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Teacher training

So you want to be a teacher?

ELEYSP, in conjunction with the University of East London, run primary school teacher training through the School Direct programme. As a teaching alliance ELEYSP have a wealth of experience and a wide range of schools for you to train to become a teacher either through:

  • an employment-based route to teaching - a trainee employed by a school to train to teach; or
  • studying for a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) with school placement opportunities.


Both routes will enable you to achieve Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) so you will be qualified to teach in a primary school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.



To apply for a place with the ELEYSP, please follow the links below:

Salaried route -


Non salaried route (tuition fee) -


Rabia’s Story : Working together to secure your teaching career

Rabia Rahman has been working as an Early Years Educator at Kay Rowe Nursery School in Newham for many years. She’d been part of the team for years before Rabia even considered that she might want to become an Early Years teacher. Following up on encouragement from the head teacher at Kay Rowe, Rabia decided to apply to the ELEYSP School Direct salaried programme.  ELEYSP were able to meet Rabia and her head teacher to talk through how the training would work and the levels of support she could access both on the programme and at the nursery school.

ELEYSP provide a wide range of support systems alongside academic teaching to ensure you can access the support that suits you best. This includes workshops with other trainees, one to one mentoring, specialist workshops to help you understand topics in more depth, senior leader support in your school placement to name a few! It was with this understanding that Rabia knew exactly what she could expect when she started the training programme and so felt confident about taking that next step to erol on the course.

Rabia fully enjoyed her year on the teaching programme as she was able to deepen her knowledge when studying at the University of East London who are a key partner on the ELEYSP programme. Rabia was also about to put into practice this knowledge at Kay Rowe. The opportunity to visit and teach in other schools and Early Years setting also enabled her to better understand how the nursery children’s learning developed.

Rabia has now successfully gained qualified teaching status and enjoys being a brilliant teacher who is growing in her leadership abilities.

"Training with ELEYSP has helped me to put myself in the place of those who find learning hard and I feel privileged to be in a position to lead on decision making to support those students".

Rabia Rahman, teacher at Kay Rowe Nursery School, Newham

Cassie’s story : Grow your own - how support at Kaizen school has helped to develop a young leader

Cassie Bagan started working in a Newham nursery school in 2001 as soon as she completed secondary school. Cassie really enjoyed working with very young children and their families and had gained many years’ experience of working in Early Years before she even started thinking about the possibility of becoming a teacher.

Cassie under took a foundation course and after she started working at Kaizen Primary school in 2012 she decided to embark on a BA honours degree part time. Cassie was a real asset to Kaizen during this time and her skills were utilised in a range of different roles at the school which included Nursery Officer, Speech and Language Lead Practitioner in the Early Years through to an Early Years unqualified teacher.

Cassie was able to take on the role of an Early Years unqualified teacher due to the support of Kaizen primary school. Kaizen supported her financially to complete her BA hons degree and then through providing a placement on the School Direct salaried route for the teacher training programme.

Kaizen support has paid off for both the school and Cassie. Kaizen’s commitment and Cassie’s dedication has meant the school has an outstanding teacher who is now in her third year of teaching at Kaizen and Cassie is continuing to go from strength to strength and is focused on developing her leadership skills to progress to a leadership role in the future.

“With Kaizen’s support and all that I learnt on the teacher training, I have gained so much experience, I feel really well equipped and fully prepared for most things teaching throws at me!”

Cassie Bagan, teacher at Kaizen Primary, Newham

“Investing long term in Cassie has meant that not only does our school have an outstanding practitioner, but a loyal, committed member of the team. She knows that we are committed to her continued development and that this will continue well into her career. There are leadership opportunities for her when she’s ready and the continued support and ultimately high levels of trust mean she is invested in our school, our Trust and its values.”

Barb Sims, Head Teacher, Kaizen Primary, Newham

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