Gipsy Hill Federation
Primary (29XB)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
London South Bank University
Financial support

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course


  • Key Stage 1 and 2 core curriculum (including Maths, English, Science and ICT);
  • Professional Studies;
  • Foundation Subjects;
  • School Experience;
  • An Alternative Educational Setting placement


Compulsory module: Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship.

Options: You will be able to choose an option. The following are examples: SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability); Inquiry Based Science Learning; Raising Achievement in Mathematics; Exploring Mathematics; Connect, Consume, Create: ICT in the Primary School; Language, Literature and Learning; Performing Arts; and Early Years Education.

Interview process

SELECTION We shortlist trainee teachers who can demonstrate the following, as well as meet our entry requirements:

A personal statement which will be marked against the following criteria:

  • Written in Standard English with no ambiguities or grammatical errors;
  • The candidate’s ability to reflect upon what they have learned from their experience in an educational setting;
  • The candidate’s ability to reflect upon how their individual qualities and skills would be an asset to primary schools.

Applications must be supported by two strong academic and/or employer references. On enrolment, original certificates of degree awards and GCSEs must be produced.

INTERVIEW We will invite shortlisted applicants to an interview.

  • The first part of the interview day will consist of a Maths, English and Science skills audit.
  • Candidates will then be asked to deliver a storytelling session to a class (20 minutes max), followed by a short reflection on this session with the interview panel.
  • Candidates will then be required to give a short presentation demonstrating an awareness of the role of a teacher, as well as some knowledge of current issues in primary education.
  • Finally, candidates will undertake a formal interview which will include a series of questions.

How school placements work

Students will undertake two placements during their training year.

The first placement will take place in an Alternative Education Setting (AES) for 12 days in the latter part of the Autumn Term. This placement is arranged by the trainee and must take place in a ‘school’ setting in England as defined in Section C2.3 ITT Criteria (2016, p.19-20), e.g. a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) or a Special School.

The second placement is in a consecutive Key Stage in a different school to your main setting. This placement lasts for 18 days and takes place in the latter part of the Spring Term. Students will be allocated a placement in a school within Gipsy Hill Federation. The placement is a teaching placement and teaching will be graded.


Students will receive a salary on the unqualified teacher scale at point one (UQ01) for Inner London.

University fees will be covered by the Federation.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification from abroad.

​GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject. Equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing ( or A*Star Equivalency ( . Science equivalency test MUST be in combined science.

All equivalency tests must be passed by 1 May 2019.

If you’ve got qualifications from outside the UK, you’ll need to get a statement of comparability from NARIC.

We strongly recommend that candidates have some recent experience in a primary school.

Personal qualities

We’re looking for applications from:

  • Inspirational people who will bring commitment, enthusiasm and energy to our schools
  • People with ambition and determination to be the best they can be in whatever direction they want their career to go - we provide the opportunities and welcome ambition
  • Creative people who can think ‘out of the box’
  • Someone with ‘fire in their belly’ who will fight for our children to succeed and really care about them.

Other requirements

Gipsy Hill Federation, Lambeth and Southwark council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff will be expected to hold or be willing to obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure for this authority.

About the training provider

Kingswood Primary School is the lead school for Gipsy Hill Federation (GHF), a group of 6 primary schools across the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. All our schools provide an optimum learning environment in which high achievement, positive self-esteem, respect and educational excellence are valued by everyone in a caring and supportive atmosphere.

As a School Direct student you will be enriched with maximum peer support across our 6 schools and receive full support from a strong leadership team. You will be based in a class where you will receive support from an experienced class mentor a well as a school based mentor, University supervisor and academic advisor. You will benefit from contributing to a large and experienced team and being a part of a family of schools that provide an outstanding education. We have one mission and that is to provide a world class education to all our children.

About the accredited body

The School Direct route at GHF works in partnership with London South Bank University (LSBU). You will receive the same input from the University as PGCE students and at the end of the year-long course receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE, which includes Masters Level modules. Students spend a minimum of 1 day per week at University and the rest of their time in our family of schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability & Dyslexia Support (DDS) is a dedicated service for students who have a disability, mental health condition, medical condition or specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia).

DDS provide advice on available support and will help coordinate your support to ensure that there are no barriers to your learning, enabling you to get the most out of your time at LSBU.

We understand that every student is different and that each person’s disability can affect them in different ways. By discussing your needs and tailoring an individual support plan, we aim to help you achieve the success you’re capable of.

If you want to declare a disability, discuss the support that might be available to you, or just find out a little more, you can call us 0207 815 6454, email us at or come and find us at the Student Life Centre helpdesk in the Student Centre.

Contact details

020 8670 3576
Kingswood Primary School Upper Site
188 Gipsy Road
SE27 9RD


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