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Initial Teacher Training                               

Brent Teaching School Alliance

School Direct Placements for 2020-2021


All applications are made through UCAS. 

Application window opens 8th October 2019

Feel free to phone our Teaching School Office if you have any queries.

Information related to all our courses can be found on the

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Primary Tuition Fee - Recruiting now

Barham Primary School
Byron Court Primary School
Elsley Primary School
Kingsbury Green Primary School
Oliver Goldsmith Primary School
Preston Manor Lower School
Preston Park Primary School
Uxendon Manor School

Primary SALARIED - Recruiting now

Byron Court School
Mount Stewart School
Oliver Goldsmith Primary School
Preston Park Primary School
Sudbury Primary School
Uxendon Manor School
Wykeham Primary School




Secondary SALARIED Placements - Recruiting now

Claremont High School Academy Preston Manor School
Maths - 3FRM English - 3FRQ
Chemistry - 3FRN Chemistry - 3FRR
English - 3FRP Physics - 3FRT
History - 3FRV
Music - 3FRW 

Secondary TUITION FEE Placements - Recruiting now

Claremont High School Academy Preston Manor School
Geography (with Humanities) - 3FS2 Maths - 3FRX
History (with Humanities) - 3FS3 English - 3FRY
English - 3FRY Physics - 3FS4
Drama with English - 3FRZ Chemistry - 3FS5
Biology - 3FS6 

Initial Teacher Training

(Recruitment will open 8th October)

The Brent Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) is a strong partnership of primary and secondary schools working with Middlesex University to provide high quality teacher training amongst our mainly 'outstanding' establishments. Our vision is to train and develop the next generation of outstanding teachers for Brent schools.

The consortium of schools involved in the delivery of Initial Teacher Training has a high level of expertise and strong commitment to delivering high quality training. We have a proven track record, successfully training teachers for many years.

In partnership with Brent, the BTSA can provide a broad range of experiences and developmental opportunities within a multi-culturally diverse population, which enriches the experience of teaching within this unique community.

Initial Teacher Training students will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. Training will be delivered by expert teachers in the partnership schools. This will be enhanced by attending a programme of lectures and workshop at Middlesex University. Students will have full access to the university, you will also be assigned a university tutor who will help to create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through, visits to school and guidance with assignments.

You will be allocated a mentor from the staff of your host school. From the beginning you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and parents evenings. Our mentors are outstanding teachers but they are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills. 

We offer both NON-SALARIED and SALARIED routes 


Our Teacher Training Programme is run in conjunction with Middlesex University and leads to the following qualifications:

Secondary: PGCE qualification with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Primary: PG Cert Teaching with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).    


On the Salaried route students are employed by the school.  Work experience (school or other) is desirable but not essential. Successfully completing the salaried route gains students the award PG Cert Teaching with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  


What we are looking for: 

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching and have a desire to share this with young people of all abilities. 

This will be demonstrated by meaningful experiences of working with young people. This does not need to be paid work but might be helping with a sports team, drama group or youth club. We would like you to have carried out some observations in a classroom or you may even have worked in a school. 

Entry Requirements

All entrants must have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics. For graduates intending to train to teach pupils aged 3-11(Primary) you must also have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE Science.

At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be assessed including your subject knowledge for teaching and competency in the fundamental skills of English and Maths.

Applicants who do not hold the relevant GCSEs may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing equivalency tests. We accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or other appropriately accredited providers approved by the ITT team at Middlesex University. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills or IELTS.

Any qualifications must be gained prior to applying. 

As a trainee teacher on our programme, we expect candidates to:

  • Have a 2.2 or above degree
  • Demonstrate an aptitude to teaching
  • Have a commitment to our approach to learning;
  • Have the desire to approach curriculum planning in a creative and imaginative way;
  • Have very high standards for the children and themselves;
  • Be committed to inclusion in terms of social class, race and ability;
  • Have a genuine interest in educational thinking and debate;
  • Have the ability and willingness to continuously reflect, improve and learn from mistakes;
  • Have high levels of interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Have the ability to sustain optimism, energy and a positive outlook under pressure and challenge;
  • Have the capacity for hard work and a sense of humour.                                                                                                                 

All successful applicants will be subject to a DBS and an Occupational Health check. 

To apply please visit the UCAS website for information related to

School-based teacher training.

Please visit each school's individual websites for more information.