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Oxfordshire Teacher Training Religious education (S882)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our highly regarded Salaried School Direct programme is a demanding and rewarding route into teaching where you are employed by a school and paid a salary throughout. Like all our programmes, it incorporates hands-on classroom practice in two placement schools with ongoing central training.

Being on the Salaried programme means that you will have classroom responsibilities from September; Associate Teachers (trainees) can have sole responsibility for up to 10 hours of teaching per week from September, with a further increase in hours after Christmas if appropriate. We have carefully designed our programme to ensure that you are prepared for this responsibility by incorporating our unique and innovative ‘Summer Programme’ in June and July.

The Summer Programme is an intensive programme of central training designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and classroom practice ready for September. This is a compulsory part of the programme and therefore applicants must be able to attend from June 2021 onwards. The Summer Programme cannot be combined with any other paid work, for example as a TA in a school.

You will be employed on a fixed term contract for the full length of the programme, from June 2021 to the end of your training in July 2022. This covers the Summer Programme and the academic year from September to July. The salary amounts vary depending on the subject you choose to teach; this is due to the amount of national funding available in different subject areas. Please note that due to the salaried nature of this programme, Associate Teachers on this route are not eligible for national bursaries or student loans but for this route you do not need to pay tuition fees. Please see our website for more information.

The weekly structure from September to July is as follows:

  • Monday: Main Placement
  • Tuesday: Main Placement
  • Wednesday AM: Second Placement
  • Wednesday PM: Training
  • Thursday: Main Placement
  • Friday: Main Placement

As an Associate Teacher you will build up a body of evidence to show how you are meeting the Teachers’ Standards in the context of your training. This is a continual process and regular advice and guidance is given about the best forms of evidence to use to show progress. You will have a designated ‘Visiting Tutor’ who will visit you at different stages throughout the programme to monitor your progress and assess the evidence that you have collected.

School placements

This carefully designed programme combines two school placements that are carried out alongside each other from September through to at least April. Potential placement schools are closely involved in the recruitment and selection process and, Salaried School Direct, candidates who are successful at ‘stage 1’ will be recommended to partnership schools for an in-school recruitment day in at least one school; this will then form a part of the placement school decision making process. More detail regarding this can be found on our website

The structure set out below means that Associate Teachers on this route spend the majority of time in their main (employing) placement school during the year whilst also building up experience and expertise in a contrasting placement school every Wednesday. The second placement is carefully selected to ensure that is accessible but also significantly different to the main placement to give a useful set of opportunities for deep learning and reflection beyond the main placement.

  • Monday: Main Placement
  • Tuesday: Main Placement
  • Wednesday AM: Second Placement
  • Wednesday PM: Training
  • Thursday: Main Placement
  • Friday: Main Placement

The second placement runs until at least the Easter holiday and, depending on a range of factors, may continue into the summer term.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Oxfordshire Teacher Training Central
The Cherwell School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford, OX2 7EE
Oxfordshire Teacher Training North
Blessed George Napier, Catholic School, Addison Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 9DG
Oxfordshire Teacher Training South
Gillotts School, Gillotts Lane, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1PS

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed


  • a UK degree or recognised international equivalent (applicants with non-UK degrees must ensure that they have obtained the relevant equivalency statement from NARIC)
  • GCSE English and Maths, grade C/4 or above or recognised equivalent (evidence of equivalence will be required)


  • 2:1 or above in a relevant degree

Personal qualities

Our Person Specification has been carefully developed by the partnership and is the basis for the recruitment process. Full details and our Person Specification can be found on our website

Other requirements

We run a range of Information Events and Application Support Workshops for all applicants.

Successful candidates will also be required to undertake statutory safer recruitment checks, such as an enhanced DBS check and ‘fitness to teach’ check, more information can be found on our website and will be given after interview.


Salaries for our Salaried School Direct programmes can be found on our website

You will be employed by your main placement school and paid at the advertised rate for the full duration of the programme, from June 2021 – July 2022.

