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George Abbot SCITT School Direct Primary (2LWR)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
George Abbot SCITT
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.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This programme will equip trainees to teach subjects across the primary curriculum to students aged from 3 to 7 or from 5 to 11.

This is a school based training programme, spending 4 days a week in school completing ‘on the job’ training. One day a week will be classroom based where more in depth studies can be made into pedagogy and covering a variety of topics including behaviour management, lesson planning, assessment for learning etc. These sessions will be either take place face to face or virtually, depending on the COVID-19 regulations at the time.

Salaried trainees will be asked to teach unsupervised for 3 lessons a week from the start of the programme. Therefore we are looking for exceptional leadership and organisational qualities, and some previous experience leading training or working with children from salaried applicants.

Trainees can opt for the QTS only programme or the PGCE programme which requires assignments to be written at Masters level. These assignments are more research-based whereas the QTS assessments are more reflective, basing your work on your own classroom practice.

Our PGCE is accredited by Kingston University but there is no need to visit Kingston, as you will have access to all the online resources and assessors will visit trainees to introduce assignments.

George Abbot SCITT has 100% employment records for trainees following the end of the programme.

School placements

Successful candidates will be placed in a main placement school for the majority of the academic year, with 4 weeks spent in a minor placement. All trainees have a mentor, usually the class teacher, for support. The focus will be on teaching students from age 3 to 7 or from 5 to 11, depending on which route the candidate and placement school agree upon.

The majority of our salaried trainees already are known to their placement schools, either as Teaching Assistants or parent-volunteers. However we usually have a small number of schools for whom we find salaried trainees.

In this case, when selecting a main placement school, we take into consideration the following:

  • which of our partner schools would like a trainee
  • the ability of our partner schools to support a trainee based on the trainee’s strengths and weaknesses
  • distance between the trainee’s home and the placement school
  • any links that trainees may have with schools

The placement school selection is usually done in conjunction with the trainee and confirmed following a visit or online discussion between the potential trainee and the suggested school.

A second, minor placement will take place in the second half of the Spring term in a contrasting school to the main placement school. Again, all trainees have a mentor for assistance.

Trainees are expected to be in their placement school before the school day begins and to stay for some time after school to attend necessary meetings etc.

On Thursdays all trainees will come together for Professional Studies and Subject Knowledge Enhancement sessions - these mainly take place at George Abbot School but could take place in any of our partner schools, or as virtual seminars.

All candidates will also spend one week in an SEN setting as well as occasional days in other settings, with advance notice given.

For further information, request an information pack via

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • An undergraduate degree with honours at 2:2 or above (or equivalent)
  • A standard equivalent to level 4/grade C in English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSE (or equivalent)

These qualifications must have been awarded by the start of the training programme.

Personal qualities

We are looking for the following personal qualities (this list is not exhaustive!):

  • A commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
  • Enthusiasm for teaching, learning and your subject;
  • Relevant knowledge of UK education system, the National Curriculum and an awareness of current educational issues;
  • Commitment to professional development;
  • Organisational and communication skills;
  • The ability to establish effective professional relationships with both pupils and adults;
  • Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
  • Fundamental numeracy and literacy skills
  • Tenacity and resilience;
  • Readiness for hard work.

Other requirements

Salaried applicants must have the skills and experience to plan and deliver lessons on their own from the start of the course.

All offers made will be subject to:

  • the candidate demonstrating they possess fundamental English and Maths skills
  • receipt of a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • two satisfactory references to include the candidate’s current or most recent employer (if applicable)

For all candidates: please note we require sight of original GCSE, A level and degree certificates at interview. For those who have studied overseas we also require sight of any original NARIC documentation.


There are no fees for this course and no bursaries or scholarships are awarded on any salaried training programmes.

The salary awarded will depend on the school in which the trainee is placed. For trainees placed in schools with academy status, the salary will be ‘at the advertised rate’ which will be approximately £13,500 pro rata.

For trainees placed in other schools the salary will be at point UNQ1 of the Unqualified Teachers Salary Scale. This is approximately £18,000 pro rata.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

George Abbot SCITT is a highly respected and well-established provider delivering school-based Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in a wide-range of schools across Surrey.

We offer Primary and Secondary teacher training on a full-time basis, all with a core focus on training all teachers to teach all children, and this includes offering trainees the option to specialise in Special Educational Needs (SEN).

With 18 years’ experience leading ITT, we offer practical training in a variety of schools, with experienced practitioners to mentor you through the course. We have unrivalled experience in Surrey having trained over 500 teachers, and our provision across the partnership is rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, as well as by our past trainees.

We are small enough to really get to know our trainees and to be able to tailor our training to meet the needs of everyone on our programme. We are also proud to say that we have a 100% employment record at the end of our training programmes.

George Abbot SCITT has always led the way in teacher training and we work very closely with the DfE. In 2012, we were the first ITT provider in the UK to pilot the School Direct ITT programme. In 2013, alongside an educational charity, we created an entirely new route into teaching for candidates with PhDs, called Researchers in Schools. We were also selected to pilot a part-time school-based training route for shortage subjects in September 2016 although unfortunately this will not be running in September 2021.

Interview process

Due to COVID-19, this year our interview process will comprise of:

  • a face to face interview via Zoom or other online platform, during which you will run through an idea for a lesson in your subject and how you might execute it

This interview panel is likely to comprise of two members of the SCITT team but may also include a member of staff from one of our partner schools. Interviews may be recorded.

Successful candidates will then be required to complete:

  • a written test designed to demonstrate your fundamental English
  • an online Maths test designed to demonstrate your fundamental numeracy skills
  • a written subject specific paper designed to test your knowledge of the syllabus

More information on what we are looking for from candidates can be found on our website

Training with disabilities and other needs

George Abbot SCITT has trained teachers with a variety of individual needs. We are able to adjust our programme accordingly.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to disclose any needs you may have so that we can support you appropriately.

If you would like to discuss how we could support you during training with your needs, please do get in touch on 01483 888048.

Contact this training provider

01483 888048
George Abbot School
Woodruff Avenue

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