Harrington Nursery School Primary (2PMK)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
Financial support

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
2 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022


About the course

School Direct is a school-led teacher training course that gives you, high-quality graduates, a one year school based programme, run in conjunction with The University of Warwick, which allows you to be a part of the teaching team within a school from day one.

All our placement schools are in and around the Derby and Derbyshire areas. All the training days take place locally at Harrington Nursery School, Derby and University of Warwick Teaching Fellows come to us.

School Direct routes enable you to work within a school and train in the classroom, supported by qualified teachers and mentors. It is expected (not guaranteed) that you will continue to be employed by the school after you gain your teaching qualification.

Training with us you will:

  • Train in a range of great schools for whole training year
  • Be trained by inspirational teachers
  • Get hands on experience of what works in the classroom, so you can become confident, successful and happy NQT’s
  • Work in partner schools and settings, teaching in Derby’s wonderfully diverse communities
  • Be supported into employment, application forms, personal statements, interview practice and vacancy matching
  • Get great support from tutors and mentors on hand and help your confidence grow

Our innovative and integrated programme is at the cutting edge of teacher training. Designed in collaboration with the University, co-delivered and guaranteeing access to outstanding expertise in a variety of areas. All areas taught are those to better equip you for teaching; primary subjects, plus local need for example English as an Additional Language, PE, Behaviour Management.

You will spend most of your school year in one host school, gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the role of a teacher, working closely with an experienced and skilled mentor. You will spend time in another school with a different age group to gain further experience.

Your training with the University will take place every other week at Harrington Nursery School, Derby.

There are no formal examinations, just 3 assessments papers which you will be fully supported to write and due one per term.

School placements

The Teaching School have partnerships with local schools who would like to host trainees and have systems in place to ensure mentors have sufficient time to support and develop trainees. From discussion with yourselves the Teaching School organises placements with the school most suited to the candidate. We wouldn’t expect candidates to have to travel more than 20 miles to their schools.

Candidates will have a host school where they will be placed in both the Autumn Term and Summer Term. During the Spring term the candidate will be placed in another school with a different age group. You will be based in the schools full time and only be away from school when you have the training days at Harrington Nursery School with the University of Warwick or your specialism days at the University of Warwick which take place 5 times during the year.

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

  • Have a moral commitment to ensuring that children they teacher achieve academic and personal success that enables them to widen their life chances and to be full members of their communities.
  • Seek to reduce inequality in the lives of children.
  • Are passionate about the subject they apply to teach and about the learning of children, themselves and other professionals
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Have emotional resilience and be resilient problem-solvers who take responsibility for their own learning and of others
  • Have the ability to form good and effective relationships
  • Have a sense of humour

Other requirements

  • Criminal record checks
  • Medical fitness
  • Experience of working with children
  • References (University reference if degree was within the previous 2 years / employee reference if degree was more than 2 years again. Please use work email address for employee reference not personal reference.


Candidates would be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher paid on this scale. There would be a fee of £1000 to pay towards course fees and the school would be expected to pay £1000 too.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Our Teacher training programme is an exceptional partnership between Harrington Nursery School, St Giles School and The University of Warwick. It is a very proactive and progressive course with a real focus on teaching and learning. It really is the place to learn to teach and continue with exciting and varied career development opportunities. The University of Warwick work in a very unique way with us. We deliver training in your local area, Derby, and our University colleagues travel to us to train you.

Harrington Nursery School is an ‘outstanding’ school with a vast array of experiences between the staff team, who can offer you, our graduates, the highest quality opportunities for the foundations of your teacher training.

Our programme is an exciting and innovative programme for people who have some experience of working with children and want to become teachers. We specialise in Early Years and Key Stage one and will give you the opportunities to ‘learn on the job’ in a school. You, the trainee will work as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from experienced colleagues and immediately putting new skills into practice.

The School Direct course runs for an academic year and leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and masters level credits from the University of Warwick.

Interview process

Teaching is demanding but extremely rewarding. It requires teachers who have a range of skills, knowledge, experience and aptitudes and we look for these qualities in our applicants. Our selection process is effective - we are seeking real talent and commitment. The University of Warwick screen applications to ensure that academic qualifications and experiences fulfil government requirements for funding, our school scrutinise application.

How to apply Remember this will be your opportunity to tell us why you want to teach and why you want to do it with us. Make it clear what your beliefs and aspirations are in the personal statement on the UCAS application and what experiences you have working with children and how this has impacted on you and your thinking.

Once through to interview, this will take place over half a day and consist of spending some time in the school with the children, a discussion task with a small group, a 20 minute activity with a group of 5 or 6 children and an interview with a panel of 2 headteachers. We want to get the best out of you, to see the real you and identify your potential to be a teacher.

Offers will be made following the interview to successful candidates which are conditional until conditions have been met; disclosure and barring service clearance, medical fitness, completion of professional skills tests.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We encourage existing students and applicants to declare any disability or learning difference and contact us in advance to discuss their support requirements to enable us to make reasonable adjustments for the duration of their studies. Our courses attract a diverse range of age groups and backgrounds, creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community, that everyone can feel a part of.

Please note that students with mental health difficulties or disabilities are signposted to and supported by the Mental Health and Wellbeing team and the Counselling Service at the University that are also part of Wellbeing Support Services.

The University of Warwick and Wellbeing Support Services and Harrington Nursery School are committed to equality, diversity and to promoting an inclusive teaching and learning environment for all.

Contact this training provider

01332 769821
Harrington Nursery School
Harrington Street
DE23 8PE

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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