Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance: Whitehall Primary/Ashley Down Primary
Primary (25QW)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The University of Gloucestershire
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

School Direct (salaried) is an employment based-route into teaching.

Places for the salaried route are extremely competitive. This route is designed predominantly for those already with significant experience of working in primary schools, in roles such as a teaching assistant, higher level teaching assistant or as a cover teacher. Those applying for this route are usually sponsored and employed by the school they are working in, as they may intend to step up their role and continue working there following training. The school employs trainees as an unqualified teacher and pays their salary for the year, with some financial assistance from the teaching school. Please note, there are only very limited places for applicants who are not already employed in a school and where the school has agreed to pay for your training year.

A School Direct Salaried trainee works in a school full-time and is paid for the year of the training. The Alliance provides regular additional training days away from the classroom (at Whitehall Primary School) on a weekly basis, with opportunities to explore key aspects of teaching and learning and theory and subject knowledge with other trainees and led by the Alliance ITT Training Manager, Specialist Leaders of Education (outstanding teachers and school leaders from school across the city) and class teachers. Trainees will have opportunities to see teaching and learning in classrooms as well. This combination of training provides opportunities to reflect, discuss and share issues arising in the classroom and so enable the trainee to consider their progress against the Standards for Teachers. We work alongside the University of Gloucestershire who quality assure our programme, which is then validated by the Higher Education Institute (HEI). You will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion of the programme.

You will work alongside an experienced class teacher for the year, with an increasing teaching commitment. You will be given two school placements in different Key Stages, one in your main placement school and for a term in a contrasting school. You will have regular visits from the Alliance Training Manager to ensure that you are on track. Assessment is ongoing through weekly meetings with your class mentor, one written assignment and a final presentation, as well as assessment against the Teachers' Standards.

Interview process

If you are successful at the application stage and are subsequently invited to interview, the structure of the day consists of the following:

  • A welcome and introduction to the day
  • A 10 minute activity working with children (details of this will accompany an invitation to interview email)
  • A 5 minute presentation (details of this will accompany an invitation to interview email)
  • An interview which will last no longer than 30 minutes
  • A Maths & English 'quiz' (to be undertaken individually - this is not the professional skills test)

The interview panel for the day usually consists of members of the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance and Partnership head teachers.

How school placements work

This is a primary teacher training programme, from 5 to 11. Trainees are placed in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 for their main placement, and must undertake a placement in the alternative key stage, in a contrasting setting, during their training year. This second placement is for a minimum of 6 weeks. During the year, there are opportunities to visit other schools and see a range of practice in different settings.

Trainees will typically spend 4 days a week in school, and one day undertaking training at our training centre (Whitehall Primary School) or other schools within the BPTSA Partnership, that provide high-quality training in a range of subject areas. The programme is designed so that trainees are able to increase their teaching commitment as the year progresses, taking on greater by the summer term to fully prepare you for your first teaching post!


You will be employed by your host school as a salaried Trainee Teacher on a temporary contract and as an unqualified teacher, scale 1 (around £16,500 p.a)

There are no additional costs to the trainee.

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 will need:

  • A degree (2:2 or above)
  • GCSEs grade C / grade 4 or above in Maths, English & Science (or equivalent)
  • Successful attainment of the QTS Professional Skills Tests (Maths & English) (
  • Significant experience of working in a school

Personal qualities

Desirable qualities include:

  • An understanding of teaching and learning within a school setting
  • Excellent time management
  • Organisational skills
  • Emotional resilience
  • A strong work ethic

Other requirements

The salaried route is aimed at those individuals who have significant experience of working with children already, and are prepared for a school-based route into teaching.

An enhanced criminal record (DBS) check is required to assess your suitability to work with children.

About the training provider

We have a well-established track record in Initial Teacher Education as part of our overall staff development, leadership and succession planning work. The Executive Heads of all Teaching Alliance schools (Whitehall Primary – where our training centre is located - Bridge Farm Primary & Ashley Down Schools Federation) are National Leaders of Education (NLEs) who support other schools across the city and beyond.

The Teaching School Alliance has a strong reputation and proven track record of delivering training to leaders, leadership teams, teachers, trainees and parents/carers which makes a lasting difference to teaching, leadership and classroom practice. All Alliance schools are graded as outstanding by OFSTED.

In 2018-19 we are training 16 potential teachers through the PGCE route and last year trained 10 members of staff on the School Direct salaried route in schools across the city. We work hard to ensure that your training year works for you, and pride ourselves on working closely with every trainee, mentor and school. We offer a unique and high-quality learning experience to prepare you fully for your future career in teaching. We have an invested interest in ‘growing our own’ teachers, spotting talent and raw potential in local schools, and our communities, then coaching and nurturing trainee teachers towards employment in local schools as excellent practitioners.

For more information, please visit our website (

About the accredited body

Our excellent partnership with the University of Gloucestershire for the salaried route (graded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted for Primary ITE) means that trainee teachers will benefit from:

  • excellent relationships and communications between our facilitators
  • the university's expertise in ITE to provide secure management and quality assurance
  • extremely robust and well-managed recruitment & selection procedures
  • flexible frameworks to suit different needs

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability Access

All schools and the university have disabled access. For information on any other needs, please contact a member of the BPTSA team through our main email address

Contact details

Whitehall Primary School
Johnson's Lane


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