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Acorns Early Years Training Centre Primary (365R)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
SAF Initial Teacher Training
Financial support

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 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Trainees on the School Direct salaried route are employed by a school and paid a salary for the duration of the training course.
It is an expectation from Acorns Teaching School Alliance that you will have a school willing to financially support you on this route.
Please contact the training provider for further information.
You will be in a classroom working with experienced colleagues. You will also be appointed a mentor with whom you will meet at least once a week. The mentor and class teacher are often the same person.

The course is full time with a series of training sessions and workshops covering all aspects of teaching the primary curriculum subjects, which compliments the in school experience provided. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners, some of whom work in our excellent partner schools. They will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching lessons effectively in a primary school.

Subject to COVID-19 Government Regulations:- As part of the programme trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. As the year progresses they will spend an increasing amount of time in school and by the summer term will be based at their placement school full time. Trainees will spend some time in a special school and have focus days to enhance their expertise and understanding of SEND.

A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees’ subject knowledge and ability to teach, as recorded within the portfolio, culminates in a rigorous assessment of the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). As an accredited provider, the partnership recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees will study for a PGCE alongside QTS.

School placements

Subject to COVID-19 Government Regulations:- Trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. These placements could vary from nursery to year 6. In addition trainees will spend some time in a special school.

Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account their geographical location and individual needs.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Candidates are required to have:

  • GCSE or equivalent qualification, at Grade C/level 4 or above in English, mathematics and science
  • A lower second class degree, or above or equivalent. We would also consider a third class degree for candidates who demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching

Personal qualities

SAF ITT, as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with students. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.

Candidates should be aware of contemporary issues in education.

Other requirements

  • Declaration of any convictions
  • An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
  • A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required following an offer of a place
  • Satisfactory clearance for registration


There are no fees for this course.

You will be employed by the school for the duration of the training year and be paid a salary of at least a minimum of Unqualified 1 on the teacher’s pay scale.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Acorns TSA offers a small cohort working closely on a bespoke programme individualised to your needs. Work onsite in an outstanding nursery school setting with support from experienced mentors, offering the opportunity to gain hands on experience. Our programme offers a unique opportunity to work closely with a small cohort of trainees within a supportive environment with a particular emphasis on the 3 - 7 age range. However there is an opportunity to train across the full primary age range.

This high quality teacher training is based in local schools with input from our own vastly experienced early years heads and teachers. We work closely with experienced EYFS practitioners recognised by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’. Successful trainees will obtain QTS status. In addition to this you will also study for a PGCE.

Interview process

Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview.

Please note:- During the COVID-19 pandemic interviews will take place online using Teams until further notice.

Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare.

Training with disabilities and other needs

What do we mean by disability? The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.

Contact this training provider

01707 323693
Acorns Teaching School Alliance
Holwell Road
Welwyn Garden City

Support and advice

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