Salaried Route

The Training Provider

The Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance have been instrumental in successfully leading the School Direct Programme in Partnership with the University of Greenwich for the past 5 years. The university has a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both our Alliance and also from the university. Northfleet Nursery School is an outstanding Early Years provider designated as a Teaching School by the National College. This designation entitles us to lead Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and professional development for all practitioners. Trainees who have trained with Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance have been successfully employed within our alliance and wider partners. The majority of trainees have been judged as good to outstanding and making progress towards leadership roles within their schools. Of these trainees some have gained international employment.

Our ethos is heavily embedded in nurturing and supporting trainees to have high expectations of themselves and the children that they will be teaching.

We also have international links with Sweden and India. Students will be offered the opportunity to visit placements in Swedish pre-schools.

Why apply for this programme?

  • Do you have a desire to make a positive impact on a child’s life opportunities?
  • Do you have the ability to motivate and engage children?
  • Do you want to acquire a deep understanding of how children learn and of the primary curriculum?
  • Are you committed to continuous self-improvement?

By studying this employment based programme, you will become a confident, competent and effective teacher with the skills and knowledge to teach within the primary phase. Applicants for this programme can focus on one of the following age ranges: 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11.

We can offer:
– Access to excellent practice in teaching and learning
– Access to a diverse range of school settings
– Excellent support from trained and experienced mentors

School Based Training

The majority of your training will take place at within the Trust’s schools. The training programme will be personalised to the individual’s professional needs but will include training on the following areas: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, working with parents and the community. All training is closely aligned to support the trainee achieve the Teachers’ Standards.

Candidates will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced outstanding teachers. Support and mentorship will be given by senior teachers.

Although candidates will have a base school, there will be lots of opportunities for cross-school training and will include teaching experience within another school in the Trust.


We are working with the University of Greenwich as an accredited teacher training provider. There will be opportunities to have pedagogical and professional training sessions at the University. The University will support the school in the application and interview process.

Additionally, the University of Greenwich will provide library services, student services, and other support needed, matched to the candidates requirements.


The Primary Salaried QTS programme is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years postgraduate work experience who will earn a salary whilst they train. The programme runs for one year.

Qualifications awarded

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

What we are looking for

Personal Skills
We are looking for someone who:
– has good organisational skills
– has excellent time keeping
– is approachable, empathetic and enthusiastic
– has the ability to be decisive, consistent and to set priorities
– is an effective communicator (both orally and in writing) to a variety of audiences
– has the ability to develop good relationships within a team and ability to be a supportive team player
– has a commitment to personal professional development
– has the ability to relate well to all involved in school life, showing sensitivity, consideration but also a sense of humour when needed.

Other requirements
– Commitment to promote equal opportunities in line with the University of Greenwich’s and The Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance equal opportunity policies.
– Commitment to the Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance Mission Statement, promoting the aims positively
– A willingness to work throughout the Alliance
– An understanding of Health and Safety issues
– Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have a good honours degree (2:2 or above)

English, Maths and Science GCSE or equivalent: Grade C or above

You must have received the results from these qualifications before applying and any equivalent qualifications should be certified by NARIC.

Work Experience
Evidence of at least two weeks experience in a UK primary school.
At least 3 years recent full-time (or equivalent) work experience.

Skills Tests
You must have passed both the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests before the training programme begins.

How we select our trainees

All application forms will be vetted for the following:
1) Applicant meets the academic entry criteria
2) Applicant has written a strong personal statement
3) Applicant has been given a strong reference. This should be an academic reference if the applicant has been in education within the last five years.

The Selection Process
The Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance and the University of Greenwich work together to interview applicants. In order for your application to be considered you should complete a full application and consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process. If you are shortlisted you will be asked to complete written tasks and attend a formal interview.

About this training provider

Child Care Facilities
The Student Support team at the University can offer advice on childcare. However, students will find it easier to use nursery provision closer to their school.

Disabilities Access
We welcome applications from disabled people and are committed to helping disabled students succeed.

The University of Greenwich has a Disability & Dyslexia Centre which can provide assistance at any stage in your application process and at any point in your studies. Advice and guidance is based on your individual requirements, and includes support for students with mental health needs and long-term medical conditions.

Public Transport
University of Greenwich:
The Primary Education Department is located at the Avery Hill Campus, which is set in pleasant parkland in south-east London. Avery Hill has convenient transport links to our other campuses and to Kent and central London. The closest stations are New Eltham and Falconwood, located in Zone 4. At peak times the university operates a shuttle bus service from Falconwood. Southeastern provide direct services from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and London Bridge to Eltham, Falconwood and New Eltham.

Contact us
140 London Road
DA11 9JS