REAch Teach Primary Partnership Primary (3BWF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
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 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The REAch Teach School Direct programme operates on both a local and national scale. With 65 partner schools across the country, we offer a distinctive blended-learning experience which maximises the time you spend in your chosen school.

You will begin your main school placement in September as a valued member of the school community from the outset. You will be supported throughout by expert colleagues including our trained school mentors, subject specialists and Link Tutors. Former trainees describe our team as offering “amazing support and focus on well-being.”

This is a school-led programme, accredited by an Ofsted outstanding provider, affording you the opportunity to link theory with practice simultaneously to drive your progress. You will be based in school 3-4 days per week and attending training (in-person or online) 1-2 days per week.

Our programme is structured via face-to-face training days in partner schools in our regional hubs and online training sessions as a national primary cohort. We hold our sessions in exemplary schools where you observe and de-construct a range of outstanding teaching practice which supports you in building relationships with other local beginning teachers. Our online training brings together REAch Teach beginning teachers from across our national network to enhance collaboration and community.

Facilitators are outstanding teachers and leaders who provide practical tools and strategies you can apply in the classroom. You will also complete PGCE and Masters level modules taught remotely by University of Derby, ensuring that our curriculum provides firm pedagogical foundations which go beyond the mechanics of teaching.

Past trainees have described our training sessions as “incredibly useful… delivered by experienced professionals who still work as teachers or in their fields of expertise.”

Core modules focus on pedagogy and its practical implications and include:

  • Professional Practice and Pedagogy
  • Theories of Learning and Teaching: The Pupil as Learner
  • Developing Teacher Enquiry: Research Informed Practice

Assessments relate to your school placements. You will complete three assessed teaching placements: two in your main school and one in a second school. You will also complete one essay, one critical presentation and one presentation on an area of curriculum interest. Alongside weekly developmental feedback, there will also be 6 assessed teaching observations during the year.

Successful completion leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) which includes recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits.

School placements

You will start at your main placement school in September, giving you the chance to be part of the school community from the outset. We support you in getting to know your chosen school before the programme starts meaning you can hit the ground running in September. You then complete a second school placement of 8 weeks in a contrasting school, with an additional opportunity to undertake a 2 week enhanced placement to broaden your experience. After a period of induction, your teaching timetable will build gradually from 40% before Christmas to 80% by the end of the year. You can tailor your studies to match your own interests and career plans. Depending on your preference, it is possible to specialise in teaching Early Years (3–7 year olds) or Primary (5–11 year olds).

You will be supported throughout by highly trained school mentors as well as your Link Tutor and University Tutor. We invest heavily in our mentor training to ensure you receive the best support throughout the programme.

We work with a large network of around 65 partner schools, grouped into local clusters. A benefit of training with us is that you can indicate a preference to train in a particular school, which means you have the opportunity to train locally in schools where the ethos and values align with yours. We are fortunate to have a wide range of good and outstanding school partners so we are able to locate our training sessions in regional hubs to explore this excellent practice.

Our network of primary schools is diverse yet they share core values of integrity, inclusion and success for all children, regardless of their background. Our partners include rural, multi-cultural and inner city schools; most schools are part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary only academy trust in the country, yet we are also proud of our partnerships with a range of other schools in local communities. Starting your teaching career with REAch2 brings with it unrivalled training and development and excellent career progression. To find out more visit


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Aerodrome Primary Academy
Aerodrome Primary Academy, Goodwin Road, Croydon, CR0 4EJ
Beccles Primary Academy
Ellough Road, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 7AB
Brampton Primary Academy
Brampton Primary Academy, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 4SL
Bushbury Lane Academy
Ripon Road, Bushbury Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 9TR
Camulos Academy
Whitmore Drive, Colchester, Essex, CO4 6AL
Chapel End Junior Academy
Roberts Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4LS
Civitas Academy
90a Great Knollys Street, Reading, Reading, RG1 7HL
Concordia Primary Academy
Union Road, Havering, RM7 0GN
Copperfield Academy
Dover Road East, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0RB
Dorothy Barley Junior Academy
Ivinghoe Road, Dagenham, RM8 2NB
Eastbrook Primary Academy
Manor Hall Road, Southwick, Brighton, West Sussex, BN42 4NF
Five Spires Academy
Cherry Orchard, Lichfield, WS14 9AN
Garden City Academy
Radburn Way, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 2JZ
Green Park Village Primary Academy
2 Flagstaff Road, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6AX
Green Ridge Primary Academy
President Road, Aylsbury, Aylsbury, HP18 0YA
Gunton Primary Academy
Gainsborough Drive, Lowestoft, NR32 4LX
Heath Hayes Academy
Wimblebury Road, Heath Hayes, WS12 2EP
Henhurst Ridge Primary Academy
Henhurst Ridge , Burton Upon Trent, DE13 9TQ
Kelvin Grove
Kelvin Grove, London, SE26 6BB
Kemsley Primary Academy
Coldharbour Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2RP
Langtons Junior Academy
Westland Avenue, Hornchurch, RM11 3SD
Lawley Village Primary
Bryce Way, Lawley Village, Shropshire, TF4 2SG
Lower Farm Academy
Milking Lane, Weddington, Nuneaton, CV10 0FG
Manor Park Primary Academy
Church Lane, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B6 5UQ
Martlesham Primary Academy
Black Tiles Lane, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4SS
Milton Court Primary School
Brewery Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2EE
Moor Green Academy
Moor Green Lane, Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 8QP
Newhall Primary Academy
Roundhouse Way, Harlow, CM17 9SF
Northfield St Nicholas
St Margaret’s Road, Lowestoft, Sussex, NR32 4HN
Norton Canes Primary Academy
School Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 9SQ
Pemberley Academy
Hester Mews, Hodings Road, CM20 1NW
Phoenix St. Peter Academy
Enstone Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0NE
Purfleet Primary Academy
Tank Hill Road, Purfleet , Essex, RM19 1TA
Racemeadow Primary Academy
Ratcliffe Road, Atherstone, CV9 1LT
Ranikhet Academy
Spey Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 4ED
Riverside Primary Academy
Newbold Road, Newbold-on-Av, CV21 1EH
Scientia Academy
Mona Rd, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0UF
Silkmore Primary Academy
Exeter Street, Stafford, ST17 4EG
Southwark Park Primary
383 Southwark Park Road, SE16 2JH
Springfield Primary Academy
Springfield Road, Birmingham, Birmingham, B13 9NY
Springhill Primary Academy
Mossbank Avenue, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 4UN
St Margaret’s Primary Academy
Church Road , Lowestoft, NR32 4JF
St Marks Cof E Primary Academy
Albert Road, London, SE25 4JD
Summerside Primary Academy
Crossway, London, London, N12 0QU
The Globe Primary Academy
Irene Avenue, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 9NZ
The Palmer Academy
70 Northumberland Avenue , Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7PP
The Robert Fitzroy Academy
80 Brampton Rd, Croydon, CR0 6JN
The Woodside Academy
Forest Site, Wood Street, Walthanstow, London, E17 3JX
Tidemill Academy
11 Giffin Street, Deptford, London, SE8 4RJ
Tymberwood Academy
Cerne Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4BN
Unity Primary Academy
Hickory Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3QJ
Veritas Primary Academy
Weston Rd, Stafford, ST18 0FL
Water Lane Primary Academy
Broadley Road, Harlow, CM19 5RD
White Meadows Primary Academy
Whitelea Road, LittleHampton, West Sussex, BN17 7JL
Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy
Fishponds Road, Hitchin, SG5 1NS

