East London Early Years and Schools Partnership
Primary (2W2L)

QTS full time with salary

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

About the course

You will learn how to be a nursery or primary class teacher. By the end of the year, you will understand how to teach the entire primary curriculum to a class of 30 pupils, and be confident and competent in doing so.

You will leave the course with outstanding subject knowledge across the curriculum. You will have an understanding of how to plan and deliver engaging and motivating lessons and how to support your pupils’ progress.

You will learn how to identify the strength and needs of your pupils and make sure that everyone in your class is included and challenged.

You will spend 4/5 days of your week, from day one, in your sponsor (employing) school, meaning you get to build relationships with your colleagues and pupils immediately.

The other 1/5 days of your week is spent at the university, where you will build your academic and theoretical knowledge and understanding about the key components of becoming a primary teacher.

This will include sessions such as:

*Theories of learning and child development;

*Managing behaviour;

*Addressing different learning needs;

*Developing pupils' understanding of foundation subjects, English and maths;

*Embedding assessment;

*The pastoral role;

*Working with families;

*Developing resilient learners.

You will be assessed throughout the year, through mentor observations and progress meetings and you will gather evidence in an e-portfolio to meet the Teacher Standards, which take into account your practice and professionalism.

You will complete a complementary placement during the year in a different school and key stage, all the while being mentored and supported by experienced teachers and tutors.

Interview process

Your application will be short listed, and you may be invited to interview at our lead school, Kaizen primary school.

The interview process will consist of an observation, an individual interview with leaders from across our Alliance of schools, a numeracy and a literacy test (equivalent to Year 6 outcomes), an opportunity for you to ask any questions and possibly a group task and will last for the duration of a morning.

For the observation you will be asked to work with a small group of children from any year group, including Nursery and Reception, (excluding year 6).

Your session should be based on a plan you have prepared using a book, poem, maths activity etc.

How school placements work

It is highly recommended that you have a sponsor school before you apply, but we can also find employing school placements from one of our 15+ Alliance schools in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

You will spend 4/5 days of your week in your sponsor (employing) school from September to December. You will then move to your second complementary placement school for 4/5 days of your week until February.

After this placement, you will return to your sponsor school for 4/5 days of your week until the end of the year.

You will be teaching, not helping, on your placements. You may start off working with groups of pupils but your role is not to help the teacher – it is to support and increase the pupils’ learning. You will gradually increase your teacher time as your competence and confidence grow.

This School Direct Salaried programme offers you the chance to teach children aged from 3 -11, resulting in Primary QTS.


You will be employed at your sponsor (employing) school as an unqualified teacher (minimum scale point 1).

There are no fees 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.



You will need a GCSE C or 4 or above (or an equivalence exam) in English, maths and science.

Your degree will need to be graded at 2:2 Honours or above.

If you do not have the required GCSE qualifications or grades you can sit an A Star Teacher’s Equivalency Exam. Further information is available at (https://www.astarteachers.co.uk/equivalency-and-professional-development/booking)

If you who hold a degree or qualifications from a non-UK institution, you must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).

Please go to (http://www.naric.org.uk) for information on their services.

Personal qualities

We are looking for reflective, hard-working and committed people who are ready to listen and learn.

You must have some experience of working with children, preferably in a nursery or a school.

Other requirements

We follow Safer Recruitment guidance and your employing school will carry out a criminal record check in line with obtaining a DBS certificate.

About the training provider

We are delighted you are interested in teacher training with the East London Early Years and Schools Partnership.

We think that every child deserves a great education, and in particular, we must do everything possible to give children living in social and economic disadvantage the best start in life and learning. This means that we want to find the very best people and help them to become effective and inspirational teachers.

People like you.

Our specialisms include:

  • learning about the Early Years, in outstanding Nursery Schools as well as in Primary Schools
  • Working with a wide range of local Primary schools (all rated outstanding or good by Ofsted)
  • Developing trainees' understanding of how to make the best curriculum for all, regardless of ability.

And because we work so well as an alliance of schools, we're able to draw on high levels of expertise to ensure that you get the personalised support, mentoring and input you need so that you can be the very best teacher you can be.

We also offer the unique opportunity to spend time in a contrasting location - the Lake District - observing practice and taking part in teaching in our partner school there.

We look forward to welcoming you to East London.

About the accredited body

We're proud to work in partnership with the University of East London, who have an excellent reputation for preparing teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools and successfully train up to 600 teachers every year.

You'll benefit from the excellent core learning from The University of East London, delivered by experienced and expert practitioners, as well as individual tutoring to ensure you stay on track and get the support you need to succeed.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our schools aim to meet their obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to:

*Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;

*Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it;

*Foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

High quality tutoring by the University of East London ensures that individual needs are identified and communicated and structured plans are put into place, quickly and effectively. This means that trainees' needs are well met and responded to in a timely way.

Contact details

020 7473 6890
East London Early Years and Schools
Partnership, Elkington road,
E13 8LH


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: 25U
  • Training programme code: 2W2L

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Kaizen Primary School, Elkington Road, Plaistow, London E13 8LH
Yes -

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