Tuition Fees

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 want to undertake a programme that is very highly regarded by current students and employers for its quality of provision?
  • 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?


The programme is run in partnership with the University of Greenwich and the Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance. A significant proportion of the programme is spent in school: You will be required to complete a minimum of 120 school-based days as part of your training. This includes: five days’ pre-programme observation in an early years/primary setting. The introductory course, The Child, the School and the Community, involves 12 days in a primary school. During the initial school experience of eight weeks, you will start by working with groups, building to whole-class responsibility by the end of the placement. The final placement is of nine weeks duration. During the assessed period of the placement, you will be expected to take on the role of class teacher. You will be assessed on each of the studied courses and during your initial and final school experiences.

A range of assessment tasks will enable you to draw links between theoretical understanding and professional practice. With the exception of the first assignment, which is percentage marked, all assessments are pass/fail and are linked to the Teachers’ Standards. Clear assessment criteria are given in course guides, which you will receive upon induction.


We are extremely proud of our excellent track record for the number of students who go on to successfully gain employment. We will offer you excellent support to help secure your first post as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Programme of study

You will be registered initially on the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education of your chosen programme but there will be opportunities to transfer to the postgraduate award and gain Master’s-level credits.

This programme will enable you to meet the standards required for the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status through the following courses:

The Child, the School and the Community (15 credits)
Children’s Learning and Development (30 credits)
Professional Enhancement (15 credits)
Creativity in Learning and Teaching (30 credits)
Professional Development (15 credits)
Initial School Experience (15 credits)
Final School Experience (30 credits)

Financial support

For up-to-date information on tuition fees and financial help, please visit or the National College for Teaching and Leadership website at


A good honours degree (2.2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification AND clear written and spoken English.

Grade C at GCSE in English language, mathematics and science prior to application.

School Experience
You will be required to provide recent evidence of ten days working with/observing children in a primary school classroom.

* Be able to demonstrate interest, experience, skills and commitment related to teaching.
* Pass pre-entry skills Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme.

* Attend an interview

DBS & other checks
Offers are also subject to the applicant undergoing all statutory safeguard checks, including a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

What we are looking for

Commitment to teaching
In addition to the entry requirements, applicants will need to demonstrate an interest, experience, skill and commitment towards teaching.

Grade C at GCSE in English language, mathematics and science prior to application.

Awareness of Equal opportunities
The University, The Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance and all of its staff are committed to Equal Opportunities both in the University and in partnership schools. We encourage students to take a full part in ensuring equality of opportunity in all aspects of University life.

You will need to be aware of how equal opportunities applies in the classroom. Observation in a school will assist you with this and provide you with real life examples which can be discussed at interview.

Experience/observation in a primary school
Applicants must have completed a minimum of ten days observation in a main stream primary school prior to application.

How we select our trainees

Commitment to teaching
In addition to the entry requirements, applicants will need to demonstrate an interest, experience, skill and commitment towards teaching.

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 Woodlands Academy Trust 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.