Stockton-on-Tees Teacher Training Partnership
Primary (3X5A)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

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
13 June 2019
Date course starts
July 2019

About the course

As the only Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ provider in Stockton-on-Tees, we are a SCITT that prides itself on our bespoke programme personalised to meet your individual needs.

We prioritise your curriculum knowledge development, both in terms of content and pedagogy (how to teach). Throughout your training, you will receive substantial, bespoke primary curriculum training to support your subject knowledge development. Your training in school is personalised to meet your unique needs and will include a variety of activities. You will be assigned a primary specialist as your mentor. You will work closely with your mentor and other colleagues within the school every day. Time will be spent observing experienced colleagues and learning about the craft of the classroom as well as weekly one to one sessions with mentors, participation in your placement school’s staff training, advice to support your planning and teaching, colleague and pupil shadowing and much more.

The ethos of the programme is experiential learning and as such, over 70% of your time will be spent in school learning from experienced, excellent teachers. You are assessed on an ongoing basis, through observation of your practice and reflective conversations with your mentor and professional tutor.

How school placements work

Your placement will be predominately in your employing school. However, a second placement of at least two weeks must be completed in another school. During the course of your placement you must experience teaching in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


You will be paid on the unqualified teacher pay scale as agreed with your employing school/academy.

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.



Applicants must already hold the following:

•GCSE English and Maths Grade C, Level 4 minimum (or equivalent)

•GCSE Science Grade C, Level 4 minimum (or equivalent) for primary applicants

Applicants must have achieved the following by the time the course starts:

•Honours degree at 2:2 or above. For secondary, we prefer your degree to have some connection to the subject you want to teach. Where this is not the case, relevant A Level qualifications and experience will be taken into account.

•Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy

For non UK qualifications you will need a NARIC statement of comparability.

Personal qualities

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career. We are looking for potential; If you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people, have a positive outlook, are patient and adaptable, have good interpersonal skills, are creative and imaginative, have good organisational and time management skills, are reflective and strive to improve your own practice, then this could be the career for you. Previous school experience is not an essential criteria but if you are able to gain some experience, it could help inform your decision to train to teach and is one way to enhance your application.

Other requirements

Applications for this route with Stockton Teacher Training Partnership must first be discussed with your employing school/academy.

About the training provider

We are the only OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ provider in Stockton-on-Tees. Our unique approach combines focused specialist in-house training in how to teach alongside immersion in the school environment to develop your skills as a teacher. We are one of a very few providers who provide substantial in-house training alongside your placement in school. We believe that this better equips you to hit the ground running when you begin to teach. The training takes the form of taught sessions delivered by experienced, expert, outstanding qualified teachers and specialists. The sessions provide practical strategies and techniques that will support you when you are teaching in school. There are also many opportunities for you to learn from and teach your fellow trainees through sessions that allow you to share your successes, ideas and challenges with each other and reflect on your school experiences. You will benefit from a mentor dedicated to supporting your development as well as a professional tutor who will oversee your development throughout the year.

We have a reputation for excellence, which is why more trainees than ever are choosing Stockton SCITT. 100% of our trainees who completed the programme in 2018 were graded at least Good with 65% graded as Outstanding. We have expanded by 35% in the last year alone. Our employment rate is very strong with over 90% of trainees securing NQT positions every year; over 50% of our trainees go onto secure NQT positions in Stockton, many in the schools where they trained.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our training space is housed in a building that is wheelchair accessible and has disabled parking and toilet facilities. All of our training takes place on the ground floor. For trainees with specific needs such as dyslexia or autism, we work with Occupational Health and the trainee to identify their precise needs and ensure that the appropriate support is put in place. For example, a recent trainee with dyslexia was provided with appropriate software on a loaned laptop, a smartpen, overlays and materials provided on yellow paper.

Many of our trainees are parents or become parents during the programme. We work with you to support you to manage the needs of your family alongside your training needs. For example, in the last year we have offered paternity leave, compassionate leave and temporary flexible training hours to manage a specific issue.

The well-being of all our trainees is very important to us. We continually monitor well-being through a number of mechanisms and individual support is put in place as required. All individual needs are taken into account when determining the location and nature of your placement schools.

Contact details

01642 527675
Block B - The Education Centre at SSFC
Bishopton Road West
TS19 0QD


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: S60
  • Training programme code: 3X5A

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
The Education Centre, Junction Road, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees TS20 1PR
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