Chorus Education Trust and Sheffield Teaching School Alliance
Primary (3-7) (2WPQ)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University
Financial support

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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


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 who is the only outstanding provider of Primary teacher training in Sheffield. 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.

Interview process

The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University will shortlist candidates and invite successful candidates for interview at, either, Malin Bridge Primary School or another partner school in the alliance. The interview process will include representatives from the schools and will be a half-day to full day process. We are committed to providing a high quality experience for prospective trainees and have planned our interview days accordingly. The process may be longer than you have anticipated but the end result is that we have the best trainees working with the best schools for their needs. We will contact every successful applicant at the end of the interview day and make them a conditional offer. Similarly we will explain why we have not made an offer. This phone call will include feedback on your performance on the day and any help we can offer you as you continue to pursue other routes into teaching.

How school placements work

Our School Direct Early Years Primary Programme includes placements in two of our partner schools providing experience in contrasting settings, your main placement being approximately 26 weeks over the academic year with a short complementary placement of approximately 8 weeks. Early Years training placements will cover Foundation Stage and KS1 (Age range 3-7) according to identified needs. Further training will be provided by the schools and the alliance in a variety of educational settings. We have developed a specialised programme of Early Years training which is designed to complement academic input. Our training utilises the expertise and strengths of highly experienced Teachers, Mentors and schools within our partnership.

This Primary EYFS Salaried placement will take place at Woolley Wood school, which is a primary special school meeting the needs of children with severe and complex learning difficulties and disabilities. To complete the Primary EYFS (with SEND) the applicant will be hosted at Woolley Wood School for the above mentioned 26 weeks based in an EYFS stage although not at in EYFS age appropriate class group. This is where the second assessed teaching block will take place in the Summer Term. During the Autumn Term, after approximately 6 weeks at Woolley Wood, the trainee will go to a main stream primary school where they will complete 2 weeks of preparatory observation and familiarisation with the new setting. After the October half term they will begin a 6 week assessed teaching block in the mainstream setting in a KS1 class group. At a later date in the school year, usually January, they will be placed in a mainstream Early Years setting to experience the phase with age appropriate children. This is not an assessed placement but trainees are expected to engage with the setting’s provision by teaching small groups and contributing to the running of the group as appropriate.


Please contact the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance for further information about the details of this Salaried programme.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



  • A UK honours degree at classification 2:2 or above or a recognised equivalent qualification.

  • GCSE English, Maths and Science at Grade 4/C or above or equivalent.

  • If English is not your first language: an IELTS average score of 7.0 with 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 570 (paper based) or 235 (computer based).

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate the potential to be an outstanding teacher with a passion for your subject and sound subject knowledge and an understanding of educational context in the U.K. We also welcome applications that demonstrate good written English, resilience, enthusiasm, confidence, the ability to be reflective and emotional intelligence. We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and show your empathy and understanding when considering how a child develops. Your application should also detail how much experience you have gained in an educational setting. We consider each application on its merits.

Other requirements

Successful applicants will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and your proposed career would be desirable. Your application should include details of how much experience you have gained in an educational setting or any school experience you have arranged to undertake in the near future. You will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS and health check.

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 2020 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.

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 details

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


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