A demanding and intensive course which will lead to a recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE 5-11) accredited by the University of Manchester.
The highest quality of support and mentoring from experienced teachers and school mentors.
At least 120 days in two contrasting schools, observing, planning and teaching.
A focus on the latest research in pedagogy and teaching methods.
A well planned programme of professional practice studies.
The first steps on a path of career development.
The opportunity to become an outstanding teacher.
St Andrew’s Alliance works closely with its five specially selected partner schools.
Trainees on our School Direct programme complete school experience placements in two different schools, teaching different age phases in each setting.
Additionally, trainees will gain school experience in EYFS and SEND.
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.
Currently, the University of Manchester does not offer equivalency tests, but check their website for an up to date list of accepted providers.
CANDIDATES MUST ALSO HAVE 2 A LEVELS AT GRADE C OR ABOVE TO QUALIFY FOR THIS PROGRAMME.
To be friendly and personable.
A passion to teach and inspire children.
To be able to communicate clearly.
Strong work ethic and excellent organisational skills.
Creativity and the ability to think ‘on your feet’.
Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Relevant experience in a primary school setting within the last twelve months is beneficial for your application but not essential.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
St Andrew’s Alliance is a happy, safe and welcoming environment where everyone is valued. Our Christian faith is central to moral development, mutual respect and an appreciation for the cultural diversity within our community.
St Andrew’s Alliance is an outstanding place to work and learn and offers a welcoming and supportive environment. Together with our University partner, we develop personalised training with the academic and theoretical underpinning which allows trainees to become outstanding practitioners.
Led by St Andrew’s CE Primary School, our Alliance comprises a mix of faith and non-faith schools, each passionate about providing the next generation of teachers and potential future leaders. Our Alliance partners are:
St Andrew’s CE Primary School
Boothstown Methodist Primary School
James Brindley Community School
Christ the King RC Primary School
St Philip’s RC Primary School
Successful trainees will gain a postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), which includes up to 60 Masters level credits that can be used towards a Masters qualification, and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The University of Manchester primary PGCE is identified as one of the leading university providers of ITT in the Good Teacher Training guide (2017) and were judged as ‘outstanding’ across all areas during an Ofsted inspection in 2018.
We consistently aim for each cohort of trainees to be the best teachers possible, with the provision of a training programme that responds to the needs of a continually evolving education system. We consistently achieve high quality trainee outcomes which are further validated by high local employment rates.
Our vision for our PGCE course and partnership is: “Empowering future generations”
On application, candidates should demonstrate the following:
a commitment to and understanding of primary education
suitable personal and presentational qualities
the ability to communicate clearly in spoken and written English with a good understanding of grammar.
Our rigorous selection processes ensure we recruit high quality trainees. Candidates whose initial applications meet our criteria will be invited for an interview.
At interview, candidates will be asked to deliver a short presentation before being interviewed by a panel.
The interviewers will be assessing the following important skills and qualities for intending primary teachers:
Presentation skills and ability to communicate orally in Standard English
The ability to inspire and motivate primary pupils
Knowledge of curriculum areas
Enthusiasm for teaching
Evidence of creative thinking
Successful candidates will be enthusiastic and passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for pupils. They will demonstrate that they are dynamic, motivated and analytical and that they can relate well to children.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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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
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