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Tidal Education Alliance Primary (2L6G)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training
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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This one-year PGCE programme is focused on the 3-7 year age phase covering the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curricula.

The course programme derives from close study of the child as a developing individual and interactive member of a group. The course places considerable emphasis on developing skills in planning and the assessment of learning, and on the curriculum for the age range.

Emphasis is also placed on the quality of the classroom as a stimulating environment designed to accelerate learning and development. Student-teachers will encounter all areas of experience appropriate to Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curricula.

In order to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status trainees must meet the Teachers’ Standards set by the Government and so the programme is designed to enable trainees to achieve this by offering a balance of school and YWTT SCITT based periods across the year.

The programme is one-year, full-time and its structure is closely linked to the term dates of local schools, with registration taking place in early September and the course finishing at the end of July.

Trainees are matched with a host school and will spend the majority of their learning journey in this setting. A typical week is four days in school with one day at the training base.

Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training (YWTT SCITT) was judged ‘Outstanding’ across all areas of its Ofsted report in October 2019.

YWTT provides excellent training facilities with both primary and secondary simulated classrooms purposefully designed to enhance the programme delivery. YWTT provides a bespoke training experience for all our trainees and the Leadership has a wealth of experience and have a hands on approach to supporting all trainees to enable them to become the very best practitioners to ensure the next generation flourish.

The school-based element of the programme is largely taken up by two Teaching placements but there are also many other half and full-day visits to schools.

In addition to the award of QTS, trainees are able to gain a Post Graduate certificate in Education through Sheffield Hallam University which is delivered as part of the training programme at the Yorkshire Wolds Training base. The award of PGCE is separate to the award of QTS and, in order to achieve this, trainees must study for, complete and pass two assignments set and assessed by Sheffield Hallam University.

School placements

Trainees undertake two periods of teaching; one in the spring term and one in the summer.

During these placements, in two contrasting schools, trainees are expected to gradually build up portfolio of teaching and related evidence which enables them to demonstrate meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

During the diversity placement a trainee will spend some time observing classroom practice, undertaking joint planning and delivery, reflecting on this with the subject mentor in weekly mentor meetings, undertaking a student progress tracking task and gradually developing teaching practices.

The Main placement is a longer placement in a suitably diverse school, where the trainee will spend time observing classroom practice, reflecting on this with the subject mentor in weekly mentor meetings, acting as a TA and gradually developing and embedding teaching skills, building up to a 70% teaching timetable by the end of the placement.

The aim is to give every trainee a wide range of experience, encompassing pupils of different ages and schools of different size and type.

For each teaching placement, trainees are assigned a university tutor who offers support and guidance before and during the placement. This complements the role of the school mentor, who is able to monitor and assist the trainees’ development on a day-to-day basis.

University tutors and school mentors work closely in partnership with one another to ensure the best possible outcomes for all trainees.

During the year trainees will have the opportunity to teach all primary curriculum subjects, with an emphasis on English and mathematics. The overall teaching load for the spring placement is 60-65%, with an increase in the summer to 70-75%. This provides a firm basis for the 80% teaching load during the NQT year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Entry requirements: Applicants must possess GCSE at grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science and a degree of a British university, or equivalent.

The Sheffield Hallam University states that prospective applicants hold a degree 2:2 or above. However we will also consider applicants who hold a 3rd Class Degree alongside vast school experience.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities We are looking for applicants with

  • A commitment to primary education
  • An ability to motivate and inspire children of all abilities
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Effective interaction with children
  • An ability to work under pressure
  • Perseverance and flexibility
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work co-operatively
  • An awareness of current educational issues
  • A broad subject-knowledge base
  • Reflection, self-evaluation and a willingness to learn
  • Awareness of what being a primary teacher entails

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be subject to a DBS check

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,800

Actual fee to be confirmed for 2020-21 entry, the fee published was for the fee for 2019-20 entry.

Training bursaries are available for some subjects for all UK and EU postgraduate teacher trainees. For information visit the following website for information. (

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

About the training provider

Tidal Teaching School is an alliance of high successful schools in Hull and the East Riding.

Schools in the partnership range from the ethnically diverse and inner city, to rural and market town but share a common attribute in that they offer an outstanding professional training experience for graduates new to teaching.

Secondly, where teaching opportunities within the partnership arise, outstanding qualified teachers who have trained with us have the strongest chance of gaining employment.

Our PGCE Initial Teacher Training Programme will:

  • Be based predominantly around school experience, with outstanding training delivered at the host and alternative placement schools, in collaboration with the University of Hull.

  • Lead to full PGCE with QTS and Masters Credits (linking to your Continuing Professional Development within the partnership).

  • Lead to a planned career path within our partnership, provided we are able to offer you a position.

In 2019 100% of Tidal graduates were successful in gaining employment.

For 2020/21 Tidal Teaching School Alliance will be offering Primary (5-11) and EYFS (3-7) focussed School Direct routes to gaining a postgraduate teaching qualification:

For 2020-2021 a third of the training will be provided by University of Hull and the remainder will be led by outstanding practitioners and specialist leaders of education from within a school setting, as well as experienced mentors from across the teaching school alliance.

Tidal also offer placements within an outstanding Special School and Behavioural Unit.

Interview process

Competition for places is strong. Successful applicants will a full day at the university. This will begin with a general introduction to the PGCE programme by the Programme Director, followed by an opportunity to ask questions. The rest of the sessions comprises four activities:

  • A 20 minute teaching sequence to a group of 6 to 8 pupils
  • A written task to assess the quality of your written English
  • A numeracy task
  • An individual interview with a member of the Tidal team and a headteacher from one of our partner schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All schools in the partnership have up to date accessibility plans and are continually working to ensure all needs are accommodated in our schools.

Any candidates with additional needs receive additional time when completing University skills tests as part of the recruitment process.

Contact this training provider

Spring Cottage Primary School, Dressay Grove

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).

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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