Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT)
Primary (BHN3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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.

Course length
The School Direct unsalaried PGCE with QTS placement is from September 2019 through to the end of the Summer Term July 2020
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020


About the course

This course prepares you to teach Primary to pupils. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young children’s development.

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching. Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful Teachers.

You’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

The School Direct PGCE with QTS Teacher Trainees is run in collaboration with CHAT Academies (Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust) and the highly acclaimed University of Warwick (It’s Centre for Teacher Education is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for its ITT, Primary and Secondary training)

CHAT Academies has primary and secondary PGCE teacher trainee placements to offer for 2020-21. Some of these places will be taken up by CHAT with a proposal for some places to be offered to other rated good and outstanding schools in Cambridge and Central London.

Interview process

You will be asked to attend the school in which you plan to train for interview/assessment. The process takes a couple of hours and includes a 30 minute numeracy/literacy task; 20-25 minute “micro-lesson” and formal interview, which is a requirement of University of Warwick.

The purpose of the micro-lesson is to see how you interact with students. The formal interview will be with a member of the Teaching School team, usually one of the Head Teachers and the Head of Department for whatever subject you are interested in teaching.

We provide an indication within 1 working day regarding the outcome of your interview. Warwick University will then make a conditional or unconditional offer once all checks are completed.

How school placements work

Trainees will be placed at CHAT Academies (4x Primary Academies: Woodpecker Hall Academy, Kingfisher Hall Academy, Enfield Heights Academy, Cuckoo Hall Academy and 1x Secondary Academy: Heron Hall Academy.

Trainees will also be offered places to other rated good and outstanding schools in Cambridge and Central London.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £20,055

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



If an applicant meets the pre-course criteria (5 xGCSE’s: English, Maths and Science at grade C or above) Degree at preferably 2:1 or above but negotiable for a strong candidate (Impressive Interview, lesson observation and response to the unseen written task) English and Maths skills tests, they will be interviewed and can be offered a conditional place.

A conditional place is dependent on the applicant registering and passing the English and Maths Key Skills Test and meeting all Warwick’s pre-course requirements.

There is no late entry to the course for any reason whatsoever.

About the training provider

We are part of CHAT Academies, established in 2010. CHAT currently runs 5 academies in North London, educating some 2,200 pupils. Growth plans will increase this to around 3,000 by 2020.

Our vision and values

Our goal is to provide outstanding education and life changing opportunities for all our children. We want to be recognised for academic excellence and having a reputation for giving pupils the critical skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in education, employment and life.

Academic Excellence

We aspire to excellent academic results, with year on year improvements, achieved through the first-class teaching of a broad based curriculum, by highly motivated and trained staff, who are supported by strong school leadership trams, a dedicated and experienced Board of Trustees and active local governing bodies.

Pupils will succeed at our academies regardless of background. We treat all children as individuals and give them an education that prepares them for their lives ahead. Building respect and character, with principles, virtues and values, is at the heart of everything we do at CHAT.

The challenge to our staff

We will engender a core philosophy throughout our organisation to make sure every member of staff understands and feels able to play a role in the success of our academies. All staff, regardless of role or grade, have an important role to play in ensuring outcomes for children our outstanding.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We support candidates with disabilities and other needs. For example candidates with: -Dyslexia -Physical, hearing and visual impairments -Mental health conditions

Contact details

020 8804 4126
Cuckoo Hall Lane
N9 8DR


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