Bourton Meadow Academy
Primary (E939)

PGCE with QTS part time with salary

Accredited body
Bourton Meadow Initial Teacher Training Centre
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
September 2020 - December 2021
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This is a part-time, salaried primary general course, leading to QTS (with a PGCE). The course will run from September 2020 – December 2021 and trainees will train three days a week (Wednesday – Friday).

The course has three key elements:

School-based training

From the first day in September, trainees commence their training within their employing (main placement) school, enabling them to become an integral part of the teaching team and quickly form strong relationships with colleagues, pupils and parents/carers. They will spend time in school each week, working alongside an experienced teacher tutor who will provide daily coaching and support. This school experience is complemented further by a second placement in a contrasting setting and key stage.

As a salaried trainee and employee of the school, trainees may be given some class responsibility as the course progresses. This is great experience and preparation for their NQT year and is always carefully managed to ensure that a good balance between training and teaching is maintained.

Centre-based training

In addition to the school-based training, trainees attend weekly core training sessions at a range of venues across the partnership. These generally take place on Fridays and provide a coherent programme, closely linked to the Teachers’ Standards and national curriculum, as well as covering areas such as safeguarding, E-Safety, behaviour management and emotional wellbeing. These sessions help trainees to develop a deeper understanding of key issues by encouraging them to critically reflect on research in relation to their own classroom practice. Part-time trainees will attend the same sessions as the full-time trainees to help them feel part of the main cohort and giving them equal opportunities to benefit from peer support and the sharing of ideas and good practice.

Academic Study: PGCE Trainees on this course also work towards a PGCE (carrying 60 Masters’ credits), awarded by Buckingham University. Trainees will attend a series of workshops, led by colleagues from the Campfire Education Trust, to fully prepare them for the written modules.

Trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and their progress towards these standards is reviewed at regular intervals throughout the course. A wide range of evidence is used when making judgements and the focus of all assessment activities is developmental - with the clear aim of helping trainees to further improve the quality of their teaching.

The final assessment point is in December (at the end of the 4th term).

Interview process

It is our aim to recruit the highest quality applicants into the profession who have the capacity to become outstanding teachers.

For this reason, we carry out a rigorous three or four-stage selection process.

Stage 1: An application sift is carried out by course leaders to check for minimum academic requirements as well as strong references.

Stage 2: Applicants are invited to a selection day at Bourton Meadow Academy where they will take part in a range of activities including a presentation, group task, maths and English tasks and a short teaching activity.

The interview panel comprises two course managers and sometimes a headteacher from the partnership.

Stage 3: Formal interview

This interview lasts approximately 20 minutes and consists of a series of questions which enable the applicant to share more information about their previous experience and to elaborate on the skills they can bring to the profession.

If an applicant on the School Direct (salaried) programme is being considered for a partnership school with which they have no prior links, a further visit / interview is likely to be arranged. This usually takes place within the school and is conducted by the headteacher who will make the final decision, as successful candidates on this route are employed by their partnership school.

Following a successful interview, a conditional offer is made. This offer is conditional on the applicant obtaining any pending qualifications, an Enhanced DBS check and a ‘Fit to Teach’ health assessment.

How school placements work

Generally, trainees will have two school placements during the course: a main placement and a second placement.

Main Placement: This is the trainee’s employing school in which the trainee will spend most of their time. By remaining with the same class for the majority of the year, trainees develop a secure understanding of pupils’ progress over time, how this is tracked and used to inform future teaching. During the first three terms (year 1), trainees will typically spend two days in school and 1 day (Friday) at core training. In the fourth term, trainees will have completed the centre-based training and will therefore remain in school for the full three days, as they approach final assessment.

Second Placement: During the first year, a second a second placement will take place in the summer term (May-July), giving trainees the opportunity to experience a contrasting setting and different key stage.

Second placement familiarisation days provide trainees with an opportunity to spend time in their new school, prior to the placement commencing. This enables trainees to familiarise themselves with the school’s ethos, routines and planning and form strong relationships with colleagues, helping them to maximise their progress during this short but vital phase of training.

Enhancement Visits: These visits are built into our core training programme, giving trainees regular opportunity to spend time in different schools and settings, enabling them teach in a wide range of contexts. Enhancement visits focus on specific areas such as behaviour management, Pupil Premium, Special Educational Needs (SEND) and transition from KS2 to KS3. However, in support of our personalised training programme, training managers can arrange additional visits, if a trainee has a specific interest they would like to pursue.

