National Forest Teaching School Primary (37FQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The John Taylor SCITT
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 goal is to ensure that all our teacher trainees graduate prepared and inspired to create an exceptional learning adventure for every child in any school. We achieve this through strong partnerships with our alliance schools, personalised mentoring for each trainee and a bespoke, supportive training programme. Our cohorts graduate with exceptional outcomes – 95% of our trainees from our past two cohorts secured employment before the end of the programme.

QTS Training Programme The programme has 5 components; these components are carefully linked together so that theory and learning at the training centre will feed directly into your classroom practice.

  1. Induction
  2. Classroom Practice
  3. Professional Studies Training Modules
  4. Subject Knowledge Development Modules
  5. School Based Tasks
    As a guide, each week you would spend 4 days in your placement school and 1 day in training. We work collaboratively with outstanding practitioners from across our family of schools to design and deliver our exceptional and exciting school-based training offer. The Training Centre at John Taylor High School is the main venue for the majority of our training. To compliment this learning, some of our sessions are delivered in local primary schools which will enable you to directly see the theory you have learnt in action. During training sessions, you will develop your curriculum and subject knowledge for teaching and engage in professional practices such as inclusion, safeguarding, behaviour management and pastoral care. We use a spiral approach to continually deepen your pedagogical understanding in areas such as assessment for learning, differentiation and growth mindset. Our subject knowledge modules have an in-depth focus on the core subjects of English and Maths, but we feel that it is equally important to develop your confidence in delivering the whole curriculum.

PGCE (Teaching and Learning Masters level study) Alongside QTS, trainees will be accredited with a PGCE and 60 Masters Level credits by the University of Derby. The credits are fully portable and can be used on other Masters level programme. There are three assignments, which are closely linked with the QTS training programme and are designed to support you in becoming an effective classroom practitioners. You will have full access to the University of Derby Library and VLE for support. All university input takes place at the Training Centre.

School placements

You will be assigned a Home School from our alliance; this is where you will begin and end your training year. Following a period of induction in the Training Centre you will spend the majority of your time in the classroom developing effective classroom pedagogy. Through a structured programme of observation, joint planning and joint delivery of lessons you will gradually build up to whole class teaching. You will work alongside outstanding practitioners and will be supported by highly trained mentors, all of whom are committed to ensuring the very best experience and outcomes for their trainees.

After Christmas you will undertake a shorter second placement in a different school. This is an opportunity to learn within a new school context and gain exposure to a new range of teaching and learning strategies develop your practice further. Second placement schools will also offer a contrast in key stage and school context. Unlike other providers, we also offer 2 small enhanced placement opportunities before returning to your home school, these include a special school placement and an Early Years placement. We feel both of these are essential in supporting you to develop a wide range of skills and strategies to support your teaching.

Allocation to your home school within the alliance will been based on a number of criteria, including:

  • The school’s willingness, capacity and competency to host a trainee
  • Trainees’ personal circumstances, e.g. distance to travel, age range preferences etc.
    (Trainees should note that all our schools are deemed to be within an acceptable travelling distance from John Taylor High School.)

Allocation to the second placement is based on the above and this will include a contrasting key stage so that all stages of the Primary curriculum are covered throughout the training year. It is important that trainees have experience of 2 contrasting school contexts.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All applicants are required to hold a good UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a degree classification of 2.2 or higher, however a 3rd class degree may be considered for applicants with significant and successful school experience Applicants must have achieved a grade C / level 4 or above in GCSE English, Maths and Science

Personal qualities

We are looking for highly motivated trainees with a real passion and commitment to ensuring the very best outcomes for every child, regardless of their starting points. Enthusiasm and a desire to inspire and motivate young people are essential qualities in all applicants. Successful trainees will be expected to reflect on, and evaluate their progress and practice in the classroom, identifying ways to improve and be willing to take advantage of professional development opportunities. We require our trainees to be good team players, who listen as well as contribute and who appreciate of the strength of collaboration.

Other requirements

  • DBS All applicants will be asked to undertake an Enhanced DBS check within three months of the course start date, and complete an Overseas Police Check form to declare if they have lived abroad.

  • Fitness to Teach All offers are subject to medical clearance via a pre-course health questionnaire.

  • School Experience An amount of school experience may help you in your application and preparation for the programme.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

John Taylor High School, based in the charming Staffordshire village of Barton under Needwood, is an Outstanding school (Ofsted 2014) and the lead school for the National Forest Teaching School Alliance. All our programmes are accredited by the John Taylor SCITT. We currently work with 14 secondary schools, 17 primaries and 3 special schools. Most of our partner schools are located north of Birmingham, predominantly in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. We are well located, being less than 5 minutes from the A38. A bespoke training centre, on the John Taylor High School site, is the main training venue for all Professional Studies and Subject Development training

As a teaching school we aspire to train and recruit the very best teachers to our local area and beyond and regard the ITE year as stage one of our teacher recruitment and development process. For trainees who secure employment locally within the alliance, we offer access to a programme of tailored professional development: Our Newly Qualified Teacher and NQT+1 programmes, build seamlessly on our ITE programmes and ensure that as an NQT and second year teacher you continue to be supported and developed. Talent management and succession planning are high on our agenda and our CPD and training opportunities reflect this, with opportunities for aspirant middle leaders and senior leaders to engage in tailored programmes to support the career progression of good here to view our website

Interview process

Interviews will normally be held at one of our partner primary schools to help you get a flavour of what school life is like. Our interview process is rigorous and evaluates all aspects of your potential to teach. It has several parts which are designed to assess:

  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Interactions with children
  • Awareness of qualities required needed to be a good teacher
  • Awareness of what constitutes high quality teaching and learning in Primary Schools
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Awareness of educational issues
  • Rationale for wanting to become teacher
  • Suitability for the profession
  • Resilience

Training with disabilities and other needs

The National Forest Teaching School welcomes applications from people with disabilities. John Taylor High School, the lead school, has full access and facilities for people with disabilities.

Contact details

John Taylor High School
Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood
Burton on Trent
DE13 8AZ

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