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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

St James’s School Direct Partnership offers a comprehensive training package for all our trainees. Our Primary programme is led by our lead primary St Peter’s CE Primary School and delivered in partnership with Liverpool Hope University. 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;

  • Direct training from Liverpool Hope University that will have the academic and theoretical underpinning to allow trainees to become outstanding practitioners which includes block training weeks and conferences on site at the University prior to each school placement.
  • 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 Partnership throughout the year.
  • Completing at least 120 school based days
  • Complete 2 x 5000 word written assignments as a requirement of your PGCE (60 Masters credits).
  • Focussed support and mentoring, by the very best practitioners within their own school.
  • Trainees benefit from at least one hour per week of class mentor input.
  • 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.
  • Trainees will also be given experience of Early Years, SEND and Secondary Education.

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. Following your training weeks in University, 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 will have 2 contrasting placements so that they can develop the skills needed to be an effective teacher in a range of settings.

Placement A will run from October to end of January.

Placement B will run from March to end of June.

  • In addition trainees will also have dedicated EYFS and SEND placements.
  • Trainees will also experience aspects of a secondary setting to allow them to understand where primary pupils are moving to.

Placements will take place in 2 of the following Primary 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
  • The Bolton Impact Trust

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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 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

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check with Liverpool Hope University.

Copies of the originals of all the applicant’s qualification certificates must be seen, together with ID documents (passport; photo driving licence or two utility bills or similar from within the last 3 months, showing the applicant’s name and address).

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The St James’s School Direct Partnership is part of The Bishop Fraser Trust family and 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 programme is bespoke to each individual trainee and your teacher training journey. But it doesn’t end there. As the Train:Teach:Lead Partnership 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 such fantastic schools within our partnership showing excellence really is at the forefront of what we do.

About the accredited body

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Liverpool Hope University to provide a high quality, diverse and outstanding School Direct Programme.

Liverpool Hope have a Gold Standard in Teaching Excellence, ensuring that you will always receive the very best training during your ITT year.

Interview process

Our interview process will be supported by staff from our Partnership schools. The interview process will be all or a combination of:

  • Written tasks
  • Mini Teach
  • Formal Interview

Candidates will be give specific instructions of the process when invited for interview.

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

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

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 863144
Lucas Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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