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Stour Vale Academy Trust Primary (3XWY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
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

Stour Vale offers trainee teachers the unique opportunity to work and learn in a range of exciting and innovative primary schools within Dudley and Sandwell. We offer cultural and socio-economic diversity within our range of settings.

All schools share a common ethos and approach to pedagogy, ensuring that pupils become confident learners achieving the highest standards possible with a core focus on:

  • Learning and Teaching policies built around the principles of AfL.
  • Children as learners and their all-round development at the heart of all schools
  • The quality of learner experience rather than coverage
  • Pedagogy which views knowledge as something constructed by children not merely transmitted by teachers.

We are passionate about developing future leaders and believe that School Direct offers an unrivalled opportunity for trainees to learn and develop in our vibrant schools. By working in our schools, trainees will experience a range of contrasting experiences that will make you highly sought-after in the current job market.

We have an established background of working in partnership with University of Wolverhampton to deliver a high-quality training experience that gives our trainees a solid foundation on which to build a succesful and rewarding career in teaching.

School placements

Trainees have three placements across the course of the year and these are spent in two different schools. Stour Vale Academy Trust works with a number of schools across Birmingham and the Black Country, with the majority based in the Dudley Borough (see our web-site [] for further details). We will discuss placement schools at the application stage. In all cases, the applicant’s own circumstances will be considered so that travel times are not inconvenient.

You will spend the autumn and summer term placements at your host school and the spring term in your second placement school. These placements will provide you with experience of both KS1 and KS2. (Please note that upon gaining QTS, you will be qualified to teach 3 to 11).

All trainees are allocated a class mentor within school. Teaching timetables are staged and trainees will be expected to be teaching independently by the end of the first term. Weekly meetings and observations will be designed to fully support the trainee’s needs and help them to develop as classroom practitioners.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You will have attained an undergraduate degree. You will also need GCSEs to Grade C/4 or above in English, Mathematics and Science; however, we will consider candidates who need to take an equivalency test as well as those with a pending GCSE.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who first and foremost believe in the power of education to transform the lives of young people, whatever their background and ability. You will be hard-working, with an enquiring mind and have the resilience to stay the course. Teaching is the most rewarding job in the world, but it is also, like all professions, a challenging one. You will be supported all the way, but we also want you to be independent, a critical thinker, reflective and self-aware. You will also need to be a confident communicator who will contribute to a great team spirit.

Other requirements

  • Full criminal/DBS checks will be carried out upon application.
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for Fitness to Teach. We endeavour to meet the needs of trainees with disabilities and you are welcome to discuss any needs or disabilities with us at any time during the application process.

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 £13,700

Fee amount pending confirmation from the University of Wolverhampton.

About the training provider

Stour Vale Academy Trust is a group of primary and secondary schools offering school direct training across a range of specialisms. Teaching and learning is our core purpose and our course is built on principles of knowledge, inquiry and challenge.

Whether you opt for primary or secondary training, you will be part of an exciting and comprehensive training programme. Supported by our experienced and talented mentors, you will quickly become an integral part of a supportive and aspirational environment that is committed to outstanding outcomes for all, assuring you of the best possible start to your teaching profession.

Our secondary schools: Redhill School, Stourbridge; The Earls High School, Halesowen; Ridgewood High School, Stourbridge

Our primary schools: Olive Hill Primary, Halesowen; Northfield Road Primary, Netherton; Newtown Primary, West Bromwich

We also work closely with a number of other schools in the Black Country, including Oldbury Academy, The Crestwood School (Dudley), Ormiston NEW Academy (Wolverhampton) and St Matthias School (Wolverhampton).

Our courses are accredited by University of Worcester, University of Wolverhampton and Haybridge Alliance SCITT (c/o Birmingham City University), and all our tuition fee courses award a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to all successful trainees.

We offer places for secondary and primary trainees.

Interview process

Applications through the University of Wolverhampton: candidates will attend an interview at the university which will include a presentation and a formal interview with subject and course leaders from the university and Stour Vale. At present, these will be conducted online.

School interviews will consist of a conversation with the subject lead and a formal interview with the professional mentor. Due to contemporary circumstances, interviews with the host school may be on-line OR face-to-face.

In either circumstance, you will be asked to deliver a lesson or part-lesson. This could be face-to-face with pupils, or remotely to the interview panel. We will provide further details on application.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are a fully inclusive Trust and pride ourselves on our provision for all our stakeholders’ needs. Wheelchair access is excellent with lift access to all areas of our site. We take care to ensure the mental health and well-being of staff and pupils and have recognised this in our ITT handbook.

Contact this training provider

01384 816632
c/o Halesowen College
Whittingham Road
West Midlands
B63 3NA

Support and advice

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