Initial Teacher Training

How can I train to teach with BMAT?

We offer various routes into teaching, from pre-training programmes to assessment only routes for those already qualified overseas.

Academic Mentors

The Academic mentor programme is our own in-house teaching programme, created by BMAT for those who are interested in the teaching profession, but need some school experience.

The programme provides participants the opportunity to begin to work towards achieving QTS, through a combination of learning support, classroom experience, reflective practice, CPD and mentoring.

Most Academic Mentors continue their route to QTS by joining the School Direct or Straight to Teaching programmes.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • evidence of a University degree
  • GCSE’s (C+) in English and Maths (and Science for Primary training)

Schools Direct/Apprenticeships

Schools Direct is an initial teacher training programme that provides a blend of online learning and in-school experience leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an option to add a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

There are two School Direct training routes available, salaried and non-salaried. The salaried option is available if you have previous work experience in schools. This programme is delivered in partnership with the University of East London (UEL) and applications can be submitted through the DfE’s new search service, ‘Find postgraduate teacher training,’ which goes live on 2 October. UCAS will accept applications to courses from 9 October.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • evidence of a University degree
  • GCSE’s (C+) in English and Maths (and Science for Primary training)

Skills tests in English and Maths will need to be completed before acceptance into the programme. For more information about School Direct visit Get Into Teaching.

Straight to Teaching

Straight to Teaching is a salaried training programme that is offered to those who already have experience in the classroom as instructors or an Academic Mentor.

It is an online based learning programme that prepares learners to meet the QTS standards. Depending on the strength of the candidate, the programme can run anywhere from two terms to six terms.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • evidence of a University degree
  • GCSE’s (C+) in English and Maths (and Science for Primary training)

Skills tests in English and Maths will need to be completed before acceptance onto the assessment model of this course.

For more information about Straight to Teaching.

Assessment Only

If you’re an experienced teacher with a degree, you can achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) without having to do any further training. Assessment Only allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the standards for QTS.

To achieve QTS via the AO route, you’ll need to present detailed evidence that you meet the standards. Your teaching will be assessed in a school by an accredited and approved AO provider.

You’ll also need to take the professional skills test in literacy and numeracy before you can be accepted onto the route.

This way of achieving QTS is only available to unqualified teachers who have taught in at least two schools, early years and/or further education settings.

Contact our Teaching School Team directly if you are interested in this route to QTS

Where can I train to Teach?

A successful applicant would train in any of our partnership schools dependent on the school’s recruitment priority. Allocation of places will reflect proximity, preference and a balance of places across the partner schools.

EYFS/ KS1-2 placement schools

  • Roydon Primary School, Roydon, Essex
  • Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery, Harlow, Essex
  • Freshwaters Primary Academy, Harlow
  • Little Parndon Primary Academy, Harlow
  • Magna Carta Primary Academy, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

KS3-K4 placement schools

  • Burnt Mill Academy , Harlow, Essex
  • Forest Hall School, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex,
  • Epping St John’s, Epping, Essex
  • The Royal Docks Academy, Custom House, Newham, London
  • Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Harlow, Essex (Opening Sept 2019)

KS4-5 placement schools

  • BMAT STEM Academy, Harlow, Essex
  • Epping St John’s, Epping, Essex
  • Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Harlow, Essex (Opening Sept 2019)



What’s the eligibility criteria for postgraduate teacher training?

For postgraduate teacher training, you’ll need a degree and a GCSE grade C or 4 in English and Maths for secondary school training. If you’re teaching primary, this will also need to include a grade C or 4 in a Science.

What if I don't have the required GCSEs?

If you don’t have the necessary GCSEs in Maths, English or Science, you may be able to take a pre-entry test set by training providers or an equivalency test.

What should I do if my qualifications are from overseas?

If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK, you should contact the schools or universities you would like to train with - you may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. You can compare overseas qualifications to the British degree standard on GOV.UK to find out what bursary you could receive.

How would I financially support my training?

There’s a range of support available for postgraduate teacher training. This includes:

  • tax-free bursaries of up to £26,000 or you could apply for a scholarship of up to £28,000 if you have a 2:2 or above in a range of subjects
  • with or without a bursary, you could still access a tuition fee and maintenance loan
  • extra support if you have a disability or have children

How are bursaries or scholarships paid? What can it be used for?

You’ll be paid in 10 equal monthly instalments during your training year – you can choose to spend the bursary as you wish.

Will I receive funding for my postgraduate teacher training if I have a degree class below a 2:2?

In order to receive a training bursary or scholarship, you’ll need to hold a second-class honours degree or equivalent and train in an eligible subject, Trainees holding third class or pass/ordinary degrees won’t be eligible unless they hold a higher relevant academic qualification, such as a masters or a PhD.

What is a PGCE?

The postgraduate certificate in education, or PGCE is a one- or two-year academic qualification you can achieve alongside qualified teacher status during your teacher training. You don’t need a PGCE to teach in England, but you do need qualified teacher status (QTS) to teach as a qualified teacher, which all postgraduate teacher training courses offer.

How long does it take to complete teacher training?

The majority of teacher training courses last a year. There are opportunities to complete an accelerated course over two terms.

Do I need classroom experience before I apply?

School experience isn’t a mandatory requirement. However, school experience will provide you with the opportunity to see inside a modern classroom and observe lessons. Classroom experience can help you find out how teaching has changed since you were at school and this may help you decide whether teaching is for you - - it could also strengthen your application. We can help you gain school experience across our Trust schools.

What if my degree doesn't relate to the subject I want to teach?

If you don't have a degree in the subject you want to train in, you could complete a fully-funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course – these are available if you have plenty of work experience in the subject you want to teach or you have a relevant A level.

How do I apply to train as a teacher?

From October, you can apply for the majority of teacher training courses for 2019 via our Teaching School team.

When do I need to take the professional skills tests for trainee teachers?

For Schools Direct / Apprenticeship courses you need to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. You can register for the skills tests to book an appointment in advance, but you’re expected to have submitted your application before the test date.

For Straight to Teaching course you need to have passed the skills tests before registering for Final Assessment.

What will my interview be like?

The content of the day will include; teaching short lesson, an individual interview and a short literacy and numeracy skills test.

On interview you’ll be asked about your experience of working with young people, your commitment to teaching and your relevant knowledge and skills. The aim of the day is for you and the interviewers to find out whether teaching is right for you.

I’m a qualified overseas teacher can I teach in England?

To be a qualified teacher in England, you’ll need to gain qualified teacher status (QTS). You may be able to gain QTS in England through ‘Straight to Teaching’ or ‘Assessment Only’ routes.