St Marks’s teaching School Partnership Primary (2T49)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sussex
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

St Marks teaching school works in partnership with the University of Sussex. This is a School Direct School-led Initial Teacher Training committed to providing the highest quality training. Training is school-based in schools in the Wealden area of East Sussex. All trainees train for Qualified Teacher Status, which is required for all teaching positions. There is also an opportunity to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which can lead to Master’s level credits. The trainee will have a class and school based tutor and be based in one year group in their base school. A link tutor from the university will support the assessment of the trainee. The trainee will work in school 4 days a week and attend university for 1 day a week. Trainees will have access to all the university resources e.g. library. The assessment will include university based tasks alongside termly observations of teaching. The trainee will meet weekly with their school based tutor to discuss their practice and enable them to reflect on their progress. The class tutor will support the trainee to plan and prepare teaching for learning in their class. The trainee will have two placements; a base school and year group followed by a placement in Term 3 in another Key Stage in another school. Trainee teachers need breadth and variety of experience in schools to enable them to meet all the standards for QTS. They need to teach children and young people from different backgrounds, and in their chosen age ranges, as well as gaining experience of different approaches to teaching and to school organisation and management.

School placements

The candidate will have two placements.

The placement schools are selected to match with the candidates interests and locality. The second placement will offer a contrasting placement e.g. urban vs rural.
The placement will be selected to be as near to the candidates home as possible.

Candidates will teach 4 -11 year olds

We are partnered with 4 other schools Manor Primary School High Hurstwood Church of England Primary School Buxted Church of England Primary School Bonners Church of England Primary School

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above bachelor’s degree or equivalent An undergraduate degree 2:2 in a subject related to the English National Curriculum or a related subject such as Psychology, Child Development etc. Applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement their qualification with at least 60 credits at HE, level 3.

  • GCSE:

English, Maths and a Science subject GCSE at grade C or above (pre-2017), Grade 5 or above (post-2017), or equivalent qualifications.

Personal qualities

As the Sussex Schools partnership we are looking for people with;

  • A passion for working with young children

  • A strong knowledge and understanding of Primary education, and a sound awareness of current issues in English Primary schools

  • Effective communication skills and good organisational ability

  • Experience with young people and commitment to developing individuals

  • Enthusiasm, energy and creativity

  • The ability to evaluate practice and to address your weaknesses

  • Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change

  • A sense of responsibility

  • The ability to work in a team

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 £9,250

Primary School Direct Tuition Fee funded training places are available. This provides a strong focus on practical,classroom-based experience. For School Direct Tuition Fee places, the course fee is £9250. You can apply for a student loan or self-fund.

Fees are paid directly to the training provider.

There are no other costs

About the training provider

St Mark’s teaching school partnership is an exciting place to work and learn. It provides a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. This is an innovative partnership of six schools led by the outstanding St Marks Church of England Primary. The vision for our partnership is “To open a door to teaching and learning that will inspire the teachers of the future to be able to work collaboratively and creatively, and to have a passion to enable the pupils in their care to develop holistically to their full potential.” We recognise how much enthusiasm and energy trainees bring to our schools. They give us an opportunity to share good practice and to learn with them. Our staff are trained in, and enjoy, coaching and developing, the next generation of teachers so that they can inspire our children.
Our partnership of schools is led by St Marks Teaching School and comprises of four village primaries and a large urban primary with an ASD facility. The children across our schools are at the heart of everything we do. They are happy, well- motivated and they love learning. Both staff and children believe everyone matters, everyone helps to enable everyone to succeed.
Our staff are our most valuable resource, and have a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners who are eager to share their knowledge and skills and work alongside the next generation of teachers

About the accredited body

The University also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the sessions offered across our partnership. The University works in partnership with the school to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for QTS. A university tutor will support you whilst on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University. Candidates on a School Direct Training place will be automatically registered on the PGCE which offers up to 90 Master credits.

To find out more about our partnership with the University of Sussex please visit:

Interview process

The potential trainees will be interviewed by a panel of Headteachers and a representative from the university in one of our partnership schools.

There will be one interview.

There will be no additional tests

Training with disabilities and other needs

The programme welcomes applications from all sections of the community and recognises and values the diversity of trainees recruited. We oppose all forms of discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We want to ensure that everyone has equal access to opportunities and that all the attributes, talents and skills available throughout the community are recognised.

Contact details

School Lane
Hadlow Down
TN22 4HY

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