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St. James’s School Direct Partnership Primary (AP49)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
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
4 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

St James’s Teaching Partnership offers a comprehensive training package for all our trainees. Our Primary programme is led by our lead primary School St Peter’s CE Primary School. We have experienced and fully trained professional and class mentors who are committed to developing the next generation of ‘Outstanding’ teachers.

Within our programme, trainees enjoy a blended programme which includes the following;

  • Trainees benefit from at least one hour per week of class mentor input
  • Trainees have a detailed programme which sets out themes and professional studies each week to build up pedagogy and practice
  • Attending group training session with the cohort of trainees, receiving high quality practitioner-led training, peer support and joint practice development opportunities.
  • School-led professional learning where you would be able to take advantage of a range of professional development opportunities within your own school and schools within the Partnership.
  • Attending high quality training provided by other schools and the Teaching School throughout the year.
  • Completing the Liverpool Hope PGCE elements to the course delivered on site at our lead school
  • Attending subjects away day and Educational conferences at Liverpool Hope.
  • Focussed support and mentoring, by the very best practitioners within their own school.
  • Trainees in primary schools are attached to a year group and are fully supported by the class teacher in their teaching.
  • Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular clubs which allow them to make a wider contribution to the life and ethos of their school.

Throughout the year you will be very well supported. We are keen to see each individual trainee working to achieve the very best and enjoying success in their chosen career. We know professional development is a two way process. As such we will listen to you, work to identify your own development needs and support you in meeting your targets.

Towards the end of the Programme of training, trainees will be fully supported to seek and obtain employment.

School placements

Each Partnership school has unique qualities and these are shared with the cohort whichever school trainees are based in for placements. With our Programme, trainees will start their journey into teaching being welcomed by our Primary Leads. Trainees can be placed in any two of the partnership schools, placements are decided by the partnership. Trainees will be placed in schools where the relevant key stage class mentor is very experienced, to allow the best possible learning journey for the trainee, this is organised in the following way;

  • Trainees are attached to the Placement A school for the majority of the year.
  • They spend time in the contrasting Placement B for 9 weeks in the spring term.
  • Trainees will also experience aspects of a secondary setting to allow them to understand where primary pupils are moving to.

Partnership Schools:

  • St Peters Church of England Primary (Lead Primary School)
  • Bishop Bridgeman CE Primary School
  • St James’s Church of England Primary School
  • Highfield Primary School
  • St Johns Church of England Primary School
  • Queensbridge Primary
  • All Saints Church of England Primary School
  • Kearsley West Primary School
  • The Orchards Nursery School
  • The Ferns Primary Academy
  • Cherry Tree Primary School
  • Forward Centre
  • St James CE High School (Lead Secondary School)
  • Canon Slade Church of England School
  • Bolton Muslim Girls School
  • Little Lever School
  • Sharples School Science Specialist College
  • St Joseph’s RC High School
  • Bolton St Catherine’s Academy
  • Westhoughton High School
  • Smithills School
  • Bury Church of England High School
  • ESSA Academy
  • Lever Park School
  • Park School Teaching Service
  • Personal Learning Centre
  • Youth Challenge PRU

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Preferably a 2:1, we will consider 2:2 honours in undergraduate degree.

GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English Language, Maths & Science (can be pending). We will consider applicants who do not already have Science as we offer a Science Equivalency test. We will also accept Science equivalency tests from other ITT providers.

If studied degree in last 3 years one reference needs to be from university tutor.

If you studied outside the UK you will need to provide NARIC equivalencies of your academic qualifications (

Qualifications not accepted: Key Skills. Adult Numeracy and Literacy. Human Biology/ Human Physiology.

Personal qualities

We are looking for high quality graduates and career changers who want to make a difference to children and young people, to embark on our Initial Teacher Training Programme. We are looking to recruit outstanding trainees who have real potential to teach with the following personal qualities;

  • Passion and knowledge
  • Ability to work as part of a team and maintain appropriate relationships
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school/extracurricular activities

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The St James’s Teaching Partnership is focused on providing all pupils the opportunity to access high quality teaching and learning to help them reach their full potential. We want to be the inspiration that drives them to achieve their dreams. With this in mind we are committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers.

‘Train, Teach, Lead’

Your Career in Education Starts with us:

Our School Direct programme is bespoke to each individual trainee and your teacher training journey. But it doesn’t end there. As a National Teaching School we track your career once you qualify and support you throughout your professional development for years after you gain QTS. We have a vast CPD programme which we encourage all trainees to access during your training year. Our former trainees can access bespoke training as they develop into effective teachers, middle and senior leaders, should they wish to follow this career path.

Our partnership is made up of a wide variety of schools including both faith and non-faith schools. Currently there are 27 schools in our partnership and are all based in Bolton and Bury. Headteachers in the local areas are determined to attract outstanding practitioners into their schools and we work collaboratively to ensure our programme supports this. We are proud to have five OUTSTANDING schools within our partnership showing excellence really is at the forefront of what we do.

Interview process

Our interview process will be supported by staff from our Partnership schools. The interview process is broken down into two stages:

Stage 1: Formal Interview- if successful at this point, you will be invited to stage two.

Stage 2: Teaching Activity

In the current climate our interview process may take place virtually. Candidates will be informed of how this will operate if invited for interview.

We endeavour to inform applicants the outcome of their interview on the same day.

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability or special needs please contact us so that we can discuss your requirements and how these can be met. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools where access is high quality.

Contact this training provider

01204 333000
Lucas Road

Support and advice

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