About Our Organisation

Training with us - Be part of our success story.

Education in Hackney has been completely transformed: A revolution in a decade. Our eight primary schools in the borough, continue to move from strength to strength. Every cohort of children in every one of our schools is now outperforming their peers nationally. We are proud of our success across Primary Advantage and want you to be part of it.

We have 150 teachers across our 8 primary schools with almost a third of them having trained as student teachers with us. You will find many of our excellent class teacher mentors keen to share their own training experience with you. We train our teachers for the profession, not just for our schools, but are proud that many stay with us growing as both excellent practitioners and leaders.

We offer a clear professional development pathway to all student teachers allowing them to specialise in their practice and grow into both subject specialists, excellent classroom practitioners and school leaders. There is a strong support network for students and we have been recognised nationally for the CPD programme we offer.

Our strength as schools is the diversity of our children and our community. We are committed to this being even further reflected in our workforce across our schools.

Our schools are built on love and trust and underpinned by extremely high expectations for all. Let your experience working with us in Hackney be the start of your journey to becoming the best teacher you can be.

Training with Disabilities and Other Needs:

Primary Advantage Federation is fully committed to admitting and supporting students with disabilities.

Our Federated schools are: 

De Beauvoir Primary SchoolGainsborough Primary SchoolSpringfield Community Primary SchoolSt John & St James Primary SchoolHoly Trinity Primary SchoolMorningside Primary School, St John the Baptist Primary SchoolSt Matthias Primary School.

 

About Our Accredited Provider:

UCL, University College London (University of London) 

Our partner, UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.”

All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

More information can be found at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training

Click here to find out more about the University College London Institute of Education.

 

Find out more about our ITT hub model for student teachers.

 

School Direct Salaried - Primary

The School Direct (Salaried) programme is an employment based teacher training route.

This Salaried route is provided with the Institute of Education (IOE), UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in very criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

The salaried route is a highly popular course known to develop effective, confident teachers who play a key role within the school from the first day. You will be welcomed as a member of our staff in our schools.

You will be completely immersed in your school with an expectation that you will participate in all aspects of day to day life- working the full school year. You will be coached to teach whole classes from early on in your placement, with the guidance, nurture and support of your class teacher.

There are 15 days of university led input throughout the year from the Institute of Education. In addition to this Primary Advantage offer weekly hub sessions which provides the bridge between the theory and your classroom practice.

You will benefit from working across Early Years Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 during the course of the year. You will be based and employed in your 'home' school from the start of the year. During the second half of the Spring term, however, you will spend 4-6 weeks in one of our other primary schools in Hackney, teaching in a consecutive age phase. In summer you will then return to your base class and school and resume a 70% teaching timetable.

You will benefit from a very strong support network which includes an IOE tutor, school mentors, class teacher mentors and the student peer group. Most importantly you will love working with our children.

As part of our support programme you'll come together for a weekly Hub training session with some of the best teachers in our federation for training, observations, and reflecting on practice. We have found this creates a really strong peer group which students find incredibly supportive and valuable. It also adds an important third dimension to your teacher training experience.

Please see full course details and entry requirements at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training/primary-school-direct-salaried

How School Placements work on the School Direct Salaried Route

At the interview stage we try to match you with the school that best suits your needs and interests, and also try to place you in the key stage of your choice, if you have a preference, though we cannot guarantee these preferences.

You will be placed at the start of the year in one of our schools which will be your main setting and you will rotate on placement to one of our other schools to experience different settings and key stages at certain points later in the year.

Throughout the year you will have plenty of opportunities to experience working with pupils at all key stages and learn from outstanding practitioners in different settings.


Assessment

You will be assessed on your practical teaching and your progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio.

Qualifications

Completing the course will lead to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Entry Requirements 

You should have a first class or upper second class degree classification in a relevant area. Candidates with other classifications may be considered if it is judged that your experience in other areas compensates.

You will need the equivalent of grade C in Maths, English and Science GCSE

You must have at least two and a half years full-time (or equivalent) post 18 work experience.

