Teacher Training @ Knutsford English (295D)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022


About the course

Our PGCE programme commences at the beginning of September 2021. It begins with a week-long introduction at school, followed by an induction with LJMU, which prepares trainee teachers to start their training with us. The programme comprises of four days class contact, along with one professional training day each week. Trainees are based in school Monday to Thursday and also follow a Professional Studies Programme on Friday. The Professional Studies programme is delivered predominantly at the Knutsford Academy site, supported by online learning and University based sessions. The programme follows a sequenced curriculum, closely linked to the new Core Content Framework, published in September 2020. LJMU tutors deliver the PGCE element of the programme through a mix of lecture and workshop activities. In addition to this, practising School Leaders, from across our Trust of schools, deliver a programme of evidence-based sessions, which explore the best strategies that can be used in the classroom, to ensure that trainee teachers have the best possible foundation for their future career.

ITT students are assigned a ‘home’ placement and they then attend an ‘alternative placement’ between Christmas and February half term. The placement model is broken down into three phases, as outlined below. Teaching expectations and timetable commitments increase as the year progresses: Phase 1 - Observation and beginning teaching and learning. Phase 2 - Consolidating and developing teaching and learning. Phase 3 - Extending teaching and learning leading to Qualifying to Teach

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through two modules. The course team and partnership schools have worked together to ensure that the PGCE award is both relevant and manageable. The award of QTS is integral to one of the academic modules. Trainees also submit one academic essay, in two parts, which focuses on reflecting on aspects of their practice.

School placements

We will arrange and provide a quality placement experience for all candidates in two schools over the academic year. Trainees will spend the majority of time in a home school placement and this is complemented by a second, short- term alternative placement.

We partner a range of schools across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Manchester and are continually increasing these. They currently include:

Knutsford Academy, Knutsford. Weaverham High School, Weaverham. Winsford Academy, Winsford. Middlewich High School, Middlewich. Marple Hall School, Stockport. Bramhall High School, Stockport. Ruskin Community School, Crewe. Sir William Stanier, Crewe. The Oaks Academy, Crewe. UTC, Crewe. Tytherington High School, Macclesfield. The Macclesfield Academy, Macclesfield. St Pauls Catholic High School, Wythenshawe. Congleton High School, Congleton

When assigning placements to trainees, we work in partnership to ensure that travel distance is not too onerous and that the school context matches expectation. We are able to arrange a change of placement, if we feel that this will benefit the individual during their trainee year - for example to gain more 16 - 18 experience.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,000

About the training provider

Teacher Training @ Knutsford is a school led teacher-training programme developed in partnership between The Learning Alliance Multi Academy Trust and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

Knutsford Academy is the Lead School for this programme and we are complemented and supported by schools within our Trust and other leading schools in the region for additional home school and alternative placements.

TT@K is a combination of school based teaching experience with a university-facilitated professional studies programme, delivered through The Learning Alliance rather than at the University itself. This is, in many ways, beneficial to our trainees since University lecturers and school–based leaders and specialists deliver side by side, enabling trainees to hear about current practice in schools, and underpinning practice with educational theory. The Professional Studies lecture and seminar programme delivered within The Learning Alliance is the core part of the PGCE element of our programme. Our training programme develops outstanding and inspirational teachers with an in-depth knowledge and understanding in delivering excellence in teaching and learning.

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) provides an in-depth training programme, focused on delivering the skills, knowledge and attributes needed when embarking on your teaching career. Our training and professional studies programmes has been mapped against the new ITT Core Content Framework and focuses on meeting the Teaching Standards and gaining participants Qualified Teacher Status.

For more information, please contact us: ehooley@thelearningalliance.co.uk

About the accredited body

Our accredited body, Liverpool John Moores University has an established reputation for high quality Teacher Training. The LJMU Partnership’s 2019 OFSTED inspection outcomes were the best on Merseyside with Primary provision graded Outstanding and Secondary programmes judged to be Good. Our Partnership with LJMU ensures that our teachers develop a deep and research-informed understanding of subjects, the curriculum, learners and learning. The Postgraduate Award from LJMU is co-designed to ensure that teaching and assignments are embedded in classroom practice. There is significant academic and pastoral support from LJMU, whose staff also visit our students and their mentors on placement.

Interview process

Candidates who are short-listed will be invited for interview at Knutsford Academy, or online via Zoom. Applicants will meet with representatives from The Learning Alliance (of which Knutsford Academy is the lead school for ITT). The interview process has been designed to last half a day and will comprise of the following activities:

  • An introduction to our ITT programme
  • Group task with Year 7 pupils
  • A five minute presentation on a pre-prepared topic
  • An individual interview exploring subject specific issues as well as your reasons for wanting a career in teaching. It will also explore your attitudes to young people and your understanding of what teaching entails.

You will be considered on your ability to communicate clearly and on your engagement with all parties throughout the process.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to working together to provide an inspirational and exciting learning environment where everybody can develop an enthusiasm for life-long learning. We believe that staff and pupils alike should feel happy, safe and valued, so that they gain a respectful and caring attitude towards each other and the environment. We are also committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access, plus one that values and includes all students, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the school.

Furthermore, LJMU offer excellent support to all students with a disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) e.g. dyslexia. This is provided through the University’s Inclusive Services team, who have highly experienced staff members.

Contact this training provider

Knutsford Academy
Bexton Road

Support and advice

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