Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

The Denbigh Alliance Primary (2NWT)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The Tommy Flowers SCITT Milton Keynes
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

The Tommy Flowers SCITT primary course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). You will train across the 5-11 age range in our partnership schools, where you will learn from experienced practitioners, particularly your personal mentor.

Four days per week are spent on placement in our partnership schools. One day per week, you will join the rest of your cohort for training with the Tommy Flowers SCITT. In grading the Tommy Flowers SCITT as ‘outstanding’, Ofsted described the training received by trainees as ‘exemplary’. Our curriculum is broken into six areas:

  • Pedagogy and how children learn
  • Behaviour management and setting high expectations
  • Adaptive teaching
  • Assessment of pupils
  • Professional behaviour, statutory responsibilities and wellbeing
  • Subject knowledge and curriculum

The curriculum is sequenced to progress your knowledge and understanding of teaching and is integrated through both your core training and school-based placements to provide consistency of approach. You will receive regular formative feedback in the way of observations, weekly mentor meetings, visits from Tommy Flowers SCITT staff along with informal conversations with colleagues at your school. By demonstrating that you have been satisfactory progress in the six curriculum areas, the Tommy Flowers SCITT will be able to award you QTS at the end of the course. 100% of our graduates have secured teaching positions upon completing the course.

This course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop into a graduate teacher who is reflective, creative, resourceful, independent, collaborative and resilient. It presumes you have the drive, organisation and commitment to undertake a course which is devised to develop your expertise in teaching and learning.

You can expect a wide range of support throughout the year. Your school mentor will be responsible for you on a daily basis and the mentors are supported in school by a nominated Professional Tutor. Tommy Flowers SCITT staff will provide pastoral, academic and professional support.

The PGCE is an academic qualification assessed through a group presentation and two written assignments exploring the topics of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), behaviour management and assessment, marking and feedback. These projects are spaced throughout the course with regular training sessions to develop your written and research skills, collaborate with others and build your understanding of these key areas of teaching. For more information, please visit our website.

School placements

As a salaried trainee, you will be employed by your main placement school for the full training period (1st September to 30th June). However, trainees have two contrasting placements so you will receive a 6-7 week contrasting placement in the Spring term to allow to teach in a different school and year group. In addition, you will receive a personalised programme of additional visits to specialist schools, developing skills specific to your needs. This enables you to experience a range of educational approaches, preparing you to work with the unique, dynamic and diverse communities Milton Keynes has to offer.

Our primary trainees teach across the 5-11 age range. You will spend four days per week in school and one day per week training with the Tommy Flowers SCITT. We work with 40 partner schools across Milton Keynes and the surrounding area who share the same values, curriculum approach, high standards and commitment to partnership as us. Working in a close geographical area, our trainee teachers typically travel only a few miles from home to school.

From day one, you will be regarded as a teacher. As an employed, salaried trainee, you will have greater responsibility for lead teaching your class than a non-salaried trainee. The amount you are lead teaching depends upon your experience and will be agreed with the employing school at interview. Salaried trainee teachers may lead teach up to 3 days per week from September. All trainee teachers (salaried and non-salaried) teach 16 hours per week by the end of the course.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Applicants for our courses come from a diverse range of backgrounds and have a variety of prior experiences. Many applicants are recent or soon-to-be graduates from university, whilst others have been working in schools already, perhaps as teaching assistants, volunteers or office staff. For some applicants, they have already had a successful career in other industries and are looking for a career change, realising that teaching is rewarding and that they can make a significant difference to the lives of children.

Applicants should be organised, reflective and professional, able to work with others and have strong subject knowledge.

Other requirements

A DBS check will be carried out after interview.

Ideally, you would have experience in a primary school. This could be voluntary work or employment, for example as a Teaching Assistant. It is good practice for this to be in place before you apply for a place on the course.

NARIC certification of equivalency will be required if qualifications have been undertaken abroad.


Salaried trainees are employed by the placement school on the Unqualified Teachers’ Pay Scale. The tuition fees of £9,250 are paid by the trainee, the employing school or a combination of the two.

Applicants for this route must have an employing school in place before applying and have agreed with the employing school how there fees will be paid. Applicants who do not have an employing school in place can be considered for a tuition-fee place.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Welcome to the Denbigh Alliance, part of the Tommy Flowers SCITT. Graded an ‘outstanding’ provider of primary and secondary teacher training in Milton Keynes by Ofsted, the Tommy Flowers SCITT works in partnership with schools across Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, to provide access to outstanding training, mentoring and pastoral care.

Our provision is offered with in person, face to face training to give a collegiate, personal approach and support. This is vital for a teaching role that is based on developing relationships and connections with adults and young people. We believe that the opportunity to discuss and debate with others in the room is the best way to train to teach.

We create varied experiences for our trainees that will set them up to be excellent teachers for the children of Milton Keynes. We aim to nurture trainees into exceptional teachers who develop positive attitudes to learning and behaviour in their pupils, have strong subject and professional knowledge and engage their classes with enthusiasm and energy. With a 100% employment rate following completion of the course, our Early Career Teachers (ECTs, formerly NQTs), ‘often exceed levels of performance expected at such an early stage of their career.’ (Ofsted 2017).

Interview process

If called to one of our selection days, you will be sent full information via email. The selection days are an opportunity for us to get to know you but also for you to find out more about us and the course.

The selection day includes the following:

  • A presentation from us to you about the course
  • A tour of the school hosting the day
  • 20 minute task with a group of 8-10 children
  • 5 minute presentation (the topic will be shared in advance)
  • An unseen written task
  • An interview

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability access varies across the partnership schools and this will depend on which school becomes your base school for your main placement. Trainees with disabilities or other needs will have a needs analysis completed so that the appropriate support or adaptations can be put in place. We work in partnership with Northumbria University to ensure that needs are met across the teacher training and PGCE elements of the course.

Contact this training provider

01908 669735 ext. 353
Burchard Crescent
Shenley Church End
Milton Keynes

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022