Bourton Meadow arranges placements on behalf of trainees. When selecting schools, we consider a wide range of factors including geographical location, preferred key stage, type of school, previous experience, chosen course etc. However, we are also able to accommodate requests for a specific school (with the Headteacher’s agreement) if an applicant already has a link with the school.


Salaried trainees will be paid on at least point 1 of the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the duration of their training.

The government grant covers the cost of QTS training but trainees on the School Direct (salaried) route will be required to pay £1500 for the additional PGCE qualification.

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.



  • BA First degree or equivalent qualification
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English language (or equivalent qualification)
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in mathematics (or equivalent qualification)
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in a science (or equivalent qualification)

If you studied outside of the UK, you should contact the National Academic Recognition Centre website ( to obtain written confirmation that your qualifications are of an equivalent level to the required UK GCSEs and undergraduate degree.

Personal qualities

We aim to recruit individuals who can:

  • demonstrate a passion for teaching and a genuine concern for children’s welfare
  • demonstrate good subject knowledge, particularly in maths and English
  • communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
  • show resilience and perseverance
  • manage time effectively and work well under pressure
  • proactively seek opportunities to enhance their training
  • form positive relationships with individuals from all walks of life
  • support the values, attitudes and ethos of our partnership schools
  • maintain high standard of professionalism
  • reflect on their own practice and act upon advice received

Other requirements

  • Fit to Teach health assessment

  • Enhanced DBS check

  • Prohibition Check

We recommend that applicants gain a small amount of experience within a primary school, in order to gain first-hand experience of a classroom environment and a small insight into the role of a teacher. Doing so, will provide valuable experience and may help to strengthen their performance at our selection day. However, this work experience is NOT a requirement and applications will still be considered from candidates without such experience.

About the training provider

Bourton Meadow Initial Teacher Training Centre (BMITTC) has a long history of training exceptional teachers. The teacher training centre is attached to Bourton Meadow Academy and operates within the Campfire Education Trust.

Based in Buckingham, the partnership is ideally placed between Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Oxford and Northampton.

It is an established provider of initial teacher training - recognised by Ofsted as an outstanding provider and has been since its formation in 2000.

A very unique and important aspect of our training programme is the fortnightly meetings with an experienced training manager from Bourton Meadow, which take place in your school.

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career but it is not an easy one. These planned and regular face-to-face meetings (in addition to the time you’ll spend with school-based colleagues) provide you with the highest level of support. By being with you every step of the way, we can ensure your wellbeing and progress on the course and really personalise the training you receive, to ensure you reach your full potential – both now and in the future.

Other benefits of training with Bourton Meadow include:

  • Opportunity to work alongside skilled practitioners on a daily basis

  • Large focus on practical experience and application of skills across the full national curriculum

  • Regular feedback on your teaching and the impact it’s had on pupil progress

  • Weekly core training sessions delivered by a wide range of subject specialists

  • A flexible training programme, responsive to trainees’ evolving needs

About the accredited body

Bourton Meadow ITTC is an established, outstanding provider of initial teacher training. It accredits School Direct courses for two lead school partnerships: Bourton Meadow Academy (Primary General: 5 - 11 years) and Bedgrove Infant School (Primary General: 3 - 7 years). All trainees, regardless of the route, benefit from the same high-quality training and support, including the fortnightly visits from a training manager.

Working within the Campfire Education Trust, it shares three core values: supportive, cooperative and adventurous. To find out more about these values and how they underpin our training programme, please visit our website. (

Training with disabilities and other needs

We strongly encourage skilled and talented applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including those with a disability.

We therefore endeavour to cater for trainees’ individual needs, through the application and selection process, as well as the duration of the training programme by working in collaboration with our schools to make reasonable adjustments, as recommended by occupational health.

Placements are carefully chosen to ensure that the specific needs of an individual can be met within the setting and this includes accessibility for trainees with a physical disability.

The fortnightly visits by a training manager from Bourton Meadow enable us to keep in close contact with trainees and to personalise the training and support they receive.

In the past, trainees with dyslexia have benefitted from additional visits and meetings to support them with the completion and organisation of course-related paperwork, as well as time management. Bourton Meadow ITTC can also help to signpost trainees to various organisations who can provide more specialist advice.

As a result of these measures, data analysis from 2017-19 demonstrates that there are no differences in the outcomes of trainees with a known disability compared to those with no disability.

If you have a disability or other need you’d like to discuss before applying to our training programme, please contact us so we can discuss your specific requirements in more detail and answer any questions that you may have.

Contact details

01280 823374
Bourton Meadow Academy
Burleigh Piece
MK18 7HX


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