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Skipton Girls’ High School Primary (38FF)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Northern Lights 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

A requirement of our ‘Salaried Route’, is that applicants have the support of a school who will both support their training and be willing to pay a salary on the Unsalaried Teachers’ Pay Spine. The exact salary would be in negotiation with the sponsoring school.

This programme is full time and runs from September until the end of June. The programme is divided into three stages all of which are delivered in the school setting: Stage 1, from September to just before Christmas, includes an initial focus on both professional learning and subject knowledge/pedagogy and a placement in your employing school.
Stage 2, from Christmas to March, includes further professional learning and subject studies and then a full time teaching placement in your second school. Stage 3, from March to June, your placement in your first school (employing school) resumes. Further professional learning days (about 5 in total) occur in the middle and end of this placement. This professional learning will include preparation and transition to employment. Other enrichment opportunities are scheduled in March, focussing on key national priorities for example phonics teaching in primary school.
During the year and in teaching placements, trainees will be supported by school mentors and lead mentor. These are all experienced and current classroom practitioners.

School placements

The programme includes two main teaching placements in partner schools which offer contrasting experiences of working with children of all abilities. These two main placements will each cover half of the chosen age range. In addition to the main placements, School Direct trainees will have access to a breadth and diversity of educational settings participating in several training days based in various schools across the Alliance.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at grade C or above. (Leeds Trinity University offers its own internal Mathematics test to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have GCSE Maths.)

A degree in any national curriculum or relevant subject preferably at 2:2 or above. Additional Requirements In addition to the above requirements, all applicants must meet the statutory requirements relating to DBS and medical checks.

Personal qualities

We are seeking to recruit future trainees with the ability and ambition to become highly skilled specialists in Primary or Foundation Stage education. They will have a passion for teaching and for working with the diverse groups of children in schools across the Alliance. Knowledge/Experience We expect trainees to have an understanding of the key issues relating to teaching and learning in Primary education and to be able to reflect on their period of observation within their personal statement.

Other requirements

You must have secured a sponsoring school.


A requirement of our ‘Salaried Route’, is that applicants have the support of a school who will both support their training and be willing to pay a salary on the Unsalaried Teachers’ Pay Spine. The exact salary would be in negotiation with the sponsoring school.

This route is aimed at those already working in schools (for example a Teaching Assistant) and applicants who have the full support of their school.

The course fees are covered by the DFE, so there is no cost to the applicant.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Northern Lights SCITT shapes committed, creative and passionate individuals into responsive, inspirational and highly skilled teachers. Together, we transform the lives of young people.

Northern Lights has designed an exciting programme, throughout which trainees benefit from the very best “hands on” training and high quality professional development delivered by experienced members of staff from our Alliance schools. The SCITT is led by an outstanding school at the forefront of teaching and learning, Skipton Girls’ High School, at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and the other. Partner schools in rural North Yorkshire, Lancashire, the spa town of Harrogate, and the vibrant city of Bradford are subject hubs and offer teaching placements.
To develop their subject and curriculum knowledge, trainees will work in subject specific groups coming together periodically at Skipton Girls’ High School for the professional studies programme. These sessions will offer relevant, practical and up to date guidance for the classroom, whilst encouraging trainees to become reflective practitioners committed to improving teaching and learning in our schools. Trainees who successfully complete the course will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. As an integral part of the course, trainees will study Masters’ level modules which will lead to a PGCE and can be used as 60 credits towards an MA from Leeds Trinity University. The Northern Lights ethos of reflective and collaborative professional development will seek to support our newly qualified teachers as they build their careers and move into leadership roles

Interview process

Senior staff from partnership schools will be involved in the selection process. Interviews will be based in a school within the Alliance and will consist of a number of different elements. These will include working with a teacher and students in a classroom, a group discussion, a written task and a formal interview. Through this process we assess applicants’ knowledge of the teaching profession and their communication skills. During COVID we will make any necessary changes to this process to ensure candidates’ safety.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Northern Lights SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief or socio-economic class.

Contact this training provider

Skipton Girls' High School
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1QL

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