Associate Teachers undertaking the optional Master’s level PGCE element will pay the course fee of £1,100. There are no fees or costs associated with the Salaried QTS programme.

For Salaried School Direct programmes no further financial support is available from the partnership.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Oxfordshire Teacher Training is a dynamic, schools-led organisation that is committed to delivering exceptional and inspiring programmes to prepare people to be excellent new teachers. Our trainees are called Associate Teachers which indicates your status as someone starting out in this fantastic profession.

Our programmes lead to Qualified Teacher Status and you also have the option to add a Master’s level PGCE to your programme. We have a 100% employment rate and the Headteachers who have employed our graduates have been unanimous in their agreement that our training ensures people are well prepared for the profession.

As an organisation we are big enough to offer a wide range of high-quality programmes, whilst also having a highly personalised approach and ethos which nurtures individuals. In December 2017 we were graded as Outstanding in all areas in our first Ofsted ITT inspection ‘The SCITT is outstanding. The central team are committed to excellence. Their clear moral purpose and drive have secured an excellent reputation for the partnership.’

For 2021-22 programmes we will be offering you a choice of three school-based locations for training - Banbury, Oxford and Henley. We work with a diverse partnership of nursery, primary, special and secondary schools across Oxfordshire and that means that you will be able to specify a preference of location for both training and placement schools. Please note that some elements will only be delivered in one location so you will need to travel at times, see our website for further information.

Interview process

Our recruitment and selection process is designed to allow us to make the right decisions and to give applicants an insight into how we operate as an ITT provider. During all stages of the process you will be assessed against our Associate Teacher Person Specification

The recruitment and selection day involves a number of elements which give you an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and suitability. Due to Covid-19 our recruitment process will take place in an adapted format online, via Zoom, until it is safe to complete the day in a partnership school. Candidates who are invited to interview will receive detailed instructions in advance. The different elements of the recruitment and selection day will be assessed by a panel made up of key members of our SCITT Team and colleagues from our partnership of schools.

Candidates can expect to complete an interview and presentation, a lesson/planning activity, a group task and a written task. There is a full breakdown of the process on our website. We encourage all applicants to find out more about the application and recruitment process by reading the full details online and also by attending one of our information events or application workshops

Due to the employment-based nature of our Salaried School Direct programme there is an additional school-based stage in the recruitment process for candidates who are identified as being suitable for this programme at ‘stage 1’. More details can be found here and will be explained at the stage 1 recruitment days.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At Oxfordshire Teacher Training we are committed to equality of opportunity for youngsters in our schools and therefore equality of opportunity for those training to teach them, in order that we create a diverse and inclusive profession. We welcome all applications and are happy to discuss any specific needs or concerns with you at any stage.

In the early stages of training, you will be invited to dig deep and share your specific needs, core values and beliefs with the SCITT Team, who will then tailor bespoke support packages for you. This not only ensures accessible learning during all training opportunities - both in school and with peers in training - but also ensures each individual develops and strengthens their own particular teacher toolkit, for a sustained and mentally-healthy teaching career ahead. This means that Associate Teachers with, for example, profound hearing impairment, with processing or memory challenges or with a history of social anxiety will have the opportunity to observe highly-skilled practitioners with identical needs and discuss strategies to overcome traditional barriers and stigma.

Our dedicated Wellbeing Team works hand-in-hand with Programme Leaders and partnership colleagues to construct a support package which emphasises guided independence, and prioritises self-care and increasing agency, in order to ensure that each graduate Associate Teacher leaves the programme knowing when and where to seek support and advice.

That so many of our alumni become mentors, buddies and partnership colleagues is testament to this pioneering approach to nurturing the whole teacher within mentally-healthy school communities.

Contact this training provider

01865 518209
Oxfordshire Teacher Training
The Cherwell School North Site
Marston Ferry Road

Support and advice

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