Routes into Teaching

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Future Stars Teaching School Alliance (FSTSA) is led by Queensbridge Primary School, an ‘Outstanding’ school.  Our highly inclusive group of schools have a fantastic track record of training high calibre students.  We encourage potential applicants to make contact with us and consider volunteering as a first step on their journey into teaching; recruitment to volunteering is selective and not guaranteed.

With UCL, Institute of Education we offer:

  • a school direct salaried primary QTS only route (with optional PGCE top up).  You will be based in one of our Alliance Schools and train to teach through a mixture of hands-on experience in school and university days at the Institute.  This route is appropriate for applicants with significant post-graduate work experience.  Experience of working in a primary school is also preferred and places are limited.
  • a school direct tuition fee route into teaching.  The course structure is similar to the above route in that it offers a mixture of school based and university led training. Tuition fees apply and the training year does not attract a salary

For more information about UCL, Institute of Education courses: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training

With Goldsmiths we offer:

  • a school direct salaried primary QTS and PGCE option.  You will be based in one of our Alliance Schools and train to teach through a mixture of hands-on experience in school and university days at the Institute.  This route is appropriate for applicants with significant post-graduate work experience.  Experience of working in a primary school is also preferred and places are limited.
  • a school direct tuition fee route into teaching.  The course structure is similar to the above route in that it offers a mixture of school based and university led training. Successful completion of the course results in a PGCE and QTS. Tuition fees apply and the training year does not attract a salary

For more information about Goldsmiths University Teacher Training Courses please visit: https://www.gold.ac.uk/educational-studies/schooldirect/

FSTSA offers a unique blend of school-based experience and university-led learning which ensures a breadth and depth of experience and exposure to a wide range of teaching practices. Students will be part of a school team from the start, based in an identified class with an experienced teacher/mentor. Many of our class teachers started their teaching careers as schools direct students themselves, so they have a wealth of experience to offer. Mentors will provide regular meetings, observation opportunities, practical advice and a listening ear when needed. All of our students benefit from an extremely strong support network that will lead to quick progress in becoming outstanding practitioners. Our Queensbridge-based Initial Teacher Training leader will oversee all student progress whether they are based here at Queensbridge or in another school across our Alliance.  Students will also have a university tutor who will visit at regular intervals throughout the year to support their progress.

All students benefit from regular study days at our Central London Universities.  In addition we offer opportunities to visit the other schools across our Teaching School Alliance where you will be invited to take part in learning walks and offered opportunities to observe experienced teachers in action. Our Specialist Leaders of education  are all practising teachers and will offer you practical tips and highly relevant insights into their areas of expertise.  In the spring term all students benefit from a 2nd school placement for 6 weeks where they are placed in a contrasting key stage and school environment.

Our offer

Real support from experienced mentors and tutors
Students will have support at 3 levels: day to day from class-based mentors, regular meetings every week with a school-based lead professional mentor and regular visits from an experienced university tutor. All mentors and tutors will regularly observe and give opportunities for students to become reflective and set useful targets that will ensure progression towards Qualified Teacher Status.

Additional training days in Specialist Areas Across our Alliance
At Future Stars TSA we have Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) with expertise in the following fields:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Restorative Justice
  • EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Computing
  • Dialogic Learning
  • Maths

Our SLEs are accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and will offer specialist workshops exclusively available to students who train through Future Stars TSA.

The Alliance has links with an “Outstanding” Special School within the borough to offer ‘experience weeks’ that will add to the students’ knowledge of SEND.

A chance to begin your career in an exciting teaching landscape of Hackney
Hackney offers exciting opportunities for teachers in a culturally rich and diverse environment. At Future Stars TSA we will offer you a successful start to your career and great opportunities to continue with your professional development after you qualify as a teacher.  We are ambitious for our teachers and have a strong track record of retaining, training and promoting our newly qualified teachers into middle management and beyond.