TEACH Poole School Direct Salaried
Primary (2YNN)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
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

The programme offers you a one year course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

The course is school based within the TEACH Poole Partnership Schools but with some taught course elements being provided by Poole SCITT.

You will experience a main teaching placement in a TEACH Poole school during your training as well as an alternative key stage experience in another TEACH Poole school. Both will be supervised by a trained mentor.

Your progress will be monitored and assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competence, leading to profile reviews.

Interview process

Applicants are selected from UCAS Teacher Training applications.

You should write a full personal statement giving reasons for wanting to teach. You should cite any experience of working with children (although strongly recommended, this is not an essential requirement for application).

Careful consideration should be made to referees. These might be from a University tutor, depending on time lapsed since the degree was taken, and from a school or employment contact.

At least one reference should be from someone who can comment upon your working with children.

Applicants should possess the minimum qualification requirements or be working towards them with a view to them being completed by the course start.

Please make it clear if you are working towards GCSE qualifications.

Successful candidates will be invited to attend an individual interview as well as complete Literacy and Numeracy tests (different from the DfE Professional Skills tests). This will be at one of the TEACH Schools over the course of one day. The day will involve working with children in a classroom and reading a story to a class.

More specific details about the interview days will be provided to candidates by email if successful in their application, so please provide a valid and regularly monitored email address on application forms.

All offers made will be subject to normal employment checks including DBS and medical clearance and the passing of the DFE professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy and, where necessary, satisfactory completion of degrees and other minimum qualification requirements.

How school placements work

The 4 TEACH Poole Trust Schools have a long track record of providing a quality teaching and learning environment. Each school has a commitment to professional development as evidenced by many years’ experience working with trainees in initial teacher training in partnership with Poole SCITT.

Leaders in the 4 schools have been strongly involved in the writing and development of the course and mentoring and assessment.

Trainees will be assigned a trained mentor within each school who will be responsible for supporting and guiding professional development and ensuring that the trainee has the opportunities they need within the school.

All trainees are required to undertake assessed training in both Key Stages 1 and 2 and school experience will be in one Key Stage for the majority of the year, with a short placement in the opposite Key Stage.

You will be placed in schools that best help you to develop your professional practice. This could be across any of the schools in the TEACH partnership.

Your in-school experience will progress from observing and working alongside your class teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups and later, for the whole class.


There are no fees for this programme.

Salary will be paid at the unqualified teacher rate as at September 2019. The current unqualified teacher rate for 2018/19 is £16,856.

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 UK honours degree 2:2 or above.

You will require GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and any Science subject.

'A' Level & BTEC grades will be considered.

It's strongly recommended that candidates demonstrate a strong commitment to Primary Education and where possible to have spent time working (either paid or in a voluntarily capacity) in a primary, junior or infant school to familiarise themselves with working with children and the demands of the classroom.

We recommend that potential students familiarise themselves with core curriculum subject knowledge and IT techniques in preparation for teacher training.

Personal qualities

Candidates will need to demonstrate that they are highly motivated, resilient, reflective and have an ability to adapt to the rapid rate of change of expectation.

We're looking for enthusiastic, hardworking, well organised students who are ready for a challenging but rewarding year.

We are looking for candidates who have the passion and potential to make the most of a course which ultimately equips them to become an excellent teacher and a credit to the profession.

Other requirements

All offers made will be subject to Criminal Records Checks and medical clearance and where necessary, satisfactory completion of degrees and other minimum qualification requirements.

Trainees will be required to have passed the DfE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before commencing the course. It is preferable to have completed these as early as possible.

About the training provider

TEACH Poole is a collaborative partnership of two infant and two junior schools in Canford Heath, Poole:

Ad Astra Infant School

Canford Heath Infant School

Canford Heath Junior School

Haymoor Junior School

Created in collaboration between the partnership's schools and Poole SCITT (accrediting provider) we offer 2/3 Initial Teacher Training placements, at primary school level, for suitably qualified graduates. The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status.

The taught course sessions will take place in the Poole SCITT centre, based at Ad Astra Infant School and in some of the Trust partnership schools. The majority of learning will take place on the job working with your designated class.

About the accredited body

Poole SCITT (Schools-Centered Initial Teacher Training) is a long established training provider in the local area, working with over 30 primary schools.

Poole SCITT have been accredited by the DfE as an official provider of initial teacher training and has been recognised by Ofsted as 'Outstanding' in all areas.

Ad Astra Infant School, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset is the Taught Course Centre for Poole SCITT but a considerable number of course sessions take place in partnership schools. The SCITT team are based at Ad Astra Infant School.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Candidates are given several opportunities to declare any disabilities or additional support required both before and during the course.

We then support students on an individual basis according to need. Being a small provider, on occasions we may need to seek specialist advice from outside agencies.

All candidates successful in obtaining a place will need to be medically cleared as 'Fit to Teach' as per DfE initial teacher training requirements.

The SCITT centre at Ad Astra Infant School is accessible for all as are the placement schools.

Contact details

01202 605315
Ad Astra Infant School
Sherborn Crescent
Canford Heath
BH17 8AP


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