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Education Learning Trust Primary (27QJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan 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 is a year-long school-based training programme that will lead to both a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It embodies a collaborative approach, enabling you to connect with experienced school-based professionals, whilst also receiving guidance from The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) education faculty and staff. The training will be delivered jointly by MMU and by expert teachers from alliance schools.

This School Direct programme is a full-time, primary, unsalaried programme running from September to June. You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. In order to achieve this, you will experience:

  • A main placement in a designated school
  • A contrasting placement, from within the wider alliance
  • A special education needs (SEN) placement, from within the wider alliance
  • Classroom observations
  • Working with individuals/small groups/and whole classes to teach lessons
  • Assessment of pupil attainment and progress
  • Lectures and online learning with an iPad on loan for 12 months
  • Planning and delivery of blocked training sessions
  • Professional development training sessions
  • Mentor sessions/support
  • The wider school community
  • Extra-curricular activities

Gatley Teaching School and its alliance partners have a wealth of strengths to offer you. As well as each school having its own distinctive strengths, the alliance draws upon Specialist Leaders in Education to enhance your training experiences. These unique school-based learning opportunities build upon the relationships between the alliance partners, the University and you.

The Alliance’s commitment to you:

  • A nominated, experienced, school-based mentor
  • Regular school-based mentor meetings that support, feedback and challenge your professional development
  • Experience across the primary age range (5-11 years old)
  • Experience in delivering school-based training sessions covering core and foundation subjects. These include English, maths, science, IT, history, geography, music, art, PE, foreign languages and design technology.
  • Enhanced educational theory sessions and practical advice on succeeding in the classroom. These include behaviour management, mental health and wellbeing, assessment for learning and metacognition.
  • Opportunities for you to tailor and influence your own professional development

School placements

The Teaching School Alliance will place you into schools that will be most able to meet your specific needs. You will be designated:

  • A ‘main’ school placement, lasting 21 weeks
  • A ‘contrasting’ placement, lasting 10 weeks
  • An SEN/inclusion placement, lasting 2 weeks

A statutory requirement of this School Direct programme is the need to have experienced teaching in both Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6), therefore your main school placement and contrasting school placement will be based in different Key Stages.

Placements will take place in one of the following schools: Gatley Primary School, Gatley Etchells Primary School, Heald Green Bolshaw Primary School, Heald Green Outwood Primary School, Heald Green Cheadle Heath Primary School, Edgeley Mellor Primary, Mellor Norris Bank Primary, Bramhall Alexandra Park Primary, Edgeley Meadowbank Primary School, Cheadle Queensgate Primary School, Bramhall

On both of your main school and contrasting school placements you will be allocated:

  • A specific class within which you will teach
  • Opportunities to observe across school
  • A school-based mentor who will support you on placement
  • A university tutor who will visit and support you on placement
  • A representative from Gatley Primary School to visit and support you on placement

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

The entry requirements for School Direct are:

  • An honours degree to a minimum of a 2:2 classification
  • At least 5 GCSEs grade A*- C, including the following, Maths, English, Science (Single or dual Physics, Chemistry or Biology). We do not accept Adult Numeracy/Literacy/Key Skills as equivalents to GCSEs
  • Applicants who are due to graduate or have graduated within the last 3 years MUST have a University lecturer as their principal referee

Personal qualities

The teaching school alliance is looking for the following skills and core values in its future teachers:

Skills Core Values Teamwork Commitment Problem solving Integrity Effective communication skills Nurturing Effective time management Resilience Organisational skills Passion Adaptability Hard working Reflective Motivation to learn Effective relationships Open minded

We encourage you to provide evidence of these skills and core values in your personal statement and during the interview process.

Interested applicants are invited to contact us on

Other requirements

Gatley Primary School and MMU are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. Trainee appointments will be subject to satisfactory clearances and checks including a Disclosure and Barring Service check, carried out by MMU acting as the admissions authority.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Gatley Primary School Alliance is passionate about shaping the minds of the future.

Gatley is at the forefront of school-led Initial Teacher Training and is uniquely placed to deliver innovative training opportunities. One of the most empowering routes into teaching is the School Direct route. It offers the opportunity to learn with and from a team of professionals in an inspirational school. Gatley School Direct trainees have an outstanding record since September 2014:

  • 100% employed upon completion of the course
  • 100% of trainees successfully completed the programme
  • 89% graded as ‘Outstanding’

“This year has been the most intense year of my life but at the same time everything I have experienced has been really, really rewarding and I’m so glad that I’ve come into teaching” (School Direct Trainee 2015-2016)

“I cannot speak any more highly of the course and the opportunity we have been given. Being trained by professionals who are truly passionate about what they do, makes me feel I have been given such a fantastic head start. The support I have received throughout the course has been amazing” (School Direct Trainee 2016-2017)

Gatley and its alliance partners, working together, have combined their expertise to continue to deliver the School Direct programme into 2019-20. This will be the alliance’s 6th year of delivering its very successful School Direct Programme. The diverse representation of schools within the alliance offers a vast range of experiences giving trainees the opportunity to learn and excel.

Interview process

As an interested applicant you should apply via the UCAS website

The teaching school alliance recruits and selects its own trainees, using the alliance’s skills and core values:

Skills Core Values Teamwork Commitment Problem solving Integrity Effective communication skills Nurturing Effective time management Resilience Organisational skills Passion Adaptability Hard working Reflective Motivation to learn Effective relationships Open minded

Successful applicants are invited to attend our interview process where candidates will continue to be assessed against the alliance’s skills and core values criteria.

The interview process includes a face-to-face interview and the opportunity to lead an activity with a group of children:

  • The face-to-face interview is led by 2 members of the teaching school alliance and lasts approximately 30 minutes. The members of the teaching school alliance are usually senior leaders eg Headteacher, Deputy/Assistant Headteacher.
  • The activity is observed by 2 members of the teaching school alliance and lasts approximately 20 minutes. The members of the teaching school alliance are usually senior leaders eg Headteacher, Deputy/Assistant Headteacher.

Prospective teachers are assessed on the core skills teachers need to fulfil their professional role in school, They also need to demonstrate the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. Further details are available here .

Training with disabilities and other needs

We offer a wide range opportunities to learn about special educational needs and how to support children with needs.We give an opportunity to experience a special school as well as looking at special needs in mainstream. In line with the code of practice, you will learn how to support all pupils.

Contact this training provider

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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).

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