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We will accept equivalency tests from or the successful completion of a University of Derby in-house equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate and motivated individuals who want to provide exceptional learning opportunities by becoming a primary school teacher. We want to work with people who can demonstrate the following competencies which we believe are essential in an effective trainee, and ultimately in successful teachers:

  • Person-centred communication
  • Self-management
  • Care and compassion
  • Works well with others
  • Professional practitioner
  • Copes with demands
  • Engages with learning
  • Adaptable

Other requirements

It is recommended that candidates gain some experience in a school prior to commencing the training programme.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Please note that all fees may be subject to an annual increase

Financial support from the training provider

You might be able to apply for tuition fees and other financial support, including maintenance loans. The following websites are useful sources of information:

About the training provider

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training pathway that offers practical, ‘on-the-job’ training and teacher education. Our unique and blended REAch Teach programme aims to create highly skilled teachers who are an integral part of a school community.

With more than 60 partner primary schools across the country, we enable you to train locally and grow nationally. The majority of schools we work with are academies within the REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary-only Trust. Starting your teacher training within the REAch2 family of schools enables you to benefit from the wealth of opportunities that come with belonging to a national community of professionals, and a wide range of networks and development opportunities once qualified.

Whichever school you train in, you will be part of the community from the very start. Effective mentoring is at the heart of our programme and you will be supported by expert colleagues who will guide your introduction to the core body of knowledge, skills and behaviours that define great teaching. We invest in the training and development of your mentors, so that they can invest effectively in you.

Our Lead School, Tidemill Academy, is a former National Teaching School which is amongst the top 3% of schools nationally for progress. We have supported over 120 trainees through their School Direct teacher training, with all trainees who completed the programme receiving a Good or Outstanding grading. An average of 80% of our trainees stay with us as early career teachers.

About the accredited body

The University of Derby is an Outstanding provider of Primary Initial Teacher Education. With a rich heritage in teacher training dating back over 150 years, the University of Derby has a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking primary teachers.

In their 2015 Ofsted inspection, they received an ‘outstanding’ rating for the quality of their work. The Primary Leadership Team was praised for putting students at the heart of all they do, ensuring excellent career outcomes.

Their students were described as “highly motivated, passionate about working with children, keen to be fully involved in the everyday life of schools”.

Interview process

We aim for our interview process to be as relaxing as possible so that you are able to show us your true potential - we want to get to know you!

Shortlisted applicants complete an online Stage 1 interview consisting of a presentation, a short teaching episode and a scenario-based interview. This will take around 2 hours and the panel will consist of a local ITT Lead, our National ITT Lead or a partner school representative. We encourage attendance at one of our weekly briefings where we share more information on our interview process and how to be successful.

If you pass Stage 1, Stage 2 is based in one of our partner schools. This will involve a short activity with a small group of children, which gives us an opportunity to see how you interact with pupils. You will also complete short maths and English assessments while on site. We try where possible at this stage to give you the opportunity to meet leaders from your preferred partner school.

Our selection process is designed to assess how well you demonstrate the following competencies which we feel are essential in an effective trainee:

  • Person-centered communication
  • Self-management
  • Care and compassion
  • Works well with others
  • Professional practitioner
  • Copes with demands
  • Engages with learning
  • Adaptable

In addition to this, all trainees must demonstrate:

  • High quality written English
  • A suitable academic profile
  • A clear education and employment record
  • Favourable and recent references

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

We have a strong commitment to equality and inclusion and we seek to offer a first class education to all students, including students with disabilities. All of our sites are wheelchair accessible and we undertake all reasonable adjustments necessary to ensure inclusion of all disabilities.

We are committed to our Equality Policy in respect of serving students and employing staff. Within this policy we will endeavour to ensure that disabled students and staff receive the same standards of service as others. We will not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of disability.

Contact this training provider

01283 246433
Tidemill Academy
11 Giffin Street

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).

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