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St John Bosco ITT Primary (2FL2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman University
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

St John Bosco Primary School is graded as Outstanding by OFSTED. You would have the opportunity to train with an organisation where “Teachers have high expectations, and their enthusiasm and excellent subject knowledge inspires pupils”. The St John Bosco Primary training programme draws on expertise from a range of providers. We collaborate with other Teaching Schools to deliver joint training sessions, enabling you to learn from practicing professionals.

We have designed our School Direct PGCE course to maximise your experience in classrooms. You will be supported by an experienced school mentor who will oversee your development as a teacher. Your mentor will help you gain the skills and confidence needed to be an effective teacher. A key part of this development is to help you become a reflective practitioner, this is a quality you will need for the rest of your teaching career.

We link with a range of primary schools and add more partner schools every year depending on the location of trainees. Contact Jan Rudge at St John Bosco for more details.

The course is also well supported by tutors from Newman University. Lectures and tutorials at Newman will develop your subject and teaching knowledge, underpinned by educational theory.

Each trainee has access to an individual bursary from our Opportunities Fund to spend on resources to enhance their learning.

School placements

The trainees main training school is agreed following conversation with the Primary coordinator. This will be based on convenience as well as matching the trainee with the most appropriate support in a primary school. Second school placements are six week blocks, during the second term, and aim to give the trainee a contrasting experience. The trainee then returns to the main school until the end of the placement.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Colley Lane Primary School
Colley Lane, Halesowen, B63 2TN
Corpus Christi RC Primary School
Langbank Avenue, Coventry, West Midlands, CV3 2QP
East Park Primary Academy
East Park Primary Academy, Hollington Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 2DS
Grove Vale Primary School
Grove Vale Primary School, Monksfield Avenue, Great Barr, West Midlands, B43 6AL
King George V School
Beeches Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 6JA
Lanesfield Primary School
Lanesfield Primary School, Newman Avenue, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV4 6BZ
Lower Farm Primary
Bakewell Close, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 3QH
Rood End Primary school
Rood End Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 8SQ
St John Bosco
Monmouth Drive, West Bromwich, B71 2ST
St Josephs RC Primary School
Lea Vale Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 2DT
St Mark’s Catholic Primary
Almond Croft, Great Barr, Birmingham, B42 1NU
St Mary’s Catholic Primary
Manor House Road, Wednesbury, WS10 9PN
Tenterfields Primary School
26 Tenterfields, Halesowen, B633LH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

-A university degree at 2:2 or above. -Science, Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above

Personal qualities

In the first instance a passion to teach young children and make a difference to their lives. Also good knowledge and enthusiasm across a wide range of subjects. To start a teacher training course we are not looking for a ready made teacher, but for someone who has the willingness to learn from professionals as well as being reflective and seeking continuous improvement.

Other requirements

Whilst recent school experience is not required to make an application it certainly enables you to make a more thoughtful and considered application by drawing on your time in a school, where you will have had opportunities to work with small groups of children and observe lessons.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

Each of our primary trainees has access to an individual bursary of up to £1000 from our Opportunities Fund to spend on resources to enhance their learning, for example a laptop, software, subscriptions, books, places on courses etc.

About the training provider

The St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of primary and secondary schools across Sandwell, Dudley and South Birmingham. We aim to develop outstanding teachers. We do this by providing a subject / class mentor who supports you on a daily basis, in addition there is a professional mentor looking after your wider development. As a School Direct trainee you would also have access to your placement school’s professional development programme.

Our year’s training comprises three main elements; -1) A main school placement where you feel part of the school. The aim is to mirror the life of a qualified teacher for the year. -2) A six week second school placement in a partner school. -3) Training and support from either Newman University or Birmingham City University.

The qualification at the end of the course awards QTS and PGCE. For the past three years 100% of our trainees, primary and secondary, have gained employment by the end of the course.

For further information -Primary training, St John Bosco Catholic Primary School in West Bromich lead the Primary training StJohnBosco -Secondary Training, Holly Lodge High School in Smethwick is the lead school for Secondary training. HollyLodge

Interview process

Depending on the national or local Covid circumstances interviews will take place at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School or online. If it is in school the interview comprises two main elements. Firstly there is a mini lesson to a small group of students. This will be based on a book of your choice that you can engage students in, followed by an activity linked to the book. Secondly there is a formal interview with the coordinator of the primary programme for St John Bosco and a tutor from Newman University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have a wide range of partner schools across a large geographical area. This enables us to match trainees to the right place for them. Our experienced team of mentors and close relationship with tutors at Newman University and Birmingham City University allow us to offer all our trainees the support they need.

Contact this training provider

0121 5580691
Holly Lodge High School
Holly Lane
West Midlands
B67 7JG

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.

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