Newcroft School Direct
Primary (34V6)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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
September 2020


About the course

Newcroft Primary Academy organises your School Direct year, with the pedagogical content of the PGCE being delivered by the University of Leicester and with school placements, organised by Newcroft, in a number of Leicestershire Primary Schools.

The University of Leicester PGCE Primary has been running for over 60 years. The feedback we receive from schools tell us that we are developing the kind of teachers they want to employ. This is reflected in 98% of our students achieving Good or Outstanding teacher grades at the end of their course and 95% of our graduates securing a teaching post by the end of the course.

Trainees are provided with a high quality, experienced mentors in their placement schools. The course is a mixture of school based experience in two contrasting schools and lectures and seminars at the University. Throughout the year, trainees are provided with support and guidance by Newcroft School Direct's lead practitioner.

You will be required to select a Specialism Subject at the beginning of your PGCE. These may include, Mathematics, Early Years, Science, English and Inclusion (subject to availability).

If you choose Primary (5-11), your placements will be in Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two.

The University course comprises of three strands and school placements: • Curriculum Studies - Core and Broader Curriculum • Professional Studies • Academic Strand including Specialist Study

Newcroft organise your Teaching Experience in primary schools. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience.

Teaching approaches are varied; whole-course lectures, taught sessions in tutor groups, some work in focus schools and individual tutorials. Some of these sessions will be taught in differentiated groups, with specialist Primary and Lower Primary based sessions and small group subject support sessions.

Newcroft School Direct, with the University of Leicester, prepares you to teach across the full range of the Primary Curriculum. We will introduce you to the wider context of teaching, including responding to diversity in schools and the inclusion of Special Needs Education, as well as equipping you with classroom management and planning skills.

By the end of the course you will meet the required professional standards for Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE. You will also have 90 credits towards a Masters Degree.

Interview process

If you are apply for the Newcroft School Direct route and you are shortlisted, you will be invited to complete a school-based interview at Newcroft.

At Newcroft, you will meet members our School Direct team who will give an overview of the course and answer any questions you may have. There will be a formal interview, a 10 minute presentation on 'Why I can become and outstanding primary school teacher' and a 30 minute lesson, delivered by you to a group of 8 children.

If successful, you will then be invited to a final assessment at the University of Leicester. You will participate in a group task with candidates and will lead a brief group discussion on one of the topics you will have been sent prior to the interview. You will also carry out written tasks in English and Maths.

During the afternoon you will be interviewed by either a member of the Primary PGCE team or one of our school-based colleagues. The interview is not a daunting process but rather a discussion about your suitability and preparation for going into teaching.

If you are successful on the selection day at the University of Leicester, you may be given some targets to work on, prior to starting the course. These will help you to be in the best possible position to engage successfully with the course from the start.

How school placements work

As this is a School Direct scheme and you will be placed at two of the Symphony Teaching Alliance Schools within Leicestershire; one in Autumn and Spring; a contrasting school in the Spring.

You will:

• Be given every opportunity to become an excellent teacher in the primary age range • Gain experience in a range of good and outstanding primary schools in Leicestershire • Work across your chosen primary age range • Learn how to meet the needs of a diverse range of pupils • Be placed in two diverse primary schools within our partner schools • Engage in the PGCE professional development courses delivered by the University of Leicester • Become a member of the team of staff in your placement schools • Work alongside experienced and supportive mentors in school with a track record of successfully supporting student teachers in a variety of initial teacher training settings • Work at schools at the forefront of primary school assessment procedures (providing pedagogical support for planning for the needs of all pupils) • Have opportunities to gain employment with one of the partner schools upon successful completion of your year-long training.

If you have a specific interest in early years we offer training in Foundation Stage 1, Foundation Stage 2 and KS1 to cover the full range of Early Years learning (3-7 years). Most other Leicestershire schools cannot offer this.


The course fees for 2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,100

PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a tax-free NCTL bursary.

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.



  • 2:2 degree or above
  • GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Maths and Science.
  • A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Experience of working with young people is preferred upon application. This could be in-school experience or regular leading or instruction of children in out-of-school settings (coaching, Brownies, Beavers etc.)

Personal qualities

Candidates need will need to:

  • be able to demonstrate the ability to hold an audience of children and to inspire their love of learning.

  • be able to motivate pupils through exciting learning opportunities that utilise the full range of resources on offer in the school and beyond.

Teaching requires a strong set of personal qualities and an ability to manage changing demands. We need trainees who have energy and persistence and who understand their own strengths and areas for development and are willing to reflect upon their interpersonal relationships in order to maximise outcomes for children.

Other requirements

Full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

About the training provider

Newcroft Primary Academy is an Outstanding (Ofsted 2014) primary school in the north of Leicestershire. We partner (through Symphony Teaching School) with a number of other Leicestershire Primary Schools to provide diverse experiences for trainees with outstanding class teachers in rural village schools, suburban and inner city schools. Many of the schools have a diverse, multi-ethnic population. Training to teach here provides the solid foundations to teach in a range of different contexts.

We partner with the University of Leicester School of Education which has a long and successful history of teacher training and a strong reputation for producing skilled graduate teachers by schools. Newcroft School Direct has a 100% success rate for trainees gaining employment once they qualify.

The School of Education is located in the heart of Leicester, identified in recent research as one of the most affordable study destinations in Britain and contains an award-winning library.

Our close and collaborative relationship with the University of Leicester ensures that our School Direct Students benefit from wide-ranging but consistently high quality experiences.

About the accredited body

Schools tell us we are developing the kind of teachers they want to employ and this is reflected in 98% of our students achieving Good or Outstanding teacher grades at the end of their course and 95% of our graduates securing a teaching post by the end of the course.

Tutors on the Primary PGCE course all have extensive experience as classroom teachers and are specialists in a wide range of educational areas. These strengths are recognised within the Primary PGCE course, both in the specialist course options offered, and through the expert contributions to all strands of the course.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The School of Education's Access Ability Tutor will contact all students who declare a disability and offer advise about the support which they may be entitled. We ask students to tell us how their disability may affect their learning and any adjustments they needed in order to access their studies.

These requests, with students' permission, are passed on to the relevant tutors, lecturers and schools so that they can accommodate all student needs.

Students can contact the School of Education's AccessAbility Tutor and the University's AccessAbility Centre for further advice or to report a problem.

Some examples of how we support students with disabilities include: • Accessible school placements provided for students with a physical disability. • Tutors who are sensitive to the needs of students with mental health difficulties. • Slide presentations and resources are made available to all students at least 24 hours before a session takes place. • The AccessAbility Centre provides after hours appointments for PGCE students who are on placement and unable to attend during the day. • Disabled parking permits are provided to enable students with physical disabilities to park close to university buildings. • A variety of lesson planning templates is discussed with students with dyslexia to identify one that meets their needs and aids progression.

Contact details

01509 503214
Trueway Drive
LE12 9DU


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