Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership (Calderdale)
Primary (E544)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT
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) has – A track record of supporting and bringing new teachers into the profession A committed team of experienced mentors, coaches and tutors providing support throughout the programme A wide range of schools within the partnership offering outstanding training and placements within varying contexts

You’re in school from the first day of term, seen as a staff member by everyone. You’re in one school four days a week to the end of the school year, spending spring half term at a contrasting school. One day a week you’ll be at with our partner ITT provider, Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences. Our model enables you to experience a full year in school and fully appreciate the demands/rewards that brings.

Working alongside your mentor, you’ll identify your ongoing level of knowledge, skills and experience and from that draw up and work continuously on a training plan. This will involve observing experienced teachers and training activities leading to delivering whole class.

Your core training is extremely diverse from theoretical input to observing excellent practice. We support our trainees throughout their training year, enabling them to be fully prepared for teaching during their training and beyond.

In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you have to be judged competent against the Teacher Standards.

Assessment includes -

  • Half-termly Tutor visit reports
  • 3 termly reports
  • 2nd school placement report
  • 3 Reflection Points (training activities which focus on a group of standards feeding into 2 Assignments)

We work hard to create a reduced workload approach to assessment, basing many of our judgements on professional dialogue - not paper trails. Assessment is based upon day-to-day practice and should complement your teaching and reduce the amount of additional work required.

Interview process

Once we receive your application, we’ll acknowledge by email and update UCAS if you are invited to interview. We’ll e-mail or call you with the details.

You’ll be interviewed at Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT by colleagues from our partnership and the SCITT.

You’ll be expected to answer a range of questions designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria. The interview gives you the opportunity to discuss why you want to teach, what you would bring to the profession, and show us your resilience and initiative. You will be asked to bring a prepared task and you’ll undertake a written task on the day demonstrating your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

You’ll need to bring interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of identity as part of our Safeguarding processes. If you are successful, we’ll offer you a place. Ideally within 48 hours. We’ll update UCAS and contact you. If you accept, you will visit a partner school as a prospective trainee.

Offers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS which will be organised for you. You will also be subject to the following checks: health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, professional registration, references and a Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration. We will carry out a criminal background check and other requisite checks.

How school placements work

We will source and arrange your school placement across our partnership of schools across Calderdale and Kirklees. If you have a school in mind, you’re welcome to approach us about it and we’ll work with you to arrange the best experience for you. You will be placed in a school which we feel will fully support you in your subject specialism.

You will spend most of the year in one school with a second experience in a contrasting school (usually Christmas to February half term). This enables you to deepen your experience and ensures that you have the opportunity to meet all the Teacher Standards. When in school, you are expected to follow the timings, practices and culture of the school. Having an extended practice in one main school means that you can develop your practice well and show that you have a positive impact on your pupils, in your own classes. We always try to take into consideration the location of our trainees and their placement schools to assist in their daily commute and try to work around other personal situations.


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.



Qualifications must be gained by the start of the course. We consider applications from those finishing a qualification - offers would be subject to successful completion of qualifications.

  • GCSE Maths/English/Science (Primary) at least Grade C/4 or equivalent - we accept most equivalency tests
    • UK Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • NARIC certificate for qualifications gained overseas

Personal qualities

We aim recruit excellent candidates who have the drive and ambition to become outstanding teachers and want to improve the lives and development of children. You must demonstrate a passion for working with children, have relevant experience and can say why teaching is for you! You should also have –

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and be friendly and approachable
  • Good organisational skills, excellent time management and to take responsibility for professional development
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Commitment to teaching and learning
  • Understanding of children as learners and educational issues
  • Understanding the demands of teaching
  • Resilience

Other requirements

Our goal is to ensure that trainees are good or better teachers by the end of the programme. Our professional learning programme is designed and delivered by School-based practitioners in partnership with Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT.

We have a track record of successfully supporting new and talented trainees into the profession. Our trainees will receive outstanding support from school based and experienced mentors, tutors and coaches.

The programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Huddersfield.

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.

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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