Why train with us?

Did you know that behind Greenwich, Hackney, is the most successful borough in London and the fifth best in the country for Education!

So our question to you is "Why wouldn't you train with us?"

Primary Advantage National Teaching Schools is a Federation of outstanding schools in Hackney, working in close collaboration and equally committed to the training of the next generation of outstanding teachers. We have received a specialist partner award in initial teacher training (ITT)due to our sustained partnership with the University College London- Institute of Education (IOE) and our contribution to teacher training. The IOE is recognised as a world-class research and teaching institution. IOE graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London, UK and further afield. 

School Ofsted reports have also highlighted that Primary Advantage has 'a major impact on developing teachers in the Federation schools, as well as teachers from across the local authority, through a series of training programmes'. In addition to our initial teacher training we are responsible for an outstanding NQT programme, run across the borough of Hackney. We have led on the development of an innovative maths programme and our schools are models of best practice in Assessment for learning. We have a commitment to the professional learning of all our staff. 

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

Find out more about the University College London Institute of Education.

 

School Direct Salaried 

All our routes are now open on UCAS for recrutiment to start in September  2017

UCAS Training Code: 2K74 

UCAS Lead School: Primary Advantage National Teaching Schools (This is how we appear on UCAS search)

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

Students will be based mainly across our schools setting for the year. The training programme itself involves attending a series of lectures and workshop at the Institute of Education for 16 days spread over the autumn and spring terms. These sessions will engage with generic areas of teaching and learning as well as subject specific pedagogy, and will encourage you to become a reflective teacher. You will be assigned a university tutor who will visit you in school and help to create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher.

You will be supported by an excellent classroom teacher, school mentor, and in addition to ongoing feedback, will be provided with additional weekly Continued Professional Development (CPD).
 
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 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 2017.

Cost 

Financial commitments Paid by School Paid by Student
Salary Paid to Student
(unqualified teacher with inner London weighting)
                £20,092*   
University Fees paid  to UCL IOE 
£4, 300*  
Optional Masters level modules (PGCE top up) paid to to UCL IOE.
(to commence in final term of training year). 
  £2,600*

(*based on 2014-2015 figures) 

Our Federated schools are  :Springfield Community Primary SchoolSt John & St James Primary SchoolHoly Trinity Primary SchoolMorningside Primary SchoolSt John the Baptist Primary SchoolSt Matthias Primary School.

We are also working with Betty Layward Primary SchoolParkwood Primary School, De Beauvoir and Gainsborough Primary School all within Hackney borough.

School Direct Training (non salaried)

All our routes are now open on UCAS for recrutiment to start in September  2017

UCAS Training Code: 2MHR 

UCAS Lead School: Primary Advantage National Teaching Schools (This is how we appear on UCAS search)

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.

School Direct Training students will follow exactly the same programme as their peers who are doing a PGCE at the UCL IOE. The only difference is that you apply ‘directly’ to the school rather than the UCL IOE itself. This ensures you build a strong relationship with the schools that you will be based in. You will know exactly where you are going on placement and will be supported throughout the duration of the year. Although we also offer placements to students through the university, if you would like to guarantee yourself the opportunity to work in Hackney classrooms, leading in their field in both learning and teacher training, then we recommend you apply directly to us through UCAS.

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 pupil.

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).

PrimaryTuition Fee  entry requirements

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

GCSE. 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 £9000 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: Springfield Community Primary SchoolSt John & St James Primary SchoolHoly Trinity Primary SchoolMorningside Primary SchoolSt John the Baptist Primary SchoolSt Matthias Primary School.

We are also working with Betty Layward Primary SchoolParkwood Primary School, De Beauvoir and Gainsborough Primary School all with the borough of Hackney

School Direct Maths (non salaried)

All our routes are now open on UCAS for recrutiment to start in September  2017

UCAS Training Code: 2MHS

UCAS Lead School: Primary Advantage National Teaching Schools (This is how we appear on UCAS search)

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 is nationally recognised for its role in the field of maths teaching. Our programme for maths runs in over 70 schools both in London and beyond. Students choosing to follow this route would have access to this level of CPD and support. Click here to find out more about our PA maths programme. Although we are keen to recruit maths specialists, we are also passionate that all our trainees gain skills in all areas of the curriculum. School Direct maths specialists will also be expected to teach all areas of the curriculum and will gain key skills in the teaching of all areas such as from phonics to RE.

School Direct Training students will follow exactly the same programme as their peers who are doing a PGCE at the UCL IOE. The only difference is that you apply ‘directly’ to the school rather than the UCL IOE itself. This ensures you build a strong relationship with the schools that you will be based in. You will know exactly where you are going on placement and will be supported throughout the duration of the year. Although we also offer placements to students through the university, if you would like to guarantee yourself the opportunity to work in Hackney classrooms, leading in their field in both learning and teacher training, then we recommend you apply directly to us.

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.

Our Federated schools are: Springfield Community Primary School, St John & St James Primary SchoolHoly Trinity Primary SchoolMorningside Primary SchoolSt John the Baptist Primary SchoolSt Matthias Primary School.

We are also working with Betty Layward Primary SchoolParkwood Primary School, De Beauvoir and Gainsborough Primary School all with in the borough of Hackney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 beofre starting the course.

What are you looking for in School Direct candidates? In both salaried and training routes we look for high academic qualifications ideally a first or 2:1, although in some circumstances we will consider candidates with a 2:2 if they are exceptional candidates. 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 two adn a half years work experience.

Do I need to have 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 A-C in English, Maths and Science or approved equivalency. If your degree or school exams were taken outside the UK you will need a NARIC equivalency certificate at time of application  http://ecctis.co.uk/naric/

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 be 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 two and a half 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’re 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 applicants must submit an online application through UCAS. 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! You can find us on UCAS by searching under our federation name of Primary Advantage National Teaching Schools, or location by looking in Hackney London.

Interview Process 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 discussionw ith 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.

 Do I need to bring a calculator for a maths test? No the test is taken on line

How should I prepare for the written task? You do not need to prepare for this task. It will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your morning and to demonstrate fluency, coherence and effective use of Standard English with regard to grammar, punctuation and spelling.

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 email you with the outcome of your interview within 2 days. 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. 

 

Apply through UCAS

We are now accepting applications for 2017. 

If you have the necessary entry requirements, you should apply directly to UCAS Teacher Training using their Apply service through the  UCAS teacher Training .

Click on the link below 

Guide to UCAS Teacher Training

Useful tips to completing your application form

Application Phases

The application process is divided into two phases – Apply 1 and Apply 2.

  • Apply 1 – You have to use Apply 1 first. Prospective students can apply online for up to three courses starting in academic year 2016/17 through Apply 1;
  • Apply 2 – If you apply through Apply 1 but you aren’t offered a place, or you decline all the offers you receive, you can continue to apply to new choices through Apply 2. However, in Apply 2, you are restricted to one choice at a time.

Key Dates

  • 18th October 2016 – Apply 1 begins
  • 9th November 2016 – Apply 2 begins

 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.

An application through UCAS Teacher Training currently costs £23.

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. You will be able to track the progress of your application at all times using UCAS Track.

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.