John Donne Primary School Primary (Y681)

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The John Donne School Direct programme is a school-based model of teacher training where student teachers are based in a school within the partnership for an academic year. Student teachers are released for approximately 40 days to complete academic study at Goldsmiths College. There is also the opportunity to work at another contrasting school within the partnership for a 6 week placement.

The programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects, and in each curriculum area, you will have the opportunity to develop understanding of the teaching and learning process, and to learn about effective classroom practice.

In addition to the work in classrooms and the academic studies, student teachers will benefit from a professional studies programme. It is designed to provide school-focused learning with a particular spotlight on practical issues for trainees in their everyday practice. Student teachers will have the opportunity to visit a variety of other schools in the partnership, to learn about different approaches to teaching and learning, and some chances to reflect on their learning and progress on the School Direct programme.

Student teachers will be provided with a variety of support across their training year including both a school and university based mentor who will work with the student teacher to develop a bespoke developmental plan to improve teaching practice.

This programme offers a PGCE with QTS and is assessed through observations of classroom competency, evidence to show the ability to meet the Department for Education Professional Standards as well as a series of academic assignments.

The school-based mode of teacher training offered through the John Donne Partnership is a dynamic programme of practical learning and academic study which allows student teachers to develop their skills and prepares them for their teaching career.

School placements

Student teachers will be based at one school within the partnership for the duration of their training. They will work in a classroom alongside an experienced teacher and will gradually build up their teaching responsibility across the year.

All student teachers will undertake a 6 week alternate placement at another school within the partnership.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Albion Primary School
Albion Street, London, SE16 7JD
Bessemer Grange Primary School
Dylways, London, SE5 8HP
Charles Dickens Primary School
Toulmin Street, London, SE1 1AF
Cherry Garden School
41 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 5BB
Childeric Primary School
Childeric Road, London, SE14 6DG
Dulwich Hamlet Junior School
Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AL
Goose Green Primary School
Tintagel Crescent, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8HG
Grange Primary School
Webb Street, London, SE1 4RP
Heber Primary School
Heber Road, London, SE22 9LA
Ivydale School
Ivydale Road, Nunhead, London, SE15 3BU
John Donne Primary School
Woods Road, London, SE15 2SW
John Keats Primary School
391 Rotherhithe New Road, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 3FN
Lyndhurst Primary School
Grove Lane, London, SE5 8SN
Rushey Green Primary School
Culverley Road, London, SE6 2LA
Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, the Borough
Little Dorrit Court, Redcross Way, London, SE1 1NJ
Surrey Square Primary School
Surrey Square, London, SE17 2JY
The Belham Primary School
165 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 4DG

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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.

Please visit the Goldsmiths College website for details of the equivalency tests we accept.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are motivated and enthusiastic about working with children. They should have at least some experience of working with children, but this does not necessarily need to be in the education sector.

Other requirements

It is recommended that candidates undertake 5 days experience in a state primary school.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £17,370

About the training provider

We offer outstanding teacher training in creative and innovative schools. You will have access to expert teachers from whom you can learn the art of teaching. You will also learn the very latest in theory and research on which our teaching rests. On completion you will be well equipped to teach in schools in London and across the world.

You will join Goldsmiths, University of London’s Primary programme, with full access to university services and facilities, benefitting from the expertise and the research profile of our Primary team. You will focus on either Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1, Key Stage 1/Key stage 2 or Key Stage 2. You are supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring and will spend 120 days in two different placement schools within this School Direct cluster.

We are proud that our School Direct programme leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), with 60 Master’s credits and QTS.

The programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects and deals in detail with the three core areas of English, Mathematics and Science. In each curriculum area, opportunities are provided to enable you to develop understanding of the teaching and learning process, and to learn about effective classroom practice. The 3-7 age range programme includes additional sessions relevant to teaching in the Foundation Stage. Cross curricular themes, skills and dimensions are a vital part of the programme, and thematic integrated patterns of work are encouraged throughout your school experience and college-based work.

Interview process

Successfully shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview which will comprise the following activities:

  • An interview with two senior staff members from the partnership schools
  • A group discussion with other candidates around an educational quote

If successful through this process, candidates will be invited to one of the schools in the partnership to complete the following:

  • A 20 minute teaching task with a small group of children
  • A written task, reflecting on the teaching task
  • A maths check

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Goldsmiths has a dedicated Disability Team, which is part of Student Services. The team is responsible for the co-ordination of support for current and prospective disabled students. The University is committed to supporting students, and will make reasonable adjustments to allow you to concentrate on your academic studies and support your independence. The campus is accessible to students with limited mobility.

Contact this training provider

John Donne Primary School
Woods Road
SE15 2SW

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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