The course is focused on being in school full time from the first day of the school year. You will be allocated a lead school where you will be placed for terms 1 - 6 and then moved to another complimentary placement in a Trust school for term 4. You will spend one day per week during terms 1 and 3 based at your home school receiving dedicated taught provision focused on the Teacher Standards and the skills you need to develop to be an outstanding teacher. You will gradually increase the amount of time you are leading lessons in partnership with your subject mentor. You will receive regular feedback from both your subject and school mentor enabling you to measure your progress and record evidence against the Teacher Standards ahead of accreditation.
The PGCE element of the course comprises of 4 assessments each worth 15 Masters credit and a final portfolio which will be assessed for QTS recommendation. Candidates will have access to a full taught programme from the university and The Priory Learning Trust, based in our training centre at Priory Community School Academy.
We have an excellent employment rate for School Direct trainees for the last 5 years.
Candidates will be placed during the duration of the course in 2 secondary schools within the Trust. All 3 secondary schools in the Trust are within a 12 mile radius - 20 minute drive of each other. You will be able to teach students from 11 to 16, with the option to extend this to post 16. Candidates will be in their host school for a minimum of 4 days per week.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Priory Community School
Queensway, Weston super Mare, North Somerset, BS22 6BP
The Priory Learning Trust
Queensway, Weston super Mare, North Somerset, BS22 6BP
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in business studies or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are looking for candidates who want to inspire and educate the next generation. A passion for working with children and wanting to make a difference alongside high expectations of self and others is key.
All candidates will require a DBS check before starting the course.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Financial support from the training provider
Bursaries may be available for trainee teachers starting in September 2022 - further details available at:
The Priory Learning Trust is based in Weston super Mare in the South West of the UK. The Trust is made up of 3 secondary schools - Priory Community School an Academy, Worle Community School an Academy and The King Alfred School an Academy. The Trust is proud to include 5 primary Schools - St Anne’s Church Academy, Castle Batch Primary School Academy, Pawlett Primary School Academy, East Huntspill Primary Academy and West Huntspill Primary Academy. The Trust provides education for children aged 3 - 18 across the school sites. The Trust focus is students first, cherishing staff and it is proud to now provide education for 7000 students and employ 700 staff.
Those who choose to train with The Priory Learning Trust can look forward to a quality programme which will ensure they are supported and developed by a school based mentor. Delivery of the University content of the PGCE will be delivered on site at Priory Community School, in Plymouth or remotely by specialist staff from across the Trust in alignment with the University of St Mark & St John. Quality Assurance will be provided by the University with University Tutors also supporting and assessing the progress of our trainees.
About the accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University is dedicated to preparing the next generation of teachers for the best profession in the world.
The programmes are designed to train trainee teachers to become highly reflective teachers. The Guardian ranks Marjon as 6th best university in the UK for education courses, out of 80 universities, and 1st in Devon and Cornwall. At Plymouth Marjon learning and teaching is underpinned by research, policy and practice. The Complete University Guide 2021 No. 1 in England for student satisfaction. and the National student survey 2021 ranks us as number 1 in England for Learning Community.
Candidates will be invited to an interview in Weston super Mare where they will meet and talk to the school based mentor and the Head of the Training School. They will also be asked to plan and deliver a mini teaching episode to a small group of students to enable us to see them interact with our students.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
All school sites in the Trust are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Support can be provided for trainees with dyslexia in relation to assistive technology. All of the schools in the Trust have supporting staff and student mental health at the heart of their provision with a wide range of support available including access to 24/7 counselling and occupational health where required.
The Priory Learning Trust Queensway Weston super Mare North Somerset BS22 6BP
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