Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance
Primary with Mathematics (2MH2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Portsmouth
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ November 2018 with excellent pass and employability rates.

You will train as a primary teacher but with a specialism in mathematics. Training in school and learning ‘on the job’ alongside experienced teachers is the best way to gain first-hand experience of teaching. Your training year will be underpinned with regular theory and pedagogy sessions delivered at our dedicated training centre. You will based in school four days a week and attend training on day five.

We believe it is important that trainees feel part of the school environment from Day 1 so we interview with a partner school so you feel part of their community before you officially start.

To ensure you have the best start in school we deliver pre-course training on 12 and 13 July and 1,2,3 September 2021 before starting in school on 6 September. These training days are delivered in our dedicated training centre where you will meet fellow trainees, gain an understanding of the programme and receive the underpinning training that best prepares you for your first few days in school e.g. behaviour management, lesson observations, Teacher’s Standards etc. Our trainees say they really value these sessions.

Every trainee is allocated a mentor who is a highly-experienced teacher and will offer personalised support and guidance throughout the year. Weekly mentor meetings will focus on setting short and long-term targets as well as reviewing your progress against the Teachers’ Standards. You will feel like a valued member of staff as you will attend staff meetings and school training sessions. Assessment takes place in a variety of forms e.g. weekly formal lesson observations, weekly review meetings, academic assignments and gathering evidence towards the Teachers Standards.

You will be assigned a host school for the autumn and summer term and in the spring term you will spend a minimum 6 weeks in another school to teach in another Key Stage. All school placements are discussed with you and organised by the Teaching School Alliance.

On successful completion you will achieve a PGCE with QTS. We are proud of our strong track record and that many of our alumni trainees are now mentors on our programme.

If you want to be part of our success, then join us on your journey to teaching.

Interview process

Your application is important to us and we will carefully consider you for interview. We interview with key staff from school so they can select trainees who are ‘best fit’ for them and you get to meet them too!

Interview day schedule includes: Written task, group discussion, micro teach, interview and short mathematics teaching session.

You will be given at least one week’s notice to prepare for your interview. We appreciate that you will feel a little nervous and we take that into account. We look for your potential to teach and how you engage with and interact with pupils. Feedback from applicants shows that they really value our interview days.

Once accepted you will be invited to our pre- course training days in July.

Selection criteria

We are looking for potential, not the finished article.

Applicant qualities:

Confident, articulate and who can communicate clearly in written and spoken English. Command the attention of young people and adults. Can demonstrate a passion for working with young people. Understand the importance of being professional and committed. Be open to learning and adaptable to changing situations.
Work collaboratively as a member of a team. A willingness to work beyond the ‘school day’. Have a good sense of humour and an ability to laugh at oneself. Be resilient and in good health. Be confident in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Have gained some school experience so you know that a school environment is for you.

How school placements work

We work with a range of primary schools who offer excellent support and mentoring for you and the best quality of education for their children. Your training experiences develop your skills, knowledge and practice in diverse settings e.g. children whose first language is not English, SEND and Early Years visits.

Placements are made on an individual basis, considering your travel time; experience and mentor pairing so we give you the best school based experience in Portsmouth.

You will spend the autumn and summer term in your host school and then 6 weeks in the spring term you will teach in a different Key Stage and school.

Our School Direct route has the advantage of 38 weeks in school so you experience the full academic year cycle which prepares you for your Newly Qualified Teacher training year (NQT). 80% of your training will be spent in schools (four days a week in school) and one day a week in formal training.

We usually interview in mainstream primary schools unless you have told us you specifically want to train in a Special School. As you will know your placement school early on you have the advantage of feeling part of that community from the beginning. You will have the chance to visit school before you start to meet your mentor and pupils.

When shortlisting for interview we select you based on your previous experience, skills and transferrable skills. The interview is an opportunity to select the right applicants who can show their potential to teach.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

You may be eligible for some funding to support your training.

There are two types of funding available for primary teacher training and depending on your circumstances you may receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan and additional financial support if you are a parent or have a disability.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You should be a graduate with at least a 2:2 degree.

Degree 2:2 or above and an A level in maths grade B or above. Additionally you need GCSE grade C or 4 or above in English, maths and science.We accept equivalency tests if you do not have some of the GCSEs and the cost for these are covered by yourself.

We look for applicants who show a passion and aptitude for teaching or bring relevant additional experience.

Personal qualities

We are looking for confident, enthusiastic, ambitious and talented graduates who are passionate about improving educational outcomes for children of all abilities. You should have some experience working with young people within the age group you wish to teach. This may be as little as a few days school experience or other work or voluntary work with young people. If you are a career changer then we know you will have many transferrable skills to share in the classroom. Most importantly you need to be a good communicator and someone who enjoys encouraging young people to learn.

Other requirements

You need to be a competent user of ICT.

Disclosure and Barring Service We have a duty to protect children and ensure that they are not put at risk. Successful completion of an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the DBS. This is free once you have enrolled.

Medical Fitness Teaching is physically and mentally demanding and there are fitness requirements set by the DfE for applicants to initial teacher training programmes. Successful candidates will be sent a relevant health questionnaire to complete. Your GP may charge a fee.

About the training provider

Our lead school has achieved ‘Outstanding’ status in its last three Ofsted visits demonstrating our high quality School Direct initial teacher training. We consistently achieve a 100% pass rate and all trainees successfully gain employment in schools. In November 2018 Ofsted graded us ‘Outstanding’ for our teacher training.

The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) mission is ‘By schools, for schools, for Portsmouth’. We achieve this mission by recruiting and retaining the best graduates who will have the opportunity to inspire the next generation and help them realise their ambitions. http://www.portsmouthtsa.org

Trainee teachers chose us because we have an excellent reputation and offer personalised support. Our expert trainers have all been teachers and have years of experience. Trainees are attracted to training predominately in school underpinned with our first-rate training days.

Trainees value our ‘personal approach’ and the support we offer from initial application queries right through to supporting their Newly Qualified Training (NQT) year.

On successful completion you will achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the option of 60 Master Credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

We believe in a continuum of professional development and support trainees beyond their training year through to leadership. We are a key member of the Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) working with the Local Authority and schools to focus on school improvement to get the best outcomes for our children.

Additional expertise includes the Solent Maths Hub, subject specialist networks and we are Portsmouth’s appropriate body for Newly Qualified Teacher Induction.

About the accredited body

Training is delivered in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth. You will spend four days in school from the very start of term and on day five you will attend training either at the alliance or the University of Portsmouth. University of Portsmouth received a Gold Award in 2017.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools on both the classroom and in shaping the wider culture. If you have a disability then that shouldn’t dissuade you from school. The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN). It is helpful to let us know your requirements so we can consider your placement and any reasonable adjustments that may need to be considered. All partners within the alliance are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities.

Contact details

Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, Cowper Road


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