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The Wider Ponteland Partnership Primary (2YVX)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Why train in the Wider Ponteland Partnership?

During the course, students will spend 4 days per week in a school being trained by experienced teachers. Every Friday is spent either at a school within the partnership or at Northumbria University. The Friday training day will cover every aspect of teaching, including behaviour management, Special Educational Needs and Disibilities (SEND); planning and computing; along with bespoke training depending on your individual needs.

You will spend most of the time in your host school with one 6 week period in another partnership school during an assessed placement. There are two assessed placements, one lasting 6 weeks and the other 10 when students are formally observed twice a week in order to improve practice.

As well as this, there will be 2 assignments set by the university - these will be set along with taught sessions at the campus and a personal tutor. Finally there will be a portfolio of evidence to present to demonstrate your achievements against the teaching standards.

Schools within the partnership are listed on the Ponteland Primary School website and are within the South Northumberland area.

School Direct at Ponteland Primary is successful at supporting trainees into employment, with many students going straight into teaching jobs following the course, sometimes within the partnership itself.

Pastoral care and outstanding mentoring are another feature of the partnership. Students’ wellbeing is paramount and our cohorts always work well together due to pre-course induction days and the opportunity to work collaboratively during the year.

School placements

You will spend most of the time in your host school with one 6 week period in another partnership school during a shorter assessed placement.

The 6 week placement will take place during the second half of the autumn half term, finishing before the Christmas break.

COVID-19 is currently having implications on the normal delivery of our course, which may lead to a different format of school placements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All potential trainees will have GCSE (or equivalent) at C or 4, or above in English, maths and a science.

Before beginning the course, students will have completed a relevant degree with a 2:1 or better, although applicants with a 2:2 may be considered if they have lots of experience in school.

Personal qualities

This is a difficult and demanding year!

We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, display resilience and are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context.

These personal attributes include:

  • Subject knowledge
  • Motivation to become the best teacher possible.
  • Ability to analyse and learn from experience, and to act on feedback.
  • Creativity and imagination.
  • Capacity for hard work.
  • Perseverance.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Empathy and a liking for young people.
  • Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher.

Other requirements

All offers of places are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure with list check. If you are offered a place, you will be asked to provide a signed declaration relating to any police record.

All trainee teachers must also meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health. (In practice, few health problems preclude applicants from teaching, and so we welcome applications from people with disabilities.)

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Thank you for your interest in training to become a teacher through the School Direct programme in The Wider Ponteland Partnership based at Ponteland Primary School.

If you are looking for a teacher training course in which you spend most of your time in-school while you study, this course may be for you. You work with experienced teachers, first of all observing and team teaching, then teaching independently.

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Northumbria University. Northumbria University is recognised by OFSTED as an outstanding provider of initial teacher education across all age phases.

The Wider Ponteland Partnership incorporates schools in the Ponteland, Cramlington and Morpeth partnerships. We are a group of schools comprising of 8 primary schools. The schools vary in size and character and include 4 faith schools.

The schools work closely together to:

  • Promote collaborative practice and mutual respect within our partnerships and communities.
  • Facilitate a high quality and positive learning climate for pupils, staff and trainees.
  • Ensure learning is personalised, so that all of our children, staff and trainees have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
  • Provide a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum which is challenging, realistic and responsive to changing needs and opportunities.
  • Aspire continually to excel throughout all we do. Recognise and celebrate achievement of all.

For further information about any of our schools please visit Ponteland Primary School

We are pleased to allocate places for 2021/2022.

Interview process

Ponteland Primary coordinates the recruitment process on behalf of the partnership.

Following a short listing process, successful applicants will be invited for interview.

This will involve a full day spent at one of the schools. Each candidate will be expected to deliver a 20 minute maths activity to a group of 20 pupils from within the primary phase. There will also be the opportunity to talk to some staff, meet the lead mentor and participate in a group discussion with any other candidates during the morning. There may be a representative from our partner, Northumbria University at each of the interview days which will take place in clusters of 3 or 4 schools within the partnership.

Prior to interview, there will be a brief activity using books as a stimulus, which will then be discussed in the interview. The interviews will take place on the same day and will include questions on experiences and suitability for the course.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Applicants who would benefit from disabled access or modifications, should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

Contact this training provider

Ponteland Primary School
Callerton Lane
NE20 9EY

Support and advice

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