You will be required to complete your skills tests either prior to interview or ideally within one month of being offered a place in our schools.

You must have a minimum of 10 days experience within a primary school mainstream setting before the start of the course in September 2019.

Cost 

Financial commitments Paid by School Paid by Student
Salary Paid to Student
(unqualified teacher with inner London weighting)
                £20,701*   
University Fees paid  to UCL IOE 
£4, 650*  
Optional Masters level modules (PGCE top up) paid to UCL IOE.
(to commence in final term of training year). 
  £2,600**

*based on 2018-2019 figures  **based on 2015-2016 figures

 

Our Federated schools are: 

De Beauvoir Primary School, Gainsborough Primary SchoolSpringfield Community Primary SchoolSt John & St James Primary SchoolHoly Trinity Primary SchoolMorningside Primary School, St John the Baptist Primary SchoolSt Matthias Primary School.

All our routes will be open on UCAS/ DFE Publish from October 2018 for the 2019/20 academic year

All applications for Teacher Training vacancies must be made through UCAS. To view all our courses in detail please search the DFE 'Find a Postgraduate Teacher Training' website where you will find further information and application links to UCAS.

 

School Direct - Primary (Tuition Fee)

This is a school based training route that combines the practice within the classroom with a high level of research based learning acquired on the PGCE. This is the perfect route for recent graduates and career changers who are keen to engage with the academic rigour the PGCE provides. Applicants will gain both QTS and a PGCE. You will spend two thirds of the year at school and the remaining time at University.

Primary Advantage Federation is seeking to appoint excellent applicants like you for the School Direct Primary (Tuition Fee) Programme 2019-20. This route looks identical to the PGCE programme on offer- the only difference is that you apply directly to our schools rather than the university itself. That way you know where you'll be placed for the entire year.

This training route is provided with the Institute of Education (IOE); The IOE is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

The primary PGCE is a highly popular course known to develop effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers.

As a trainee you will be warmly welcomed and supported in our schools.

You will start the year at the IOE and early in September join one of our schools for your first placement. You will have the chance to observe and participate in class at first and gradually be coached to lead activities and teach small group and whole classes as your placement progresses, with the guidance, nurture and support of your class teacher.

You will spend about a third of your training at the Institute of Education. In addition to this Primary Advantage offer weekly hub sessions which provides the bridge between the theory and your classroom practice.

You will benefit from a very strong support network which includes an IOE tutor, school mentors, class teacher mentors and the student peer group. Most importantly you will love working with our children.

As part of our support programme you'll come together for a weekly Hub training session with some of the best teachers in our federation for training, observations, and reflecting on practice. We have found this creates a really strong peer group which students find incredibly supportive and valuable. It also adds an important third dimension to your teacher training experience.

How school placements work on the School Direct Training (Tuition Fee) Routes

You will benefit from working across Early Years Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 during the course of the year. You will be able to select your route as either EYFS/KS1, KS1/KS2 or KS2 only. You will start in one of our schools for the first placement. You will then do a short alternative placement outside our federation half way through the year to broaden your experience, and then rotate into one of our other primary schools in Hackney in the final part of the year, teaching in a different age phase. These placements will be co-ordinated and finalised between us and the IOE once you start on the programme.

Assessment
You will be assessed in two ways:
• on your practical teaching and your progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status
• on assignments and portfolio tasks.
Successfully completing all aspects of the course at masters level will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which also carries 60 M-level credits that may be used towards a subsequent masters degree. The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Please see full course details at:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training/primary-school-direct-pgce

 

Entry Requirements

We give preference to people with first degrees at second class or above.

You must have a GCSE pass at grade A* to C in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject by the time you start the PGCE.

All students must have completed their skills tests either prior to interview or preferably within one month of being offered a place in our schools.

You must have a minimum of 10 days experience within a mainstream primary school setting prior to you starting the course.

Fees
Home/EU £9250 paid to UCL - Institute of Education

Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England

No trainee will need to pay the cost of tuition charges up front. They will only pay once they are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.

