Forest Learning Alliance Primary with mathematics (3DVH)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The University of Reading
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This programme is designed to ensure that you meet the standards to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the additional PGCE qualification and provides you with insights into teaching beyond the Teacher standards.

Across the partnership, the aim is to produce effective practitioners who will make a positive contribution to the teaching profession. By the end of the programme, you should be able to demonstrate appropriate professional attributes, have a strong subject and pedagogical knowledge, and be able to plan and teach effectively to ensure that all pupils make progress.

We work with The University of Reading and they are one of the few providers in the country authorised to offer Primary trainees the opportunity to follow the Primary with Mathematics Specialism route, leading to subject leadership, or specialist teaching of mathematics within a primary setting.

As a maths specialist it will be your responsibility to act as an authority on the subject within your school, influencing how high-quality maths teaching is delivered in all classes. This also includes training to deliver quality teaching across the diverse primary curriculum – from science to the arts, history, geography, and basic computing skills.

Through your teacher training, you’ll develop the skills to become an expert in teaching maths to children between the primary ages of 5 and 11. You’ll take a lead in inspiring them to overcome barriers, solve problems, and elevate their enthusiasm for the subject. Teaching maths as a specialist has never been more important:

You’ll ensure every child gets the chance to leave primary school and begin secondary education with the best opportunity to succeed you’ll increase essential maths skills needed for everyday life.

Applicants must have at least a B in A Level Maths

School placements

All School Direct trainee teachers will be spending most of their time in one school with regular training sessions either at the lead school, Uplands Primary School and Nursery, one of the partnership schools or at the University of Reading. The individual placement schools have taken responsibility for deciding individual trainees teaching commitment but the partnership agreement in place ensures that all trainee teachers gain the same range of experience, whatever the school.

In addition to their main placement school all trainee teachers will undertake a second placement in the spring term for six weeks. All trainee teachers will gain experience across a range of key stages and contexts and this experience will be tailored to meet the needs of individual trainee teachers to ensure that all gain the range of expertise needed to become an effective professional.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

Personal qualities

Applicants will

-demonstrate and promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour;

  • be aware of their professional responsibilities;

  • work with others to promote the learning and welfare of young people;

  • adopt a reflective and critical stance towards their own practice, policy initiatives and listen to and act upon advice;

  • take responsibility for their own professional development;

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

School Direct “Tuition fees”

Tuition fees The Tuition fees payable by the student to the University in 2022-23 are £9,250 for students taking the PGCE route. Eligible students can apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company (SLC).

Tuition fees are due to the University in October for all students. For SLC funded students the University will liaise directly with the SLC to collect these funds. Where a student leaves the programme during the year, the fees due will depend on the reason for leaving and the date of departure.

These are set out on the University website.

About the training provider

Uplands Primary School and Nursery is the lead school for Forest Learning Alliance, working with Primary and special schools. We work in partnership with the Institute of Education, University of Reading who have an exceptional reputation in teacher training. As an alliance of 27 schools, we provide a high quality provision to deliver a well-rounded training programme. We offer the potential of employment in the local area, the Early Career Framework, an opportunity for you to undertake the DfE funded two year training programme. Forest Learning Alliance is also a provider of National Programme Qualifications. You can undertake these as you progress in your career. We offer support, guidance and continued professional development throughout your career in teaching and leadership.

Who are we looking for? We are looking to offer places to inspirational people who have a proven track record of good communication skills and the ability to use their initiative and work under pressure in a demanding environment.

School Direct (salaried) is aimed at graduate career changers who have three or more years’ work experience. Successful applicants who have proven at the point of application and at interview, they have skills, understand the role of the teacher and able to train whilst working in a school.

School Direct (fee paying) route is also a school-based route into initial teacher training for applicants who are often undergraduates or who have limited experience of working in schools, leading classes, and taking responsibility for teaching on a regular basis.

About the accredited body

The Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2022) and is committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers thorugh its well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high-quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).

Interview process

How to Apply

All applicants will need to apply through the Gov.UK Find website If you are interested in applying for a position within Forest Learning Alliance, then ensure that you use our name, or Uplands Primary School and Nursery, within your programme search.

Recruitment Procedures

Successful applicants will be offered an interview at one of our schools where they will:

  • be interviewed by a Headteacher and a school representative
  • observe a pre-recorded lesson and provide comments
  • written task
  • complete an oral presentation on a topic of their choice

Following success at interview, a School Direct placement will be offered within one of our partner schools.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to make any reasonable adjustment for applicants with a disability or other protected characteristics.

Contact this training provider

Uplands Primary School and Nursery
Albion Road
GU47 9BP

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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