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Initial Teacher Training

Initial Teacher Training with East London Teaching School Alliance

Want to find out about routes into teaching? Want an exciting and challenging career in teaching?

School Direct is an exciting school based programme of initial teacher training. Applications for September 2021 will open in mid October for the primary phase and the following secondary phase subjects:-

Religious Education
Modern Languages

Computer Science
Business Studies
Design & Technology

Physical Education
Social Sciences


Please note that applications have to be made through the DfE/UCAS website. Do not try to apply directly to schools.

Places will be available at St Angela’s Ursuline and in our partner schools across London and Essex. They can be found on Find Postgraduate Teacher Training by entering East London Teaching School Alliance in the ‘search by provider’ field. Our training provider is Partnership London SCITT (PLS).

Successful trainees will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on the salaried route and a PGCE on the tuition fee route from our training provider, Partnership London SCITT (PLS).

We welcome applicants who have UK residency, GCSE English and Mathematics (and Science if applying for primary) at grade C or grade 4 above and a degree (lower second minimum), in the subject in which the candidate wishes to train to teach.

For non-salaried places candidates will need to pay a course fee of £9,000 but may be eligible for bursaries and loans, details of which are available on the Get into Teaching website.

Bursaries and scholarships are available in Maths, Physics, Computing, Chemistry, Biology, Classics, and Languages - see below for further information.

All offers of a place are ‘conditional’ until Disclosure and Barring checks have been successfully completed, qualification checks and satisfactory references have been received and the professional skills tests passed. Our partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

School Experience 

St Angela’s offers School Experience placements for people thinking about a career in teaching, to see if it is suitable. If you are interested please contact us to arrange a visit. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are also available for certain teacher training places.

School Experience Programme

The School Experience Programme (SEP) is a way of helping prospective trainees gain some classroom experience before starting initial teacher training. You will have the chance to spend time in a school and see what it’s like to be a teacher. The initial visit will be one day, with the possibility of further days at the discretion of the school.  When you visit you will:-

  • speak to the teachers about day-to-day school life
  • observe teaching and pastoral work
  • see a range of age groups being taught in the subject you’re interested in

School experience is desirable if you are interested in becoming a teacher. Before you apply for teacher training, it would be beneficial to gain as much experience in the classroom as possible in order to  prepare you for potential interviews.

The School Experience programme is run by the Department of Education. For more details and how to apply click here.

For details on how to arrange your own school experience click here.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programmes are designed to bring your subject knowledge to the appropriate level and are offered in the following subjects:


Primary Maths






 Religious Education



Design & Technology

Maybe you do not have enough specific subject knowledge to begin an ITT course for different reasons, including:

  • You have studied the subject to a highly advanced level, but over time have lost some of the ‘basics’ needed to teach at secondary level
  • You have studied a degree that is related to the subject, rather than an exact match for it
  • You have recently graduated and studied a degree not related to the subject but have a related A level
  • You have changed career and may have an unrelated degree with substantial related knowledge including an A level
  • You have a languages degree, but need a second language at an acceptable level for the school

SKE courses are free and are often included as part of your conditional offer for teacher training.  As part of our selection process, we would identify your need of an SKE during the interview and will decide the course length, which will depend on the required specialist knowledge you’ll need to teach the subject effectively. The course lengths vary from 8 weeks up to 28 weeks.

You could also get a tax-free SKE bursary of £200 per week to support you throughout the course. 

For more information please see the DfE page:  Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Course

Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships of are available in maths, physics, chemistry, geography, languages and computing for non-salaried trainees. These prestigious awards are aimed at high-quality graduates with a 2:1 or first-class degree, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers.

Scholarships are awarded by professional bodies for these subjects, and scholars will be selected through an additional application and assessment process. Each scholarship also comes with a package of non-financial benefits, such as early career support and membership of the appropriate professional body. To apply for a scholarship and for further information, you should visit the appropriate subject association website:

Physics – delivered by the Institute of Physics (IOP)

Maths – delivered by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS),  Maths in Education and Industry (MEI) and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS)

Chemistry – delivered by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Computing – delivered by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship may still be eligible for the standard bursaries. 

Bursaries are available for eligible graduates who are training on the non-salaried School Direct programme.

Funding amounts will vary depending on the subject you intend to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. If you do not have a degree in the subject you wish to teach, free courses are available to increase your subject knowledge prior to teacher training.

To encourage the best graduates to enter the profession, financial incentives are offered to trainees intending to train to teach the Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Classics, Languages and Computer Science. You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria below, you will be informed by your provider and will begin receiving payments once your course has started.

If you have a degree from outside the UK you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see if your degree is likely to attract a bursary. You also need to be eligible for a bursary based on your nationality and residency status. Contact your training provider or Student Finance England for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

Further information is available here 


Further information can be found on the Get into Teaching website or please contact: