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Ladywood School Direct Primary (SEND) (22BH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Edge Hill University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our mission at Ladywood is to enable you to enthuse and inspire children aged 5-11 with creative teaching. Through a combination of local school based training within the Bolton area and EHU sessions, we aim to provide an innovative, school-led programme whereby you can learn from specialist tutors and expert practitioners at the cutting edge of developments in education.

You will benefit from high quality training through our excellent partnerships and experience a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes in good and outstanding settings. We will consider your personal interests and work alongside you to create a tailor made experience.

The PGCE School Direct route will train you to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience and learn the latest approaches and strategies necessary to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

During the programme you will study a breadth of subjects, including all of the National Curriculum subjects. Through a focus on evidence-based research, you will specialise in one of the following:

Computing/Technology Enhanced Learning 

Creative Arts 




Modern Languages 

Physical Education 


Special Educational Needs/Disabilities 

Learning Outside The Classroom 

This PGCE School Direct route consists of three main elements.

Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development.

Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the Primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences.

Specialism – you will identify a specific focus of personal interest relevant to current issues, initiatives and discussions within your chosen specialism. You will conduct a literature review and develop proposals for school improvement.

You may choose a research specialism from a variety of subjects.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.

School placements

The Ladywood Alliance programme, in partnership with Edge Hill University and over 20 schools in Bolton, offers a PGCE with QTS and is aimed at producing Outstanding Teachers and Leaders of tomorrow. Our schools are selected on the basis of their commitment to supporting our future teaching profession. Here are some of our Partner Schools:

The Oaks Primary School St. Saviours C of E Primary School Red Lane Primary School Pikes Lane School Castle Hill Primary School Eatock Primary School Markland Hill Primary School Moorgate Primary School Haslam Park Hardy Mill Primary School St Matthews Primary School Mytham Primary School Rivington and Blackrod High School Masefield Primary School Beaumont Primary School Brownlow Fold Primary School Green Fold School Devonshire Road Primary School Ladywood School and Outreach Service

Each trainee will be expected to receive the following:

Three placement blocks in differing schools and covering all primary phases (between 6 and 11 weeks depending on the placement block). One of these blocks can be within a Special School setting if this is of particular interest to you.

Experience of an EYFS setting

Experience of an SEND setting

Placements are discussed on an individual basis as we endeavour to accommodate your bespoke requests.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Before the programme commences, you must have:

A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification);

GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in English Language and Mathematics; GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in Combined Science / Physics / Chemistry / Biology.

You are no longer required to pass the skills tests.

Personal qualities

When you apply, you need to demonstrate to us that you have:

A genuine commitment to, and an understanding of, primary education. You will need to demonstrate the personal attributes, values and motivation you feel are required to join the teaching profession

In addition, you must have suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.

Other requirements

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University and Ladywood Teaching School Alliance you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,250

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20 are still to be announced by the Government.

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Financial support information for international students can be found at

Financial support from the training provider

Ladywood will be offering out a number of salaried places for 2020. These will be selected at interview. This would mean that your funding/ finances would be supported heavily.

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit

About the training provider

Ladywood is a three times ‘Outstanding’ school, based within Bolton, Greater Manchester. Ladywood Teaching School is an integral part of the overall organisation.

Ladywood Teaching School Alliance programme will be delivered by outstanding practitioners in a highly supportive and aspirational environment. We offer primary placements in both mainstream and special school settings. We aim to transfer your skills, knowledge and understanding into those required for teaching within a primary classroom of tomorrow, by offering a uniquely holistic approach.

The majority of training will be facilitated by our Alliance Partners (currently 20 schools) together with Edge Hill University. The programme allows you to take risks and discover your potential in a safe environment. It allows you to be a reflective practitioner whilst focusing on current pedagogy and bringing this to life in the classroom setting.

This innovative programme aims to meet the needs of the group and the individual, as well as reflecting the current educational concepts; creating a dynamic and diverse training programme. From day one you will be treated as a fellow professional and receive high quality individual support.

The Alliance provides opportunities to teach in both urban and semi-rural settings. You will be joining us and be part of our Alliance’s journey at this exciting and innovative time as we cultivate the next generation of outstanding teachers. We offer a range of specialisms linked with EHU including Early Years and SEND. This year we will be offering a number of salaried places on our School Direct.

About the accredited body

Edge Hill University is based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester. The institution has been providing higher education since 1885, with a mission to create opportunity from knowledge.

The institution’s significant success in achieving its mission is recognised by a range of awards and high rankings for teaching, student experience, accommodation and more. Edge Hill is ranked as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s evaluation of excellence in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. The University has previously held the coveted UK University of the Year title.

Interview process

What are we looking for?

If you want to inspire life-long learners and are passionate to improve the outcomes for primary pupils you are what Ladywood is looking for. You need to be dedicated in creating innovative environments for primary pupils to thrive.

How we select our Trainees?

Ladywood Teaching School is the lead school in the partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process. The interview will take place within one of our local Partner schools and will include:

  • 10 minute observed focus activity
  • An interview
  • written task

The aim of the interview is to get the very best from our candidates and is carried out in a fair and professional manner.

You will be informed prior to your interview the content of the activity and the age group you will be teaching. Our Interview team will consist of Alliance school staff and Edge Hill University staff. The rigorous and thorough process is aimed at recruiting trainees of the highest calibre. We look forward to receiving your application to join this prestigious programme.

Training with disabilities and other needs

EHU’s Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University.

Learning Services provides support to students with a specific learning difficulty – SpLD, such as Dyslexia.

EHU and Ladywood Teaching School encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise you about:

Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study

Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions

The benefits of a Student Support Plan

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility

Reasonable adjustments to support your study

Exam modifications and alternative assessments

Rights and Responsibilities

Support whilst on placement

Disclosure and Confidentiality

Rights and Responsibilities

PEEPs and Emergency Action Plans

One of our priorities is to ensure safe environment for all students. If you have Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or another serious health condition which may require First Aid, we strongly recommend that you complete one of our Emergency Action Plans. We can discuss this with you when you come to see us.

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Support and advice

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You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021