Kingsmead Primary School
Teaching Apprenticeship (3FB7)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
London Metropolitan University
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
16 January 2019
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The Hackney Teaching Schools Alliance Postgraduate Apprenticeship Programme offers a school-led, employment-based, postgraduate initial teacher training which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS & PGCE) in partnership with London Metropolitan University.

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes are a nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching. It is an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while you learn.

You will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher while you learn on the job with an inner London salary from £21,641 with the possibility of being employed by the school as a teaching assistant in the Summer term of 2019 to support your induction.

If you’re currently working as an unqualified teacher or teaching assistant, it offers new opportunities for career progression, plus higher earning capacity, recognition, and status. You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching and off-the-job training as you to work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our unique training partnership with London Metropolitan University will also prepare you for a PGCE qualification with face to face training at University along with independent tasks.

Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll be employed directly by the school. Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes:

• Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes combine paid work with on and off-the-job training. The design of the programme is led by our schools partnership specifically for apprentices

• Apprentices will split their time between school and university study. You’ll receive practical, school-led training alongside experienced staff, and spend at least 20% of your time off-timetable to learn the pedagogy of teaching including one day every fortnight in attendance at London Metropolitan University.

• in addition to working towards QTS on successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) in the Autumn Term to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.

Interview process

Shortlisted applicants are invited to interview by email. In the first instance you will be interviewed by a panel of HTSA staff. If successful you will then be invited to meet the team at London Metropolitan University.

You should expect to be on campus for up to 4 hours for the full interview process to be completed. There will be a literacy test in the form of a written task, a teaching exercise/presentation and an individual interview with a course tutor to discuss your application and merits for the course.

If you cannot attend interview by the deadline specified UCAS will reject your application. If unsuccessful with your other choices you could then use APPLY2 to be reconsidered with us. For further details on this process contact the admissions office.

How school placements work

Our partnership currently consists of 16 Hackney primary schools, 11 of which are primaries:

Millfields Community School

Kingsmead Primary

Clapton Girls Academy

Stormont House

The Boxing Academy

Benthal Primary

Gayhurst Primary

Harrington Hill Primary

Sir Thomas Abney Primary

Mandeville Primary

Nightingale Primary

Randel Cremer Primary

Rushmore Primary

The Petchey Acadmey

Stoke Newington

Wentworth Nursery

You will be placed in a class, gradually taking over responsibility for their learning, building to 80% teaching time by the end of the year.

Who will teach me?

Experienced classroom teachers, educational consultants, subject specialists and lecturers from London Metropolitan deliver the training.

Will I earn a salary?

You will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher while you learn on the job with an inner London salary of £21,641 with the tuition fees being met from the apprenticeship levy at no cost to the student.

How will I be assessed?

A number of different people are responsible for assessing your progress towards the standards. Your practical teaching will be assessed by your mentor, link tutor and other experienced teachers. Tasks and assignments are marked by link tutors and moderated by lecturers from LMU. Rigorous quality assurance procedures ensure that assessment is carried out effectively and fairly.

What support will I get?

You will be allocated a Link Tutor who will visit you at least once every half term to observe your teaching and give you feedback. You will also meet your Link Tutor half termly for a review meeting to discuss progress and targets. You will also be allocated a school-based mentor; this may be your class teacher or it may be another experienced member of the school staff. Your mentor will observe you and give you feedback on your teaching at least once a week. They will also meet you weekly to discuss your training plan, targets and progress.

Additional support is available as necessary. If you have a special need or disability we urge you to discuss this with us as early as possible so that we can make any necessary adjustments and provide the support that you need.


You will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher while you learn on the job with an inner London salary from £21,641 .

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.



You must have the following requirements to apply for our Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programme:

• A first degree (an honours degree at 2.2 or above) from a recognised UK higher education institution (or equivalent overseas Qualification) If you hold a degree or other qualifications from a non-UK institution, you must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (UK NARIC): Tel: 01242 260 010. You will also need to supply written evidence of this information with your application.

• GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4 or higher (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics, and Science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who:

Enjoy working with children and are excited about supporting children to make progress

Are pro-active, flexible and highly reflective

Are determined to reach the highest standard

Have a strong sense of professionalism and thrive on challenge

Have a passion for teaching, are ambitious for children and for making a difference.

Understand that children have different needs and learn in different ways

Other requirements

Ideally (but not essentially) some recent experience of working with children in educational settings.

The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English (both written and orally)

A commitment to teach and a motivation to learn

Well-developed personal qualities and skills such as self-organisation, resilience and reflectiveness

A commitment to equal opportunities

Have passed the professional skills tests (you may apply before you have passed the skills tests but we would expect you to book them as soon as possible and to have passed them by the deadline set as part of your offer)

About the training provider

The HTSA is a long standing, supportive partnership of 16 schools incorporating secondary, primary and specialist provision. The alliance is steered by our executive board which is comprised of two outstanding National Teaching Schools, Kingsmead Primary School, Clapton Girls' Academy, and an outstanding National Support School, Stormont House School. Along with our network of partnership schools we work to improve the quality of teaching and leadership through effective collaboration and personalised support.

Why train with us?

• We offer a structured training route going beyond initial teacher training (Teaching Apprenticeship) to senior leadership.

• Our high retention of teachers based on our reputation for excellence in initial teacher training.

• The schools in our network are diverse and we carefully match trainees to ensure a successful fit.

• Whilst gaining invaluable experience in the classroom, you will be supported by knowledgeable experts from within our schools who will mentor you towards Qualified Teacher Status plus a PGCE.

• This is a school led, employment based route meaning that you earn a salary during your training and there are no tuition fees to pay, these are met by the apprenticeship levy.

• We offer a supportive local network lead by specialists with expertise in teacher development.

• The opportunity to access additional high quality professional development through our HTSA training programme which is designed to complement the offer from London Metropolitan University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are able to provide for a range of need, and our staff profile reflects this. Our schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Contact details

020 8985 5779
Kingsmead Way
E9 5PP


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1AJ
  • Training programme code: 3FB7

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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Kingsmead Way, London E9 5PP
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