Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership (Calderdale)
Primary (2HR8)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
York St John University
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership (Calderdale) and York St John University work in partnership to deliver high quality teacher education and training which leads to a PGCE qualification with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Our school-centred (School Direct) PGCE primary programme is a community of learning with partnership at the heart of the programme. The partnership works together to develop outstanding student teachers who are transformative and creative professionals, highly motivated and committed, autonomous and independent, enquiry-based practitioners and self-reflective practitioners. The programme delivers contemporary and highly relevant education and training which provides excellent opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of primary education and wider educational issues. You will be equipped to become an outstanding teacher and leader with strong subject knowledge and a clear professional identity. You will be supported by experts in both university and schools to ensure that you have opportunities to learn about current classroom practice and develop deep subject pedagogy. The programme combines school experience with taught sessions on subject knowledge and pedagogy which occur at university and also in partnership schools. Two academic assignments will need to be passed so you meet the programme aims and gain the PGCE award. These modules will underpin your own rigorous understanding of pedagogy and will provide you with 60 Masters level credits, which you may wish to use towards a full Masters qualification in the future.

The Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership (Calderdale) PGCE programme is a full time programme studied within one academic year (September - June) and covers either the 3- 7 or 7-11 age phase.

The programme ensures that you fulfil the requirements of the current Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. The programme encourages you to engage critically with educational issues to enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, with the ability to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the diverse needs of pupils in primary schools. This is achieved through a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies, including active learning and enquiry-based learning, which is considered essential in both modelling effective learning and teaching practice.

Interview process

The recruitment process is rigorous and thorough. It is designed to enable Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership (Calderdale) and York St John University to assess the suitability of candidates for training and to appoint the best candidates for the places available.

Selection is based on evidence given throughout the application process and includes:

  • Your personal statement
  • References
  • Detailed breakdown of degree content
  • Details of other academic, professional or vocational qualifications
  • Completion of a practical task at interview
  • Overall performance at interview

Interview days take place in one of our partnership schools. Typical activities include a short teaching activity and an individual interview with a panel made up of Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership (Calderdale) staff and university staff. Candidates may also take part in a group activity. Places on the programme are limited and recruitment takes place regularly during the year. If you are successful at interview you will be offered a conditional place. Once the number of offered places meets the agreed programme numbers, the programme will be closed. We therefore recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the programme of your choice.

How school placements work

You will be based within one school for the majority of your training where you will complete two placements. There is also a 6-week contrasting placement in a different partnership school. During these three placements, you will observe teaching, work collaboratively with experienced staff and gradually increase the percentage of your independent teaching. Induction is a key part of the programme and each placement as we feel it is important for you to feel welcome in the school community and valued as members of staff from the start. You will attend school meetings such as staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. You are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context. This helps you to understand your own professional identity and be a fully committed member of a school community


You will be employed at Unqualified Teacher Scale 1 (£15,817). Your training fees will be paid for you.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



GCSE in English (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4 or above GCSE in Mathematics (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4 or above GCSE in Science (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4 or above An Honours degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent

Other requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Entrants to the programme must undertake an enhanced DBS criminal records check.

Medical Report All entrants are expected to obtain a medical report in order to assess your fitness to teach. Information on how to obtain this will be forwarded to successful interviewees.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic trainees to become primary teachers with some recent knowledge and understanding of Early Years and primary education. Successful trainees are those who combine this enthusiasm with an ability to organise planning, teaching and classroom management, reflect on their training experience, develop as critical professionals, integrate their teaching approach and delivery with cross-curricular initiatives, express ideas clearly and succinctly, show personal initiative, work well with peers, pupils, tutors, staff and parents, demonstrate an understanding of wider professional issues within education, have a love of learning and can communicate all of this to pupils in their care.

About the training provider

  • Our goal is to ensure that all trainees are good or better teachers by the end of the programme.
  • Our professional learning programme is designed and delivered by Specialist Leaders in Education and in partnership with York St. John’s University.
  • The programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).
  • We have a track record of successfully supporting new and talented trainees into the profession through the delivery of excellent school-based innovative teacher training programmes.
  • Our trainees will receive outstanding support from school based and experienced mentors, tutors and coaches.
  • Trainees will also have ample opportunity to meet, network and share experiences throughout the year.
  • From the beginning you will be treated like a member of staff. You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will feel part of the team.
  • Working within and across our diverse range of schools, each trainee will be fully equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to meet the needs of the children they teach and the communities they work within.
  • Trainees will undertake a minimum of two high quality school placements across our partnership.
  • The Calderdale Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of more than 20 highly successful primary schools in West Yorkshire.

About the accredited body

York St John University has been involved in teacher education since 1841 and currently runs primary and secondary training both as university-centred programmes and as school-centred programmes with School Direct Alliance partners. The YSJU Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnership works with approximately 450 schools across 15 local authorities in any given academic year.

The partnership supports and trains student teachers who are intelligent risk takers who base their professional decisions on a deep-rooted understanding of pupil’s learning and effective pedagogies.

YSJU’s Ofsted report (October 2017) rated the primary partnership provision as ‘outstanding’ for leadership and management and ‘good’ overall.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Applicants must satisfy our ITT provider that they have the intellectual capability for the demands of teaching, that they are physically and mentally fit for teaching and that there is no evidence of a criminal background that should prevent them from working with children or young people.

All successful applicants will need to satisfy the institution that they meet these criteria through an enhanced DBS check and the submission of a medical health questionnaire, who may then require additional reports/examinations to determine fitness to undertake the programme.

Applicants who would benefit from disabled access and reasonable adjustments in order to undertake the programme should indicate on application form in order to be considered for placements at appropriate schools.

Contact details

Parkinson Lane CP School
Parkinson Lane
West Yorkshire


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