Heronsgate Primary School
Primary (247C)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Greenwich
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

This programme is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary during the year’s training. This non-modular programme runs for one year and successful completion will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The salaried programme offers:

  • school-based training mainly at Heronsgate Primary School, with 23 days spent at the University of Greenwich
  • a choice to specialise in EYFS, KS1 or KS2
  • a experienced personal tutor who will support you throughout your year
  • a personalised training plan, tailored to the needs of the student
  • support from trained mentors and the chance to work as part of the school team

We are very proud of our strong partnership with the University of Greenwich, with both providers rated Ofsted Outstanding.

We only offer a very small number of places onto this programme so advise early application.

Interview process

The interview process will consist of three stages.

For the salaried route, you will be asked in advance to prepare a short teaching activity to complete with a group of pupils.

You will then have an interview with a panel, followed by an English and Maths test.

Further details can be found on our website: http://www.heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk/teaching-school/school-direct/

How school placements work

Students will be placed at Heronsgate Primary School during the year but will get to experience teaching practice across the key stages with a half-term placement at another local good or outstanding school.


The salary will be calculated using the unqualified teacher's pay scales.

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.



Candidates must have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification certified by NARIC.
  • English, Maths and Science GCSE or equivalent: Grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications certified by NARIC.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a passion for learning
  • have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of children in our local area
  • can make a unique and positive contribution to the community
  • have an excellent ability to communicate with children and adults
  • possess excellent self-organisational skills and ICT skills
  • have good written and spoken English

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years recent full-time work experience (for salaried programme only)
  • Written letter detailing evidence of at least two weeks experience in a UK primary school (must be completed before commencing the programme)

The school/university will also ask you to fill out an occupational health screening and DBS check before commencing the programme

About the training provider

Our existing teachers, trainees and pupils have access to the very best learning opportunities. It is the aim of Heronsgate Hub to inspire pupils and we endeavour to help them reach their fullest potential academically and socially. We do this by providing shared experiences in learning and believe the cultural diversity of our community and our pupils are our greatest assets.

Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding in March 2019 by Ofsted), working with Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance, take a leading role in co-ordinating teacher training.

Across our Alliance we are hosting a number of School Direct places each year in partnership with the University of Greenwich. This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. We offer School Direct salaried and tuition-fee funded routes into teaching.

Joining our Heronsgate Hub programme provides a more practical, hands-on learning experience supported by outstanding teachers. You will also benefit from the immediate immersion in school life and the chance to build lasting relationships with students and colleagues.

About the accredited body

We have developed a very strong partnership with the University of Greenwich over the years. Our tuition-fee funded PGCE trainees are supported and guided by Heronsgate Hub schools (all schools in the hub are graded good to outstanding by OFSTED) during their initial and final placements and receive pedagogical teaching at the University of Greenwich.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from disabled people and are committed to helping disabled students succeed.

Contact details

020 8317 0809
Heronsgate Primary School
Whinchat Road
SE28 0EA


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Heronsgate Primary School, Whinchat Road, London, London SE28 0EA
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