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Pen Green Centre for Children and Their Families Primary (3CT4)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course is taught in five week-long study blocks giving an immersive learning experience. Guest speakers from our partner schools facilitate some of the teaching sessions, as well as visits to our partner schools to see practice in action. All candidates offered places on our programme will be expected to attend 5 pre-course induction days

  • Please note, due to the current situation, the induction days and study weeks may have to be facilitated online.

Course Content:

  • A Learning Community
  • Pedagogy
  • Theory
  • Reflective Practice
  • Teacher Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding
  • A Teacher’s Legal Responsibilities
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Multilingual Childhoods
  • Maths, Science, English, ICT, PE, Humanities, Creative Arts
  • Numeracy and Literacy
  • Language and Phonics
  • Involving Parents in their Children’s Learning
  • Formal Assessment Processes

QTS assessment is via a portfolio of evidence, gathered across the year.

School placements

We have strong partnerships with Maintained Nursery Schools, small village Primary Schools, Academies and Special Provisions across Northamptonshire. The school placements are arranged by Pen Green tutors and our partner schools.

Trainees are immersed in the school environment right from the outset. Every trainee is carefully matched to a class in their ‘home school’ for their training year, becoming a valued member of the school team. During the Spring Term, all trainees are given the opportunity to experience an alternative key stage in a different school, after which they return to their home school for the remainder of the programme.

Every trainee is linked with a school based tutor (SBT), a mentor and guide for the year. The SBT will be based in the trainee’s home school. The SBT works closely with the trainee in school on a daily basis; carrying out lesson observations, setting training targets and helping to organise in-school training opportunities which will enhance and develop the trainee’s practice.

Pen Green tutors are thoughtful of the travel distance whilst placing a trainee to a ‘home school’ and will endeavour to arrange placements near a trainee’s home town. However, there will be instances where trainees will have to travel further afield to their school placements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • A Bachelors’ Degree with Honours, or equivalent qualification (2.1 or above preferred, but lower classes of degree may be accepted)

  • GCSEs or equivalent qualifications at grade 4/C or above in English Language, Maths and at least one Science.

If you have international qualifications these need to be verified as equivalent to UK qualifications by NARIC before applying for the programme.

We do not accept Key and Functional Skills qualifications at Level 2 as GCSE equivalent. We do accept GCSE equivalent qualifications from Equivalency Testing.

Personal qualities

  • A commitment to teaching as a career
  • Build relationships with children to promote their learning
  • An understanding of early years and primary education
  • Understand of the role of the early years and primary teacher
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with people from a diverse society
  • Work on own initiative and manage workload
  • Clear and accurate written and verbal communication
  • IT confidence and competency

Other requirements

  • A Clear Criminal Record
  • An Enhanced DBS Certificate
  • Good Health
  • The right to train and/or work in the UK

A full career history accounting for any gaps in employment will be required if you are invited to interview and references will be followed up for safeguarding purposes.

Successful applicants must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure and Barring Service check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £8,400.

About the training provider

The Pen Green Teaching School works alongside an integrated Children’s Centre, an Early Years Provision, a Nursery School and a Research, Development and Training Base. Our Nursery School and Early Years provision have been consistently judged Outstanding by Ofsted; and in 2018 awarded ‘Overall School of the Year’ and ‘Early Years Provision of the Year’ by the Times Educational Supplement.

Our Initial Teacher Training programme provides the opportunity for candidates to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with a focus on the 3-7 year age group. We offer both Salaried and Tuition Fee funded routes.

Candidates have the option to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate Education (PGCE), a Level 7 academic qualification, alongside their QTS. The PGCE is accredited by Birmingham City University (BCU).

Interview process

The interview process seeks to ascertain the strength of the applicant’s skill set and depth of understanding of the role and responsibilities of a teacher.

The interview would normally be conducted at Pen Green Nursery School or one of our Partnership Schools. However, due to the current situation, we are facilitating our interviews online and have adapted the interview day accordingly.

Applicants will be required to:

  • Deliver a 2 - 5 minute presentation
  • Participate in a discussion on school-based scenarios
  • Carry out a teaching and learning activity
  • Undertake a short written task reflecting on the teaching activity
  • Undertake a Maths Task
  • Undertake a Writing Task
  • Participate in a formal interview

Training with disabilities and other needs

All efforts are made to support candidates with disabilities and other needs and we encourage candidates to discuss any programme adjustments they need.

Candidates need to identify their disability and other needs in their application. We request candidates who have existing Study Needs Assessments to include this with documents required at interview.

For candidates who do not have a Study Needs Assessment, we request a self-assessment checklist is completed prior to induction. If the score indicates the candidate may have additional needs, they will be given the opportunity to be assessed by a qualified specialist teacher who may make recommendations.

Following this, a Study Needs Agreement is put in place, outlining what the trainee & teaching team will do to support their study and meet their needs.

Candidates with a declared disability may be eligible for additional financial support through the student loans company. Eligibility may be assessed via a Disabled Students’ Allowance assessment centre.

Contact this training provider

01536 443435
Rockingham Road
NN17 1AG

Support and advice

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