Achieve with TELA Primary (S896)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Leicester & Leicestershire SCITT
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

The Achieve with TELA school-based programme has a successful track record in teacher training, working in partnership with Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT. The course structure during your training year is split between time spent at central training days and high-quality teaching placements. During your school placement you will have an experienced, supportive mentor in school and cover teaching practice across the varied age ranges (5 – 11 yrs). Central training days are delivered by the SCITT trainers who are all leading experts in their fields, charismatic and passionate about making a difference in children’s lives. They include excellent practitioners from partner schools and consultants working to raise standards within primary schools within the region. You will spend time working with exceptional teachers and their pupils, in partnership schools, so all trainees are exposed to best practice in teaching the curriculum creatively and effectively. We want future pupils to love learning and our future teachers to love teaching!

Good subject knowledge and research underpins effective teaching, and the quality and depth of our central training is a key reason why many trainees secure teaching roles in our alliance schools. Headteachers, SCITT trained teachers and trainees are unanimous in stating that the course structure is an ideal balance of theory and practice.

An integral part of the courses is a full University of Leicester PGCE, with Masters Level credits.  Trainees are asked to complete the equivalent of two 5000-word assignments within this internationally recognised PGCE award.

For students who meet the assessment criteria, the qualification also leads to recommendation for Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

The best way to get to know if our course is the right one for you is to come and meet us. Sign up on our website for a free information event or call us on 01455 283263 ext 0286 or email for advice, support or information.

Training teachers to change children’s lives in the local community…

School placements

School placements are three high quality teaching placements over two schools covering the primary age range 5 – 11 yrs. Your placements will be in Key stage 1, lower and upper Key stage 2. During your school placements you will have an experienced, supportive mentor in school along with the support from Achieve with TELA and the SCITT.

Were possible we will tell you which schools your placements are prior to you starting the course. This gives you the opportunity to visit your placement schools and meet the teams you will be training with before you start your formal placement, it will give you the opportunity to feel of the school community. If you have a preference for a placement in one of our alliance schools, please do let us know and if we can try to accommodate your request, subject to availability.

Trainees spend their time split across placement schools in all 3 terms. The teaching load is phased in from 40% of the timetable at the end of the autumn placement to 80% of the timetable in the final weeks of summer term.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Badgerbrook Primary School
Badger Drive, Whetstone, Leicester, LE8 6ZW
Barwell Church of England Academy
High Street, Barwell, Leicester, Leicestershire , LE9 8DS
Cosby Primary School
Portland Street, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1TE
Hallbrook Primary School
1 Hallbrook Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, LE9 6WX
Orchard Primary School
Blenheim Crescent, Broughton Astley, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9 6QX
Richmond Primary School
Stoke Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 3EA
Sketchley Hill Primary School
Burbage, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE10 2DY
St Peters Primary School
Wale Road, Whetstone, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE8 6NJ
St Simon & St Jude Church of England Primary School
Astley Road, Earl Shilton, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9 7AE
Thythorn Field Community Primary School
Bideford Close, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2QU
Ullesthorpe Church of England Primary School
Ashby Road, Ullesthorpe, Lutterworth, Leicester , Leicestershire, LE17 5DN
Westfield Junior School
Westfield Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0LT

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.

Personal qualities

The Achieve School Direct programme is a challenging course and we aim to recruit the best. We are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge and relevant experience as well as a passion for working with young people.

This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with young people, being able to develop positive relationships with young people and adults. An ability to listen, be sensitive, work collaboratively and respond to the needs of others are all crucial. You will need to be able to express your ideas confidently both orally and in writing.

Other requirements

All trainee students will be subject to enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Achieve with TELA school provides school based teacher training in primary and secondary education. We are an established provider with a successful track record of recruiting the best and providing a high-quality experience. Our ethos is to train, employ and grow our own teachers and future leaders in Leicestershire and surrounding areas.

“The experience and opportunities you will receive are invaluable” English Trainee

You will learn from practicing teachers and university specialists. You will develop your knowledge of how academic theory underpins your classroom practice. Our course structures cover the areas you need to feel completely prepared to enter your early career teacher classroom.

“The training sessions were relevant and pragmatic. As well as the content it was always great to meet up with other Achieve trainees” Science Trainee

We work with a community of local schools and many of our graduates find employment within our alliance. Our school based provision includes high quality teaching placements with experienced, supportive mentors in schools.

“A very supportive alliance. Talented staff with a passion to teach people how to teach” Drama Trainee

Our course partners include the Leicestershire SCITT, Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT and University of Leicester

Courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Masters Credits.

“Getting to experience a number of different schools during training was incredibly worthwhile “ Math’s Trainee

Children and young adults are at the heart of everything we do, - Achieve with TELA are with you every step of the way.

Interview process

On receipt your application will be screened to ensure that you met our criteria. We are looking for evidence across the following areas:

  • Suitable academic qualifications
  • Experience (paid or voluntary) in UK schools or educational-related settings, or in wider working with children or young people environment or how your skills are transferable to working with young people.
  • A personal statement which shows an ability to reflect on your experiences.
  • References (refer to the Get into teaching website for more guidance)

You will then be invited to an interview at an alliance primary school. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

The interview will include:

  • A task working with a small group of pupils
  • A fifteen-minute presentation
  • A staff panel interview

Each part of the selection procedure will be graded to agreed criteria. The interview questions will be largely based on elements that will contribute to the Teachers’ Standards. Equal opportunities procedures will be followed to ensure that the selection procedures are open, fair and assessments are to agreed criteria.

As part of the selection process all candidates will be asked to complete written audits in English and mathematics (this does not affect your place on the course).  Written audits assess  each candidate’s personal subject knowledge in English and mathematics is sufficient to form a secure base to underpin high quality teaching of these subjects in the primary school.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

We are happy to receive applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs.

Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the candidates needs across the alliance.

Contact this training provider

01455 283 263 ext 3206
Station Road
Broughton Astley

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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