route. The school that leads on this partnership with St Mary's University within MSTA is Bishop Gilpin. Schools can apply to MSTA through Bishop Gilpin to 'host' a School Direct teacher trainee. MSTA will liaise with the university and will arrange placements.

Interview process

MSTA, St Mary's University, the lead school and the 'host' school will work together to shortlist and interview successful applicants.

There is a two stage interview process. All shortlisted candidates are required to attend an initial university interview first. If this is passed successfully, candidates proceed to a school interview.

The university interview would include some time for the university registry team to verify various identification documents and qualification certificates.

Candidates are required to undertake group tasks with other candidates. The university will confirm details of their process to candidates directly. The school interview may involve the following: a tour of the school, literacy/numeracy tests, classroom exercises, presentation and panel interview.

How school placements work

Placements are arranged by MSTA with the 'host school'. Placements will generally take place at schools in the local area.


The salary is paid at unqualified teacher status.

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.



  • Most successful applicants will have a 2:1 degree classification or better although we will accept candidates with 2:2 degree classification if they are able to provide additional evidence of potential, such as the award of a higher degree or substantial professional experience. .
  • Candidates will also need at least 5 GCSEs (Grade C or above) or equivalent qualification including English, maths and science
  • All candidates are required to have passed the Professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy within eight weeks of their interview date
  • A positive reference that highlights candidates suitability to become a teacher.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  • an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in written and spoken English
  • ability to show speaking, reading and listening skills and sufficient understanding of educational language and terminology to be able to respond appropriately at interview and school
  • awareness of and sensitivity to children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs and to the range of attitudes and behaviours displayed by children
  • enthusiasm for teaching, while recognising the range of ability and motivation of pupils
  • knowledge of current educational issues
  • openness to learning

Other requirements

  • basic computer literacy skills with a commitment to developing these for personal and pedagogical use
  • openness to advice, guidance and positive professional criticism as part of development
  • personal professionalism, including diligence, organisation, smartness of dress, punctuality and a commitment to full attendance
  • ability to shoulder individual responsibility but also work collaboratively as a member of a team
  • commitment to equal opportunities and sensitivity to the variety of communities represented in our partner schools
  • a sense of humour
  • a vision of teaching that is engaging and exciting
  • a can do attitude

About the training provider

MSTA works collaboratively with partners within Merton and beyond in order to bring about the best possible outcomes for pupils in our schools, especially those with special or additional needs. MSTA is led by two Merton (special) schools, Perseid and Cricket Green, along with three (mainstream) primary schools: Bishop Gilpin, Poplar and Singlegate. Also part of the team are Melbury College and the Smart Centre (special) and one (mainstream) high school, Ricards Lodge, in collaboration with Merton Local Authority. This complement provides a unique context for our Teaching School, led as it is by special schools working in close partnership with mainstream colleagues to ensure that our offer meets local need.

MSTA offers trainees access to outstanding schools and outstanding teachers within our network, providing experience in local mainstream primary and specialist settings across Merton. A range of high quality professional development opportunities are available via this training route enabling trainees to fulfil their teaching and learning potential with us.

100% of MSTA ITT trainees from 17-18 secured employment for 2018. For further information, please visit our website

Training with disabilities and other needs

MSTA welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities and other additional needs. We will work with candidates individually to accommodate their needs.

Contact details

Perseid School
Middleton Road


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