Primary PG Teaching Apprenticeship

The West Essex SCITT Lead School for the Primary Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship is:

St John's CE Primary School 
St John's is a National Teaching School and is located in Buckhurst Hill, on the edge of Epping Forest, which is London's largest open space of approximately 6,000 acres. The forest is of national and international conservation importance, with two thirds designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, providing a great place to work and live. The school is close to Buckhurst Hill station on the Central Line with a 20 minute access to central London.

We pride ourselves on having a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and vision with the next generation of teachers.

Many of our current School Direct Training Programme trainees go on to secure full-time teaching positions within the West Essex Teaching School Alliance. 
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Entry Requirements
To qualify for a place on the Primary Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship school centered route you must have English, Maths and Science GCSE grade C or above or equivalent and a degree of preferably a 1st or a 2:1, though no minimum is specified as we are willing to consider applicants who have a degree who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.

You must have 2 references. You must have passed the English and Numeracy professional skills test before we can make an unconditional offer of a place on our training course. You must be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in both spoken and written Standard English. You must have evidence of classroom experience.

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What we are looking for
We are looking for outstanding candidates who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching. Applicants must possess:
. a love of children and education
. good personal skills
. good levels of communication
. enthusiasm and be hard working
. desire to be the best that they can be

Primary Post Graduate Apprenticeship Person specification

. A minimum of 3 years work experience in an educational setting
. Experience of working with primary aged children either paid or voluntary

. An understanding of the role of a teacher
. An awareness of the National Curriculum and the Framework for Literacy and Mathematics
. Ability to use ICT for a range of purposes

Personal Qualities
. Ability to work on own initiative and manage own work load
. Ability to combine work and study
. Ability to work co-operatively and effectively with colleagues
. Ability to build relationships with children that promote learning
. Clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills
. Ability to read effectively
. An interest in and enjoyment of working with children
. Ability to reflect on own practice and learning and listen to advice
. An understanding of children's needs
. An understanding of the professional boundaries related to child protection procedures

How we select our Apprentices
There are three parts to the selection process;

. There will be an initial observation of a short teaching activity followed by a written task.

. Successful candidates will be called back for a more formal interview

Applicants who are successful at interview, are offered a conditional place. These are subject to:
Satisfactory references and satisfactory medical assessment.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and National and Local Terms and Conditions of Employment.

It is the duty of all schools to protect vulnerable children and adults. If you are offered a place on the programme, a DBS check is a vital entry requirement for this training programme.

Primary Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship
This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. It enables those who have finished a degree and have been working in education, to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job, focusing on the 'Teachers' Standards' and leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). These places are offered with a salary of point 1 unqualified teacher rate (pro rata).

The Primary Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship will be based in one school for the majority of the employment and training period with a second placement in a contrast school setting. Part of the course is theory based and there will be formal training days held mainly in the training room at St John's CE Primary School. The apprenticeship requires a commitment of 5 days a week for the training period.  Apprentices are expected to participate fully in the everyday life of the schools in which they train and, therefore, occasional evening or extra-curricular events will be obligatory. Apprentices are awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) upon completion of the apprenticeship.

Our Teacher Educators and Tutors are excellent teachers that attend training and meet regularly to further develop their skills and enable them to pass on feedback, coaching and classroom observation.

Your professional responsibilities will include assessing, planning and teaching the primary curriculum.

How to Apply?

All applications must be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website using the 'Apply' system. Please click on the link below for further information regarding making an application, application fees and time scales.


Throughout this experience apprentices acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of the range of elements which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Teachers' Standards ; from developing good relationships with children and other colleagues to promote learning, to working within a framework and national and school policies to deliver the Curriculum. Experience in school progresses from observing and working alongside the class teacher, to taking full responsibility, initially for individuals and groups, and later, for a whole class.