You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website 

 

Our Federated schools are: 

De Beauvoir Primary SchoolGainsborough Primary SchoolSpringfield Community Primary SchoolSt John & St James Primary SchoolHoly Trinity Primary SchoolMorningside Primary School, St John the Baptist Primary SchoolSt Matthias Primary School.

All our routes will be open on UCAS/ DFE Publish from October 2018 for the 2019/20 academic year 

All applications for Teacher Training vacancies must be made through UCAS. To view all our courses in detail please search the DFE 'Find a Postgraduate Teacher Training' website where you will find further information and application links to UCAS.

 

School Direct  - Primary with Mathematics (Tuition Fee)

This is a school based training route that combines the practice within the classroom with a high level of research based learning acquired on the PGCE. This route is for maths specialists who are passionate about the teaching of mathematics within primary education. This is the perfect route for recent graduates and career changers who are keen to engage with the academic rigour the PGCE provides. Applicants will gain both QTS and a PGCE. You will spend two thirds of the year at school and the remaining time at University.

Primary Advantage Federation is seeking to appoint excellent applicants like you for the School Direct Primary with Maths (Tuition Fee) Programme 2019-20. Our schools have developed an extremely effective maths programme used by many schools in our region and across the country so you are coming to schools who love teaching maths!

This training route is provided with the Institute of Education (IOE); The IOE is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in very criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

The primary PGCE is a highly popular course known to develop effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers.

As a trainee you will be warmly welcomed and supported in our schools and on the maths route be given additional opportunities to teach maths across all year groups.

You will start the year at the IOE and early in September join one of our schools for your first placement. You will have the chance to observe and participate in class at first and gradually be coached to lead activities and teach small group and whole classes as your placement progresses, with the guidance, nurture and support of your class teacher.

You will spend about a third of your training at the Institute of Education. In addition to this Primary Advantage offer weekly hub sessions which provides the bridge between the theory and your classroom practice. Although you are applying as a maths specialist, you will gain the skills and knowledge to teach all subjects within the curriculum.

You will benefit from a very strong support network which includes an IOE tutor, school mentors, class teacher mentors and the student peer group. Most importantly you will love working with our children.

As part of our support programme you'll come together for a weekly Hub training session with some of the best teachers in our federation for training, observations, and reflecting on practice. We have found this creates a really strong peer group which students find incredibly supportive and valuable. It also adds an important third dimension to your teacher training experience.

Our highly popular Primary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. We will:
• help you to acquire the skills and expertise to support children's learning
• prepare you to teach in an inclusive environment
• provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects
• ensure that you show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour you expect from pupils

The mathematics specialist route will also allow you to develop further your subject and pedagogic knowledge in mathematics.  This area will become the focus for one of your assignments and your teaching will focus on mathematics for at least 50% of the time.

How school placements work on the School Direct Training (Tuition Fee) Routes

You will benefit from working across Early Years Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 during the course of the year. You will be able to select your route as either EYFS/KS1, KS1/KS2 or KS2 only. You will start in one of our schools for the first placement. You will then do a short alternative placement outside our federation half way through the year to broaden your experience, and then rotate into one of our other primary schools in Hackney in the final part of the year, teaching in a different age phase. These placements will be co-ordinated and finalised between us and the IOE once you start on the programme.

Please see full course details at:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training/primary-mathematics-specialist-school-direct-pgce

 

Fees
Home/EU £9250 paid to UCL - Institute of Education

Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England

No trainee will need to pay the cost of tuition charges up front. They will only pay once they are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.

You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website 

Our Federated schools are: 

De Beauvoir Primary SchoolGainsborough Primary SchoolSpringfield Community Primary SchoolSt John & St James Primary SchoolHoly Trinity Primary SchoolMorningside Primary School, St John the Baptist Primary SchoolSt Matthias Primary School.

All our routes will be open on UCAS/ DFE Publish from October 2018 for the 2019/20 academic year 

All applications for Teacher Training vacancies must be made through UCAS. To view all our courses in detail please search the DFE 'Find a Postgraduate Teacher Training' website where you will find further information and application links to UCAS.

