George Abbot SCITT School Direct
Primary (3BV2)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
George Abbot SCITT
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
4 academic terms
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This is a four term programme designed to equip the apprentice with the ability to teach all subjects across the primary curriculum to students aged from 3 to 7 or 5 to 11.

This is a school based training programme, spending 4 days a week in school completing 'on the job' training. One day a week will be classroom based 'off the job' training where more in depth studies can be made into pedagogy and covering a variety of topics including behaviour management, lesson planning, assessment for learning etc.

Apprentices will work towards attaining qualified teacher status (QTS). They will need to meet the apprenticeships standards and successfully complete our programme of Initial Teacher Training. Assignments on this programme are reflective, based on your own classroom practice. In the fourth and final term there is end point assessment comprising of a lesson observation and professional discussion.

George Abbot SCITT has 100% employment records for trainees following the end of the programme.

Interview process

We operate a one-day interview process comprising of:

*face to face interview

*teaching activity with a small group of students

*written paper designed to test your knowledge of numeracy and literacy

More information on what we are looking for from candidates can be found here.

How school placements work

The successful candidate will be placed in a main placement school for three and a half terms. All apprentices will have a mentor, usually the class teacher, for support.

When selecting a main placement school, we take into consideration the following:

*which of our partner schools would like an apprentice

*the ability of our partner schools to support an apprentice

based on the trainee's strengths and weaknesses

*distance between the apprentice's home and the placement school

*any links that an apprentice may have with schools

The placement school selection is usually done in conjunction with the apprentice and is not confirmed until a visit has taken place by the potential apprentice to the suggested school.

A second, minor placement will take place in the first half of the Spring term in a contrasting key stage to that of the main placement school. Again, all apprentices will have a mentor for assistance.

Apprentices are expected to be in their placement school before the school day begins and to stay for some time after school to attend necessary meetings etc.

On Thursdays all apprentices/trainees will come together for Professional Studies sessions - these mainly take place at George Abbot School but could take place in any of our partner schools.

All candidates will also spend one week in an SEN setting as well as occasional days in other settings, with advance notice given.

For further information, request an information pack via


The salary will be between £10,500 and £17,800 pro rata, depending in which school the apprentice is placed.

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.



*An undergraduate degree with honours at 2:2 or above (or equivalent)

*A standard equivalent to level 4/grade C in English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSE (or equivalent)

These qualifications must have been awarded by the start of the training programme.

Personal qualities

For information on the personal qualities that we are looking for from candidates, please click here.

Other requirements

All offers made will be subject to:

*candidates demonstrating that they can communication clearly in written and spoken English

*the candidate passing both the numeracy and literacy skills tests by the start of the training programme

*receipt of a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

For all candidates: please note we require sight of original GCSE, A level and degree certificates at interview. For those who have studied overseas we also require sight of any original NARIC documentation.

About the training provider

George Abbot SCITT is a highly respected and well-established provider delivering school-based Initial Teacher Training (ITT) through Teach Surrey. Teach Surrey represents an alliance of Teaching Schools and their associated partner schools.

We offer Primary and Secondary teacher training on a full-time basis, all with a core focus on training all teachers to teach all children, and this includes offering trainees the option to specialise in Special Educational Needs (SEN).

With 17 years’ experience leading ITT, we offer practical training in a variety of schools, with experienced practitioners to mentor you through the course. We have unrivalled experience in Surrey having trained over 500 teachers, and our provision across the partnership is rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, as well as by our past trainees.

We are small enough to really get to know our trainees and to be able to tailor our training to meet the needs of everyone on our programme. We are also proud to say that we have a 100% employment record at the end of our training programmes.

George Abbot SCITT has always led the way in teacher training and we work very closely with the DfE. In 2012, we were the first ITT provider in the UK to pilot the School Direct ITT programme. In 2013, alongside an educational charity, we created an entirely new route into teaching for candidates with PhDs, called Researchers in Schools. We were also selected to pilot a 2 year, part-time school-based training route for shortage subjects in September 2016.

About the accredited body

Please see information above.

Training with disabilities and other needs

George Abbot SCITT has trained teachers with a variety of individual needs. We are able to adjust our programme accordingly.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to disclose any needs you may have so that we can support you appropriately.

If you would like to discuss how we could support you during training with your needs, please do get in touch on 01483 888048.

Contact details

George Abbot SCITT
George Abbot School
Woodruff Avenue


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