The John Taylor SCITT Primary (3CX7)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time or part time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our goal is to ensure that all our teacher trainees graduate prepared and inspired to create an exceptional learning adventure for every child in any school. We achieve this through strong partnerships with our alliance schools, personalised mentoring for each trainee and a bespoke, supportive training programme.

Our cohorts graduate with exceptional outcomes with the high majority of our trainees from our past two cohorts securing employment before the end of the programme.

QTS Training Programme The programme has 5 components; these components are carefully linked together so that theory and learning at the training centre will feed directly into your classroom practice.

  1. Induction
  2. Classroom Practice
  3. Professional Studies Training Modules
  4. Subject Knowledge Development Modules
  5. School Based Tasks

As a guide, each week you would usually spend 4 days in your placement school and 1 day in training, however there are weeks with 3 days in school and 2 training days.

We work collaboratively with outstanding practitioners from across our family of schools to design and deliver our exceptional and exciting school-based training offer.

The Training Centre at the John Taylor High School is the main venue for the majority of our training. To compliment this learning, some of our sessions are delivered in local primary schools which will enable you to directly see the theory you have learnt in action.

During training sessions, you will develop your curriculum and subject knowledge for teaching and engage in professional practices such as inclusion, safeguarding, behaviour management and pastoral care. We use a spiral approach to continually deepen your pedagogical understanding in areas such as assessment for learning, differentiation and growth mindset. Our subject knowledge modules have an in-depth focus on the core subjects of English and Maths, but we feel that it is equally important to develop your confidence in delivering the whole curriculum.

PGCE (Teaching and Learning Masters level study) Alongside QTS, trainees will be accredited with a PGCE and 60 Masters Level credits by the University of Derby. The credits are fully portable and can be used on other Masters level programme. There are three assignments, which are closely linked with the QTS training programme and are designed to support you in becoming an effective classroom practitioners. You will have full access to the University of Derby Library and VLE for support. All university input takes place at the Training Centre.

School placements

You will be assigned a Home School from our alliance; this is where you will begin and end your training year. Following a period of induction in the Training Centre you will spend the majority of your time in the classroom developing effective classroom pedagogy. Through a structured programme of observation, joint planning and joint delivery of lessons you will gradually build up to whole class teaching. You will work alongside outstanding practitioners and will be supported by highly trained mentors, all of whom are committed to ensuring the very best experience and outcomes for their trainees.

After Christmas you will undertake a shorter second placement in a different school. This is an opportunity to learn within a new school context and gain exposure to a new range of teaching and learning strategies develop your practice further. Second placement schools will also offer a contrast in key stage and school context. Unlike other providers, we also offer 2 small enhanced placement opportunities before returning to your home school, these include a Special School placement and an Early Years placement. We feel both of these are essential in supporting you to develop a wide range of skills and strategies to support your teaching.

Allocation to your home school within the alliance will been based on a number of criteria, including:

  • The school’s willingness, capacity and competency to host a trainee
  • Trainees’ personal circumstances, e.g. distance to travel, age range preferences etc.
    (Trainees should note that all our schools are deemed to be within an acceptable travelling distance from John Taylor High School.)

Allocation to the second placement is based on the above and this will include a contrasting key stage so that all stages of the Primary curriculum are covered throughout the training year. It is important that trainees have experience of 2 contrasting school contexts.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Glascote Academy
Silverlink Road, Glascote, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B77 2EA
Main Site
Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 8AX
Redbrook Hayes Primary School
Talbot Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1AU
Richard Wakefield CE Primary Academy
Burton Street, Tutbury, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9NR
Shobnall Primary & Nursery Academy
Shobnall Road, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2BB
St Peter’s CE Primary School, Hixon
Church Lane, Hixon, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST18 0PS
The Howard Primary School
Elford, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 9DB
The Mosley Academy
Main Road, Anslow, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9QD
The Violet Way Academy
Violet Way, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE15 9ES
Walton on Trent CofE Primary and Nursery School
Coton Road, Walton on Trent, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 8NL

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for highly motivated trainees with a real passion and commitment to ensuring the very best outcomes for every child, regardless of their starting points. Enthusiasm and a desire to inspire and motivate young people are essential qualities in all applicants. Successful trainees will be expected to reflect on and evaluate their progress and practice in the classroom, identifying ways to improve and be willing to take advantage of professional development opportunities. We require our trainees to be good team players, who listen as well as contribute, who have an appreciation of the strength of collaboration.

Other requirements

  • Internal Literacy and Numeracy Tests for all candidates
  • Applicants must have successfully gained a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is required at the point of accepting a place.
  • Fitness to Teach
  • Meeting the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The John Taylor SCITT, offering both primary and secondary programmes is based at John Taylor High School. We work in collaboration with 15 secondary school partners, 35 primary and 3 special school partners all of which are located within half an hour of the SCITT, predominantly in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. We are a relatively small provider and pride ourselves on knowing all our trainees well and being able to offer highly personalised support. Typically we have between 5-7 trainees per subject on our Secondary programmes and approximately 20 trainees on our Primary Programme. Trainees on both Primary and Secondary programmes work closely with specialists from their phase and subject. These pedagogy and subject experts will get to know them very well during the course of the year, visiting them in their placement schools and supporting them during weekly training sessions and termly tutorials. We consider the phase and subject specific expertise to be a strength of our programme. Additional in-school support is provided by professional mentors, subject mentors, school mentors and members of the SCITT team.

The John Taylor SCITT is based at the John Taylor High School site in a bespoke training centre.

In 2022 the SCITT was commended by Ofsted for :

  • their vision and ambition
  • the training and support provided
  • the quality of placements offered
  • their responsiveness to needs and views of trainees
  • communication and collaboration with partner schools
  • trainee outcomes
  • employment rates Read the report here:

Interview process

Interviews will normally be held at one of our partner primary schools to help you get a flavour of what school life is like.

Our interview process is rigorous and evaluates all aspects of your potential to teach. It has several parts which are designed to assess:

  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Interactions with children
  • Awareness of qualities required needed to be a good teacher
  • Awareness of what constitutes high quality teaching and learning in Primary Schools
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Awareness of educational issues
  • Rationale for wanting to become teacher
  • Suitability for the profession
  • Resilience

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The John Taylor SCITT welcomes applications from people with disabilities. The training centre, on the John Taylor High School site has full access and facilities for people with disabilities.

Contact this training provider

01283 247813
John Taylor High School
Dunstall Road
Barton under Needwood
DE13 8AX

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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