Yorkshire Anglican Teaching School Alliance Primary (38JX)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Yorkshire Anglican Teaching School Alliance is an inclusive and diverse teaching school alliance. We are a well-established training provider with an excellent reputation in providing high quality teacher training and support. With over 50 partner schools we can offer a wealth of experience and choice with your school placements. Our School Direct Programme is accredited through Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT and is delivered over the course of an academic year. The Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT moderation report (2019) said… 4.3 The SCITT is able to draw from a bank of considerable expertise and resources, developed and acquired over time… 4.5 … the SCITT manager is forward-looking and committed to adopting best practice to ensure that all trainees receive a ‘good deal’ and are equipped with all of the essential tools they need to teach effectively and impact positively on pupil progress. A strength of our programme is that you will be in school from the first day of term and you will be seen as a staff member by everyone. You will be in school four days a week to the end of the school year, with two contrasting placements. One day a week you’ll be at our central venue alongside other trainees, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences and receiving a bespoke package of curriculum training. Our model enables you to experience a full year in school and fully appreciate the demands/rewards that brings. Working alongside your mentor, you’ll identify your ongoing level of knowledge, skills and experience and from that draw up and work continuously on a training plan. This will involve observing experienced teachers and training activities leading to delivering whole class. Core training is extremely diverse from theoretical input to observing excellent practice. We support our trainees, enabling them to be fully prepared for the exciting and challenging world of teaching. On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded qualified teacher status (QTS) in line with the Teacher Standards. Assessment is;

  • Half-termly Tutor visit reports
  • 3 termly reports
  • 2nd placement report
  • 3 Reflection Points (training activities which focus on a group of standards feeding into 2 Assignments)

We work hard to create a reduced workload approach to assessment, basing many of our judgments on professional dialogue - not paper trails. Assessment is based upon day-to-day practice and should complement your teaching and reduce the amount of additional work required.

School placements

On our School Direct Programme, you will train across two school phases (KS1 and KS2) in at least two different schools, offering a range of different experiences. This will help to ensure you are fully prepared for the teaching profession. Due to our rigorous interview process which will tease out your strengths and unique qualities, we are able to carefully match you to school placements which will maximise and build on your existing skill base. Teaching time will be carefully built up over the first placement, where you will initially start by supporting groups of pupils until your confidence has grown and you are able to lead teaching sessions with individuals, groups and a whole class. Throughout this period; you will receive training and regular support with lesson planning and preparation, curriculum development and pedagogy. Your weekly sessions at the SCITT will allow you to reflect on your placement, progress and development. Your school-based mentor will further support your development at every step. A contrasting short placement is completed in the Spring term at an alternate school which enables our trainees to experience a breadth and depth of learning opportunities. Within our School Direct programme, most trainees return to their first placement school for their final placement and this gives trainees an opportunity to build up their teaching to approximately 80% of the timetable ensuring that they teach all curriculum subject areas and complete the placement fully competent to move into the NQT year. Throughout all placements you will receive support from your school-based mentor, external support from your tutor and will have regular interface with your SCITT team.

Interview process

If you are selected for interview, you will be asked to prepare a task to bring to your interview and should expect to undertake a written task on the day.

You will be invited to an interview by a small panel comprising a Partnership tutor and a senior colleague from one of our partner schools.

You will be expected to answer a range of questions which are designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria.

You will need to bring to interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of identity.

You will be asked to complete a short exercise to demonstrate your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

If you are successful at the partnership interview you will be offered a place.

If you accept, you will be recommended to a partner school as a prospective trainee.

When a school is confirmed as the host school you should expect to be interviewed by the school, following its recruitment and selection processes.

Before commencing the programme you will sign a contract between you, the host school and the Partnership.

You will have had a satisfactory criminal background check and all other requisite checks will be carried out.

Formal offers of SCITT places will be made by Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and not by individual schools.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

We offer two options through the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT accreditation: £7500 for Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS) £9250 for QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which is offered through the University of Huddersfield.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

If required, we will support you through the Student Finance process for fees and maintenance grants, as well as signpost to other possible funding streams. We recognise that primary trainees do not have access to a bursary, however we will look to place trainees in a school with suitable travelling distance.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training)

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/overseas-graduates)



To train as a primary school teacher you must have:

  • GCSE Maths/English/Science (Primary) at least Grade C/4 or equivalent - we accept most equivalency tests
  • UK Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • NARIC certificate for qualifications gained overseas

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees that:

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and passionate about a teaching career
  • Demonstrate commitment and professionalism, with a love of learning
  • Show good communication with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Establish effective working relationships and work as part of a team
  • Use own initiative and further own development
  • Show resilience and persistence when working under pressure
  • Have a thorough understanding of equality and diversity
  • Demonstrate reflective practice and a forward-facing outlook Although not essential recent school-based experience in school is desirable; however recent relevant experience of work with children, may be considered.

Other requirements

  • Successful Interview
  • Proof of address and ID
  • Qualifications check
  • A health declaration check
  • An enhanced DBS check Having your own faith is not a requirement of this programme. Applications are welcomed from people of all faiths and no faith.

About the training provider

Yorkshire Anglican TSA are proud to be working in partnership with The Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT and Huddersfield University. YATSA works with Partnership schools across local authority boundaries, which means we can offer a diverse selection of schools and contrasting experiences to support a wider learning & development base.
Our trainees make very good progress, are well supported to achieve success & demonstrate good/outstanding outcomes at the end of their placements. 100% of trainees gained their QTS in 2020. What our trainees say about us:

“During my interview I felt that the staff effectively assessed my abilities and provided me with a great deal of information for me to start my teacher training journey.” “My training experience (with YATSA) has given me the tools to become an enthusiastic, creative & driven primary school teacher.” “The support and guidance I received throughout my training was excellent and all staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. Within my placements I was given broad opportunities to develop my classroom, behaviour management, teaching style & subject knowledge, always with the consistent support of my mentor.” “From my experience I would highly recommend Yorkshire Anglican TSA to any potential applicant.”

About the accredited body

Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT is an established and successful teacher training provider, based in Heckmondwike. The SCITT has been training teachers since 2003, and was rated ‘Good’ in their latest Ofsted Inspection, and has gone from strength to strength since. Trainees benefit from experienced mentors, tutors & a core team who provide an opportunity for networking & sharing in a supportive environment.

Training with disabilities and other needs

YATSA is a fully inclusive training provider, committee to equal opportunities. We actively encourage applications from all groups. We welcome applications from ethnic minority and other represented groups. The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as a provider of school-based teacher training and have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.

Contact details

Wakefield Road
West Yorkshire


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