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Congleton education Community Partnership Primary (2RS6)

QTS full time

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

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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

The final qualification awarded is a PGCE in Primary (General) with QTS and Associate teachers can earn up to 90M level credits (equivalent to half a Masters degree). All Associate Teachers are fully supported with the academic writing process via group based tutorial sessions which are embedded in the core programme.

This programme has been designed to ensure that our trainees have the skill set that schools are looking for in the future generation of teachers. A measure of the success of the programme can be seen by the employability of our trainees and the final grading of their learning and teaching. Last year all trainees completed the award had secured teaching positions before their graduation and all of our trainees were judged to be good or outstanding by their school based mentors.

School placements

The programme is strongly rooted in a School and University partnership so Associate Teachers spend 3 days in their placement school and two days at University for their first placement. This enables a constant reflection on practice and the opportunity to move their thinking across all areas.

The core programme begins with a two week subject knowledge enhancement in Literacy and Mathematics. This is to promote the Associate Teacher’s understanding of progression across the key concepts in these two core curriculum areas. From there the Associate Teacher moves into a carefully balanced theoretical and practical application of their understanding.

There is a statutory regulation of 120 days in school, on this course Associate Teachers have the opportunity to work within two partner primary schools, approximately 60 days in each.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You’ll need to meet the following requirements before you can be accepted:

For postgraduate teacher training programmes, you’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education provider in England or Wales, 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, mathematics and science.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

The Congleton education Community Partnership (CeCP) is delighted to announce that following three years of 100% success with our teacher training pogramme, we are now recruiting applicants for the 2020-2021 School Direct Primary PGCE Programme in partnership with Staffordshire University. This is a school led program. The University has had an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating for its PGCE provision over the last 12 years and we are looking forward to a strong partnership that will ensure the very best provision for our successful applicants.

We currently have 11 primary schools and 1 high school in our Partnership. Some of the primary schools have similar levels of deprivation as any inner-city area, others are in more affluent suburbs. Half the schools have links to the Church of England, three are foundation schools. Five of the primary schools are academies and one of the primary schools is in a multi-academy trust. One placement will be in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2.

We have experience of working with many Universities for Initial Teacher Training and can offer outstanding teaching experiences in a variety of settings with children from 5-11 years.

Many of these aspects are led by current school practitioners / leaders in their field. In order to ensure employability and that our trainees are meeting the needs of the sector we enrich the core provision through school based twilight sessions i.e. KiVa Anti-Bullying training, Growth Mindsets, Forest School, Philosophy for Children, Co-operative Learning Techniques and an arts-based residential.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All of our schools & the training we provide support candidates with disabilities or additional needs, and the buildings are fully accessible. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact this training provider

07772 968051
Longdown Road
CW12 4QJ

Support and advice

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