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First Federation Train to Teach Primary (2HX9)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon 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

School Direct trains you in one year to become a Newly Qualified Teacher in a primary school. You will be based in two different primary schools across the year, immersed in school life and take an active role in the school team. You will work mainly in a lead school, with an additional placement for 10 weeks to give you breadth of experience. You will be assigned a home school and have experience of 2 different classes/age groups. In the second term you have 10 weeks experience in a contrasting school. You will be given a mentor who will work with you throughout the year. The mentor is a teacher from your home school. Weekly they will travel to meet you at your second school. Your class teachers and mentor will be a very good/outstanding practitioner. During your training amount of direct contact with your class is: Term 1: 50% contact/50% non-contact Term 2: 60% contact/40% non-contact Term 3: 70% contact/30% non-contact

As your teaching commitment increases, so your university set assignments decrease.

Our partnership schools are a diverse and broad selection; small rural schools of less than 100 pupils, larger urban schools of more than 350 pupils. This means that you will be able to experience a range of teaching scenarios and class sizes. You will have opportunities to visit schools in the academy other than your home or second school. Some of your training will be school-based, led by teachers and working with other trainees from other schools; you will also attend University and be part of a broader cohort of University students. We provide 12 Subject Knowledge Days delivered by talented ‘SLEs’ and teachers who have expertise in a range of curriculum areas. We also offer 5 afternoon workshops in the final term delivering information on curriculum areas and educational issues of your choice so that you can ‘lead your training’. We organise 6 ‘Teach Meets’ during the year when you are able to meet your fellow trainees to discuss and share teaching strategies and methodology that has been observed in the classroom. Our expertise covers many specialisms of education: childhood development, early years, literacy and wellbeing. As well as working with outstanding teachers you will also be able to participate in ‘cpd’ offered to permanent teaching staff. Cpd is delivered by the Teaching School’s ‘SLEs’ as well as cpd that is bought in by the academy.

School placements

From day one, trainees will be school based and a part of a school team, will be working with outstanding teachers and mentors in our Teaching School alliance schools. School Direct brings together all the necessary elements required for excellence in Initial Teacher Education and Training; this is built upon a partnership of expert school-based practitioners and our experienced accrediting provider, University of St Mark & St John. The programme brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school-based setting, providing enriched, school-based essential classroom experiences that allows you to put theory into practice as you develop into an outstanding teacher. The School Direct programme duration is one academic year (September - July), during which time you will be based in a home school and to ensure a breadth of experience you will undertake a number of high quality school placements across our Partner schools, as well as a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by University lecturers and outstanding teachers. Our programme has been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an outstanding classroom teacher. Collaborative Programme Design Set in School from Day 1 Broad and rich variety of high quality diverse school-based settings Strong ethos of support working with outstanding teachers and mentors in each school Bespoke programme with further opportunity to develop a specialist area

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must have:

  • a degree at 2:1 or above [consideration may be given to applicants with a 2:2]
    • GCSE English, Mathematics, Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications).
    • completed a declaration regarding any criminal convictions, clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau regarding suitability to work with young people and a fitness to teach declaration.
    • relevant experience of 10 days observing and working in a school setting.

Personal qualities

Are you a ‘hands on’ learner? If so School Direct is for you. We need candidates with values, qualities and attributes to become outstanding teachers, the drive and motivation to succeed. Candidates with:

  • passion to make differences to the lives of young people
  • a ‘can do’ attitude
  • good interpersonal skills
  • imagination
  • excellent organisational and time management skills Wanting experience of: being part of a school team how schools address behaviour management different school settings how parents support children’s learning the challenges of different learning environments how you create deep rather than surface learning

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Primary Excellence Teaching School has been delivering the School Direct programme since 2013. We are proud to be recognised as a supportive partnership. Our schools are highly aspirational across the South West who believe that collaborative practice enables everyone to improve. We are committed to sharing very best practice and provide the highest quality of teaching and learning for our children. Collaboration is at the heart of our teaching school model. Fundamental to our Teaching School is the development of high quality leadership at every level. Through the development of ‘Leaders of Learning’ in every classroom and sustainable leadership within and across schools, we will be able to contribute to the growth of a world class education system. We believe that every child has the right to be taught by excellent teachers in excellent schools that nurtures, challenges and supports their potential. Our School Direct Partnership is an exciting training route for top graduates, in partnership with University of St Mark & St John. Our programme uses a variety of school-based settings, enabling trainees to experience a wide range of learning environments and contexts. This ensures that trainees are fully prepared to take up posts in schools. We are offering School Direct places for those interested in teaching in EYFS, Primary and Secondary Mathematics. Our programme awards both QTS and PGCE on successful completion of the programme. It is expected that as a reflective, highly developed, newly qualified teacher, you will secure employment in one of our partner schools.

Interview process

Following your application, a decision is made to invite you to interview at our ‘home’ school, Blackpool Primary School. The interview process lasts around 4 hours during which time you will be asked to:

  • take part in a discussion task with other candidates around a pertinent educational issue
  • lead a teaching activity for 6 children – you choose the teaching topic and age group of children
  • following a tour of the school, produce a piece of writing linked to the learning environment and school ethos
  • complete a short Maths test
  • take part in a formal interview

You will be interviewed by the Director of Primary Excellence Teaching School, the ITT Lead, a Head of Teaching & Learning and a representative from our partner university, Plymouth Marjon. You will be notified of the interview decision within 24 hours.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are very aware of, and sympathetic to, disabilities and different individual needs that the trainees may have and we work with our ITT partner to ensure that opportunities are the same for all. Disability and needs disclosure: If you have an illness or a disability which you think may benefit from support from the partnership, we encourage you to disclose this to your mentor. Disclosure is a personal preference and not compulsory but for your needs to be met you will need to declare them as we do not have access to this information otherwise. For further information, it is suggested that you contact the University Disability & Inclusion Advice Service (DIAS) in Student Support. Plymouth Marjon University

Contact this training provider

Primary Excellence Teaching School,
Blackpool CE Primary School, Liverton
Newton Abbot
TQ12 6JB

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