The Wider Ponteland Partnership Primary (2YVX)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Why train in the Wider Ponteland Partnership?

During the course, you will spend 4 days per week in a school being trained by experienced teachers. The remaining day is spent either at a school within the partnership or at Northumbria University. These training days will cover every aspect of teaching, including, for example, behaviour management, planning and assessment, and collaboration skills; along with bespoke training depending upon your individual needs.

This course has a specific focus on Key Stage One (KS1) and Key Stage Two (KS2) training. Your longer placement could be in either Key Stage.

You will spend most of the time in your host school with one shorter period in another partnership school during an assessed placement. There are three assessed placements across the year.

Along with school-based training, there will be assignments set by Northumbria University. These will be supported with taught sessions at the campus and an academic guidance 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 a majority of students going straight into teaching positions following the course, sometimes within the partnership itself. Over 80% of our 2021 trainees were in full-time employment in September 2022.

Pastoral care and outstanding mentoring are strong features of the partnership. Students’ wellbeing is paramount and our cohort always works well together because of our 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 term, finishing before the Christmas break.

From January you will remain in your host school, completing a long placement, split into two with a brief break in between them.

Your longer/host placement could be in either Key Stage.

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.

If your qualifications are from overseas, they must be checked for UK equivalence.

We also accept awards from Equivalency Testing

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 a 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 2023 to 2024 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 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 that is challenging, realistic, and responsive to changing needs and opportunities.
  • Aspire continually to excel throughout all we do. Recognise and celebrate the achievement of all.

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

We are pleased to allocate places for 2023/2024.

Interview process

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

Following a short-listing process using your application form, successful applicants will be invited for an interview.

The interview day will involve a session spent at Ponteland Primary. Each candidate will be expected to deliver a reading activity to a small group of pupils from within the primary phase.

There will also be the opportunity to talk to some staff, meet the headteacher and lead mentor and participate in discussions with any other candidates during the morning.

There may be a representative from our partner, Northumbria University at each of the interview days.

Before the ‘formal’ 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.

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

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. Please contact the school to discuss this if you wish.

Contact this training provider

Ponteland Primary School
Callerton Lane
NE20 9EY

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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