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Avenue Primary Academy Primary (2473)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Avenue Primary Academy will be offering 15 primary tuition fee places (non-salaried). This will be a school-based training programme which will also offer PGCE, in partnership with the University of Roehampton. For 2021 - 2022 training places will be across a number of schools in Sutton. This PGCE programme will prepare you for a position as a primary teacher. Graduates of this programme are qualified to teach children across the full primary age range, but with a specialism in the Early Years/Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (3 - 7 year old children) or Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (7 - 11 year old children). Length of programme: 39 weeks full-time Time spent in schools: 120 days minimum across the programme in total The practical placements in school provide substantial classroom experience appropriately staged throughout the year. You will undertake block school experiences for sustained periods of time in schools, working in at least two schools for a minimum of 120 days during the programme. Placements will be in either EYFS and KS1 or KS1 and KS2. Trainees will be given the choice of the key stages they will based in for each placement. Assessment During the school placements, you progress from participant observer, via support teacher and sharing teacher, to lead teacher. The assessment of professional development takes place at regular intervals during placements and is a collaborative exercise involving you, your class teacher and your university tutor. The assessment is based on criteria set out in a profile of professional development, taking into account the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. You will also be required to complete three 20 credit assignments for the modules above at either Postgraduate (M level) or Professional (P) level. To gain QTS you are required to pass both the PGCE programme and to have met the Teachers’ Standards.

School placements

Candidates will be assigned a host school, where they will receive substantial classroom experience. As this is a school-based programme, trainees will be immersed in the life of the school, attending school INSET and professional development meetings as well as weekly planning sessions with the class teacher. Trainees will attend school Monday-Thursday while attending taught sessions at the university or at one of the partner schools on Friday. Additional training sessions, including some twilight sessions, occur throughout the year outside of the main assessed placements. This additional time in schools enables trainees to observe subject leaders teaching their specialist subjects as well as lessons in a range of year groups. Some partner schools have attached SEND bases for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Hearing Centres for deaf pupils, allowing trainees to observe teaching strategies and resources used to support pupils with these specific needs. Students will also be assigned a second school for a placement Jan-Feb which will be in an alternative key stage. All placement schools are in the London Borough of Sutton and consideration is given to the transport available to each trainee when placement schools are assigned.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Degree Qualifications Applicants will hold an Honours degree (preferably at 2:1 and above) awarded in the UK, or equivalent awarded by an approved university outside the UK, or an acceptable equivalent qualification. Candidates with a 2:2 Honours degree will need either additional postgraduate qualifications or substantial relevant experience of working with children. GCSE Qualifications All those training to teach must have achieved a grade C or above in Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or approved equivalents). We will only consider applicants who have already achieved two out of the three GCSEs (or approved equivalents) prior to their application.

Personal qualities

We seek self-motivated, highly committed and reflective trainees who demonstrate the drive and passion to become good teachers. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have classroom presence and relate well to pupils of all abilities, backgrounds, ethnicity and gender. We are looking for individuals who place the needs of children above all other concerns, who will strive to do their very best to ensure all pupils have the best education and pastoral support.

Other requirements

All candidates will be required to disclose any criminal convictions and a health questionnaire to demonstrate that they are suitable to work with children and are fit to undertake the role of a trainee teacher. Candidates with disabilities/special educational needs should inform the school if special arrangements are necessary to ensure equal opportunities for candidates during the application and interview stages, as well as during delivery of the course or for placements.

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 £9,250

Tuition fees are payable to the University of Roehampton. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan: To help fund your training and cover tuition fees, you could receive Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan, which is up to: £9,250 Tuition Fee Loan to pay for your course £11,354 Maintenance Loan to pay living costs

  1. Additional financial support

If you have children or a disability, extra funding is available. For instance, you could get: up to £164.70 a week (1 child) or up to £282.36 a week (2 or more children) Childcare Grant up to £1,669 per year Parents’ Learning Allowance Child Tax Credits Disabled Students’ Allowance up to £2,925 per year Adult Dependants’ Grant. Find out more information on the extra support available by visiting:

About the training provider

Avenue Primary Academy is an outstanding, large primary school based in Sutton and is a member of Cirrus Primary Academy Trust. We recognise and develop the potential of each and every person, empowering them and giving them the confidence to play a positive role in society as responsible citizens. We aim high and believe we can succeed.

A commitment to development attracts the best staff to work at Avenue. Because of our size and work with other schools in the local area, teachers have career progression and promotion opportunities within the school and across the Trust. We believe this is crucial to the success of our school.

As a teaching school from 2012 - 2020, Avenue has been successfully training teachers through School Direct for 8 years. Many of our School Direct trainees have continued to work at their host schools or within Cirrus Primary Academy Trust. We also successfully mentor, support and assess a number of ITT students from University of Roehampton and Kingston University each year.

If you are interested in becoming a part our thriving and successful teaching community, we offer teacher training places in conjunction with our university provider, the University of Roehampton. Please contact us to find out more.

Interview process

Details of the interview day will be given to applicants invited to attend and will include:

  • a 3 minute presentation, based around an resource you have used in an activity with children to promote learning
  • A 20-30 minute individual interview that will include questions about current educational issues.
  • a short written English task to determine your ability to work effectively in the primary classroom.
  • a short written grammar test
  • a short maths test
  • a 30 minute teaching activity based around a story with 30 pupils, the class teacher will also be present. This is to observe how the candidate relates to pupils and to help determine their potential to teach. Candidates are not expected to teach at the standard expected of a trainee or student, as for many, this will be their first experience of teaching a whole class.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Over the past 8 years, we have trained students with disabilities and special needs. The university of Roehampton has a disabilities team with designated members of staff to support students with dyslexia, physical disabilities and mental health conditions.

Avenue Primary Academy considers the mental health of pupils and staff to be a priority. A number of support staff, teachers and leaders are trained as mental health first aiders to support pupils and staff.

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