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Three Rivers Teaching School Hub Primary (29HC)

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

Our Primary School Direct programme is a way for passionate and enthusiastic people to train to become teachers. You will be trained in a highly professional and supportive environment and will develop the skills, knowledge and expertise that will enable you to plan and deliver engaging learning experiences for pupils of all abilities and dispositions. Trainees are based in schools from the first day of term and spend the majority of their time in a school environment in order to learn “hands on”. You will receive training from both Northumbria University and our partnership of schools in areas such as lesson planning, behaviour for learning, assessment and progress, giving you a wider perspective on aspects of pedagogy. You will also receive subject specific training in English, Maths and some foundation subjects, facilitated by our team of Specialist Leaders of Education (LSEs). As part of this course you will gain qualified teacher status, and work with Northumbria University to achieve a PGCE with 60 Masters credits. You will complete three assignments for the university over the course of the year based on academic research and your own practice. Your teaching will be assessed during your two formal placements (a short placement of 5 weeks and a long placement of 10 weeks) by weekly observations. You will compile an Individual Learning and Development Portfolio (ILDP), which will contain the evidence which demonstrates that you have achieved the Teachers Standards. Throughout the year you will receive support both in school, from your subject mentor and lead school mentor, and at university from your academic tutor.

School placements

In total we partner with 8 schools in Morpeth and the surrounding area. If you are successful you will be assigned to one of our partner schools. This is known as your host school and you will spend the majority of your training year at this school. As part of the course you will also complete a short placement for 6 -8 weeks, which will be at another school in our partnership. We will take into account your travel arrangements or other circumstances when placing you, however you are required to train in two contrasting schools so some travel may be required. Across the year you will teach in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A UK undergraduate honours degree with a first or 2:1 classification, or recognised equivalent (a 2:2 classification may be accepted for candidates who demonstrate exceptional aptitude or have long term experience in a school setting). A GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Maths and a Science subject. If you have studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are the equivalent to UK GCSEs, A Levels and an undergraduate degree.

Personal qualities

Successful candidates will demonstrate: · Evidence of an interest and enthusiasm for working with younger learners. · Enthusiasm, passion and stamina · Good communication skills. · Resilience · Good organisation · Ability to work in a team · Ability to self-reflect, listen to advice and improve It is advisable to gain as much experience in the classroom as possible to strengthen your application. School experience gives you the chance to watch lessons and see what it is really like to be a teacher allowing you to draw on your own examples in your application and interview.

Other requirements

You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify your suitability for working with children and young people.

Fees and financial support

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

Payable to the University.

Financial support from the training provider

Support is available to assist you with your training.

For up to date information regarding grants, loans and bursaries please visit the Get Into Teaching website.

About the training provider

“Teachers are highly skilled and enthusiastic; they are relentless in their drive to help students to achieve their very best.” OFSTED 2014

The Three Rivers Teaching Alliance has developed a strong network of schools to deliver a dynamic School Direct teacher training programme. We work in partnership with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities offering one year full time School Direct tuition placements in primary and secondary settings leading to a full Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

You would become part of this long established partnership of schools that work closely together to share good practice and learn from each other. We believe passionately in the school based route into teaching and are dedicated to using our knowledge, skills and expertise to train the next generation of teachers. We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide variety of host schools including first, middle schools and high schools. In our schools trainees feel valued and supported. They have access to a high quality training programme and engage in a wide variety of experiences. Each trainee is assigned a mentor, carefully selected for their ability to develop the practice of new entrants to the profession, allowing them to fulfil their potential to become outstanding practitioners.

Interview process

Candidates will be interviewed centrally by a panel consisting of the Lead School Mentor and headteachers from partner schools. Successful candidates will then be matched to one of our partner schools. The interview process will consist of planning and teaching a 20 minute lesson, a short presentation, and an individual interview.

English and Mathematics skills tests are no longer required. Assessments of English and Mathematics knowledge will be made at interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We will make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate and support all candidates, including those with additional needs.

Contact this training provider

01670 501537
The Three Rivers Teaching Alliance
The King Edward VI School
Cottingwood Lane
Morpeth, Northumberland
NE61 1DN

Support and advice

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