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If you’re applying for the first time since applications opened in October 2020, apply no later than 6pm on 7 September 2021.

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Town End Teaching and Support Alliance Primary (27LY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

School Direct is a national teacher training initiative offering the exciting opportunity to train alongside outstanding practitioners, gaining valuable knowledge skills and professional attitudes that will enable you to start you on your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher and a future school leader.

TETSA can offer you: Outstanding pedagogy delivered by specialist staff in all areas of the curriculum Training sessions delivered by outstanding leaders and staff in our new training facility Strong and skilled support networks in the application of effective teaching and learning methodology Strong partnerships between Northumbria University and our school-based trainers Continuing professional development opportunities Employment opportunities Professional and approachable ITT mentors NQT support Begin the year with a thorough induction at our training suite. Our celebration event is hosted at the stunning Ramside Hall in County Durham. This visit is inclusive of an overnight stay, all meals and use of the spa facilities. These opportunities provide you with relaxed environments to get to know one another and reflect upon your learning.

School placements

TETSA are a large and collaborative family of carefully selected schools across the North East, which can enable you to gain experience, knowledge and support in a diverse range of exciting and fulfilling settings. With the wealth and breadth of experience across our alliance we can tailor your training and professional development to your needs.

Our main site includes schools from within the WISE Academies Trust, including: Town End Academy, Bexhill Academy, Hasting Hill Academy, North View Academy (Sunderland) Welbeck Academy (Newcastle) Malvin’s Close Academy, Morpeth Road Academy, Croftway Academy (Blyth) Prudhoe West Academy, Adderlane Academy, Shaftoe Trust Academy, Haltwhistle Academy (Northumberland)

We currently offer placements within Early Years, Primary and SEN schools ranging from ages 3 to 11. Trainees will take part in 3 school based placements across 2 different settings.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Houghton Community Nursery
Nesham Place, Houghton le Spring, DH5 8AE
Main Site
WISE Academies, Borodin Avenue, Sunderland, SR5 4NX
Seascape Primary
Ellison Road, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 5NJ
Woodlea Primary School
Gill Crescent South, Fence Houses, Houghton-Le-Spring, DH4 6AR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All candidates are required to have, or are expected to gain: - A good degree of a United Kingdom HEI of 2.2 or above although applicants with a 2.1 or 1st class degree will be seen as more desirable. - GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent). Applicants who are currently retaking a GCSE or awaiting a degree classification will be offered a conditional place if successful on interview until the grade can be confirmed. Applicants must have passed the English and mathematics skills test before commencing the course.

Personal qualities

Experience working with children in a school or other settings will enhance your application as well as a reference containing a strong recommendation that you are suitable to train as a primary school teacher. In addition to the academic qualifications we will consider the full range of knowledge, skills and prior experiences of every application in judging whether the applicant is capable of meeting the requirements.

Other requirements

All places offered will be subject to a DBS check prior to starting the course. This will be completed by Northumbria University.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Town End Teaching School Alliance (TETSA) was established in 2012. Since then, we have established strong alliances with other schools across the North East. The lead school is Town End Academy, which is an outstanding school in Sunderland and part of WISE Academies which incorporates a number of schools across the North East.

Children are at the forefront of everything that TETSA do. In order to secure the best outcomes for pupils, we support staff at all stages of their career to grow and be part of schools which provide an excellent all-round education to every child.

In partnership with several schools, in a range of different contexts, the alliance is committed to creating partnerships that will improve teaching and learning in our own schools and beyond.

Interview process

During the interview process you will be required to deliver a short teaching activity, complete a selection of written tasks and take part in a formal interview. The formal interview panel will be made up of a Teaching School Lead and members of Senior Leadership from schools within our partnership. On occasion, course leaders from Northumbria University may also sit on the interview panel.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Town End Teaching School is an inclusive provider. Please contact us for further details.

Contact this training provider

Borodin Avenue
Tyne & Wear

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

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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