Red Kite Teacher Training Primary (3-7) (2VXN)

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

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This is a training programme designed especially for people with a passion for teaching in the 3-7 age range and the Early Years Foundation Stage and is structured in way that will give you the skills and experience most sought after by employers.

The course is multi-layered, involving:

  • Red Kite professional development days
  • School placements
  • University lectures
  • Twilight sessions
  • Conferences, tutorials and mini-placements focussed on Barriers to Learning, Special Educational Needs, Adult Mental Health, Behaviour, English as an Additional Language and Employment
  • Reading, research and reflections

You’ll start in school on the first day of term and see first-hand how teachers get to know and understand their pupils and the group dynamics of their classes.

You’ll also spend a full 24 weeks on your placements, meaning you get to properly immerse yourself in school life with both pupils and colleagues.

You’ll learn about the early learning goals in the seven areas of learning and development, with a particular focus on early language and extending vocabulary. Early Years teachers must ensure that children have a smooth transition to Key Stage 1 curriculum and know how to effectively teach systematic synthetic phonics.

The professional development days are carefully sequenced in block weeks across the year and all sessions are led by inspirational teachers, both online and across the Red Kite partnership in six different training bases across Leeds and North Yorkshire. There are phase and subject specific sessions with a chance to pursue your own interests and specialise.

You then apply your learning in the classroom to practice and refine your teaching. You will be supported by fully trained mentors who will guide you to reflect upon your teaching and provide feedback that helps you to improve.

Red Kite has an exclusive partnership with the University of Leeds and you’ll get to spend eight days during your training year working with the prestigious School of Education there, learning from some of the country’s leading educational researchers to gain your Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Some of the training days are face to face at the university and some are delivered online but all are specifically designed to give you all the knowledge and support you need to develop an evidence-based approach to teaching.

Armed with this knowledge, you’ll complete four Primary assignments to gain 60 Masters credits.

School placements

Red Kite Teacher Training is one of the largest school-based providers of teacher training in North and West Yorkshire, with a partner network featuring urban and inner-city schools in places such as Harrogate, Bradford and Leeds, as well as schools in more rural parts of Yorkshire.

This ensures that travel needs can be accommodated and also that trainees can explore how their own personal skills and attributes suit different educational settings and challenges.

All trainees undertake two main placements – the first running from the Autumn term until December and the second, in a contrasting school environment, running from January until late June. These are supported by specially trained mentors and designated Early Career Leaders.

There is a comprehensive programme of professional development days, hosted by practicing teachers, that take place in local training venues across North, South, East and West Leeds, Harrogate, Skipton, Richmond and Northallerton. There are also mini placements spread across the year, which give trainees the opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts.

The main focus of the course is the in-school placement, which is where trainees spend the majority of their training year. Subject knowledge is supported by expert colleagues from across the partnership of schools as well as sessions delivered by the University and curriculum hubs in the region. These include the Computing hub, STEM learning hub, the English hub and the Maths Hub.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Alwoodley Primary School
Cranmer Rise, Leeds, LS17 5HX
Blenheim Primary School
Lofthouse Place, Leeds, LS2 9EX
Bracken Edge Primary School
Newton Road, Leeds, LS7 4HE
Burley Oaks Primary School
Langford Lane, Burley in Wharfedale, LS29 7EJ
Clapgate Primary School
Cranmore Drive, Leeds, LS10 4AW
Colton Primary School
School Lane, Leeds, LS15 9AL
Farsley Springbank School
Wesley Street, Farsley, LS28 5LE
Gomersal Primary School
Oxford Road, Cleckheaton, BD19 4PX
Harehills Primary School
Darfield Road, Leeds, LS8 5DQ
Harrogate Grammar School
Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 0DZ
Hawes Primary School
Town Head, Hawes, DL8 3RQ
Highfield School
Sandringham Green, Moortown, Leeds, LS17 8DJ
Kippax Ash Tree Primary School
Gibson Lane, Kippax, Leeds, LS25 7NY
Leyburn Primary School
Wensleydale Avenue, Leyburn, DL8 5SD
Lothersdale Primary School
Lothersdale, Keighley, BD20 8HB
Meadowfield Primary School
Halton Moor Avenue, Leeds, LS9 0JY
Meanwood Church of England Primary School
Green Road, Leeds, LS6 4LD
Moor Allerton Hall Primary School
Lidgett Lane, Leeds, LS17 6QP
Moorside Primary School & Nursery
Harrogate Road, Ripon, HG4 1SU
Pudsey Grammar
Mount Pleasant Road, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7ND
Roundhay School
Roundhay School, Old Park Rd, Leeds, LS8 1ND
Scotton Lingerfield Primary School
Market Flat Lane, Knaresborough, HG5 9JA
Shire Oak VC Primary School
Wood Lane, Leeds, LS6 2DT
Silsden Primary School
Elliott Street, Silsden, Keighley, BD20 0AW
Temple Learning Academy
Neville Road, Leeds, LS15 0NN
Tranmere Park Primary School
Ridge Close, Guiseley, LS20 8JJ
University of Leeds
School of Education, Hillary Place, Leeds, LS2 9JT
Westbrook Lane Primary School
Westbrook Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5AH
Western Primary School
Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in science.

