Inspiring Leaders Primary (Leicester and Rutland) Primary (3-7) (2ZV2)

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

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

“The quality of training across the partnership is outstanding. A fully comprehensive training programme is in place and ensures complete coverage of the primary curriculum.” Ofsted 2017

Trainees will work alongside others on the 5-11 pathway to ensure that they are also gaining an overview of primary education to recognise their role within the bigger picture of a child’s journey in school. Placements will provide experiences in EYFS and Key Stage 1.

School based training alongside training sessions and high quality tutoring and mentoring will provide opportunities for trainees to plan, teach and manage learning for children aged 3-7 years. Trainees will therefore have the ability to assess and progress learning, build professional relationships and maintain high quality learning environments.

Specialist sessions will be provided by an expert subject lead in Early Years supported by other relevant personnel to ensure that the trainees have a broad view of the EYFS provision. Additional sessions will allow trainees to experience specialist knowledge at a greater depth and couple it with tasks and experiences in their host schools

“Laura, Tom and Cath inspired us throughout the programme, kept us going when things got hard and gave us new and innovative ideas to try in the classroom”- ILTT Trainee

Awarding of PGCE is with our partners Leicester University. This brings 60 masters credits. Sessions on campus give you academic underpinning to your teaching practice, with two assignments that weave into your experience in school.

Overall, trainees from 21/22 rated our programme as 4.6 out of 5.

School placements

“The highly practical, school-based nature of the training which is valued by the trainees because it means they learn from the very best teachers’ practice and are given the time to apply their learning, academic research and training in their own classroom situations.” Ofsted 2017

Your time in school is the largest part of the training and that in which you apply learning from the other strands. School placements are not just about being in class – you will be part of the school team, taking a full part in the life of the school and making a real difference to the experiences and outcomes for the children in your care.

Our EYFS course will require you working in two contrasting schools across our local partnership. We call these placements your host and your alternative school. You will complete your placement at your host school in the Autumn and Summer term, whilst your alternative placement will be completed in the Spring term. With each placement, you will change year group to cover these 3 age phases: EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2.

In each placement you will work in partnership with a Class Mentor, to the advantage of the children, planning and reviewing together. Your class mentor will give you on-going advice and support as well as modelling good practice.

Your professional progress will be formally supported by an experienced teacher in school – your Learning Coach, who will observe and meet with you regularly.

Your Professional Tutor will work closely with your host school and make visits during the placements.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Ashby Hastings Primary School
School Lane, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 2AX
Ashby Hill Top Primary School
Beaumont Avenue, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 2NF
Ashby Willesley Primary School
Packington Nook Lane, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 2QG
Braunstone Community Primary School
Cort Crescent, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 1QH
Brookside Primary School
Copse Close, Oadby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 4FU
Broomfield Community Primary School
Ploughmans Lea, East Goscote, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 3ZQ
Captains Close Primary School
Saxelby Road, Asfordby, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE14 3TU
Church Hill Infant School
Church Hill Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 8DE
Cossington CE Primary School
Main Street, Cossington, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 4UU
Donisthorpe Primary School
Ashby Road, Donisthorpe, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 7QF
Eastfield Primary School
Eastfield Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 8FP
Enderby Danemill Primary School
Mill Lane, Enderby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE19 4LH
Fairfield Community Primary School
Cheshire Drive, South Wigston, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 4WA
Farndon Fields Primary Academy
Argyle Park, Market Harborough, LE16 9JH
Fernvale Primary School
Somerby Road, Thurnby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 9PR
Fossebrook Primary School
Holmfield Avenue West, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 3FF
Gaddesby Primary School
Ashby Road, Gaddesby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 4WF
Glen Hills Primary School
Featherby Drive, Glen Parva, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 9NY
Glenmere Community Primary School
Estoril Avenue, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 3RD
Glenmere Primary School
Estoril Avenue, Wigston, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE18 3RD
Great Dalby School
Top End, Great Dalby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2HA
Greystoke Primary School
Thornton Drive, Narborough, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE19 2GX
Highgate Primary School
Heathcote Drive, Sileby, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 7ND
Hinckley Parks Primary School
Leicester Road, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE10 1LP
Kibworth C of E Primary School
Hillcrest Avenue, Kibworth, Leicester , Leicestershire, LE8 0NH
Langmoor Primary School
Kenilworth Drive, Oadby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 5HS
Leighfield Primary School
Newton Road, Uppingham, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE15 9TS
Little Hill Primary
Launceston Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2GZ
Mercenfeld Primary School
Oakfield Avenue, Markfield, Leicestershire, LE67 9WG
Mowmacre Hill Primary School
Tedworth Green, Leicester, Leicestershire , LE4 2NG
New Lubbesthorpe Primary School
Tay Road, Lubbesthorpe, Leicester, LE19 4BF
Newcroft Primary Academy
Trueway Drive, Shepshed, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 9DU
Newtown Linford Primary School
Main Street, Newtown Linford, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE6 0AD
Old Mill Primary School
Station Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, LE9 6PT
Orchard Community Primary School
Grange Drive, Castle Donington, Derby, Derbyshire, DE74 2QU
Overdale Infant School
Eastcourt Road, Knighton, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 3YA
Parkland Primary School
St Thomas Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 4TA
Ratby Primary School
Main Street, Ratby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE6 0LN
Ravenhurst Primary School
Ravenhurst Road, Braunstone Town, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 2PS
Seagrave Village Primary School
Green Lane, Seagrave, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 7LU
Sileby Redlands Community Primary School
King St, Sileby, LE12 7LZ
Spinney Hill Primary School and Community Centre
Ventnor Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 5EX
St Bartholomew’s C.E Primary school
Willowcroft , Quorn, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8HQ
St Peter and St Paul Church of England Academy
Upper Church Street, Syston, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 1HR
Stafford Leys Primary School
Stafford Leys, Leicester Forest East, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 3LJ
Swallowdale Primary School and Community Centre
Dalby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0BJ
The Meadow Community Primary School
Meadow Way, Wigston Magna, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 3QZ
The Merton Primary School
Cherry Drive, Syston, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 2PT
The Pochin School
School Lane, Barkby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 3QL
Thornton Primary School
Main Street, Thornton, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 1AH
Woodland Grange Primary School
Beaufort Way, Oadby , Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 4TY
Woolden Hill Primary School
Netherfield Road, Anstey, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 7ES

