The John Taylor SCITT Primary (3CX7)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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 – 95% of our trainees from our past two cohorts secured 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 spend 4 days in your placement school and 1 day in training.

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 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All applicants are required to hold a good UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a degree classification of 2.2 or higher, however a 3rd class degree may be considered for applicants with significant and successful school experience Applicants must have achieved a grade C / level 4 or above in GCSE English, Maths and 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

  • Literacy and Numeracy Tests: Applicants should have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy.
  • DBS
  • 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 2021 to 2022 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 have 14 secondary school partners, 17 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 as a consequence 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. Our core offer is school based and mirrors our School Direct programme, led by the National Forest Teaching School. Trainees work closely with a Subject specialists. who will get to know them very well during the course of the year, visiting them in their placement school and supporting them during weekly training sessions and termly tutorials. We consider the subject specific input to be a real strength of our programme. Additional in- school support is provided by school- based professional mentors, subject mentors, class teachers and members of the SCITT team.

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

In 2017 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
  • professionalism and commitment of NQTs

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

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

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