 

Application FAQs

What is School Direct? School Direct is the name of the government programme which enables schools to select and train their own teachers. You can find out more by looking at the DFE website.

Trainees spend one year learning on the job, with regular support both in school and with our Specialist Partner- UCL Institute of Education.

Do I need to have experience in a Primary School? Yes, You need to have a minimum of 10 days experience within a primary school setting before starting the course.

What are you looking for in School Direct candidates? In both salaried and training routes we look for high academic qualifications - entry requirement is a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree. However, a first or 2:1 is preferable. We also look for a strong commitment to teaching, and a minimum of 10 days spent in a school setting. The course is challenging and so is teaching! The salaried route also requires a minimum of three work experience.

Do I need to have a GCSE in Maths and English to apply? Can I use any equivalent qualifications, such as Access to Higher Education? It is a Department of Education national requirement that you need grade C/5 or above in English, Maths and Science for Primary Programmes or approved equivalency. UCL does not accept 'additional' or 'applied' GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from www.equivalencytesting.com. 

Full details can be found on the UCL website.

Can I choose which of the Primary Advantage schools I will work in? You will be applying to our alliance of schools rather than one school. You will then be based in school however you will work across the Federation and have opportunity to work within different schools and key stages as part of your teacher training.

Can I choose which key stage I will be based in? Where possible, you will be given your preference for the key stage that you will be working within however the course also requires that you gain experience of another adjacent key stage.

What are the differences between the School Direct Salaried and Training routes? The School Direct salaried route means that you are employed for 11 months by one of our partnership schools, while you train. You are paid on point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay spine. You do not have to pay any fees for your training. You will have 60 days directed study with 15 of those days spent at the Institute of Education. You gain QTS (Qualified Teaching Status)  at the end of your training. Even though you are in a school from the beginning, we won’t drop you in the deep end! We give you a huge support network, both in your school and across the Federation. This route is designed for candidates who have had at least three years’ experience in the workplace. You will have the opportunity during the year to complete assignments towards a PGCE.

The School Direct Training route is a non-salaried route in partnership with the University College London Institution of Education and you would work towards a PGCE  (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) at the end of the course, in addition to QTS. You will be based for your teaching experiences in our schools across the Federation. You will follow the same PGCE course that the UCL  Institute of Education runs, with the same amount of time spent at the Institute as the other PGCE students. The key difference is that you will know where you will be placed on your school experience and will have a strong affiliation with the Federation.

What will the training look like for the salaried route? The training is a balance of theory and practice. You’re based in the classroom from day one, so once you’ve learnt something new you can put it into practice the very next day. The manageable and bite-sized feedback you receive each week makes learning easier and progress quicker.

I’m not a recent graduate – can I still apply? Yes – we’re looking for the best, both graduates and career-changers. We want the brightest and best people for our children. That doesn’t just mean graduates – it means those looking to change career too. Our current trainees have been nurses, soldiers, teaching assistants, lawyers and doctors, and can bring their skills and experience into the classroom.

If I’m selected, when would I start? You would start your training in September when the school term starts, salaried route applicants start in our schools and training route applicants start at the Institute of Education then move into schools.

Can I defer for a year? Unfortunately no. We can only take on trainees who are ready to start their training next year. However, we would love to talk to you about your career path and how to make a strong application when you’re ready to apply.

I have a disability. How will you support me? We want to make sure that our training programme is open to everybody, so if you do have a disability we will do everything we reasonably can to make special arrangements. If you would like us to do so at the interview stage, please provide details on your application form. This will in no way affect your application.

What happens at the end of the year when my training is finished? We are committed to supporting our trainees beyond their first year. We encourage our students to apply for positions within the federation. They will then become part of our external recruitment process. We train all our candidates to be outstanding classroom teachers for all settings and prepare teachers for a career in education, wherever they chose to work.

