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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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The John Donne School Direct programme is a school-based model of teacher training where trainees are based in a school within the partnership for an academic year. Trainees 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, trainees 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. Trainees 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.

Trainees 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 trainee 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 trainees to develop their skills and prepares them for their teaching career.

School placements

Trainees 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 trainees 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
Adamsrill Primary School
Adamsrill Road, Sydenham, London, SE26 4AQ
Albion Primary School
Albion Street, London, SE16 7JD
Alfred Salter Primary School
Quebec Way, London, SE16 7LP
Boutcher CofE Primary School
93 Grange Road, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3BW
Camelot Primary School
Bird in Bush Road, London, SE15 1QP
Charles Dickens Primary School
Toulmin Street, London, SE1 1AF
Cherry Garden School
Macks Road, London, SE16 3XU
Childeric Primary School
Childeric Road, London, SE14 6DG
Dulwich Hamlet Junior School
Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AL
Dulwich Village Church of England Infants’ 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
Kender Primary School
112 Kender Street, London, SE14 5JA
Kensington Avenue Primary School
Kensington Avenue, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 8BT
Main Site
Woods Road, London, SE15 2SW
Oliver Goldsmith Primary School
83 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH
Pilgrim’s Way Primary School and Children’s Centre
Manor Grove, London, SE15 1EF
Prendergast Ladywell Primary School
Manwood Road, London, SE4 1SA
Robert Browning Primary School
King and Queen Street, Walworth, London, SE17 1DQ
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Little Dorrit Court, Redcross Way, London, SE1 1NJ
St Paul’s CofE Primary School
Penrose Street, Walworth, London, SE17 3DT
St. John’s Walworth Church of England Primary School
Larcom Street, London, SE17 1NQ
St. John’s and St. Clement’s Church of England Primary School
Adys Road, London, SE15 4DY
St. Mary Magdalene Church of England Primary School
48 Brayards Road, London, SE15 3RA
Surrey Square School
Surrey Square, London, SE17 2JY
The Belham Primary School
165 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 4DG
Torridon Primary School
Hazelbank Road, London, SE6 1TG

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Candidates will need the following qualifications to apply for School Direct through the John Donne partnership:

  • A degree at 2:1 or higher
  • Grade C/4 or higher for GCSE English, Maths and Science

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

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 salaried 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.

About the accredited body

Goldsmiths have a strong and longstanding partnership with a range of schools in London and south-east England and work closely with them to plan and implement our PGCE (Primary) programme.

In 2019 95% of student who were recommended for QTS with Goldsmiths were employed in schools. This figure is higher than the national average. Almost nine out of ten Goldsmiths graduates obtained teaching posts in London schools and about two thirds are employed within partnership schools.

Goldsmiths offer personalised support and enrichment activities for all students, as these are strong factors in helping them achieve their goals.

Interview process

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

  • An interview with a selection of senior staff from the partnership schools
  • A group discussion 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

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

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