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.

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


About the course

John Spence Community High School is the Lead School and works with the North East Partnership SCITT, Northumbria University and 16 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 to teach PE alongside the core subjects of mathematics, English and science plus ICT across KS1 and KS2. There will also be opportunities to gain experience in the foundation subjects. On completion of the course you will be a qualified primary teacher with a PE specialism.

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 in PE, the core subjects, ICT and the foundation subjects. These sessions are delivered by outstanding practitioners from partnership schools alongside North Tyneside Local Authority, North Tyneside Maths Hub, 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, teaching and learning, assessment, inclusion, 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 school staff and your tutor based on an area of interest, a development need in your placement school or current research in primary education.

Placement performance is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. Two coursework assignments plus your action research project provide further evidence of suitability to enter the teaching profession; two modules are assessed at Masters Level and if successfully completed count as 60 credits. Successful trainees exit the course with QTS plus a PGCE.

Interview process

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

  • Course Code: North East Partnership SCITT (Physical Education - SD) - 25W 2Q9L.

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

  • For the 2020/21 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 system 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 KS2 teaching episode, a KS1 engagement activity and a formal interview. The interview panel will comprise representatives from the partnership schools.

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

How school placements work

We currently work with 16 schools across Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland. Depending on where successful applicants decide to live during their training year we also have school links in the Tees Valley.

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 between PE and the core subjects and ICT. Time will also be spent observing and supporting in the foundation subjects.

Placements are organised using the following criteria:

  • Experience across the 4-11 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.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

Tuition fees for 2020/21 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

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

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 additional NGB sports awards, including; gymnastics, football, rugby, netball, tennis, cricket and athletics. We also have contacts for holiday work at sports camps.



  • 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

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.
  • Our trainee outcomes are exceptionally high. In the last 3 years all trainees have completed the course as outstanding or good trainee teachers, with the majority being outstanding. 97% have found employment in schools.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain a range of NGB awards at no extra charge, including; gymnastics, football, rugby, netball, tennis, cricket and athletics.
  • You will also have the opportunity to work with maths, English and science specialists.
  • Training is completely school-led. We work with 16 schools in the North East and a significant number of these, support the programme delivery.
  • We have exceptionally strong support mechanisms. You will have a PE mentor, a class teacher and a link tutor. In addition, a cohort of 12 to 14 means that you are never working in isolation.
  • You will exit with QTS and a PGCE which includes 60 Masters Credits.

About the accredited body

The North East Partnership SCITT (Physical Education) is the accredited provider and awards QTS. The University of Northumbria awards the PGCE.

The North East Partnership SCITT has consistently been graded as outstanding by Ofsted and is consistently identified as one of the top 10 initial teacher training providers in the country in the Good Teacher Training Guide. In 2015 it was identified as the best provider of post-graduate teacher training in the country. Northumbria University has a very strong reputation as an ITT provider.

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Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to providing an environment in which you are treated fairly and with respect. We acknowledge the unique contribution that all individuals can make and it is the responsibility of the North East Partnership SCITT, as far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure that no one is treated less favourably in terms of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, trade union activity, marital status, family responsibility or any other inappropriate or irrelevant criteria or distraction.

Disabilities are catered for on a case by case basis.

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.

Contact details

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


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