Primary with South East Learning Alliance Accredited provider: e-Qualitas

Course offered
QTS full time with salary
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

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

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
https://www.riddlesdown.org/school-direct

About the course

The School Direct package offered by the South East Learning Alliance is one that allows prospective teachers to gain an opportunity to train in a dynamic educational setting located across nine highly different, but successful schools. The Alliance comprises of four comprehensive secondary schools and five primary schools, all of whom are working in partnership to help produce high quality and well-trained teachers of the future. The South East Learning Alliance is very proud of the bespoke and personal training opportunities we offer our students, which we believe is paramount to successfully completing your teacher-training.

  • Applicants who opt to train through the Salaried School Direct route, will have a timetable of classes from the outset of their training year, which is complimented by the online tutorials and distance-learning modules e-Qualitas delivers
  • In addition to a subject-specific Mentor within your host-school; the partner University also offers a learning-Mentor to support you in the completion of the three written assignments you will undertake across the year, which focusses on the theoretical approaches to pedagogy and effective classroom practice
  • You will train across two diverse placement schools, ensuring you have the confidence to teach in any educational setting
  • In addition to the written assignments; trainees will also be assessed on their classroom practice; their ability to meet the National Teaching Standards; their interactions with students and ability to plan and deliver high quality lessons

Interview process

At interview applicants will be given the opportunity to visit one of our Alliance schools. This provides an excellent opportunity to meet a variety of colleagues; tour the facilities and to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities on offer as a result of choosing to train with the South East Learning Alliance. It also affords an opportunity for applicants to better understand the ethos and culture of the school you may be working in partnership with.

You will be expected to prepare for a formal interview panel; plan and deliver a 30-50 minute lesson; complete a subject-knowledge task and undertake a written communication task. The interview panel will consist of a subject-specialist from the host school; a representative from the South East Learning Alliance and often a University representative.

Whilst the interview process is both rigorous and robust - we have experienced great success with this practice; ensuring the right candidates progress onto the right courses - leading to excellent rates of retention.

How school placements work

With our School Direct programme, you get practical, hands-on experience in two contrasting placement schools. The majority of your training will take place in your host school, where you will be fully supported by a subject specific Mentor and become a fully established member of the staffing body. This is in addition to benefiting from the wealth of expertise and experience our partner Universities offer our students, which fully compliments the training received in school.

You will also benefit from training in an alternative placement school for at least 5 weeks; where the South East Learning Alliance takes great time and care placing the trainees; ensuring the alternative setting fully supports the individual needs of each student, whilst still offering a diverse experience. All of our trainees will have an opportunity to teach across the age range.

The hands-on practice gained by completing a School Direct programme is complimented with the theoretical and academic rigour of our affiliated Universities. We offer full-time School Direct courses, which run from September – July and each course results in QTS (e-Qualitas).

Salary

Salary negotiable.

The salary will be awarded using the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale; the details of which can be found here: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/teacher-salaries

The final salary decision will be based upon experience, location of the host-school, qualifications and subject-specialism.

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Hold an undergraduate degree conferred by a UK higher education institution or an equivalent qualification (2:2 degree classification or better).
  • Have achieved at least a grade C in both Mathematics and English Language and a Science subject at GCSE level (or approved equivalents). Please note we will only consider applicants if you have already achieved two out of the three GCSEs (or approved equivalents), prior to submitting your application.
  • Applicants are expected to have significant work experience in an educational setting, prior to submitting an application to qualify for the salaried route.

Personal qualities

  • A sense of humour
  • Genuine concern for others & a clear moral purpose
  • Resilient and determined
  • Integrity, trusted, honest and open
  • Accessible and approachable
  • Intellectual versatility
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Adaptable & a team-player
  • A willingness to participate in extra-curricular activities and evening events such as concerts, awards evening, extra-curricular clubs
  • A positive attitude

Other requirements

  • Pre-entry Professional Skills test - trainees starting a Teacher Training course must pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme www.education.gov.uk.
  • If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics, Science and English Language, please note that we accept the equivalency tests offered by Equivalency Testing. Please contact them directly via their website http://www.equivalencytesting.com

About the training provider

Thank you for taking an interest in the South East Learning Alliance School Direct training programme. We have run this teacher development programme since September 2014 and it is proving to be an exciting experience for all involved. Our School Direct Alliance is coordinated through Riddlesdown Collegiate in Purley, Surrey, which is an Outstanding Multi Academy Trust. We are an innovative partnership, which is continually developing its approaches to training and pedagogy. We invest greatly in the professional development of all our staff and those who choose to train alongside us.

The South East Learning Alliance is a relatively small Alliance, but we pride ourselves on ensuring personal and bespoke training opportunities for all our trainees, which is reflected in the excellent success and retention rates we have achieved over the last four years. Our size has added to our ability to provide a full and comprehensive range of support and ensures a variety of opportunities to work across a wide plethora of demographics and institutions. Ensuring our trainees receive the right support; in the most appropriate setting possible, is at the forefront of our ethos.

About the accredited provider

e-Qualitas, in affiliation with the South East Learning Alliance; offers a salaried only route into teacher training, where your study is completed through the distance-learning resources on the eQ virtual learning environment (VLE). Training sessions are provided by experienced school staff, and you are invited to attend training days led by eQ at a central London location. You will also benefit from a subject-specialist visiting Tutor from e-Qualitas, who will support you through your training. You will follow a course that leads to QTS.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We will make every effort to support any disabilities or additional needs candidates may have. However, as we work with over 10 different partner-schools and Universities; we strongly advise you to check directly with the individual school/Higher Education Institute to discuss your needs in greater depth.

Contact details

Email
schoolsdirect@riddlesdown.org
Telephone
02086685136
Website
https://www.riddlesdown.org/school-direct
Address
South East Learning Alliance
Riddlesdown Collegiate
Purley, South Croydon
Surrey

Apply

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: 1J1
  • Training programme code: 36KS

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
B Courtwood Primary School Courtwood Lane, Addington, Croydon, Surrey CR0 9HX
9 Woodlea Primary Longhill, Woldingham, Surrey CR3 7EP
6 Gossops Green Primary Kidborough Road, Gossops Green, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 8HW
- Main Site Honister Heights, Purley, South Croydon, Surrey CR8 1EX
7 Hamsey Green Primary School Tithepit Shaw Lane, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9AN
C Gilbert Scott Primary School Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 8HD

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