Professional Learning Network (Lyons Hall)
Psychology (2TZX)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Mid Essex Initial Teacher Training
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

Our training model allows four days per week in schools and a weekly training day each Thursday. This training day is split between General Professional Studies (GPS) in the morning at the Braintree Arts Theatre and Subject Professional Studies (SPS) in the afternoon at one of our partnership schools. This ongoing training model allows you to explore something in theory and then try it out in practice the very next day.

You will have a main placement school which allows you to settle in fully into your department and become part of the teaching team. Pupils see you as their teacher and you gain a real insight into life in a school. A shorter, second placement in a different school (in February/March) then allows you to try ideas out and see another way of working. You will also have the opportunity to visit a primary school, a school for children with special educational needs and a school in challenging circumstances.

Trainees undertaking the ProfGCE will attend further training in the form of six Academic Days which will give you guidance on academic research and writing. You will also be able to access the online library of the University of Greenwich.

Interview process

Mid Essex ITT will co-ordinate the recruitment process and it will involve a full day spent at their central offices at Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form. It will include a critique of a lesson, a short written test for literacy and participation in a group discussion. You will be expected to do a short presentation in front of a small group of Year 8 students and will be interviewed by staff from Mid Essex ITT and our partner schools. Not only is the day an excellent opportunity for you to show us your passion and relevant skills, it is a chance for you to meet the Mid Essex team and find out more about our course.

How school placements work

Mid Essex ITT works with over 20 schools across Essex, many of which have been working with them for almost 25 years. You will have the opportunity to work at two of these schools.

We aim to place you in a school which best suits your requirements. At your interview and assessment day, you will be asked to complete a form detailing which of our schools you would like to be placed at and we will try our best to place you at one of your choices. Early applicants will find it easier to be placed at one of their top choices so we do recommend applying as early as possible if you are interested in training in certain schools.

Our schools offer a range of experiences covering 11-16 or 11-18 with mixed and single gender teaching across the partnership.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
International students £9,000

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.



  • a degree at classification 2:2 or above

  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in Maths

  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in English

If you have international qualifications, we ask that you also provide a NARIC Statement of Comparability. You can find out more at the NARIC website

Personal qualities

  • Commitment, enthusiasm, passion, resilience – this is a tough course

  • Suitable and relevant qualifications to meet the eligibility criteria

  • Good subject knowledge (probably with a few gaps)

  • Relevant experience: how do you know this is for you?

  • Good standards of written and oral English

Other requirements

Mid Essex ITT is committed to safer recruitment. All applicants will be subject to to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check, including a check of the children’s barred list and Employer Access Online.

About the training provider

Lyons Hall School, an outstanding Teaching School works in partnership with Essex Primary SCITT and Mid Essex ITT (for secondary) which were both recognised as outstanding providers by Ofsted in November 2017.

Lyons Hall is the lead school in the Professional Learning Network (PLN), a Teaching School Alliance of over 50 primary, secondary and special schools

If you have a degree and would like to become a primary or secondary school teacher, PLN is here to support and guide you, every step of the way. We offer Initial Teacher Training through School Direct placements, a one-year programme in which candidates undertake on-the-job-training in at least two schools in Essex across the school year. The course is structured so that trainees gain hands on experience in schools from the very beginning and many of our trainees go on to work in one of the schools they trained in.

We are different to many other training organisations as we can support you with your induction as a Newly Qualified Teacher as well as with Continuing Professional and Leadership Development throughout your career.

You will receive support from experienced teachers to help develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to become a successful practitioner.

Trainees are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity that our strong partnership of schools offers and are well supported and challenged to achieve the very best outcomes that prepare them well for the start of their teaching careers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are fully committed to fairness and equality. We strive to recruit from all backgrounds and ages and value the diversity it brings to the profession.

Over the years we have supported trainees with disabilities and other needs to achieve at least good and often outstanding outcomes by the end of their training by taking in to account their individual needs and tailoring their training accordingly.

In the past we have provided extra support to trainees with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, hearing impairments, ME and other long standing illnesses who have successfully completed their training.

We have provided help with proof-reading assignments, providing handouts on pastel coloured paper and running “Breakfast Support” sessions and Wellbeing days. If you think you may require assistance with any of the tasks at our interview and assessment day, we are happy to chat in advance about how we can make them accessible for you.

We welcome any requests from applicants concerning anything we can do to support you as you apply to join the course.

Contact details

Lyons Hall Primary School
Deerleap Way


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