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Henry Maynard Primary School Primary (2VDM)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Henry Maynard Training E17
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the academic award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The PGCE is currently validated by the University of Brighton.

Trainees on the School Direct Salaried programme are employed as an unqualified teacher by the school in which they are based and learn ‘on the job’ alongside experienced teachers. As a paid employee there is an expectation that you will be able to teach classes or groups from day one and that you will be “up and running” quite quickly. You can be expected to teach up to 90% of a teacher’s timetable from September, although this is generally not the case.

Trainees on the School Direct Salaried programme will be based in one of the schools in the partnership and will attend centre-based training at Henry Maynard Primary School. Initially this will be 2 days per week but as the year progresses it will reduce to one day a week and then less frequently. The remaining days will be spent in school teaching and completing school based tasks.

When applying for a School Direct Programme, you must indicate whether you have a school that is looking to employ you on the School Direct route as we are unable to find a school for you.

School placements

When applying for the School Direct Programme, you must indicate whether you have a school that is looking to employ you on the School Direct route as we are unable to find a school for you. You will select to train in either 3-7 or 5-11 phase. In the 3-7 phase you will have one placement in EYFS and one in KS1. In the 5-11 phase you will have one placement in KS1 and one in KS2. Your main placement will be in one of our 13 partner schools and you will complete a second placement of 6 weeks in a contrasting school. Our partner schools are in Waltham Forest, Islington and Hackney.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • A first degree (normally we ask for a degree at 2.2 or above) from a recognised UK higher education institution (or equivalent overseas Qualification)
  • GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4 or higher (or equivalent) in English, Mathematics, and Science

Personal qualities

  • Recent experience of working with children. This can be paid or voluntary work in a school or in another capacity.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English
  • A commitment to teach and a motivation to learn
  • Well developed personal qualities and skills such as self-organisation, resilience and reflectiveness
  • A commitment to equal opportunities
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the safeguarding of children

Other requirements

It is the duty of all schools to protect vulnerable children and adults. If you are offered a place on the programme, the school will apply for a DBS check for you. The form will contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands or any warnings recorded against your name (even where they would generally be considered spent), or will confirm that you have none. It will allow the school to make an assessment of your suitability for access to these vulnerable groups. Please visit:


Trainees will be paid on at least post 1 of the Unqualified Teacher pay scale. There are no fees for this course.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Henry Maynard Primary School is based in Walthamstow and, as a school, we have successfully been involved in leading teacher training for more than 12 years. We provide initial teacher training leading to the awards of QTS and PGCE (validated by the University of Brighton).

We are committed to training outstanding teachers who will serve the diverse community in North and East London.Our aim is to produce high quality teachers who are fully able to inspire, educate and nurture our local children.

We have a great track record of producing outstanding teachers, leaders and head teachers of the future. 100% of our trainees in 19/20 secured a teaching position at the end of the course. The majority of our trainees take up NQT positions in one of our partnership schools.

Interview process

Candidates are short-listed following reference to the person specification and, if successful, are invited for interview. The interview day can take place at Henry Maynard Primary or in a school within the partnership. this year interviews may be conducted remotely via video link.

During the interview you will:

  • spend time in a class supporting the teacher (where possible)
  • be observed delivering a 30 minute maths or English lesson to a class or, if visits to schools are not possible, delivering a short video presentation
  • have an interview with a panel consisting of the Henry Maynard Training E17 Manager and headteachers or representatives from our partner schools
  • We will assure the fundamental maths and English skills of all applicants. Applicants will complete our internal maths and writing tests. (The tests are intended to assess your ability to communicate effectively in written English and your competence in a range of mathematical skills. Maths will be at approximately KS3 level and literacy will be an extended writing task.)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our buildings are accessible and we follow an equality policy in line with the Equalities Act of 2010. We welcome applications from all candidates meeting entry requirements and we offer appropriate support to applicants with disabilities and other needs. Applicants with additional needs should contact us so we can discuss how we can support them.

Contact this training provider

Maynard Road
E17 9JE

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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