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

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

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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

John Spence Community High School is the Lead School and works with the North East Partnership SCITT, Northumbria University and 24 local schools to offer this innovative course which lasts for 40 weeks from September to July. There is also a 2 week compulsory summer school at the end of August, in addition 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 and will develop 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 24 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 as well as lectures delivered across 8 of our partner schools:

  • 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 70% per timetable with your final placement resulting in an 80% timetable. Your timetable will be split predominantly between the core subjects and physical education plus 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, this will be taken into account.

In addition, you will visit 2 other schools to gain experience of working with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and those who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) plus visit an early years setting and a secondary school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

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

We will not 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 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
  • Work experience in a primary school is desirable but not essential
  • Competence in ICT
  • Have met the government’s requirements in terms of health and physical capacity to train to teach and have enhanced DBS clearance

Fees and financial support

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

Tuition fees for 2023/24 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 and a keyboard for the duration of the course.

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.
  • Training is completely school-centred. We work with 24 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 16 means that you are never working in isolation.
  • You will exit the course with QTS and a PGCE which includes 60 Masters Credits.

About the accredited body

The North East Partnership SCITT is a well established Teacher Training Provider consistently ranked in the top ten of all providers nationally. Recently graded outstanding in all areas by Ofsted, which is their fourth consecutive outstanding judgement. Outcomes for trainees are consistently above average with all trainees wanting to teach securing employment in schools. With more than 170 ex trainees working across our 70 partnership schools, our trainees are incredibly well supported, receive a “unique and transformational experience” and “stand out from the crowd” (Ofsted 2022) in a fiercely competitive market.

Interview process

To apply to for this Primary Education with a PE Specialism course you must use the 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 11th 2022 for a September entry the following academic year.

  • For the 2023/24 academic year we hope to recruit 16 primary trainees. As demand for places is very high you are advised to apply as early as possible.

  • The 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 the partnership schools and the Primary course leader.

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

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

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 High School
Preston Road
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 9PU

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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