Enfield County School
Chemistry (37SJ)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Middlesex University
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

A salaried training place is available at Whitefield School.

Your training

The Schools Direct route into teaching is now well established, and especially so in the schools of the Enfield Teaching Schools Alliance. The programme offers you the chance to learn from the most expert of practitioners in real classrooms. You will learn not just about pedagogy and teaching and learning practice, but about the policies, systems and structures that make a school effective and make students happy and successful learners. In committing to your placement school you will become one of the team; a significant figure in the professional lives of your colleagues with the authority and responsibility to impact directly on the life chances of students.

Interview process

If selected, you will be invited to attend for interview the school where the training position is being offered.

A tour of the school will be offered and the opportunity to and speak with students and staff will be arranged. The selection process is rigorous and will include a formal interview, an activity with a group of students in the classroom, a written test to assess your subject knowledge and your literacy and numeracy skills Prior information will be shared concerning the activity with students. The selection panel will include senior leaders from the placement school, representatives from Enfield Teaching Schools Alliance and course tutors from Middlesex University.

How school placements work

The training will take place in your placement school where you will be allocated an experienced mentor to guide you from the first day of your training.Your teaching timetable will reflect your trainee status and will give you plenty of time to shadow and observe, to plan and prepare and to read and research current theory and practice. Your practical learning will be enhanced by your attendance at Middlesex University for central training sessions where you will also be allocated a tutor to oversee both your academic studies and the development of your classroom practice. To broaden your experience you will enjoy visits to other partner schools and you will also take up a six week placement in a school with differing profile to prepare you for the variety of contexts in which you may later be employed.


Salaried training places are normally paid at Unqualified 1 scale.

There is no fee for this course.

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 hold or be awarded this academic year, a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification at 2:1 or above. Applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching will also be considered. Science based subjects require a minimum of C or 4 in GCSE Science. GCSEs at grade C or 4 in English and mathematics are essential for all teaching courses.

Please be aware that you will be required to sit on-line skills tests in literacy and numeracy and to pass health, DBS and nationality checks.

Personal qualities

The training programme is challenging and would suit a candidate with the commitment and aspiration to lay the foundations of a stimulating and rewarding career. Your application should provide evidence of:

• Excellent subject knowledge and a passion for learning

• The aptitude and enthusiasm for working with young people

• An understanding of the pressures and demands of the profession

• Excellent communication and organisation skills

• A willingness to be self-reflective and open to advice and guidance

• Ambition to succeed in your chosen career

Other requirements

For salaried training places candidates should demonstrate relevant work experience.

About the training provider

Enfield Teaching School Alliance is a school improvement support and training partnership with a proven track record of excellence in teacher training. The schools in our Schools Direct Alliance are committed to investing in the next generation of excellent teachers. We can offer the opportunity to work in mixed and single sex schools, in local authority foundation schools and in academies, in large comprehensives and in faith schools. It is the diversity of experience that The Enfield Teaching Alliance Schools Direct partnership offers that makes it so attractive to beginner teachers from all backgrounds and with all kinds of aspirations for their professional careers.

The Schools Direct programme is managed and overseen by Enfield County School; an outstanding school with an enthusiasm for professional development, inter school collaboration and outreach work. As the secondary school at the centre of the first Teaching Alliance partnership in Enfield, it is very experienced in all aspects of recruitment, deployment and accreditation as well as being actively involved in delivering the CPD and quality assurance trainees have the right to expect. Middlesex University works in partnership as the accredited provider of the Schools Direct programme and offers both pedagogical and academic input but also quality assurance and legal and logistical support for partner schools and Schools Direct trainees.

For more information about our Teaching School and what we can offer you, please go the to the Enfield Teaching Alliance website.

About the accredited body

The Education Department at Middlesex University has a long-established reputation for the provision of high quality teacher training. The university has been involved in teacher training since the 1950s. The Department relocated from Trent Park in Enfield to the Hendon Campus in 2012 and is now established in the Fenella Building.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability Access

Applications from suitably qualified disabled candidates are welcomed. Some schools have facilities such as ramps, lifts and could accommodate particular physical needs. Please contact individual schools for disability access information for particular training positions. Middlesex University has full disabled access.

Contact details

0208 363 3030
Enfield County School
Holly Walk


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