Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Grantham and South Lincolnshire ITT Partnership Primary (2ZX4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
East of England Teacher Training
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 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

All the courses that we offer are very practical routes into teaching, offering hands on teaching experience that is supported by experienced, practising teachers. Through all of our routes you will be supervised and trained by an experienced class based mentor to ensure you develop and grow into an outstanding teacher. Your mentor will be in class with you all year, guiding and helping you as you train. In addition to this, EoETT will also provide you with a Quality Assurance Tutor who will regularly visit you, providing constructive feedback and support to ensure your development. You will be based in school four days a week (on average), learning from the experts and seeing first hand how to be an outstanding teacher. Approximately once a week you will attend training in Lincoln, which is led by current teachers from the school partnership and local experts and educational consultants.

You will start with your ‘host school’ in September, and remain with them until the end of the course in July, except for when you undertake a contrasting 6 week second school placement within our partnership. We can GUARANTEE that all your school placements will take place within your local area - wherever this is. Because you spend so much time in school, you will build fantastic relationships with the children in your class and embed your understanding of the primary curriculum, fully preparing you for your NQT year. Many of our trainees secure employment in their host or second school and we continue to have high employment rates.

As with any ITT course, you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards as well as our own bespoke curriculum and will build a portfolio of evidence across the course that is added to our online portal. Evidence will entail activities you do weekly in school (lesson plans, observations, reflections) and expectations for this evidence will be explained to you at the start of the course.

If you choose to complete the QTS only course, you will complete 1 assignment at level 6 - this is marked by EOE Teacher Training. If you choose to complete the QTS and PGCE course, you will complete 2 assignments and submit these to our University partner (University of Hull), who will mark these at level 7. The University of Hull will travel to Lincoln to deliver training sessions, you will not need to travel to Hull.

School placements

We guarantee that all trainee’s placements will be within their locality - we work hard to ensure that the trainee does not have to travel too far. After the interview, the availability of school places in the trainee’s local area will be discussed. Trainees will then visit local schools with places (or meet them online), so they can choose which schools suits them the best and the schools can select a trainee that matches their needs.

Following a successful visit/online meeting, your host school will be agreed with you. We would encourage all trainees to develop their relationship with their school and visit them as much as they feel able to (guidance allowing), so you get to know one another, before the course starts. The more you get to know the systems and routines of the school, the smoother the transition can be at the start of the training year and you will feel more settled. Placement schools are guaranteed to be within your locality (e.g if you live in Grantham, your placements will be in Grantham); full schools lists can be found here and are updated regularly: If you are from an area where we don’t have an existing partnership, please contact us as we may have relationships with schools in your area and we are always looking to expand the schools in our partnership. Also, if you have a school that is willing to support you, we will happily welcome new schools into the partnership - contact us to discuss further.

As the course is school based you will have 2 placements; your host school, and a 6 week second school placement. We follow the ‘ABA’ model, meaning you start in your host school, complete your second school visit and then return to your host school. You will also undertake a 1 week special school/inclusion experience (COVID allowing).

Whilst the course is a Primary (3-11) course, you will have the choice of choosing to specialise in 3-7 years (EYFS & KS1) or 5-11 years (KS1&2). Your school teaching experiences will take place within this chosen age range.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Please contact us to check before booking:

Personal qualities

We are looking for passionate, exceptional individuals who want to truly inspire future generations. If you are a practical learner who likes to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in, then this is the course for you! Our trainees spend on average 40 more days in the classroom than other University based routes, meaning you are better prepared for your NQT year. If you are an ambitious, creative learner and want to discover your true potential to be an inspirational primary teacher then you are the person for us!

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS and other safeguarding checks. Please be aware that central training is in Lincoln, so if you live outside of this region you will need to travel to training. However, we do encourage trainees to car share where possible to save costs.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Grantham and South Lincolnshire Partnership work with a range of schools within the local area. We believe teaching is the best job in the world, and that the best place to train to be a teacher is in a school (it seems obvious!), so we work with great local schools to ensure that our trainees receive the BEST in school training, to ensure they are fully prepared to be an amazing teacher. We will guarantee that each of your placements will be in your local area, as having a work life balance and time with your family matters to us. You will spend much of the year in schools alongside your mentor as a valued part of your school team, experiencing all the key parts of school life.

The course is a fantastic opportunity to be trained and supported in local schools by experienced teachers - teachers training teachers is the best way to learn!

The diversity of our partnership of schools can offer you many different experiences: working in small village schools, large urban primary schools, junior and infant schools. Previous trainees have stated that they feel very well supported and extremely well prepared for their NQT year, as a result of the range of experiences and training they undertake; see testimonials here:
Also read EoE’s recent Ofsted report which outlines the impact of the Outstanding Leadership within the partnership:

About the accredited body

East of England Teacher Training are a SCITT consisting of a group of experienced educational professionals who lead high quality, school based Teacher Training, leading to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), with a PGCE (optional).

They are passionate about what they do and about making a difference to the lives of the children within our schools. The SCITT is ‘highly ambitious and is driven to ensure ‘high-quality local teachers that teach successfully within local schools’. (Ofsted 2018)

Find out more:

Interview process

We offer a free ‘checking’ service, where we will give you feedback on your personal statement before you apply. Applications will be screened and suitable candidates will be shortlisted to attend an interview, usually in their local area (or possibly online, due to COVID 19 restrictions). If selected for an interview, we will provide you with full information regarding the interview process, so you feel confident and well informed to attend. The interview process will involve you planning a maths or English lesson, for any age range that you choose, which will be discussed with the panel as part of the interview. You will be interviewed by the Head of SCITT, however, before the interview we will ask you if you have a preferred partnership school to train in and we will invite the Headteacher of that school to the interview too (or a senior leader). At the end of the interview we will phone you to discuss the interview and the outcome, as a supportive measure. If you are successful, you will be offered a conditional place which will be confirmed in writing. All trainees are set targets from the interview, to ensure they are fully ready to start the course. The availability of school places in the trainee’s local area will be discussed following the interview process and trainees will then visit/meet online recommended schools, so they can choose which school suits them the best and the schools can select a trainee that matches their needs.

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

We have a strong track record in successfully working with trainees with a wide range of disabilities and additional needs. During our recent Ofsted Inspection, one of the findings was that: ‘Leaders pay close and extensive attention to the welfare of trainees. They respond rapidly and effectually to those needing support’ (Ofsted 2018). After recruitment, we ask trainees to complete a ‘Fitness to Teach’ questionnaire which asks if any adjustments are required, we also require trainees to be assessed by an occupational health specialist. If appropriate, a ‘Wellbeing Plan’ will be created which is bespoke to the trainee’s needs; this will be regularly reviewed. We will then work closely with the trainee to make adjustments where we possibly can (for example, PowerPoint presentations in advance or printed on coloured paper). Declaring any disabilities will not disadvantage trainees and their application; we make any appropriate adjustments and make sure that trainees are placed in a supportive training environment. We regularly ensure that these adjustments are maintained and re-assessed, to ensure that needs are continually met. Disability access and provision are in accordance with legal requirements in all our settings. Some settings have further specialist provision and further details can be acquired by contacting the individual setting via their website contact details.

Contact this training provider

Grantham and South Lincolnshire ITT Partnership
Little Gonerby CofE Infant School, Sandon Road
NG31 9AZ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022