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Town End Teaching and Support Alliance Primary (2NMY)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
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.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

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 a relaxed environment 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

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

Applicants must have been in full time paid employment for a minimum of 3 years.

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


Minimum salary of unqualified teacher scale

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Town End Teaching and Support 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 TETSA 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.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Town End Teaching and Support Alliance 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 teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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