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Chorus Education Trust and Sheffield Teaching School Alliance History (25DT)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (STSA) was founded in 2012 and has at its heart outstanding schools. As one of the first teaching schools, STSA has honed best practice from our partner schools and provides an outstanding programme of teacher development for new teachers. Your journey will be led by outstanding practitioners who teach children every day and by experienced academics who are at the cutting edge of educational research. Year on year, our trainees achieve the very best and are amongst the highest performing in the city. We are equally proud of our partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. You will have the best start to your teaching career with Sheffield Teaching School Alliance and be one of the high number of trainees to gain employment within the Alliance or in the region.

School placements

As a trainee teacher, you will teach children in two contrasting school settings, this is part of DfE regulations for Initial Teacher Training. Our job is to place you in two schools in our network which includes over 50 schools. The DfE ‘Find Postgraduate Teaching Training’ only allows us to list some of our schools as training locations so we have selected schools to show you the breadth of our network. Please select one of these locations but remember there are many other schools not on this list. We will do our best to place you in a school of your choice but can’t guarantee you will receive your first choice. Please discuss your preference with us at interview so we can assess your needs and how these can be met by our schools.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Handsworth Grange Community Sports College
Handsworth Grange Road, Sheffield, S13 9HJ
High Storrs School
High Storrs Road, Sheffield, S11 7LH
Hope Valley College
Castleton Road, Hope, Hope Valley, S33 6SD
Sheffield, S1 1WB
Silverdale School (Lead School)
Bents Crescent, Sheffield, S11 9QH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

GCSE Grade C/4 in English Language and mathematics, or equivalents. If you have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining GCSEs.

You also need an honours degree in a relevant subject (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who have a passion for your subject and an understanding of the educational context in England. We also welcome applications that can demonstrate resilience, enthusiasm, and the ability to reflect. We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and demonstrate your empathy and understanding when considering child development. Your application should also detail any experience you have gained in an educational setting.

Other requirements

You will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan to cover your fees from Student Finance England while you study. The application can be completed online here and will include a full assessment of your eligibility. If you’re from outside the UK, you may still be eligible for financial support, find out here.

About the training provider

The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (STSA) is led by Silverdale secondary school (rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted) and is part of Chorus Education Trust. Our 1-year School Direct courses run from September 2021 and provide Initial Teacher Training.

Places are available in an excellent and varied network of 60+ schools across Sheffield and the Peak District. The schools who are partnered with the Alliance offer high quality training for trainees who wish to train to teach in Primary or Secondary Phases.

As a well established Teaching School, we have a strong track record of supporting our trainees into their first jobs. Every year 80-100% of them find a job within just one month of the course. Find out more on our website

About the accredited body

Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) at Sheffield Hallam recently received an ‘Outstanding’ rating for their primary teacher training. They also received ‘Good’ grades for their secondary provision.

They pride themselves on the applied nature of student learning and quality of their teaching. The recent Ofsted report praised the quality and level of knowledge of their trainees upon completion of their studies and the high regard they are held in by the university’s partners in the region.

Their city centre campus provides a wide range of support services and facilities for students.

Interview process

Our interview process is designed to bring out the best in our future colleagues and allow us to assess your potential to be a great teacher. On the day, we ask you to prepare a short teaching task on a topic related to your subject specialism, take part in a discussion with our panel and complete some written work. Full details about the process will be communicated prior to your interview. We contact all our successful applicants quickly to make conditional offers. Once you have accepted our offer, we have a full programme of support to guide you towards your first day in school. Come and join a fantastic teaching school with an outstanding track record.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a training provider we will do everything we can to meet your needs. We work in full partnership with Sheffield Hallam University or The University of Sheffield where you are a fully enrolled student with access to all of their facilities. If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(D)HD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies with the university.

As a student with Sheffield Hallam University you will have access to an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments, they also run daily drop in sessions - no appointment needed. Further information can be found here

As a student at The University of Sheffield you will have full access to support if you have a disability or additional needs. Full information is available here

Additionally, we work closely with all our school partners to ensure that your needs are met whilst on placement, offering support and adaptations where necessary.

Contact this training provider

Sheffield Teaching School Alliance, Silverdale School
Bents Crescent
South Yorkshire
S11 9QH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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