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INSPIRIT, St Thomas More TSA, Bedford History (X482)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The School Direct Salaried training course operates over one school academic year and is a full time programme. This course is offered through the Lead Schools of St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School, Bedford and Robert Bloomfield Academy Shefford.

As a Salaried School Direct applicant, you will be employed and paid on the bottom of the unqualified teacher scale by your placement school for the duration of your training placement.There are no tuition fees attached to this course and upon successful completion of the training programme, applicants will receive the award of QTS. There is also the option for suitably qualified applicants to add on the award of PGCE at an additional cost

During the training year, applicants will be allocated a subject specialist mentor to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week complementary placement. As a Salaried School Direct trainee, it will be necessary to fulfil both the academic requirements of the course and the contractual obligations of working as an unqualified teacher. Therefore, in addition to the commitment of a teaching timetable from the outset - applicants will also be required to attend the twice weekly taught course sessions which underpin the practical, school based element of the training. These are the Professional Studies course which aims to connect theory and practice and addresses the Standards for QTS and will involve assessment via the successful of completion of assignments. Additionally, all trainees will attend the Subject Application course which will be delivered by the Subject Leaders as a small group subject based tutorial programme - addressing the required subject knowledge for teaching.

School placements

For the Salaried School Direct programme - school placements are allocated in line with local need and where a training vacancy exists within one of our Partnership schools. As part of the training programme, all applicants will have two school placements which will enable them to teach across two consecutive age ranges focusing on KS3 & 4.These will take the form of a main school placement in a Secondary or Upper school and a shorter complementary placement. During the training year, applicants will be allocated a subject specialist mentor within the appropriate age phase to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week second placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

It is a requirement of the course that you hold GCSE qualifications in English & Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and a degree (minimum Third Class) ideally in a relevant subject. Any qualifications gained overseas must be checked by NARIC for equivalence to the UK standard.

Personal qualities

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants. We would encourage applicants to familarise themselves with the Teacher Standards and the relevant Secondary GCSE curriculum - as well as the current issues effecting education and schools. As Salaried applicants are required to deliver a teaching timetable from the outset - it would be helpful if they have had some previous relevant experience - although this is a recommendation and not an entry requirement. Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and genuine interest in and understanding of young people and the teaching profession.

Other requirements

All applicants to ITT courses are now required to pass the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy & Literacy prior to commencing their training. Please visit the Department of Education website for further details

Additionally, in line with current safeguarding practice, we (or the employing school) will carry out a number of pre-employment checks, including taking up references and a DBS Clearance check for all trainees prior to the start of the course.


Salaried trainees will be paid by their employing school - which must be at least equal or greater than the bottom of the unqualified teachers pay scale.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

INSPIRIT, St Thomas More TSA works in collaboration with The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership offering high quality school based training at over 50 partnership schools. All courses operate over one year and are full time resulting in QTS and academic recognition in the form of a PGCE award (worth 60 Masters Credits) validated by The University of Buckingham. Trainees will work with experienced teachers as their mentor and will meet weekly with their subject leader for Subject Application lectures. Professional Studies lectures will also be weekly. These lectures will address the Standards for QTS and Subject Knowledge for Teaching and will involve assessment through assignments.

What’s in it for you? Why choose us?? High quality school based training alongside qualified teachers; Excellent employment prospects and a rewarding career - we employ the vast majority of our trainees in our Partnership schools across Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire; A solid framework of support - always someone to talk to; Placement in a school tailored to meet your needs - your situation will always be taken into account.

Interview process

Applications received by The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership are subject to initial shortlisting by the relevant Subject Leader. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend an interview which consists of two subject knowledge based tasks (one written), a practical classroom based exercise as well as basic literacy & numeracy testing. Successful candidates are then informed of the outcome within two working days of the interview date. Where the application is for a Schools Direct Salaried training place - applicants will be required to attend a second interview with their placement school

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have accommodated many trainees over the years with various disabilities and other needs - Dyslexia is one we often come across. With the help of the various disability assessments provided we always have a clear picture of the needs of every individual at the start of their training and can then tailor our lectures to ensure that we address these needs. Being a relatively small provider this is never a problem and we are always available to discuss any issues moving forward. The Office Manager meets every week with trainees when they attend Professional Studies so there is always an opportunity to check well-being.

Contact this training provider

01462 817445
Pix Brook Academy
Arlesey Road

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