Teach Cheshire Primary (26G5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Manchester
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Within the primary section of the Teach Cheshire programme we have a contrasting family of schools in our learning community, each unique and wonderful in its own way, ranging from half form entry rural schools to two form entry urban schools. As a result of this we are able to offer varied, contrasting and bespoke teaching placements. Although each school is different, we share a common purpose, which is creating inclusive environments where all of our children can thrive academically and socially.

You will spend time in two different partnership schools, usually beginning in one in the Autumn term, attending a contrasting placement in the Spring before returning to your ‘home’ school to complete your training with us.

At Teach Cheshire we are proud to be supporting the development of the next generation of teachers and aspiring, leaders. You will be joining an established community of teaching professionals, who are committed to using research and evidence-based practice to support the initial training of our student teachers.

A group of skilled, passionate mentors will be with you every step of the way, ensuring that you become the very best teacher you can be, preparing you for taking on your first class as an NQT and instilling in you a desire to continually reflect and improve your practice throughout your career.

Working in collaboration with the university, we share the delivery of the training programme. Curriculum sessions, offered by us will be led by experienced subject leads, who are all practising teachers, many of whom are Specialist Leaders in Education for their subject area or specialism. Their guidance and expertise will support you to successfully apply new learning to a classroom context.

The school-based programme is led by a successful, serving Headteacher.

School placements

During your placement you will receive training in how to teach all National Curriculum subjects, with a focus on Mathematics, English and Science. You train in two different schools and will gain experience in both KS1 and KS2. You will have the opportunity throughout the course to develop your subject knowledge.

You spend time in university and time in schools:

  • eight weeks in the autumn term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2;

  • eleven weeks in the summer term in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2;

  • two-week enquiry placement in either key stage;

  • two-week placement in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS);

  • one-week placement in Key Stage 3.

When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced primary teacher. You will also have a mentor to help you to plan lessons, deal with marking and assessment, and improve your teaching skills.

The Teach Cheshire primary hub is made up of a family of 6 primary schools:

  • Adlington Primary School

  • Broken Cross Primary Academy and Nursery

  • Gawsworth Primary School

  • Marlborough Primary School

  • Nether Alderley Primary School

  • Upton Priory School

These schools are further bolstered by an additional 3 schools from the Fallibroome Learning Community. All pupils, across the range of schools, are supported and encouraged to be the very best they can be in both their learning and their wider life skills. The collection of schools reflects the diverse communities they serve, from rural to urban, from below average free school meals to more than 6 times the national average for Special Educational Needs. Each school provides a safe, inclusive, environment for its pupils where high expectations and collaboration are the norm.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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, maths or science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for:

  • enthusiasm for working with children and a determination to make a difference to the lives of young people of all abilities
  • passion for your subject
  • awareness of current educational issues
  • personal awareness of your role as teacher in relation to teaching and learning
  • your capacity to engage in an intensive period of training
  • good communication skills
  • the capacity to reflect on your experience

We encourage prospective applicants to attend one of our regular visitor days subject to Covid restrictions.

Other requirements

When we make an offer, it is typical for there to be a number of conditions. For example:

  • An enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.
  • A health screening questionnaire

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Teach Cheshire is an experienced School Direct Alliance with a hub centred around Macclesfield and Poynton for both secondary and primary teacher training.

All of the schools in the Alliance have comprehensive intakes and you will get experience of working with young people of all abilities. We have high academic standards and we are passionate about enabling our students to be confident, articulate, creative and resilient.

We have very high completion rates and all trainees have been graded good or outstanding. Over the past five years, on average, 90% of Teach Cheshire trainees found teaching jobs at the end of the course, with a significant proportion employed within the Teach Cheshire partnership. We work closely with our university colleagues to share the delivery of the programme so that you have the opportunity to apply learning from university sessions to the practical context of the classroom, supported and guided by experienced and enthusiastic teachers.

As a Teach Cheshire trainee, you are fully immersed into wider school life, with the opportunity to build up strong relationships with the staff and students in each placement school. You spend time in two different partnership schools, normally starting in one in the Autumn term, going to a contrasting placement in the Spring term and then returning to the first school in the Summer term.

Interview process

Interviews are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Whenever possible, they will take place face to face in a Teach Cheshire school. They last half a day and include:

  • The opportunity to talk to staff and students
  • A tour of the school
  • A short teaching task (you will be told in advance about the content of the lesson, the age group and size of class you will be teaching)
  • Short written tasks for literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge
  • A formal interview with senior staff and subject specialists
  • Identity and qualification checks (please bring photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications)

Please note that you do not need to have completed school experience before the interview.

If restrictions are in place for health reasons, interviews will be held online and will include:

  • preparation of a lesson in advance with an explanation of how you would deliver it and why you have approached the topic in this manner.
  • a subject knowledge self-assessment
  • A formal interview with senior staff and subject specialists

Please note that you do not need to have completed school experience before the interview

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

Specialist disability and inclusion staff at both universities provide confidential information, advice and guidance to support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. Teach Cheshire schools will work closely with the universities to ensure needs are met whilst on placements.

Contact this training provider

01625 827898
SK10 4AF

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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