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We offer equivalency tests to candidates that have accepted their place with ILTT.

Personal qualities

At Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training we are looking for 6 key qualities (named iL6) in our trainee teachers. These key qualities are what we think you will need in order to help you become an outstanding teacher and future leader. To be: resilient, reflective, creative, knowledgeable, emotionally intelligent and professional.

We are looking for candidates that have a good awareness of current educational issues and have a deep understanding and open mind about how they affect children and schools.

Experience of working with children is ideal - contact us to organise if needed:

Other requirements

Please be aware that the welfare of our children is our highest priority, and all offers of training places are subject to DBS, identity and reference checks.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

On our course, trainees are entitled to the same financial support as other teacher training courses. Those from the UK or EU are eligible for student loans in order to help cover tuition fees and maintenance.

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About the training provider

Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training (ILTT), is an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider, formed by teaching schools across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. These Leicester and Leicestershire based Primary courses are led by Discovery Trust with partners at Bradgate Education Partnership, Symphony Learning Trust and OWLS Academy Trust. We are committed to helping every child gain the opportunity to ‘Discover their Potential’ and believe the best way to achieve this is through outstanding teaching and leadership. All of the schools you will be based within aspire to be the best places for children to learn and develop their full potential. To achieve this we need to recruit, support and invest in teachers with the passion and determination to provide outstanding opportunities and experiences for our children. Our programme provides all trainees with a blend of school experience alongside an innovative and inspiring taught programme, leading to the award of QTS and a PGCE, with our partners University of Leicester. We are offering much more than just a training year, supporting you through training year, into employment as an ECT and offering a bespoke package of support that will ensure you maximise your potential. We are determined to support you to become the best you can be and to change the lives of our children. Overall, trainees from 21/22 rated our programme as 4.6 out of 5. For more information visit: Call us on 0116 3184066 or email Follow us on Twitter @ilscitt

Interview process

“Leaders are constantly evaluating the recruitment and selection processes to make sure they attract high-quality candidates with the skills, the moral purpose and the ‘staying power’ to be a successful teacher” – Ofsted 2017

Selecting the right people to train with us in our schools is of utmost importance. Our interviews take place within our schools and we aim to make you feel relaxed enough to show us who you really are.

The interview includes:

  • an opportunity to find out more about us
  • a formal interview in which we find out more about you and establish whether you are suitable to train with us and in our schools;
  • A lesson that you will pre-plan and deliver to a small group of children (Full details are provided prior to the interview)
  • Safeguarding & identity checks.

Applying to our course

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

As an equal opportunities provider we are well equipped to support trainees with additional needs. For more information please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to support your application.

Contact this training provider

Discovery Schools NSPCC Training Centre
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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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