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Calthorpe Park North East Hants Consortium Primary (38PY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
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
7 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Your training will lead to the award of a PGCE by the University of Reading as well as a recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by the Department for Education (DfE). The PGCE includes 60 credits at Masters level, the equivalent of one third of an MA that you can add to subsequently. Or you can decide to go for QTS only.

The programme is the result of long-standing close collaboration between the University of Reading and local Partnership Schools. Through this Partnership, we are able to make strong and effective links between the theoretical perspective, drawing on current and recent research, and the practical skills of teaching. The programme is designed to support you in developing the knowledge, understanding and skills that schools look for when appointing Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), as well as providing you with the skills and aptitude to develop your teaching career.

At University, time is spent studying both the theory and the practice of whole school issues. Lectures and seminars are led by University tutors, with contributions from expert teachers from local Partnership schools. In schools, you will work alongside mentor teachers, further supported by University tutors. The placements are planned to support you to develop their knowledge and understanding by taking increasing responsibility for groups and whole classes

Your training is a gradual, staged process. You will be given opportunities to observe good practice and work with groups before taking some full class responsibility. During the final school experience you will assume the teacher’s role for the majority of the placement; however a trainee does not have sole responsibility for classes at any stage during their training

Assessment is on-going through the programme. On the PGCE route academic work is assessed through assignments which can take the form of essays. Formative and summative assessment of practical teaching skills is on-going during the School Experiences

School placements

This place is at All Saints Junior School. All Saints is a special place to grow, with the widest opportunities on offer for every child and all staff members. It is a happy place to learn with a strong family feel.
Our school motto, ‘Let Your Light Shine’ is at the heart of all that we set out to achieve and we strive for all members of our community to shine bright. Our school values guide our everyday practice: Love, Joy, Perseverance, Excellence, Community, Respect and Equality. We strive for excellence in all we do – in music, sport, and the arts and in academic standards.

In 2019 the school achieved standards significantly above the national and Hampshire averages, and will do again this coming year. We are proud of our academic success and strive for further excellence – however we firmly believe in educating the whole child. Our curriculum is broad and organised through ‘Learning Adventures’ which engage the children in a driving question with a real world outcome.

We are a Lead Hub School for the National Whole Education schools network who at their very heart have a commitment to a Whole Education to grow the Whole Child. We are also a Teaching Centre for Mathematics Mastery and are working with the Department for Education to host the Shanghai teachers in February.

The PGCE Primary programme runs from September to the beginning of July. The programme is organised, with a balance of school and university based training which will support you on your learning journey.

Whilst on the programme you will work in two different schools. In each placement you will work alongside experienced teachers and gradually assume more responsibility for planning and teaching as your training progresses. Throughout this process, you will be supported by school based mentors and a University tutor. Assessment is on-going and against the Teachers Standards.

The University based aspect of the programme comprises curriculum subjects and the wider professional role. We aim to develop the pedagogical and practical skills necessary to be an Outstanding teacher, as well enhancing subject knowledge.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Candidates should normally have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree. All candidates must have at least a C grade (or equivalent) for GCSE Maths, English and Science.

Applicants must also:

  • be able to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English;
  • if offered a place, obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure.
  • if offered a place, meet the requirements for ‘physical and mental fitness to teach’.
  • Pass computer-based Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy
  • Undertake a placement, minimum two weeks, in a state-maintained, mainstream primary school prior to the start of the programme.

Personal qualities

A good range of ‘A’ Levels or equivalent which demonstrate some relevance to National Curriculum subjects will also be of significance in the selection process.

In addition to an excellent academic background, we are looking for people who have a strong yet considered desire to work with young people, a positive, informed, open outlook, good communication skills, confidence and determination, an ability to relate well to others in a range of circumstances, interests, hobbies, a sense of humour, a lively enquiring mind and a willingness to become fully involved in all aspects of the Primary curriculum.

Other requirements

Before applying for a place on the course you must spend some time in a Local Education Authority primary school, familiarising yourself with current practice. An awareness of the Primary Curriculum approaches will help you considerably. Speak to teachers and consider the issues affecting the role of teachers and school. Compare and contrast children’s needs, desires and attitudes across more than two Key stages to help you gain an awareness of children’s perceptions and to help you make or ratify your choice of age range.

Fees and financial support

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

£7,710 for QTS

About the training provider

The Calthorpe Park consortium is an exciting place to work and learn. We have a long and successful history of training and developing future teachers and are proud to offer a number of training places for 2021/2022.

The consortium comprises nine very varied schools which present dynamic and exciting training possibilities for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching. We have five secondary schools in the consortium, one of which also has a sixth form. We also have two junior schools, one primary school and one special needs primary school which provides a unique opportunity for trainees to experience a very different educational setting.

Calthorpe Park School is the lead school in this consortium and our partner schools are located in North-East Hampshire within a few miles of each other. Our partners include:

  • Frogmore Community College, Yateley
  • Yateley School, Yateley
  • Cove School, Farnborough
  • Alderwood School, Aldershot
  • All Saints Church of England Junior School, Fleet
  • Potley Hill Primary School, Yateley
  • St. Peter’s Church of England Junior School, Farnborough
  • Henry Tyndale School, Farnborough

Calthorpe Park School and partners work collaboratively as part of the University of Reading ITT Partnership to ensure that its trainees receive the best of what School-based and University-based training has to offer. These two aspects of the course are closely integrated and supported by University subject tutors as well by members of staff in school who receive specialist training at the University.

About the accredited body

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. They are ranked 7th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2021) and have been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade. Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, they have well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area. Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” ITE inspection report, September 2016.

Interview process

If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview and assessment day at the school where the placement is.

If you are successful at interview, a conditional offer of a place will be made. The conditions will include providing proof that you have met the eligibility conditions for Initial Teacher Training, including a criminal record check and an occupational health assessment. Further conditions may be discussed with you at interview.

If you accept the offer of a place, you will be required to attend an Induction and Needs Assessment Afternoon at the University of Reading. This will be an opportunity to meet the University tutor, who will help you identify pre-course targets to prepare you for your training.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Reading welcomes all students and has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service which offers advice and guidance to students with any disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD).

Contact this training provider

01252 613483
Hitches Lane
GU51 5JA

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