We accept equivalency tests for Science. Please contact us directly to discuss.

Personal qualities

  • Passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people
  • Independent, resilient and adaptable
  • Friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people
  • Enthusiastic about their subject and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge
  • Creative and imaginative
  • Good organisational skills and excellent time management skills
  • Reflective and strive to improve their own practice
  • High standards of spoken and written English
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude
  • Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach

Other requirements

Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is not essential, however, it will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange experience within a school.

Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination conducted by Red Kite’s preferred supplier.

Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions.

Candidates are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will have these checks conducted at the expense of Red Kite.

Fees and financial support

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

Trainees are responsible for their own travel costs throughout the course.

Financial support from the training provider

Many Trainees apply for student finance in order to pay their fees with a Tuition Fee Loan and have access to Maintenance Loan. Additional financial support may be available if you’re a parent or have a disability.

Red Kite offers a monthly payment schedule for those planning to self-finance. For full time courses, this is £1,250 in October followed by 8 further monthly instalments of £1,000. For part time courses, for each year, an initial payment of £700 in October is due followed by 8 monthly instalments of £600.

About the training provider

By becoming part of the Red Kite family, you’ll be choosing some of the highest quality training around and giving yourself the strongest possible chance of landing your dream teaching job.

Our collective mission is to train evidence-informed, professional and inclusive teachers who can lead learning in today’s rich and varied educational landscape.

Whether you apply for school-centred training (SCITT) or School Direct with Red Kite, you’ll follow a bespoke programme that’s designed nationally but delivered locally. You’ll spend over 24 weeks in your placement schools, meaning you’ll get to properly immerse yourself in school life with both pupils and colleagues.

Our training network consists of primary, secondary and special schools spread across West and North Yorkshire, meaning there will always be a location and school type that fits with your own personal characteristics and circumstances.

The Red Kite approach is geared towards providing each of our trainees with the help and guidance they need at each stage of their journey into teaching, with a dedicated support structure in place from day one which includes experienced mentors and a dedicated Early Career Leader. Our courses are designed to give you the skills and experience most sought after by employers – evidenced by the number of trainees securing a teaching post.

All of our courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE (worth 60 masters credits) awarded by the prestigious School of Education at the University of Leeds.

Interview process

Interviews are conducted in one of our partnership schools. A mutually convenient location and date will be agreed for the selection morning.

You will be invited into a class to allow the teacher to observe how you interact with pupils and engage in their learning. You will also be interviewed by partnership representatives and a member of the Red Kite Teacher Training team.

In advance of the interview, you will be asked to prepare a pupil activity for discussion at your interview and to complete a workload prioritisation task.

You will be given the opportunity to find out more about training to teach with Red Kite Teacher Training and to meet current trainees, where available.

In exceptional circumstances, the selection process will be held virtually using MS Teams. For example, candidates applying from abroad or national restrictions on visits to schools.

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

At Red Kite we believe the teachers we train are important role models – both in their schools and in the wider community – and that they should reflect the diversity around them and help create a culture that promotes and celebrates inclusion in all its forms.

In response to this, we have built up a network of ‘Diversity Champions’, whose role it is to promote conscious inclusion and ensure that every one of our trainees, whatever their personal circumstances, feel welcomed, supported and valued.

Over years we have worked with a number of individual trainees to tackle specific barriers they have faced, including:

  • Working with a trainee with mobility issues to ensure their placement schools were able to arrange accessible parking, ground floor classrooms, bespoke pupil seating plans and a timetable that allowed them sufficient time to reach other areas of the school if required.
  • Supporting trainees with autism to clarify expectations with their schools and oversee any necessary modifications to classroom layouts, lighting and sounds.
  • Making course adjustments for trainees with dyslexia, such as sending PowerPoint presentations in advance of the training and working with them to develop strategies to help turn any particular perceived weaknesses such as spelling and short-term memory into a strength.
  • Ensuring that all trainees learn about adult mental health awareness as part of their course.

Our commitment to diversity in all its forms is evidenced by the fact that 15% of our trainees report having some form of disability.

Contact this training provider

01423 535646
Harrogate Grammar School
Arthurs Avenue
North Yorkshire

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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