LiFE MAT and Partners School Direct Primary (N419)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Leicester
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.lifemultiacademytrust.org.uk/schooldirect/

Contents

Course summary

LiFE MAT School Direct Primary PGCE is run in partnership with University of Leicester.

Students on the School Direct PGCE course follow a broadly similar course to students on the University-led route. They spend the same amount of time on school placements, study side-by-side at the University for most of their taught sessions and receive the same high quality support from University tutors throughout the course.

The School Direct PGCE Primary course will prepare you to teach across the full range of the Primary Curriculum. We will introduce you to the wider context of teaching, including responding to diversity in school and the inclusion of Special Needs Education, as well as equipping you with classroom management and planning skills.

This course is made up of both campus-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools to give you a broad range of experience - they could be in city, suburban or rural schools, in the independent or state sector.

By the end of the course you will meet the required professional standards for Qualified Teachers Status (QTS), and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE.

School placements

Taught sessions: Course content is the same as the University-led PGCE, though some elements are delivered by the School Direct provider in the school environment. Other elements are delivered on campus, as with the University-led PGCE

School placements Some students spend 2 placements in one school and 1 in another while other students spend 1 placement in 3 different schools. We will liaise with you to offer you the best range of placements to suit your needs and experiences. As the Lead School, we organise all of your placements with you in mind.

The school-based time is a vitally important element of the course. You will have the opportunity to observe skilled class teachers working and to discuss the things that underpin day-to-day classroom activities, as well as work alongside experienced teacher-mentors who will support your learning about classroom practice.

Teaching Experience 1 This is a paired placement with two students working together in one class. It gives you the opportunity to work with a partner to develop classroom skills in a supportive environment. You will focus on developing observation skills to support your understanding of teaching and learning and to put your learning into practice. During this Autumn Term placement you and your partner will work towards taking an increased responsibility for teaching the class.

Teaching Experience 2 This takes place in the Spring Term. The amount of time spent teaching the class increases over the placement until you have responsibility for up to 80% of the timetable.

Teaching Experience 3 This is the Summer Term placement with students working towards taking responsibility for 80% of the teaching timetable.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Braunstone Frith Primary School
Cuffling Drive, Leicester, LE3 6NF
Yes
Desford Community Primary School
Kirkby Road , Desford , Leicester , LE9 9JH
Yes
Dove Bank Primary
Bagworth Road , Nailstone , Nuneaton , CV13 0QJ
Yes
Kingsway Primary School
Kingsway North, Braunstone Town, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 3BD
Yes

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,850

For loan and bursary information -

Please see the University of Leicester website for up to date information. https://le.ac.uk/courses/school-direct-primary-education-pgce/2022

About the training provider

LiFE MAT and Partners School Direct is a unique partnership of 9 Secondary and 4 Primary schools in Leicestershire with access to 11-19 provision.

We offer a range of experiences where you will develop your potential as a teacher.

Our vision is:

  • To develop outstanding teachers of the future and guide them on a career path within our partnership schools.

  • To enhance and support trainees’ professional development.

  • To provide our trainees with outstanding support and development in a positive and caring environment.

We offer you:

  • An expectation that successful graduates of this programme will be considered for employment in our partnership of schools

  • The maximum possible amount of time working with students and developing the skills to become an outstanding teacher.

  • The earliest possible opportunity to get into classrooms and make a difference to students.

  • Access to the opportunities provided by the LiFE MAT. - which includes 6 of our partnership schools.

Our partnership of schools allows us to be small enough to care and know each trainee really well so that we can identify needs and target support. We encourage our trainees and staff to identify aspirational improvement goals in a supportive workplace culture. Our goal is to create life-long educators who are passionate about the profession and committed to young people.

Interview process

If you are applying for a School Direct PGCE, your application will be considered by both us and the University to which you have applied.

You will first be required to attend a school-based selection day, giving you the opportunity to experience first-hand the environment in which you would complete much of your training.

If you are successful, you will be invited to attend a University selection/interview day where you will meet other PGCE applicants and find out more about the support the University can offer you.

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

Wheelchair access is available on our sites. Please let us know if you have any specific requirements that would support you during your training.

Contact this training provider

Email
schooldirect@lifemultiacademytrust.org.uk
Telephone
01455 822841
Website
https://www.lifemultiacademytrust.org.uk/schooldirect/
Address
Bosworth Academy
Leicester Lane
Desford
Leicestershire
LE9 9JL

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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