The de Ferrers Trust
Physical Education (3C5F)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The John Taylor SCITT
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

The Programme is essentially divided into 6 phases:

  • Phase 1: 8-day induction in the SCITT
  • Phase 2: 4-day Primary Placement
  • Phase 3: Classroom Practice 1 at a de Ferrers Trust Academy.
  • Phase 4: Classroom Practice 2 in a contrasting setting. This well be a 9-week placement
  • Phase 5: Week in a special School.
  • Phase 6 Classroom Practice 3 in your home school.

In each Phase of Classroom Practice, you will spend 4 days in your placement school. The fifth day is a training day at John Taylor High School. In the morning all trainees undertake general professional studies training or work with a colleague from the University of Derby on PGCE assignments and in the afternoon split into subject groups.

There will be 3 main assessment points throughout the year and by the end of the year trainees will need to demonstrate and evidence that they can fully meet each of the eight Standards for Qualified Teacher Status as well as Part 2 of The Standards. A Subject Knowledge viva at the end of the programme will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have developed skills and subject knowledge over the course of the year.

How school placements work

Your main placement will be in your selected school. This placement will commence following the induction at the John Taylor SCITT and the 4-day primary placement. Trainees will be in their placement school four days a week, and at the SCITT one day a week.

During the spring term you complete a nine week placement in a second school in order to promote collaborative learning and broaden your experience. The second placement will take place in one of the 14 secondary schools in the National Forest Teaching School Alliance, all based in the local area.

You will experience teaching students from age 11 to 18 during your placements


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

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.



English Language and Mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or an approved equivalent qualification.

Personal qualities

A desire to teach and work with young people

Effective communication skills

Determination to succeed

A readiness to listen and share

A flexible approach to learning and teaching

About the training provider

The de Ferrers Trust is a mixed multi-academy trust based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The trust currently consists of seven schools (three secondaries: The de Ferrers Academy, The Pingle Academy and Granville Academy, and four primaries: Eton Park Junior, Horninglow Primary, Lansdowne Infants and Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy). The trust educates approximately 5000 children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19 and employs 600 members of staff. The Trust exists to ensure that all the children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background.

Within the Trust we have received both national and international recognition for the work we are currently doing on transforming teaching and learning through the use of Apple technology. The de Ferrers Academy is an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) and trainees from within the Trust will be provided with outstanding opportunities to access and develop their teaching in modern, forward thinking Academies. The de Ferrers Trust has a vision that all students within our care will eventually have access to a 1:1 iPad scheme.

Teacher training within The de Ferrers Trust affords a wide range of experiences. Our teacher training experience ensures that you receive the highest quality of training and support at school and Trust level.

Throughout your training at The de Ferrers Trust you will be working with a dedicated, hard-working team and you can expect a fully comprehensive induction and support programme.

About the accredited body

The John Taylor SCITT, offering both primary and secondary programmes is based at John Taylor School. The SCITT is a relatively small provider and as a consequence prides itself on knowing all trainees well and being able to offer highly personalised support.

In 2017 the SCITT was commended by Ofsted for :

  • their vision and ambition
    • the training and support provided
    • the quality of placements offered
    • their responsiveness to needs and views of trainees
    • communication and collaboration with partner schools
    • trainee outcomes
    • employment rates
    • professionalism and commitment of NQTs

Training with disabilities and other needs

We do not discriminate any candidate who has any form of disability. If successful we would make the necessary adjustments to facilitate employees to be able to carry out their role, examples such as:

  • lessons on the ground floor
  • support of appointments with external agencies
  • use of sound field system

Applicants should be aware that the de Ferrers Academy is a split site Academy and to access all of the required teaching experience to achieve QTS, inter-site travel is necessary during the school day.

We have staff who have a variety of disabilities, all these staff receive support through HR.

Contact details

01283 247700
St Marys drive
Burton on trent
DE13 0LL


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
The de Ferrers Academy, St Mary’s Drive, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0LL
Yes -
The Pingle School
Coronation St, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0QA
Yes G

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