Endeavour TSA Primary (N108)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London (University of London)
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 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Primary School Direct PGCE is a school-led initial teacher training pathway. The programme aims to create highly qualified, highly skilled teachers, who are an integral part of a school community, with the expectation that successful trainees are employed within the alliance of schools on completion of the programme.

You don’t need to worry about being thrown in at the deep-end on our programme. Within your placement schools, you will be supported by an outstanding and well-trained classroom mentor and a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, in partnership with an experienced professional tutor from our University partner, UCL Institute of Education. Alongside our committed ETSA training team, you will be supported every step of your journey to reach the professional standards of teaching and gain Qualified Teacher Status alongside your PGCE qualification. Your timetable and teaching responsibility will increase as you gain in confidence and skill.

Your training will be delivered predominantly by experts at UCL, Institute of Education and complemented by sessions led be outstanding teachers in our School Direct partnership. You will join the Primary PGCE course at the Institute, alongside trainees on the core PGCE, and have access to the full PGCE programme. In addition, by being part of our cohort of ETSA trainees, you will also develop a strong professional support network with other School Direct trainees, who understand and share the School Direct teacher training experience alongside you.

Core modules focus on pedagogy and its practical implications and include ‘Teaching and Learning’, a ‘Specialism module’ and ‘Professional Practice’. The programme is delivered via lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study and you will be supported through a virtual learning environment. Assessment is through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. Final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of your teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study. More information can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training

Successful completion of the course leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) which includes recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful completion of the PGCE also offers the opportunity to get 60 Masters level credits, which may be used towards gaining a Masters Degree either at the Institute or elsewhere.

This School Direct Primary PGCE programme covers age 3-7 (EYFS and KS1).

School placements

During the School Direct PGCE programme you will complete two main school placements in contrasting schools within our alliance. This is complemented by an enhanced 2-week placement of your choice in a different educational setting. This programme covers the 5-11 age group (KS1 and KS2).

Our alliance of schools are each unique yet share our values of integrity, inclusion and success for all children, regardless of their background. We are proud of our excellent relationships with our partners, most of whom have been successfully supporting School Direct trainees with us for the last 6 years. We work with schools across several London boroughs and the majority of our schools are part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary only academy trust in the country, offering unrivalled training and development and excellent career progression. To find out more visit www.reach2.org

The majority of candidates apply to us with a partner school in mind, and name this school on their application. Where an applicant has not named a partner school, we take into account the distance a candidate will have to travel from home to school when placing candidates, as well as any preferences discussed during the interview process. Because we see School Direct training as a long-term investment in teachers, we feel it is important that candidates are training in an alliance of schools which is right for them. Our motto is train with us, stay with us!

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All candidates must hold a UK degree (or equivalent) with at least a 2:2 in a relevant subject.

Those currently studying towards an undergraduate degree must have completed the course prior to commencing the programme.

You must have achieved a minimum grade C or level 5 in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science. UCL will not accept English as a second language, or “applied” or “additional” GCSE subjects, BTEC, City and Guilds, Functional skills or Access course modules in place of GCSEs.

All qualifications gained outside of the UK will be checked to ensure they meet the relevant equivalency standards.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who understand the difference high quality education makes to children. We want to see passion and creativity, reflection and emotional intelligence, resilience and integrity. Candidates need to have an appreciation of how children learn and an awareness of how to engage them in the learning process. You should be confident, articulate and have a strong work ethic and sense of humour!

Other requirements

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

If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. The total cost of these checks is £157. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/teacher-training/application-guidelines/teacher-training-programmes

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) is a national partnership of schools operating on a local scale. We are passionate about nurturing talented individuals to become the primary school teachers our children need. Our ‘Lead School’ is Tidemill Academy, an Outstanding Primary school in the heart of London.

Our alliance has 35 schools working in local partnerships. These are led by an Ofsted Good or Outstanding ‘hub’ school and are currently located in the East and West Midlands, London, Harlow and Lowestoft. Our teacher training is delivered through the local hub school partnership and with a local University or SCITT provider.

Our School Direct trainees are successful; since 2013, 100% have received a good or outstanding grading at the end of the course, with 75% securing an outstanding grade in 2019. We provide comprehensive training to our School Direct mentors to enable you to get the best support. This is complemented by the practical training you will receive from us, led by experts in their field. 100% of our trainees would recommend training with us.

After 8 years of operation, from the end of the 2020-21 academic year, Tidemill Academy will no longer be designated as a National Teaching School. This is due to the DfE’s closure of the Teaching School programme and introduction of Teaching School hubs in September 2021. Tidemill Academy will continue to operate as a Lead School, providing Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct route with our national and local partners in 2021-22 and beyond.

About the accredited body

UCL is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” across Primary and Secondary Education

All UCL School Direct students have access to UCL support services and facilities

Primary School Direct (PGCE) route: (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/teacher-training-programmes/primary-school-direct-pgce)

Interview process

Interviews usually takes place at our lead school, Tidemill Academy, however currently, we are conducting interviews online. During the interview process we will undertake a variety of activities such as conducting a thinking task to show your understanding of the primary curriculum, teaching and learning and a formal interview where we would ask you to present to us about why you wish to be a teacher. We will also conduct numeracy, literacy and ICT tasks. We aim for our interview process to be as relaxing as possible so that you can feel comfortable and show us your true potential.

If you are successful at the interview stage, your application will be passed on to UCL Institute of Education for second stage consideration. The Institute are responsible for making any final offer of a place on the programme and for ensuring you meet all conditions of enrolment.

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

Tidemill Academy
11 Giffin Street

Support and advice

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