Sherbourne Fields School
Physical education (H953)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

About the Placement: Corley Centre is a secondary special school for children with complex social and communication difficulties. A significant number of students have an autism diagnosis. Student attainment covers the full National Curriculum and GCSE/vocational range.

The school was awarded Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society in 2018. The school has recent success both in teacher training and subsequent NQT support. Our 2018 Schools Direct Trainee was awarded the Warwick University Ann Barnes Memorial Prize for Inspirational Teaching. We are seeking a trainee PE teacher to join an outstanding department consisting of two specialist PE teachers and two specialist PE TAs. Training opportunities will involve all key stages and the full ability range. The opportunity will be available to support the delivery of KS4 BTEC Sport as well as a number of Enrichment activities and work alongside community based sports coaches. The trainee will work collaboratively with staff to develop their skills in delivering quality provision, contributing to our drive to close attainment gaps and improve Key Stage 4 outcomes across the whole curriculum. PE and Sport are vital elements of our curriculum; PE staff are fundamental in supporting students’ personal development and wellbeing, as well as their sporting and academic progress.

We are looking for a trainee teacher who is committed to improving outcomes for children by continually striving to adapt provision and delivery to meet need, someone who will be prepared to self-reflect and work collaboratively with others to improve their practice to develop into an outstanding practitioner.

Our students are a credit to our school and bring with them a wide variety of needs, abilities, aspirations and behaviours; they provide both inspiration and challenge.

Additional information about Corley Centre can be found at, including the school’s 2017 Ofsted Inspection Report.

Interview process

Interview process

  • Application forms are considered by both Corley Centre and the University of Warwick.
  • All successful applicants will have an interview at both Corley Centre and the University of Warwick. The Corley Centre interview will consist of: o a written task to assess understanding of a relevant issue and a candidate’s standard of written English o an interview with a group of students o the leading of a short teaching and learning activity (pre-provided) with a small group of students o a formal interview
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate: o professionalism o commitment o high level interpersonal skills o a realistic understanding of the pressures of the course and the profession o some awareness of Corley Centre and the needs of its students o creativity o organisational skills o ability to remain calm when under pressure with a measured response to challenging events o ability to listen to and act upon constructive advice and self-reflect to improve practice

How school placements work

Each trainee will have one placement during their School Direct year. Our school mentor will find a suitable placement on your behalf.

Complimentary School placements usually take place at one of our neighbouring schools. The average distance for each candidate to travel is approximately 2 miles.


The School Direct Trainee salary is on the Unqualified teacher Pay Scale - usually Scale Point 1 at £17,682.00, plus 1 SEN point at £2,209.00.

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.



Qualification Requirements:

  • A UK 2:2 Degree in a sports related subject
  • A GCSE Grade C in English
  • A GCSE Grade C in Mathematics

Personal qualities

  • Clear understanding of the education system in England and of what good teaching involves
  • Recognition that the job of the teacher is first and foremost that of teaching and that the understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and learning is essential
  • High level of sport ability together with knowledge of PE as a subject, with full commitment to further developing this knowledge base
  • Interest in and some understanding of special educational needs
  • Interest in and some understanding of autism education
  • Ability and willingness to self-reflect and work collaboratively with others to improve own performance

Contact details

Sherbourne Fields School
Rowington CloseCoventry
West Midlands


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