GLF Schools’ Teacher Training – School Direct Design and Technology (2ZJ6)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
GLF Schools’ Teacher Training
Financial support

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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

This is an employment based route for high quality graduates. You will be assigned to a host school in which you will complete the majority of your training, on a 2-1-2 basis (2 days in school - 1 day dedicated to professional studies - 2 days in school). In the spring term, you will complete a second placement of six weeks in another partnership school to ensure that you experience contrasting educational settings / phases, which will greatly enhance your learning experience, subject to Government guidelines.

Our teacher training curriculum is designed to ensure that you will meet all eight National Teachers’ Standards and Part 2 by the end of the training year in order to receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). During the course of the year, your teaching commitments will gradually increase whilst you are developing a body of evidence to support your progress against the curriculum. A range of evidence is sought, at each assessment point, to ensure that you are working at the required standard to obtain QTS status by the end of the programme.

You will receive weekly professional studies training, delivered by a member of the SCITT Leadership Team and/or specialists from our partnership schools as well as nationally recognised experts; these sessions are carefully mapped against the strands of our curriculum and to your practice in school and are designed to support you in developing your teaching skills over time. As a team we regularly review and update our programme to ensure that it meets the needs of all our trainees.

Trainees can either opt for the ‘QTS only’ route or choose to enhance their training year by selecting to study for a PGCE which is delivered in partnership with St Mary’s University. This post graduate course provides trainees with the option of further academic study resulting in an internationally recognised teaching qualification. The PGCE modules are delivered as part of the Professional Studies sessions programme. Further information can be found on our website:

The SCITT programme provides opportunities to develop a range of effective teaching strategies for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. In your practice you will work closely with children who have a variety of different needs and will be guided by expert colleagues, such as the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in school, to help you to adapt your teaching and ensure the best possible outcomes for all learners.

School placements

This is an employment based route open to high quality graduates, typically with at least 2 years’ transferable work history. You will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher whilst you learn on the job.

In the majority of subjects, our Secondary programme focuses on the teaching of children aged 11-16, which includes experience at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Your training will be tailored to prepare you to teach both key stages across your chosen subject specialism.

Successful candidates will be allocated a host school - this is dependent on location, transport access, and the needs of schools within the candidate’s home area and will be discussed once an offer is made. We do our best to accommodate the personal and family circumstances of trainees when arranging placements and encourage a visit or video call with the host school to ensure that the suggested placement is mutually agreeable.

The majority of your time will be spent in the host school and you will be expected to observe the normal teaching staff hours. This will include meetings before and after the school day.

We will also organise a 6 week placement (subject to government guidelines), usually after February half term, to ensure that you have experience of teaching in a contrasting educational/phase setting. This not only supports you to develop your skills against our curriculum, but also acts as a fantastic confidence builder. Following this placement you will feel prepared to teach in any setting and you will be able to make an informed choice about the school/phase you would like to apply to for your first Early Career Teaching position.

We are very fortunate to have a large and diverse partnership of schools with whom we have worked for many years. They share our ethos and passion for developing the full potential of their trainees and fully understand how to maximise the impact of your professional studies sessions through your practice in schools.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

If you do not have an English or Maths GCSE at grade C/Level 4 or above, you can still apply for teacher training, but we will require you to pass an equivalency test before we confirm any offer that we make.

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Personal qualities

Candidates will be expected to have 2 years transferable work history and demonstrate their commitment to a future teaching career, strong subject knowledge and the ability to interact with young people in and out of a classroom environment.

We are also looking for strong literacy and numeracy skills, high standards of written English, a willingness to contribute to wider school life as well as personal qualities including: confidence, flexibility, resilience, ability to work in a group and under pressure, self-reflection and time management skills, good organisational and administrative skills and a knowledge of the teaching profession/the demands of a teacher.

Other requirements

GLF Schools’ Teacher Training, and all partnership schools, are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Members of the selection panel are Safer Recruitment trained and we require all successful applicants to undertake an enhanced DBS and Barred List check.

