NET Academies
Primary (39Z2)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Forest Independent Primary Collegiate 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
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The training focuses on learning through observation of outstanding practitioners and our trainees work closely with experienced and outstanding teachers to plan for, deliver and assess learning opportunities to ensure pupil progress is paramount.

More formal training is provided by a range of experts and practitioners. Training includes the national priority areas of behaviour, SEND and EAL as well as a range of other subjects and educational theory.

Trainees will spend 4 days per week training in the school setting - this will include opportunities to observe high quality practitioners on a weekly basis.

Assessment is through a mixture of written assignments, observations and portfolio evidence against the Teacher Standards. The three tasks are: a school summary, action research and a child study.

The formal training course (held on Fridays) is split between two sites - primarily at the FIPC campus in Chigwell. In addition, sessions will also run at our NET Latton Green campus in Harlow.

FIPC is a good training provider as noted by Ofsted in 2015 who noted that it produces 'strong levels of attainment by trainees and consistently high completion and employment rates.'

Interview process

We encourage candidates to visit our school prior to the selection process consisting of the following:

  • The scrutiny of a lesson plan to teach a specified aspect of the curriculum.
  • The observation by a head teacher of the applicant delivering a lesson to the agreed year group
  • A formal interview

How school placements work

This one-year primary course is based in one school for the majority of the year with a contrast setting placement. Candidates learn the art of teaching in the classroom for four days each week, guided by their mentors.

Each trainee is allocated a professional tutor who visits and supports the trainee on a regular basis. Host schools are able to offer insights into their successful practices and induct trainees in line with the best of current teaching.

Part of the course is theory based and there will be formal training each Friday. School Direct requires a full time commitment of 5 days per week from September to July and trainees are expected to participate fully in the everyday life of the schools in which they train.


  • The salary is unqualified teachers' pay scale point one.
  • The course fees are paid by the 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.



To qualify for this school-led route the minimum requirement is English, Mathematics and Science GCSEs at grade C or above, and a good quality first degree.

Two references are required and certificates to demonstrate the acquisition of both the English and Maths Professional Skills Tests before a formal offer can be made.

If you have any of the above aspects that are not met, please contact us and we can discuss your options.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people that:

  • are passionate about educating children.
  • are good at communicating with adults and children.
  • want to be part of something bigger.
  • are interested in developing the whole child.

Other requirements

Offers to the course will be subject to enhanced DBS checks.

About the training provider

Longwood Primary Academy is host to the NET Academies training routes, based in Harlow, Essex.

We believe that teaching is an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. We pride ourselves on having a proven track record in training excellent practitioners and supporting them in gaining positions within our partnership schools.

Due to our unique setup, NET academies have 5 schools within very close proximity to one another - as a result, we can provide experiences and training beyond that of other providers. We have a range of lead practitioners and development pathways in order to suit all applicants.

About the Lead School:

In 2018 Longwood was awarded national 'Employer of the Year' in the TES awards and was the second school in the country to be awarded with gold status for mental health and wellbeing for pupils and staff. This is due to our commitment to lifelong wellbeing for pupils and staff. Longwood was also awarded 'Outstanding Contribution to Emotional Health and Wellbeing' in 2017 and 2018. The leadership and management, together with personal development, behaviour and welfare was graded as outstanding by Ofsted in 2017.

About the accredited body

Forest Independent Primary Collegiate, the accredited provider, has written this highly comprehensive and bespoke programme. It reflects the exceptional standards in our Harlow schools and our understanding of what makes an excellent teacher.

We are committed to offering high quality training for local candidates with the aim of securing the beginning of a successful career with NET Academies. We also support trainees' careers after completing the programme through excellent CPD opportunities on offer within our school partnership. This includes subject knowledge and leadership training, and opportunities to take part in research and to work collaboratively with colleagues in other schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from candidates including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

We aim to meet the challenge of all declared disabilities and other needs placing candidates in our diverse range of school.

We are committed to supporting the full inclusion of individuals ensuring their needs are met.

At NET Academies, we are proud of our inclusive practices meeting the needs of children and adults alike.

Our locations are all DDE compliant.

Contact details

Longwood Primary Academy
Paringdon Road
CM18 7RQ


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: 2KT
  • Training programme code: 39Z2

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
Paringdon Road, Harlow, Essex CM18 7RQ
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