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Future Stars TSA Primary (3FDS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Goldsmiths, University of London
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

This new path into teaching is a way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher while learning on the job. You will be based at one of the schools within our Teaching School Alliance and your training will be a mixture of on the job experience and university days at Goldsmiths. The course aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective teacher in your chosen age phase. It is offered in conjunction Goldsmith’s University, a renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. Successful completion leads to a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The training is school-led which means that from the very first day you will be welcomed in one of our good or outstanding alliance schools. You will be placed in class alongside an experienced teacher who will act as your mentor throughout your training. Your experience will consist of a rich mixture of theory and practice. The theoretical parts of learning to be a teacher will be taught at Goldsmiths university, whilst at school you will have opportunities to put into practice what you have learnt. The type of training we offer in school is very hands on; you will have opportunities to observe your mentor and other teachers, interview school leaders and benefit from school professional development sessions. You will then gradually put into practice what you have learnt, building up from teaching small groups and parts of lessons to eventually teaching whole classes. Our approach to training teachers is very much a coaching model. We value our profession and want to support and nurture our student teachers to develop their skills and expertise with support from experienced colleagues. As a student teacher at Future Stars TSA you will benefit from a very strong support network which will include a university tutor, our lead mentor at Queensbridge Primary School and your class teacher mentor. In addition, you will also have the support of current and previous cohorts of student teachers employed across our alliance. We have Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), Recently Qualified Teachers (RQTs), experienced teachers and senior leaders who have all had their own experience of the school direct programme and will be happy to help and guide you.

School placements

All of the schools in our Teaching School Alliance are rated by Ofsted as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ and have a strong commitment to making learning creative, enjoyable and fun for their pupils. As an Alliance we are unique in offering a network of five schools based across three boroughs.

The schools that we work with are like minded in that they all value creativity across the curriculum but at the same time they all have distinctive identities and characteristics. Our students will have opportunities to visit all the schools in our Alliance throughout their training which contributes to the rich and diverse training experience that we aim to offer. The boroughs that we cover are the adjoining boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Haringey.

You will begin your training in September based in one of our schools, in an identified class, with an experienced class teacher/mentor. In most cases this will be your base class throughout the year. In the Spring Term you will be based in another school for six weeks; this will constitute your second school placement. The purpose of the placement is to give you opportunities to experience a contrasting key stage in a contrasting setting; for example if your base class is in Key Stage 1 (years 1 &2) you will be placed in Key Stage 2 (years 3/4/5/6) in your second school placement. After the placement you will return to your home school, usually back in your original class.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A minimum of 5 days experience in a state school, preferably with the same age group you’d like to work with i.e. primary or secondary Award of a degree at 2.2 or above. Satisfactory UK fitness to train checks (including an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service) Satisfactory occupational health check from your GP, plus the return of completed self-declaration of suitability form A pass in the professional skills tests for trainee teachers providing original certificates of academic qualifications to the admissions office.

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Personal qualities

Are you sparky and good at using your initiative with lots of lovely creative ideas? Are you hard working, energetic, enthusiastic and committed to making a difference to young children’s lives? Are you creative and a willing team player with a sense of humour? If you can say yes to all the above, then you could be the right candidate to train with us on this course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,700

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Financial support from the training provider

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About the training provider

Future Stars Teaching School Alliance is led by Queensbridge Primary School an ‘Outstanding’ primary school with a fantastic record of training high calibre students. As a National Teaching School we work closely with the DFE to support schools nationally and our Head Teacher, Sarah Bailey OBE, is a National Leader of Education.

We are actively engaged in researching the best practice to underpin our pedagogy and we are proactive in disseminating this to our colleagues in other schools. Many of our teachers began their careers as school direct teachers themselves and have gone on to develop expertise in specialist fields. We currently have SLEs in the following areas: Reading/Restorative Justice/Early Years/MFL/Maths/Computing and Dialogic Teaching.

Our Alliance consists of a network of like-minded schools; Our partner universities, UCL Institute of Education, Goldsmiths University and London Metropolitan University have longstanding global reputations and a proven track record for excellence in teacher training. We offer a range of school direct courses and apprenticeships that all lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) in some cases a PGCE as well.

Our courses are all school-led which means that the majority of your time will be spent based in school learning from experienced colleagues and gaining first hand experience of teaching. Students are based in class alongside an experienced teacher/mentor who will offer practical advice, regular meetings, observation opportunities, and a listening ear when needed. A strong collaboration between school and university supports quick progress and students are well supported throughout their training year.

About the accredited body

Goldsmiths has been educating teachers since 1904, and is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools.
The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has been designed to:

  • Promote Reflection: a strong sense of identity built upon research and experience.
  • Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: rights respecting and recognising political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.
  • Celebrate Creativity: using imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.
  • Develop Confidence and Engagement: steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally. Further information at:

Interview process

You will be interviewed at the lead school, Queensbridge Primary School by school leaders from across our Teaching School Alliance. Typically the interview process will consist of a short presentation by you, an interview from the panel, a teaching task with a small group of pupils and a literacy and numeracy test.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are a highly inclusive, equal opportunities setting and have trained staff that are happy to discuss any applicant’s needs individually with them.

Contact this training provider

0207 254 1186
Future Stars TSA
Queensbridge Primary School
Queensbridge Road
Hackney, London
E8 4ET

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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