Great Sankey Teaching School Alliance Primary (25Z2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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

On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded a PGCE in General Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Level credits by University of Cumbria.

Our School Direct PGCE programme enables you to spend the vast majority of your year in highly supportive school environments, gaining a broad experience in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Our alliance consists of eight primary schools in Warrington as well as a special school and this allows you to have three contrasting placements during the programme.

In each placement you will be supported by a trained school mentor to develop your professional knowledge, understanding and the skills necessary to become a teacher. The opportunity to work alongside colleagues from the start of the programme and immediately form relationships with the children are invaluable experiences which will enable you to become fully immersed in the life of the schools.

The placements in school are supported by a rigorous and comprehensive training programme, which are led by expert teachers and Specialist Leaders of Education. The vast majority of these training courses take place in schools in Warrington. The alliance does work in partnership with Lime Tree Alliance in Manchester so three sessions take place at Lime Tree. The programme also provides an SEN enrichment week based at the Special school. A further 12 days are led by a tutor from University of Cumbria who travels to our training centre in Warrington to focus on pedagogy and curriculum.

This course blends theories about learning with the wide range of skills that a teacher needs. We give you opportunities to carry out research into the aspects of teaching that capture your imagination. This helps you develop a reflective and analytical view of your work in the classroom, which sustains the high levels of progress we expect.

You learn about the curriculum, from the framework provided by the National Curriculum through to the individual lesson plans that teachers use to support learning in their classrooms.

We use a variety of methods and group sizes in our teaching, including subject methodology sessions where practical work is completed, small tutorial groups for discussing issues, mixed-subject research training activities, and other opportunities to share ideas and work with your peers.

Assessment takes the form of three pieces of written coursework and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status .

School placements

Great Sankey Teaching School Alliance consists of eight primary schools and a special school, who all hold a good or outstanding grading from Ofsted.

You will be placed in three contrasting schools over the year, spending a term in each school. All these schools are in Warrington. This will give you the opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and pupils and become fully involved in school life.

During each term, you will spend time both in your host school and in other schools completing the training led by expert teachers and Specialist Leaders of Education.

During each term, you will have a specific teaching placement. You will complete three placements, each in a different school and these will be completed in two different Key Stages, including Early Years where appropriate. Each teaching placement will allow you to gradually build up your professional knowledge, understanding and skills to become a successful teacher.

During the placement you will be supported by a trained mentor. Your mentor will ensure that you have achievable and relevant targets to progress your skills, knowledge and understanding. Throughout your placement your teaching will be observed by your mentor and you will have weekly review meetings to ensure that you are receiving the right level of support and challenge.

At the end of each placement you will receive a summative report, which will provide the basis for your targets in your next placement. Quality assurance systems between the alliance and university will ensure that the quality of mentoring and the judgements made on teaching are consistent for you throughout the programme.

Interview process

Park Road Primary School is the lead school in the primary partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. We work with University of Cumbria to ensure that the selection and recruitment process is transparent and rigorous.

Senior colleagues from schools in the partnership will be involved in the selection process.

You will need to attend 1 interview. The process is will involve the following activities:

  • planning and preparing a 10-15 minute activity for a group of pupils
  • a written task
  • a short presentation based on a title which we will give you
  • a formal interview


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

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 with a minimum of 2:2 honours.

Three GCSEs at minimum grade C or above to include English Language, Mathematics and Science (including Biology, Chemistry or Physics). All successful applicants must have met this requirement by the start of the programme.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented individuals who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen.

The sorts of personal qualities we are looking for are;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills - friendly and approachable
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • Dedicated to getting the most out of children
  • Resilience and a positive outlook
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Leadership capabilities and an understanding of the importance of teamwork

Other requirements

We offer school experience through the School Experience Programme and would encourage applicants to spend some time in a mainstream UK Primary school covering Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 prior to starting the programme.

All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established University of Cumbria procedures.

About the training provider

Join Great Sankey Teaching School Alliance (Warrington) and be welcomed to our learning community, supported to train as either a Primary or Secondary teacher from day one.

Located in Warrington with excellent access to Manchester and Liverpool, our partnership is led by a National Teaching School and consists of 3 secondary schools, 6 primary schools and a special school.

Why complete your PGCE with us?

  • Supportive mentoring; experienced and trained mentors who are committed to developing the next generation of outstanding teachers
  • High employment; schools in our partnership want to recruit outstanding teachers from our programme
  • Excellent facilities and opportunities; dedicated training centre and innovative programme design supports professional and leadership development with enrichment opportunities in a local special school
  • School-based training programme with University tutors travelling to support professional conferences

Our School Direct programme enables you to spend the vast majority of your year in a highly supportive school environment where you will train alongside dedicated professionals. Their expertise will help you to develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become a teacher, able to plan and deliver creative, purposeful and challenging lessons.

About the accredited body

We work with the University of Cumbria, one of the largest providers of ITT in the Northwest, as the accrediting body for our School Direct PGCE programme. The campus is based in Lancaster where our trainee teachers will have access to student services as well as the excellent facilities. The expertise of the tutors at University of Cumbria means trainees will be fully supported through both the academic aspects of their programme as well as the school based elements.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an inclusive provider and all of our Alliance Schools are welcoming to trainees with disabilities and other needs. Our trainees have access to the full range of University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our School Direct Alliance. Much of the university-based support is available online and electronically and so accessible at a distance.

Contact details

Great Sankey High School
Barrow Hall Lane
Great Sankey


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Choose a training location

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Burtonwood Community Primary School
Green Street, Burtonwood, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 4AQ
Yes U
Park Road Community Primary School
Wroxham Road, Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 3EF
Yes P

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