If I am eligible what happens next, how do I apply? All applications for Teacher Training vacancies must be made through UCAS. To view all our courses in detail please search the DFE 'Find a Postgraduate Teacher Training' website where you will find further information and application links to UCAS. You can find us by searching under our federation name of Primary Advantage or location by looking in Hackney, London. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. We have extremely high expectations and will only appoint candidates who fully meet our criteria. We will continue to interview until we have found the right candidates!

All our routes will be open on UCAS/ DFE Publish from October 2018 for the 2019/20 academic year 

 

Interview Process on all Routes

On receiving your application at Primary Advantage we will review and invite suitable candidates to an interview in one of our schools. Full details of the interview process will be given at the time but you can expect to spend half a day in one of our schools, observing and participating in some classes, meeting some of our staff and pupils, and participating in some group and individual tasks with other interview candidates. We usually ask you to prepare a short activity to teach to one of our classes, you will have an interview with one of our Head Teachers, and you may be asked to complete English and maths tests, in line with guidance from our partner the IOE.

We hope this thorough interview experience will give you a good insight into our schools to help you make your decision, as well as giving us a good rounded opportunity to see your skills and abilities in different situations.

If successful at this interview we will recommend you to the IOE for a place on the programme. They will check your eligibility and suitability and they will make the final decision and offer.

FAQs

How long does the interview  process take? You can expect to be in one of our schools from 8am till around 12:45pm

How long does the interview last? The actual interview takes about 20 minutes. This formal interview is only a small part of the whole process.

What does the interview involve? The main objective of the process is to immerse you in the life of the school. We will be basing you in a classroom for the morning to support the children and will be giving you the opportunity to discuss the learning and reflect on your experience. In addition to this there is a maths subject knowledge assessment, an artefact session- giving you the chance to lead a discussion with a group of children, a group task, a written task and some classroom observation. It is a busy morning but will give you a real insight into the profession! it has been designed so you can show your apptitude for teaching.

What is the artefact task? We would like you to bring along an artefact that can encourage discussion with the whole class. It will be on the carpet and this activity will last approximately 15 minutes. During this time you will be observed. What you choose is up to you!

Can I choose the year group I am working with? We ask you to prepare an artefact for both KS1 and KS2. However you could choose seperate artefacts for each Key stage. You will be allocated your class on the day. So come prepared! However always get in touch if this causes you any problems.

How soon can I expect to hear after my interview? We will contact you after your interview with some feedback. If successful we then put you forward to the Institute of Education with our recommendation to proceed, they will verify your qualifications and then if they are all in order, will change the status of your application on UCAS. 

All our routes will be open on UCAS/ DFE Publish from October 2018 for the 2019/20 academic year 

All applications for Teacher Training vacancies must be made through UCAS. To view all our courses in detail please search the DFE 'Find a Postgraduate Teacher Training' website where you will find further information and application links to UCAS.

Apply through UCAS

If you have the necessary entry requirements apply for one of our Teacher Training vacancies through UCAS today. To view all our courses in detail please search the DFE 'Find a Postgraduate Teacher Training' website where you will find further information and application links to UCAS.

The video below gives more information on how to apply through UCAS.


Useful tips to completing your application form can be found on the UCAS Teacher Training: Apply and Track page of their website. Including information on Application Phases and Key dates.

Submitting Your Application

When you begin your application, you will be asked to give details of your qualifications, employment history and personal information. It is very important that you fill in all of your employment history even if it is not education related. You will also need to write a personal statement and provide names and contact details for two referees. It is very important that you choose your referees carefully.

If you have been in higher education in the five years prior to your application, one reference should be academic – for example, from a former lecturer, personal tutor, or guidance counsellor/careers advisor. The second referee should be someone who knows you in a professional capacity, such as a former employer. Alternatively, if you have undertaken a recent placement, your second referee could be a teacher from the school where you gained this experience.

Once your application is submitted, we have 40 working days to consider it. If we make you an offer, you will have 10 working days to decide whether to accept the place. 

Professional Skills Tests

You will be required to sit and pass national Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy as part of the admissions process. We ask all applicants to have completed their skills tests either before interview or within one month of having been offered a place. For more information on the skills tests click here.