The Swaledale Alliance
Primary (5-11) Full time (2N4B)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
High Force Education (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 Swaledale Alliance School Direct programme is a 10 month programme. Based at our Lead School Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary, the programme runs under High Force SCITT with the PGCE awarded by Northumbria University. The programme provides you with the necessary experiences required to become an effective teacher. Focussing closely on the National Teaching Standards, the structure of the programme has been tailored in order to provide high quality training, effective mentoring and varied school experiences that develop your skill base and ensure you are fully equipped to enter the teaching profession.

Trainees have a formal weekly development review meeting with either their Hub Learning Lead or Class Based Mentor. These sessions are carefully constructed to allow professional dialogue to take place, that focuses on the key elements of trainee progression – what have they learnt that week that helps them learn how to teach a subject, what skills have they gained or observed that will support them as they learn how to teach, what professional qualities can we identify that will help them learn to be a teacher.

Trainees are provided with detailed training sessions that allow them to collate the evidence required to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Evidence towards these standards is submitted at various points throughout the programme where Professional Tutors assess the evidence. These skilled Tutors are able to support trainees and provide constructive feedback to enhance their development.

Working with High Force Education we use a holistic approach to assess trainee teachers and use a range of evidence to assess if trainees are on track to meet the Teachers’ Standards. We want our trainees to have long careers in our schools, therefore we recognise that onerous recording activities do not add value to their professional development as a teacher. Assessment is an ongoing formative process that lasts throughout the training year with the aim of enabling our trainees to grow the skills they need to step into the classroom on day one of their NQT year as reflective, resilient practitioners ready to inspire the children in our schools.

The Swaledale Alliance has an excellent working relationship with High Force SCITT who are an ‘outstanding’ training provider (Ofsted, 2015/16) with a 100% pass rate.

This excellent collaboration will provide you with the hands-on experiences and quality training to ensure you are fully prepared for the role of a teacher in the 21st Century.

Interview process

High Force Education SCITT leads and manages the assessment process with the support from our Lead Hub school.

Trainees are interviewed in our Hub school Brompton-on-Swale school and will spend the majority of their year in satellite schools attached to the Lead hub.

High Force considers a wide range of evidence to judge an applicant’s potential to teach including the application process, references, results of assessment day tasks and interpersonal skills demonstrated throughout the interview.

A decision to offer a place on the programme will be made as a result of the applicant’s performance through all of the different tasks. All decisions from the assessment day will be made within 24 hours of the interview. If you are successful, you will be offered a conditional place for the programme.

We offer all candidates the opportunity to receive feedback if they are unsuccessful at the assessment day,

How school placements work

As one of four hubs for High Force Education, training with the Swaledale Alliance will take place based at our Lead School, Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary. Placements will also be undertaken in satellite schools near to where trainees live. At certain times of the year trainees from all four hubs will come together for joint training.

Training in the Hub School is delivered one day a week by a blended approach of both face-to-face and remote learning by the Subject Learning Lead and Hub Learning Lead. Our Hub Learning Lead will also work with trainees during their placements in satellite schools and carry out key observations to nurture their progress.

Placements in our satellite schools will provide trainees with diverse school experiences in each phase of primary education and an opportunity to experience a wide range of school environments, from small dales village schools to larger and more culturally diverse schools on near by Catterick Garrison. You will be placed in 3 different schools across the year to gain a wealth of experience in a range of settings. School placements are specifically and carefully selected for you to meet your individual development needs and to widen your skills in working with a range of pupils.

Two of the placements are classed as assessed teaching practices where you will be required to be assessed in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to observe in an Early Years Foundations Stage setting, a specialist school and a residential visit to schools in Bradford with a high proportion of children with EAL (English as an Additional Language).


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with High Force Education SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary for degree graduates. All details of bursaries can be found on the course page.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with High Force Education SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary for degree graduates. All details of bursaries can be found on the course page.



  • A degree (with honours) from a Higher Education Institution of a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2
  • Applicants can apply from any degree subject discipline however, applicants are required to demonstrate at interview how the skills, knowledge and understanding developed within the degree are applicable to primary teaching.
  • GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at a standard equivalent to a grade 4 or grade C or above.
  • 2 A levels or equivalent.

