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Castlebar School Primary (5-11) SEND (E655)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Hillingdon 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our Initial Teacher Training programme is tailored to individual needs and aspirations. Whether you are a recent graduate or you are considering a change of career, our programme will give you the best foundation for a great career in teaching.

This course is for applicants interested in teaching in a specialist setting. Trainees will be trained to teach in two consecutive Key Stages (Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2).

All trainees will spend 4 days a week in school. This will comprise of observing and learning from experienced colleagues, teaching, being observed and receiving feedback, as well as professional development. The fifth day will be a Professional Learning day at Hillingdon SCITT (located at Bishop Ramsey School, Hillingdon) and will be delivered by highly experienced and skilled practitioners. As part of their Professional Learning, trainees will undertake an Enquiry Based Pedagogy Project of their choice. As part of their Professional Learning, all trainees will undertake an Action Research Project of their choice (which will be the main task for QTS).

Trainees will have placements in two different Partner Schools, both in Ealing. Whilst on placement, the amount of lessons that fee funded (unsalaried) trainees will be expected to teach is incremental according to each training phase. A teaching timetable will be created that is bespoke to teach trainees based upon their prior experience and readiness to teach.

Throughout the year, trainees will have a designated Mentor/Coach supporting them. In order to achieve QTS, all trainees will be assessed at calendared intervals throughout the year against their mastery of the ITE Curriculum as well as the Teachers’ Standards.

Trainees who meet requirements of the PGCE for Brunel University will have the opportunity to study for this alongside the QTS (QTS is accredited by Hillingdon SCITT). There will be three assignments for the PGCE during the training year.

School placements

During the training year trainees will teach in two different Partner Schools based in Ealing.

Trainees will be spend the majority of the year in one Partner School (where they were interviewed).

The second placement is for the duration of 6 weeks, where trainees will be placed in a contrasting school.

Most of the Partnership Schools are located within a few miles from the Lead School.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

In order to begin the teacher training year, the following qualifications are required:-

  • You should be a graduate. (Applicants with a 2:2 or above from the UK will be eligible to take the PGCE. Applicants with a third will only be eligible for the QTS)
  • You will need at least a Grade C or 4 in GCSE/equivalent in English, Maths and a Science subject
  • If you have completed your undergraduate degree or secondary schooling internationally, we will require a NARIC equivalence

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious applicants who are passionate, enthusiastic, committed and have a desire to share that with children and young people of all abilities.

Other requirements

  • All successful applicants will be subject to:-
  • Disclosure Barring Service checks
  • Health and physical capacity to teach
  • Childcare disqualification

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,100.

£9,100 is the fee for QTS (accredited by Hillingdon SCITT) and PGCE (PGCE is the academic award from Brunel University)

About the training provider

Castlebar School, previously Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance is looking to train exceptional graduates to become teachers.
Our Initial Teacher Training programmes are tailored to individual needs and aspirations. Whether you are a recent graduate or are considering a change of career, our programmes will give you the best foundation for a great career in teaching. We offer training routes in mainstream and special school settings. We are seeking applicants who are passionate about education, have an excellent academic background, and are committed to working with children and young people to make a difference in their lives. This school-based teacher training route led by schools in partnership with universities and SCITTs means we can deliver training which blends theoretical study of learning, teaching and child development with practical experience in the classroom. We have an established record of supporting and bringing new talented teachers into the profession. Teachers in our Partner Schools are excellent practitioners, both supportive and eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. You will benefit from:

  • A dedicated Mentor to support and guide you
  • Ongoing CPD opportunities
  • Caring and supportive staff All Primary and Special Schools who are in partnership with us have extensive experience of training teachers and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community. As a result, our trainees are highly employable and we have a high employment rate upon course completion.

Interview process

The interview process, which is rigorous and thorough, will involve a full day spent at one of our Partner Schools, which is likely to be your main placement school for the duration of the training year.

The recruitment day will include:-

  • Teaching a lesson or working with a group of students which will be observed by a qualified teacher (applicants will be given the information in advance about the content of the lesson, the duration and the age group that they will be teaching)

  • A short presentation (applicants will be given the information prior to the interview tp prepare for this)

  • Literacy and Numeracy tests (these are internal Hillingdon SCITT tests to assess the applicant’s fundamental skills in English and Maths)

  • Interview (the panel will consist of representatives from Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance/ Hillingdon SCITT and the Partner School)

There may also be the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils and possibly a tour of the school.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Candidates who have disabilities or other needs should contact us before making an application to discuss their needs and the bespoke support that we can provide for them during their initial training year.

Our individual Partner Schools have differing disabled access provisions, so if in doubt please contact us for more information.

Contact this training provider

020 8998 3135
Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance
C/O Castlebar School, Hathaway Gardens
W13 0DH

Support and advice

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