Primary with Educate Teacher Training

Course offered
QTS full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

SCITT trainees spend a full-time year teaching and training in schools, but also attend provider-led workshop sessions to enhance understanding of the curriculum, specific Primary subjects, general classroom practice and teaching pedagogy.

Training days cover content such as Behaviour Management, an Environment for Learning, Planning and Differentiation, Diversity, Inclusion and SEND, Assessment, Improving Classroom Practice, ICT and e-safety, Lifelong Literacy (SPAG), Phonics and Early Reading.

All trainees submit three assignments throughout the year as an integral part of the teaching and assessment programme:

1) A School Based Independent Study (Child Study)

2) Teaching and Learning through a Scheme of Work

3) Effective Assessment

Trainees are continually assessed on their developing teaching ability, demonstrated through their impact on pupil progress, through an ongoing process of observation and feedback by their school based trainers, mentors and Educate Link Tutors. They demonstrate how they are meeting the Teachers' Standards by creating an online portfolio of documentary evidence.

If a trainee decides to take the PGCE option, successful completion of the three assignments at Level 7 leads to the award of 60 Masters' credits and a PGCE, in addition to QTS, validated by Leeds Beckett University.

The structure of the course means that front-loaded training time is gradually overtaken by the hours spent teaching:

Term 1: 7 hours teaching, 2 days training each week

Term 2: 11 hours teaching, 1.5 days training each week

Term 3: 17 hours teaching, 1 day training each week

This means that trainees are fully prepared for life as an NQT.

Interview process

After UCAS application, suitable candidates are invited to a selection event at Educate Teacher Training's central Training Centre in Grantham.

The selection event will consist (as a minimum) of:

  • the assessment of personal qualities and attributes;
  • assessment of the ability to communicate effectively;
  • evaluation of current knowledge and understanding - as a starting-point;
  • a presentation;
  • an interview.

Please note that an offered place is subject to the endorsement of a base school. The Head teacher will apply appropriate procedures to ascertain a candidate's suitability to be a teacher, usually based on observations of personal characteristics and interaction with staff and pupils whilst in the school and classroom.

How school placements work

For our SCITT programme, candidates find their own school in which to train. This gives schools and candidates a unique element of choice and independence. It allows candidates to approach schools according to their own preference of location and type.

Trainees spend the majority of the year in their base training school but have a six-week placement in a contrasting school. The programme is also supplemented by short placement visits to a special school, a 0-3 setting, a secondary setting and a school with EAL provision.

The Educate SCITT partnership is currently spread across training hubs centred in Grantham, Leeds and Middlesbrough. Trainees need to be able to travel to one of these centres for their provider-led training days.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £6,000
EU students £6,000

The QTS programme costs £6,000, for which a student loan is available.

The additional PGCE option costs a further £2,000, for which no extra funding is available.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



An undergraduate degree

GCSE Maths, English and Science at a standard equivalent to Grade 4

The Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy

Personal qualities

We are looking for confident and capable applicants who demonstrate true commitment to a teaching career and a robust, determined, positive attitude. We are looking for trainees who can fit very well into their school team, who can respond positively to feedback and who can make a valuable contribution to school life. We are not looking for a 'finished product' but for trainees who demonstrate real potential to succeed. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively with a whole range of people and be engaging, warm and sociable. They should be organised, prepared and professional.

Other requirements

Criminal Record Check

About the training provider

If you want to gain QTS through a practical, 'hands-on', school-based route, the Educate Teacher Training programme is for you. Educate is a large, National SCITT provider, with a long-standing reputation for successful QTS programmes based in varied and diverse partner schools. You have the unique opportunity to train in a school near to where you live and regularly meet with other trainees through regional training hubs. Successful applicants to the QTS programme have the extra opportunity to gain a PGCE (60 Masters' credits), validated by Leeds Beckett University, as part of a framework which applies academic study directly to the classroom.

Trainees enjoy the advantage of an 'on the job' experience, where the realities of life as a teacher are fully explored and understood. The majority of time is spent in a base school, where trainees are supported by expert practitioners, individual mentors and a personal Link Tutor to develop their own teaching skills and to meet the Teachers' Standards. Training sessions by experienced Educate tutors, on specific subject knowledge and general classroom practice, supplement the incomparable first-hand experience which is gained from being the member of a school community for a year. A range of contrasting placements, visits and additional school-led training opportunities mean that trainees gain a rich appreciation of comparable age ranges, curriculum expectations, teaching strategies, inclusion and diversity. Employment rates following this training programme are consistently high.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Educate Teacher Training has a designated tutor for trainees with disabilities and other needs. We take steps, before the programme begins, to fully assess the needs of trainees so that all aspects of the course are accessible to them and personal requirements accommodated.

Educate have, in the past, supported trainees with dyslexia, physical impairment and mental health conditions to successfully complete their course. We take a collaborative approach to ensure that study needs assessment reports, school partners and university colleagues are consulted to design a complete package of personal support.

Contact details

01476 512793
The Priory
7 Market Place
NG31 6LJ


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: E65
  • Training programme code: 28YR

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
B Yorkshire & the Humber Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus, Church Wood Avenue, Leeds LS16 5LF
C West Midlands LEEDS or GRANTHAM HUB, Leeds or Grantham B5
E East Midlands The Priory, 7 Market Place, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6LJ
- Main Site The Priory, 7 Market Place, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6LJ

Advice and support

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