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Latchmere Teaching School Alliance Primary (2YB5)

PGCE with QTS full time

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


About the course

This course follows the full PGCE programme at Kingston University. You will be enrolled at Kingston University and all information about the course and assignments will be through them.

School placements

Latchmere will organise both placements so we guarantee that you will be placed in Kingston schools. One of the placements will be at Latchmere itself.

The first placement begins in October and lasts until Christmas and the second placement is from March to the end of June.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

The qualifications required are:

An honours degree 2:2 or above GCSEs in Maths, English and Science

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees who are passionate about improving the outcomes for young people. A school is a busy workplace so you need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful and resilient.

Other requirements

All trainees will require a criminal record check and will complete a health questionnaire.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000.

About the training provider

Latchmere is a large community school in Kingston and our passion is teaching and learning. We are committed to providing a high quality route into teaching through the School Direct programme. This programme enables you to train on the job whilst receiving pedagogical input through training sessions based at Latchmere or the University. We draw on the latest theories in education and on the expertise across our alliance. We support you from the interview to preparation to start, beginning the programme, the placements and the award of QTS. Each trainee is visited every half term to engage in professional dialogue on a 1:1 basis alongside an observation and each trainee has a mentor at their base school who provides weekly support. We hold a 100% employment record over the last 4 years. Of our programme this year, a trainee said, ‘Outstanding support from everyone involved with my training. I never felt I couldn’t do it because of the support provided. I would recommend school direct as a brilliant way to get into teaching, especially through Latchmere.’

About the accredited body

Our HEI partner is Kingston University. We have worked alongside them for 6 years and have an excellent working relationship with them. They provide quality assurance for our programme and are the awarding body for QTS.

Interview process

You will be interviewed at Latchmere School. You will sit an English and Maths test but you do not need to revise for these. Then there will be a reading task with children and we are looking for how you engage with children, what questions you may ask and what learning is taking place. Then there will be a panel interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an equal opportunities employer. We recruit, train and promote people because of their ability, the needs of the post and other relevant criteria. We treat all employees who apply to us equally. When an applicant has a disability and they meet the essential criteria of the post, they are automatically shortlisted for interview. This positive action helps ensure young people with disabilities get their fair share of jobs. We regularly review our practices and procedures to make sure our equal opportunities policy is working.

Contact this training provider

Latchmere Road
Kingston upon Thames

Support and advice

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You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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