Primary Advantage
Primary (2K74)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
UCL, University College London (University of London)
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

Primary Advantage Federation is seeking to appoint excellent applicants like you to train through the School Direct Programme for the academic year 2019-20.

This Salaried route is provided with the Institute of Education (IOE), UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

The salaried route is a highly popular course known to develop effective, confident teachers who play a key role within the school from the first day. You will be welcomed as a member of our staff in our schools.

You will be completely immersed in your school with an expectation that you will participate in all aspects of day to day life- working the full school year. You will be coached to teach whole classes from early on in your placement, with the guidance, nurture and support of your class teacher.

There are 15 days of university led input throughout the year from the Institute of Education. In addition to this Primary Advantage offer weekly hub sessions which provides the bridge between the theory and your classroom practice.

You will benefit from working across Early Years Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 during the course of the year. You will be based and employed in your 'home' school from the start of the year. During the second half of the Spring term, however, you will spend 4-6 weeks in one of our other primary schools in Hackney, teaching in a consecutive age phase. In summer you will then return to your base class and school and resume a 70% teaching timetable.

You will benefit from a very strong support network which includes an IOE tutor, school mentors, class teacher mentors and the student peer group. Most importantly you will love working with our children.

As part of our support programme you'll come together for a weekly Hub training session with some of the best teachers in our federation for training, observations, and reflecting on practice. We have found this creates a really strong peer group which students find incredibly supportive and valuable. It also adds an important third dimension to your teacher training experience.

Please see full course details and entry requirements at:


Interview process

On receiving your application at Primary Advantage we will review and invite suitable candidates to an interview in one of our schools. Full details of the interview process will be given at the time but you can expect to spend half a day in one of our schools, observing and participating in some classes, meeting some of our staff and pupils, and participating in some group and individual tasks with other interview candidates. We usually ask you to prepare a short activity to teach to one of our classes, you will have an interview with one of our Head Teachers, and you may be asked to complete English and maths tests, in line with guidance from our partner the IOE.

We hope this thorough interview experience will give you a good insight into our schools to help you make your decision, as well as giving us a good rounded opportunity to see your skills and abilities in different situations.

If successful at this interview we will recommend you to the IOE for a place on the programme. They will check your eligibility and suitability and they will make the final decision and offer.

How school placements work

At the interview stage we try to match you with the school that best suits your needs and interests, and also try to place you in the key stage of your choice, if you have a preference, though we cannot guarantee these preferences.

You will be placed at the start of the year in one of our schools which will be your main setting and you will rotate on placement to one of our other schools to experience different settings and key stages at certain points later in the year.

Throughout the year you will have plenty of opportunities to experience working with pupils at all key stages and learn from outstanding practitioners in different settings.


You will be paid the unqualified teacher pay rate for inner London.

The course fees for the UCL academic programme are paid by your employing school.

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.



UCL seeks top graduates through this programme. Entry requirement is a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language and Maths (for Secondary programmes) plus Science (for Primary programmes) at grade C/5 or above. UCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects.

For equivalency testing: UCL will only accept tests from (where the pass grade for UCL is grade 5)

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Personal qualities

Our schools are exciting places to work, filled with inquisitive children, supported by a community of diverse families and inspiring organisations, striving to ensure all children thrive.

We are looking for you to:

Be enthusiastic, hardworking and committed to supporting all pupils

Have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills

Be open to developing highly reflective practice

Have creative ideas with an ability to translate them into inclusive practice

Be committed to improving student outcomes

Other requirements

School Direct (Salaried) is an employment-based route into teaching for graduates with previous work experience. Three years’ work experience in any field is desirable.”

In addition, 2 weeks’ classroom experience is expected.

About the training provider

Be part of our success story.

Education in Hackney has been completely transformed: A revolution in a decade. Our eight primary schools in the borough, continue to move from strength to strength. Every cohort of children in every one of our schools is now outperforming their peers nationally. We are proud of our success across Primary Advantage and want you to be part of it.

We have 150 teachers across our 8 primary schools with almost a third of them having trained as student teachers with us. You will find many of our excellent class teacher mentors keen to share their own training experience with you. We train our teachers for the profession, not just for our schools, but are proud that many stay with us growing as both excellent practitioners and leaders.

We offer a clear professional development pathway to all student teachers allowing them to specialise in their practice and grow into both subject specialists, excellent classroom practitioners and school leaders. There is a strong support network for students and we have been recognised nationally for the CPD programme we offer.

Our strength as schools is the diversity of our children and our community. We are committed to this being even further reflected in our workforce across our schools.

Our schools are built on love and trust and underpinned by extremely high expectations for all. Let your experience working with us in Hackney be the start of your journey to becoming the best teacher you can be.

About the accredited body

Our partner, UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.”

All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

More information can be found at:


Training with disabilities and other needs

Primary Advantage Federation is fully committed to admitting and supporting students with disabilities.

Contact details

0207 254 1010
Holy Trinity Primary School
Beechwood Road
E8 3DY


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