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Co-op Academies Trust School Direct - Primary Primary (5-11) (36DR)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity University
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
September 2021


About the course

We believe that the most effective path to becoming an outstanding teacher is a gradual one, filled with support and opportunities to put what you’ve learnt into practice in stages. That’s why we’ve designed our PGCE course in three main stages, each consisting of University-based and school-based training blocks.

Stage one – Introduction to teaching You’ll spend your first five weeks at University, with two days per week in your placement school, taking part in seminars and workshops that prepare you for your school-based training by focusing on two main elements:

Professional Learning and Teaching for 21st Century teachers You’ll learn research-informed techniques and strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your training placements. These strategies will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the secondary curriculum and educational policy

Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy In these sessions, our subject teacher experts will give you a good understanding of what it means to teach. You’ll study the school curriculum, and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll also learn how to plan sequences of learning that address your pupils’ needs so that you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.

After you’ve completed your first five weeks, you’ll start your first placement which will last for 6 weeks.

Stage two – Developing your knowledge Your University-based training will comprise the same elements as stage one, but you’ll focus on building on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next school-based training block in a different school. You’ll spend one week at university.

During your second placement, you’ll spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the new school, teaching more lessons and ensuring that you’re teaching classes in a different year group.

Stage three Having developed and applied your subject and curriculum knowledge, you’ll spend several days at university during your placement, consolidating your practice and completing activities that will prepare for your teaching career.

You’ll stay in the same school for a further ten weeks, teaching in another year group as well as the chance to observe other year groups.

School placements

Your school direct mentor will allocate your teaching placements. The placements will take place over two of our academies, we have 5 academies taking part in the programme. There is a total of three teaching blocks. Block one takes place in one academy and block two and three at the second and the age-range is allocated depending on your course route which is either 3-7 or 5-11. The academies are near each other, around 1 mile.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics. If you intend to train to teach pupils aged three to 11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination. You’ll also need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Co-operative Academies Trust, acting as the sponsor, has a strong moral purpose and is responsible for twenty five academies all of which are committed to the co-operative values and principles. The Trust expects all of its academies to have these core values at the centre of their work, working together to achieve the best personal and educational outcomes for the children and young people in the communities in the North of England where they have presence, in particular Leeds.

The Trust has a strategic objective to make their academies the first choice for young people, parents and carers in the community, and to be acknowledged as a high-quality provider of education for children and young people in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the north of England. It anticipates that staff will be supported and encouraged to progress up the career ladder ‘within the Trust and beyond’ providing a secure starting point for trainees and newly qualified teachers.

All partner schools are situated in a close geographical area of significant social and economic need, serving a diverse multicultural community. The Trust is committed to developing a programme of training and development that will support the recruitment of high quality teachers and future leaders to help serve the needs of the Trust schools. “The Trust works very effectively with the academy. It has offered high-quality training, support and helpful advice that has led to improvements in the quality of leadership and teaching across the academy” (Woodlands OfSTED report)

Interview process

You will be invited for interview at one of our primary academies. The process will be led by the School Direct Lead and head teacher of the hosting school. The interview normally lasts a morning. The interview will consist of a short teaching task to a group of pupils, followed by a short session in another class for you to have a chance to interact with pupils. A written exercise and formal interview will take place. However, we understand how daunting an interview process can be and take measures to ensure you are comfortable and as relaxed as can be. You will be given plenty of notice if you are invited for interview. You will hear back from us on the same day to offer you a place on our course if successful.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Cooperative Academies Trust Schools are inclusive of a range of disabilities. Most of our schools are all on one level providing good access with one school having a lift. We will accommodate the individual needs of each student working with Leeds Trinity and our schools to ensure you can access the course and placements successfully.

Contact this training provider

0113 2359164
9 Stanley Road
West Yorkshire

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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