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate a passion to teach young children
  • Motivate and inspire young children to reach their full educational potential in life
  • Convey commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to teach at an outstanding level and continually improve and develop as a practitioner
  • Communicate clearly and articulately in spoken and written standard English, with accurate spelling and grammar
  • Demonstrate openness to learning, self- development and welcome feedback
  • Demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and respect for children, families and colleagues
  • Value and contribute to team work
  • Show creativity, flair, innovation and adaptability
  • Have resilience
  • Be able to meet deadlines

Other requirements

In addition to the specific entry requirements detailed above, the following ITT requirements must be met.

That all entrants:

  • Have satisfactory references
  • Are ‘Fit to Teach’
  • Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check

About the training provider

Set in an idyllic part of North Yorkshire, the Swaledale Alliance comprises of 56 member schools. These schools range from small ‘Dales Village Primary settings to large schools set within Darlington and the community of Catterick Garrison serving the Army and the RAF.

We are committed to providing a high-quality School Direct training environment and developing future teachers for our network of schools. We work with two outstanding providers, High Force Education at Barnard Castle and Red kite Teacher Training in North Yorkshire and Leeds, ‘Train where you Live’ concept, to provide a wide range of school environments in which students can learn from the enthusiasm and best practice of their professional colleagues.

With this distinct range of member schools, trainees have the opportunity to experience a variety of settings. The quality of training is fully supported by Specialist Leaders of Education(SLEs) who provide training and mentorship for candidates throughout our courses, along with highly skilled Professional tutors and Peer Support Teachers.

On completion of training many candidates are successful in securing teaching posts within Alliance member schools and continue to develop as practitioners through our highly regarded Continuous Professional Development 9CPD) programmes.

Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School, located close to Richmond, is the Lead school for the Alliance and works in partnership with High Force Education as a training venue in the north of our region.

Alverton Community Primary, Northallerton, works in partnership with Red kite Teacher Training as a training venue in the south of our region.

About the accredited body

High Force Education is an Ofsted outstanding provider that produces inspirational, creative teachers of the future. Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School operates as its learning hub for North Yorkshire.

High Force was the first school centred ITT provider to be established in the North East and has a proven track record of success. We have chosen learning leads who are not only highly effective in their chosen subject area but are also passionate about teacher training and have the skills needed to impart the enthusiasm and passion for their subject to you.

Training with disabilities and other needs

High Force is committed to equality of opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or socio-economic circumstances. For specific information and guidance on support, provision available and/or facilities for trainees with learning difficulties or disabilities, please contact the ITT Deputy Director on 01833 630487. We produce a separate Disability Statement, outlining facilities for disabled learners. This is available on request. We will do all we can to support you so that your dream of becoming a primary school teacher can come true.

Red Kite Teacher Training is committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective Trainees in its admissions, in all aspects of teaching and assessment and in its provision of trainee services.

If you have a disability or special need please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make arrangements where necessary.

Every year we train a number of Trainees with special needs such as dyslexia and we have strategies in place to support these Trainees alongside a SEND and Wellness Lead who will offer additional support when required.

Contact details

01748 818195
Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School
Brompton Park
Brompton-on-Swale, Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL10 7JW


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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Bainbridge CE Primary - BAWB Federation - Associate Schools
Bainbridge, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3EL
Yes D
Bedale CE Primary School - Associate School
Firby Road, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2AT
Yes 4
Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School - Lead School
Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School, Brompton Park, Brompton-on-Swale, Richmond, Richmond, DL10 7JW
Yes -
Crakehall CE Primary - Associate School
The Green, Crakehall, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 1HP
Yes V
Hutton Rudby Primary School - Associate School
Doctor’s Lane, Hutton Rudby, Yarm, TS15 0EQ
Yes P
Le Cateau Community Primary - Associate School
Catterick Garrison, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL9 4ED
Yes K
Leeming RAF Community Primary - Associate School
Gatenby, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9NQ
Yes H
Leeming and Londonderry Community Primary - Associate School
20 Roman Road, Leeming , Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9SG
Yes 2
Masham Community Primary - Associate School
1 millgate, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4EG
Yes 5
Pickhill CE Primary - Associate School
Pickhill, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4JL
Yes L
Reeth Community Primary - Associate School
Healaugh road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6SP
Yes Q
Richmond Methodist Primary - Associate School
Darlington Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7BH
Yes J
South Otterington CE Primary School - Associate School
South Otterington, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9HD
Yes N

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