FAQ’s


Which schools are in the partnership?

We currently work with four other Hackney primary schools:

  • Orchard Primary
  • Southwold Primary
  • Hoxton Garden Primary
  • London Fields Primary
  • Shoreditch Park Primary
  • Wentworth Nursery School
  • London Fields Primary

Who will teach me during my training?

Experienced classroom teachers, educational consultants, subject specialists and lecturers from London Metropolitan deliver the training.

Will I earn a salary?

Trainees on the School Direct programme do not earn a salary but are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover fees and living expenses.

Trainees other programmes are employed by a school and earn a salary. You would be employed on point 1 of the Unqualified Teacher pay scale.

How will I be assessed?

A number of different people are responsible for assessing your progress towards the standards. Your practical teaching will be assessed by your mentor, link tutor and other experienced teachers. Tasks and assignments are marked by link tutors and moderated by lecturers from UEL. Rigorous quality assurance procedures ensure that assessment is carried out effectively and fairly.

Do I need a DBS before I apply?

You do not need a DBS and you are not able to request one yourself. If you are successful at interview, we will complete the necessary paperwork and we will request DBS clearance for you, before you can begin on the programme.

What support will I get during the programme?

You will be allocated a Link Tutor who will visit you at least once every half term to observe your teaching and give you feedback. You will also meet your Link Tutor half termly for a review meeting to discuss progress and targets. You will also be allocated a school-based mentor; this may be your class teacher or it may be another experienced member of the school staff. Your mentor will observe you and give you feedback on your teaching at least once a week. They will also meet you weekly to discuss your training plan, targets and progress.

Additional support is available as necessary. If you have a special need or disability we urge you to discuss this with us as early as possible so that we can make any necessary adjustments and provide the support that you need.

When should I take my QTS skills tests?

You should register for your skills tests as soon as you have completed your application. You should take them as soon as possible as we will not be able to make you a firm offer until you have passed both English and Maths tests.

For more information about the skills tests:

sta.education.gov.uk

For support with the maths skills test:

www.numeracyskillstest.co.uk