Ladywood School Direct
Primary (3-7) (HN32)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Edge Hill University
Financial support

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
29 November 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our mission at Ladywood is to enable you to enthuse and inspire children aged 3-7 with creative teaching. This is a salaried position to work within one of Ladywood’s alliance schools in an EYFS setting.

You will benefit from high quality teaching and training through our excellent partnerships and experience a variety of EYFS and Key Stage 1 settings. This post is for someone passionate about EYFS as the year will focus around the EYFS curriculum.

The PGCE School Direct route will train you to teach across the 3-7 age range and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience 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 concentrate EYFS strategies within this.

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 develop your EYFS practices related to current issues, initiatives and discussions. You will conduct a literature review and develop proposals for school improvement.

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

Interview process

What are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates that have a passion for working within the EYFS curriculum. You will need to have a minimum of 3 years classroom experience, plus 2 years working within the broader context of children . You must have a good understanding of EYFS and learning within the classroom. You will need a 2.1 or above in a degree linked with EYFS.

This post will be shortlisted to interview the strongest candidates.

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 with EYFS children
  • 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.

How school placements work

This post will provide 2 placements: There will be 2 placements at The Valley and another in a contrasting setting.

Each trainee will be expected to receive the following:

Three placement blocks covering all primary phases (between 6-12 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.

You will also have experience of nursery and SEND


You will receive a national rate grant of £9000 which will paid in installments over the course duration plus an unqualified teacher wage through the lead school, again paid in installments throughout the year.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



We are looking for candidates that have a passion for working within the EYFS curriculum. You will need to have a minimum of 3 years classroom experience, plus 2 years working within the broader context of children . You must have a good understanding of EYFS and learning within the classroom. A first or 2.1 Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification); GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in English Language, Mathematics; Combined Science / Physics / Chemistry / Biology.

Personal qualities

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

A genuine commitment to, and an understanding of EYFS. You will need to demonstrate the personal attributes, values and motivation you feel are required to join the teaching profession. You will need to demonstrate this passion both within your personal statement and interview. This post will be shortlisted, interviewing the strongest 10 candidates.

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.

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.

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.

Contact details

masefield road, littlelever,


Warning You cannot apply for this course because it currently has no vacancies. To find courses with vacancies, change your search settings to ‘Only courses with vacancies’.

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

Get support and advice about teaching

Register with Get Into Teaching, the Department for Education’s free support and advice service, for personalised guidance from teaching experts. They can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events. You can also call them free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Website support

If you have feedback or have had a problem using Find postgraduate teacher training you can contact us by email.

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.