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John Spence Community High School Primary with physical education (2Q9L)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
North East Partnership SCITT (Physical Education)
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
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

John Spence Community High School is the Lead School and works with the North East Partnership SCITT, Northumbria University and 19 local schools to offer this innovative course which lasts for 40 weeks from September to June. There is also a 2 week summer school at the end of August plus you will support end of year activities in your placement school during July.

You will be trained as a primary school teacher across the 5 to 11 age range, with a specialism in PE.

The course consists of 4 inter-related modules:

  • Professional Placements

You will gain teaching experience in 2 contrasting schools; a Host School and a Partner School. You will spend the majority of the year in your Host School teaching KS2 and a 6 week block in your Partner School teaching KS1.

  • Curriculum Studies

In this module you will develop your subject-specific knowledge and pedagogy in all areas of the primary curriculum, including; core subjects, physical education, foundation subjects, early reading and phonics and early maths. Sessions are delivered by expert colleagues from partnership schools, the local authority and the Great North Maths Hub alongside the Primary Lead and a Primary PE Consultant.

  • Professional Studies

In this module you will develop your knowledge of education through a programme of conference days focusing on topics that are at the forefront of policy and practice. These include; safeguarding and child protection, behaviour management, pupil memory, assessment, inclusion, teaching and learning, equality and diversity, and literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. Time is also allocated to preparing for employment. These sessions are delivered by middle and senior leaders in partnership schools.

  • Curriculum Project

For this module you will carry out a small scale action research project during your final placement. You will agree a focus with your tutors based on an area of interest, a development need in your placement school or current research in primary education.

Successful trainees exit the course with QTS plus a PGCE. Placement performance is assessed against your mastery of the ITT curriculum and the teachers’ standards for the award of QTS. For the award of PGCE you will complete two coursework assignments plus your action research project and have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters credits.

School placements

We currently work with 19 schools across Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear.

You will gain teaching experience in 2 of these schools; a Host School and a Partner School:

  • Your Host School placement starts immediately in September with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 6 week block between November and December. You will return after Easter for a further 6 weeks. Both Host School placements will be in KS2; upper and lower KS2.

  • Your Partner School Placement starts in January with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 6 week block between February and Easter. This will be a KS1 placement

During the year you will progress from observation to collaboration to independence and from a 60% to a 70% per timetable. Your timetable will be split predominantly between the core subjects and physical education plus some time will be spent observing, supporting and teaching the foundation subjects.

Placements are organised using the following criteria:

  • Experience across the 5-11 age range
  • Experience in 2 contrasting schools
  • Experience gained prior to starting the course
  • Specialisms that the schools can offer you to develop gaps in your subject knowledge
  • Location of the schools in relation to where you live. If you have the use of a car/bike or if you will be using public transport will be taken into account.

In addition, you will visit 2 other schools to gain experience of working with children who have SEND and EAL plus visit an early years setting and a secondary school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in English, mathematics and science (preferably combined science)

  • A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent (in exceptional circumstances we will consider 2:2 degrees)

Personal qualities

We are looking for individuals who are well qualified with relevant and up-to-date experience and who have interests and talents that would enhance children’s learning experiences. You should be enthusiastic, hardworking, resilient, happy to ‘think outside the box’ and have well developed organisation and communication skills. You will need to be able to use your initiative, manage workload and work cooperatively and effectively with others. You must be passionate about a career in teaching and enjoy working with young people, building warm relationships that promote learning.

Other requirements

  • A broad and balanced PE, sport or dance background
  • The ability to swim 200 metres continuously using two different strokes
  • Work experience in a primary school is desirable but not essential
  • Competence in ICT
  • Have met the government’s requirement for physical and mental fitness and have enhanced DBS clearance

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Tuition fees for 2021/22 will be £9,250. You can choose to pay these as a one-off payment or to take out a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England.

For more information on tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and grants, please visit: Gov.UK and Student Loans Company. Information about bursaries can be found on the Department for Education website.

Financial support from the training provider

You will be provided with an iPad for the duration of the course.

In addition, we will fund you to gain a wide range of NGB sports awards, including; football, rugby, tennis and cricket.

We also have contacts for holiday work at sports camps.

About the training provider

If you want to be a primary school teacher with a PE specialism, train with the North East Partnership SCITT through John Spence Community High School.

  • We are the only provider of this unique course in the North East of England and one of only a few in the country.
  • The current political climate advocates the development of PE and sport in primary schools and provides funding to schools to develop this area.
  • Research indicates that there is a need for PE specialists in primary schools.
  • Since the start of the course our trainee outcomes have been exceptionally high; completion rates, attainment grades and employment.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with experts in all areas of the primary curriculum, including; all three core subjects, physical education and the foundation subjects.
  • In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain a range of national governing body sports awards at no extra charge, including; cricket, football, rugby and tennis.
  • Training is completely school-centred. We work with 19 schools in the North East of England and a significant number of these support the programme delivery.
  • We have exceptionally strong support mechanisms. In each placement school you will have will have a class teacher and a PE mentor plus a link tutor. In addition, a cohort of 14 means that you are never working in isolation.
  • You will exit the course with QTS and a PGCE which includes 60 Masters Credits.

Interview process

To apply to for this Primary with a PE Specialism course you must use the UCAS Teacher Training application system / DfE Apply for Teacher Training application system:

  • Course Code: North East Partnership SCITT (Physical Education - SD) - 25W 2Q9L. (Lead School is John Spence Community High School).

  • Applications can be submitted from October for a September entry the following academic year.

  • For the 2021/22 academic year we hope to recruit 14 primary trainees. As demand for places is very high you are advised to apply as early as possible.

  • The UCAS / DfE systems will automatically forward applications to the programme team who will send an email acknowledging receipt.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview day at one of the partnership schools, these days will consist of; a group task, a literacy task, a numeracy task, a KS2 teaching episode, a KS1 engagement activity and a formal interview. The interview panel will comprise representatives from partnership schools.

  • You will be notified through UCAS / DfE of the outcome of your interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to providing an environment in which you are treated fairly and with respect.

Disabilities are catered for on a case by case basis. Any trainee with an impairment or health condition (physical or mental), which may affect their ability to train to teach will be referred to occupational health and any reasonable adjustments will be made for their training year.

We acknowledge that some of you might find the academic side of the course a little challenging, especially if you have been out of full-time education for a while or suffer from dyslexia, and provide a range of support to cater for this.

In addition, we have a mental health and well-being officer who works with you throughout your training year.

Contact this training provider

0191 2961432
John Spence Community HS
Preston Road
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 9PU

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