We will have due regard to The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001. All decisions relating to recruitment and selection are based on objective criteria related to the requirements of the programme and the need to recruit high quality teachers.


Salaried trainees are paid according to the unqualified teachers pay scale; as a guideline in 2019/20 the minimum London fringe was £18,844 and England (excl. London area) was £17,682. Host schools will confirm starting salaries when offers are confirmed.

ITT course tuition fees for salaried trainees will be paid by the employing school.

If salaried trainees take the optional PGCE, they will be required to pay the additional £2,000 PGCE cost independently.

Please note, salaried trainees are not eligible for a student loan.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

GLF Schools’ Teacher Training is a School Based Teacher Training provider (SCITT) working with an alliance of highly successful schools with a strong history of providing exceptional Initial Teacher Training since 2013. Our programme allows you to learn to teach in a school environment where you will be treated as a member of the team from your very first day.
Throughout your course you will be supported by experienced teachers. Primary Trainees will be assigned a dedicated Mentor. Secondary Trainees will also have a Mentor and a Lead Subject Mentor - all skilled teachers who are passionate about education.

We provide all our trainees with a first rate training experience. All of our placement schools have significant experience in delivering ITT and are able to provide consistently high quality placements.

Our comprehensive summer induction programme ensures that all our trainees are fully prepared for their teaching year ahead.

Our carefully devised Professional Studies curriculum is delivered by expert practitioners one day per week.

Our mentors receive regular training and have a deep understanding of our training curriculum allowing them to provide personalised support and guidance.

As a Teaching School hub and a Multi Academy Trust, our wide partnership of schools provide a vast network of highly qualified practitioners and offer a wealth of opportunities to share good practise.

We care about mental health and well being and offer regular coaching sessions and well-being meetings if needed.

We have a proven record of positive course outcomes and employment rates.

Interview process

Once references have been completed, applications are automatically sent through to our team. Once we have received your details we will check that you meet the qualification eligibility criteria and that you demonstrate the drive for and commitment to teaching that we are looking for in your personal statement.

If successful, you will be invited for an online interview which will consist of:

  • a formal interview, with members of the SCITT Leadership Team
  • a lesson planning exercise
  • a teaching activity or review of a teaching activity
  • a written exercise
  • activities to test literacy and numeracy
  • a subject knowledge test, GCSE level

All teacher training applicants will be assessed for their suitability to train to teach. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to a future teaching career, sound subject knowledge and the ability to interact with young people in and out of a classroom environment.

We are also looking for strong literacy and numeracy skills, high standards of written English, a willingness to contribute to wider school life as well as personal qualities including: confidence, flexibility, resilience, ability to work in a group and under pressure, self-reflection, time management skills, good organisational and administrative skills and a knowledge of the teaching profession/the demands of a teacher.

Successful candidates will be given a conditional offer which will be subject to Safeguarding and health checks and evidence of qualifications. Detailed verbal feedback is provided to all interviewees following this process.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

GLF Schools’ SCITT will adhere to its Recruitment and Selection policy in relation to all new appointments. In particular, this means that essential criteria on person specifications will be limited to those requirements which are necessary for the effective performance of the role. Candidates for employment will be assessed objectively against the requirements for the role, taking into account any reasonable adjustments that may be required for candidates with a disability.

GLF Schools’ will make reasonable adjustments to its standard working practices to overcome barriers caused by disability. GLF Schools’ SCITT will monitor the composition of the existing workforce and of applicants for jobs and, where problems are identified, will consider whether appropriate action can be taken to address these.

All trainees complete a pre-employment questionnaire which is assessed by GLF Schools’ health care provider. Any recommendations are risk assessed and reasonable adjustments are actioned. In addition, GLF Schools’ SCITT has partnerships with a diverse range of both secondary and primary schools and trainees are placed according to their suitability and needs.

Contact this training provider

020 3519 6454
GLF Schools' Teacher Training
Rosebery School
KT18 7NQ

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