Painsley Teaching School Alliance
Mathematics (3FPE)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Derby
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
Sep 2020 - Jun 2021
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This programme aims to ‘develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative’. The Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship Scheme at the university has been designed to be both academic and vocational. It provides challenging expectations of you as a teacher apprentice to create a high quality teaching and learning environment which will engage your interest and motivation. The broad aims of the main curriculum component of the programme are to:

  • develop your subject knowledge with a subject specialist mentor and teach you how to put that knowledge into practice (pedagogy) in order to thrive in the culture of our schools;
  • enable you to become a highly motivated, outstanding effective, creative and reflective practitioner;
  • prepare you for a career in teaching that will prove to be successful and rewarding;
  • develop in you a commitment to and enthusiasm for continuing professional and personal development;
  • provide you with sufficient information, experience and opportunity in order that you might achieve the National Teacher Standards to enable you to be recommended for QTS.

Interview process

As a Lead School we will work together with the University of Derby in order to shortlist suitable candidates. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. In addition to a formal interview, you will be asked to undertake an observed short teaching task working with pupils and you will sit mock literacy and numeracy tests. The interview will take place at the school advertising the Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship and will be conducted by the Teaching School.

Personal Statement Use your personal statement to tell us why you are committed to become a teacher. You should also tell us about your experience within schools and what insights you have gained into high quality teaching and learning. You should refer to any reading you have undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching indicating what you have learnt from this. If you already have links with a supporting school, please include this within your statement.

How school placements work

The Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship Scheme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant in-school training. You will be teaching over four days in a high quality school from across our consortium. You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by consortium schools and our HEI partners. In school, you will be supported by a dedicated and trained subject mentor, as well as a professional tutor, who are school-based experienced staff. In addition, you will also have University based professional and subject tutors.
The apprenticeship starts in September 2020 and will finish in October 2021. Training through our consortium will also provide you with opportunities to develop your educational and professional studies through school-based sessions that include:

  • Use of data and reporting; Liaison with parents
  • Behaviour – sanction and reward
  • G&T (more able) and PP students
  • SEN / EAL, including the new SEN Code of Practice
  • Pastoral care
  • Differentiation
  • Assessment for Learning and Success Criteria
  • Pedagogy – planning and assessment
  • Access to our interactive NQT programme
    • Metacognition and EEF research on achievement including disadvantaged students

You will be in one school for the majority of the apprenticeship scheme with a second secondary 6 week placement during the programme. In addition, as part of your continual professional development, you will spend days in primary and SEND schools.

We currently work with over 16 partner secondary and primary schools.


The salary will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales with any possible relevant experience.

There are no fees associated with this course.

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.



  • GCSE (or recognised equivalents) in Mathematics and English Language Grade C or above.
  • A degree classification of 2:1 or above is preferred; a 2:2 degree may be considered for exceptional candidates (must be in your subject area)
  • All students must pass tests skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to taking up any offered place.
  • The university requires a medical report which is to be deemed satisfactory to be successful.
  • You will need to have completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the university as part of the application for School Direct.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented, hardworking candidates who have the qualities and personal skills suited to a career in teaching alongside the drive and ambition to make it happen. Qualities we are looking for include:

  • A friendly and approachable manner
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization and time management
  • Excellent subject knowledge
  • A passion for your subject, drive and enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Imagination and the ability to be innovative
  • Evaluative nature being able to reflect on your performance
  • Leadership
  • A commitment to learning

Other requirements

Trainees completing an Apprenticeship or Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded. To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Please note, it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

About the training provider

We are a consortium of secondary and primary schools across Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent and the Peak District. Through our links with our university partners, we offer an innovative approach to your development as a teacher; a number of our school based colleagues lead sessions at the University, enabling you to benefit from the strengths that both the university and our schools bring to your teacher education programme. All our schools share our vision to develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative. We seek to develop your talents and attributes in relation to secondary pedagogy. This will enable you to not only meet the competencies required by the Teacher’s Standards, but to exceed them. The Painsley Consortium of schools is part of the wider University partnership of secondary schools comprises a mixture of faith schools (Catholic and Church of England), as well as local authority and academy settings. You will be able to benefit from placements in two school settings; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering children a broad and balanced curriculum, one that both engages and excites them. It is a privilege for us to be working in a diverse region with exceptional teachers. We respect the cultures and backgrounds of the young people in our settings. In particular, we value the transformative role that a high quality secondary educational experience has, it enables young people to become informed, empowered and engaged and improving the outcomes for all.

About the accredited body

Our School Direct route provides the ideal combination of highly regarded qualifications and hands-on experience. We achieve high levels of employment and student satisfaction.

With intensive support in the classroom and guidance of University experts, you will be fully prepared for the practical demands of secondary teaching in your chosen subject specialism.

As part of the course, you will undertake three assessed teaching placements, supported throughout by our school mentors and subject link tutors.

You will also spend time at the University to help put your school experience in the context of educational policy, priciples and evidence-based practice.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.

Contact details

01538 493777
Painsley Catholic College - Sixth Form
Attlee Road
ST10 1LL


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