Tyne Valley Alliance Primary (23WM)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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 9
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

With TVTSA you will learn the skills to become an outstanding teacher. After 12 years delivering the course we have developed a bespoke training plan to meet the needs of all trainees.

Our course is unique in that we cover 5 local authorities and offer training both in conjunction with Northumbria University and through the use of our Specialist Leaders of Education. These outstanding teachers deliver training from The Arts to EAL in a small group environment to enable trainees to ask questions and feel involved. We also run training with two other alliances so trainees have the opportunity to get to know others learning to teach and develop a network of contacts. Placements are allocated with your travel in mind.

Trainees complete two placements over the length of the course. We have deliberately kept 2 placements as feedback tells us trainees can really get to know the children, families and staff. Head teachers also like to have trainees in for a longer placement as they can get to know them well and this can often result in them being offered a position. All our previous trainees have been offered teaching positions with over half within our alliance of schools. Some have now progressed on to become senior leaders.

In between placements at the start of February trainees break up the course with a two week placement at Sele First Hexham observing Science Technology Engineering and Maths teaching. They have the opportunity to work alongside other professionals such as scientists and doctors.

Trainees are given the choice of their preferred key phases for each placement and have the opportunity to spend time in all three from Early Years to Upper Key Stage 2 should they wish.

Trainees will have a school mentor, a university mentor and a lead school mentor meaning support is always readily available. The lead school mentor lives the journey with you and will be in contact every week.

Teaching builds up gradually based on previous experiences in school. We are led by trainees as their confidence grows.

Trainees will compete the course with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Please visit our website at www.selefirst.org to read a testimonial from one of our most recent trainees.

Good luck to all with your search.

School placements

A trainee will have two main placements in 2 contrasting schools from our school selection. These include several from across 5 local authorities including Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, North Tyneside and Gateshead. All with Good and Outstanding Ofsted ratings. The schools range from small rural settings in Northumberland to large primaries by the coast.

Our schools include West Jesmond Primary, Hotspur Primary, Benton Park Primary, Wingrove Primary, Sele First, Hexham First, Ovingham First, Shaftoe Trust Primary, Prudhoe Adderlane, Mickley First, Marine Park Primary, Lobley Hill Primary, Throckley Primary, St Augustines Catholic Primary, Prudhoe West First, Shilbottle Primary and Seahouses Primary. We will find 2 schools that suit you best taking into account where you live.

You will also have the opportunity to observe teaching in Sele First for a mini placement and The Priory School. The schools are all either first or primary and you will be in school from day 1.

At the end of the course there is an opportunity for an enhanced placement to develop in an area of your choice. Or if you have been offered a position you will spend it in your new school getting to know your new class and school routines before you start officially in September.

Previous trainees have commented on how well they are matched to a school in terms of their skill set and personality to make placements as successful as possible. This also gives you the best possible chance of being offered a teaching position at the end of the course.

Trainees have also commented on the positive impact of the first placement being a paired one so we have kept this as an essential part of placement.

Please visit our school website at www.selefirst.org to view the outline of our 21/22 course or email for a copy to be sent.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
The Sele First School, The Sele, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3QZ
Northumbria University
Coach Lane Campus, Benton Lane, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7XA

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

We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic trainees who are excited to commence the journey to become outstanding teachers.

We ultimately look for people who we can see teaching in our schools at the end of the course. The long term aim is that we can build the future success of our schools.

All schools within the alliance are different so we will be looking at a variety of skills sets to fit the range of schools. Please look at the websites for each school to get a flavour of what they offer.

Other requirements

All candidates will follow the requirements of Northumbria University who we work in partnership with. This will include a DBS which the university will follow up.

We can offer volunteer placements prior to applying and the school would then lead on the DBS process.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Student loan.

Financial support from the training provider

Student loan

About the training provider

Successful applicants will work across schools in the TVTSA, providing trainees with the opportunity to work alongside outstanding practitioners, developing the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills to become inspirational, creative and purposeful practitioners.

The programme aims to deliver the skills of the classroom progressively. Training begins with observations progressing to taking more responsibility as confidence develops. By the end of the first placement trainees teach 50% of the timetable, by the end of the second placement they teach 80%.

We have worked with trainee teachers from three HE institutions for many years, being one of the first schools to offer School Direct training.

TVTSA comprises of the following schools across four local authorities; Sele First Hexham, Prudhoe West Academy, Shilbottle Primary Alnwick, Mickley First Northumberland, Ovingham First Northumberland, Throckley Primary, Newcastle , Lobley Hill Primary Gateshead, St. Augustine’s RC Primary Gateshead, Bensham Nursery Gateshead, Marine Park North Tyneside and Rickleton Primary Sunderland. We have also recently started to work with Smart Academies across Newcastle including Kenton Bar Primary.

Partnerships comprise a mixture of large/small, urban/rural, primary, first and faith schools. We work in partnership with Northumbria University and Gateshead SCITT, enabling trainees to access additional training. We recruit Specialist Leaders in Education who play a vital role in our training programme.

Trainees are trained in a supportive and aspirational environment, developing the skills and tools needed to meet the professional standards for teachers.

All schools have a thorough Covid Risk Assessment which will be shared with you beforehand.

Interview process

The panel will be a mix of school mentors including the lead school mentor and a representative from Northumbria university.

There will be one interview including the teaching of a small group of 4 children and a formal interview.

This will take approximately one hour in total.

We welcome candidates getting in touch beforehand and are very happy for them to come into school and have a talk with the lead mentor and a look around the lead school.

Please contact Brooke.Phillips@sele.northumberland.sch.uk for further information.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

All trainees will be helped to develop their full potential within our schools.

We are committed to making adjustments to support and facilitate specific access needs as stated in Northumbria Universities support policies. These can be found by following the link below.


For example, we have supported a trainee in a previous cohort with dyslexia; they were supported by both their in school mentor and their academic mentor at Northumbria University.

Contact this training provider

The Sele
NE46 3QZ

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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