Stamford ITE Cluster
Primary (2ZYQ)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The course offered is a PGCE with QTS, through our provider, Bishop Grossteste University, through a School Direct, Unsalaried Route.

This type of course is designed to be more ‘hands-on’, and less ‘student pedagogy’, experienced normally when attending a university full time. This makes it ideal for those who have some experience of the working world, mature students and also those that wish to learn more on the job.

The course is delivered through full-time training with an assigned teacher mentor on the school site, with a chosen year group and class, for the entire academic year.

Each Friday is spent training off-site, at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, where a program of basic training and support is provided.

When training at school, the course is managed by the assigned mentor, and school based lead mentor, with regular checks on progress and further support offered by the university based mentor, at least three times a year.

By the end of the course, the trainee will need to prove that they have met all of the core teaching standards effectively, in order to lead on the planning, teaching and learning of a class of children, with support, and up to 80% of the curriculum timetable.

The school also provides a comprehensive package of additional training within special training sessions, INSET and Staff Meetings, which are designed to cover all aspects of mandatory teacher training, specialist training on areas such as Pupil Premium, SEN Interventions and Running Trips and Visits. Many aspects of this training also include the development of core employ-ability skills. Full details of the course can be found in the schedule on the school website, at

Interview process

The interview process for gaining entry onto the course is managed by the school lead mentor, at Malcolm Sargent Primary School.

Applicants apply through UCAS, and are initially screened for basic checks by Bishop Grosseteste University to see that admissions criteria is met for entry onto the PGCE QTS.

The interviews are then held on school site, and consist of a formal interview, two tests covering basic skills in maths and writing, and a group session working with 6-10 children. During this process, the applicant will be assessed on their suitability and potential to work well with children and school colleagues, basic skills and use of Standard English and a range of other key attributes required to teach such as organisation, flexibility and confidence, rationale for wanting to teach and having some knowledge of the profession.

How school placements work

The Malcolm Sargent ITE Cluster, consists of several local schools, and the lead school site, Malcolm Sargent Primary School, where a majority of our trainees are based. During the Spring Term, when trainees are placed at a different school, we work first and foremost with our own cluster of schools, which stretches no more than 10 miles from the lead school, into Peterborough and Bourne at the furthest.

However, we are also happy to find alternative placements at other schools should our trainees have a preference, and work with the Rutland Teaching Alliance, Keystone Teaching School in Bourne and Penn Green in Corby.

The course placements are broken down into four main aspects.

The Introductory Placement is for the Autumn Term where the trainee begins to gather information about the school and begins to work with individuals and groups in the class. It builds growing confidence for the trainee to begin to teach alongside the mentor, taking responsibility for some aspects of planning and delivery of lessons.

The second aspect, is called the Developing Placement, and is for the first half of the Spring Term, spent at a different, contrasting school locality, within the cluster. During this placement, trainees continue to develop their practice and learn about how different schools operate.

The third aspect of training is called Enrichment, and is coordinated by the trainee, with the support of the lead mentor, to find enriching opportunities to explore other areas of the core teaching standards that would otherwise be difficult to fulfill at the main school setting. These might include, for example, experience for a few days in a secondary school.

The fourth and final aspect of training is the Extending Placement, which lasts for the Summer Term at the main school. Over this placement, the responsibility for teaching extends to 80% of the timetable, for both planning, delivery and assessment, with the full support of the mentor and teaching team.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Tuition fees can be applied for through the Student Finance England, by way of a student loan.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

There are no bursaries currently available for Primary training courses.

A maintenance fund application can be made through Student Finance England, subject to a means test.



Applicants will be screened by Bishop Grosseteste University for all basic entry requirements as follows:

  • GCSE In English, Maths and Science at C/4 or higher

  • Degree at 2:2 classification or higher

Personal qualities

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and fascinating career, seeing the outcomes of the support given to children; career opportunities for future development into leadership and an attractive salary and pension scheme.

It is also a challenging career. Teachers need to be passionate about supporting and developing children, fostering excellent relationships.

Teachers need be confident when working with others and need to be prepared to work hard, motivated by challenge and reward.

Teachers need to have resilience and flexibility to work in a changing profession, where development of practice is a key part of the role.

Other requirements

  • Experience of working in a Primary School is recommended, or working with children.

  • Enhanced DBS

  • Other clearances will be needed such as checks on criminal convictions, disqualifications from working with children, residency abroad, name changes and full identification.

  • References will be required from the last place of work and any work experience gained, or previous place of study.

About the training provider

Malcolm Sargent Primary is a large and vibrant school in the pleasant Georgian town of Stamford, offering a tremendous team ethos, in a friendly, dynamic and supportive school environment.

We have 650 students, organised into smaller teams of 90 per year group. Each year group has a team of teachers, support staff, pastoral leads and an Senior Leadership Team member, who work together to support the children, parents and staff at achieving the highest possible outcomes for pupils, in a friendly and well supported manner.

Malcolm Sargent Primary School offers Schools Direct Unsalaried places, through Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, via their one year accredited PGCE with QTS, course.

Full course details of the current year’s Schools Direct Placement, with a full training schedule, and dates, can be found on the school website, under ‘Our Community’ / ‘Trainee Teachers’. Further details of the school’s Vision, Values & Aims can also be found on the school website at

We pride ourselves on our excellent standards of education for children, and training for staff. We have been training teachers for over 10 years, and have an excellent track record in developing our students to at least a ‘good’ standard by the end of their time with us, (92% of our students have completed their courses with us a good or better over this time).

About the accredited body

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in partnership with Malcolm Sargent Cluster, offers excellent support and accreditation, teaching students 1 day a week on the basic principals and mandatory elements of becoming a teacher and assigning a tutor to support development.

The teaching at the university has been awarded the highest possible rating in the first ever Government-led Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment, a rating which was awarded to just the top 26% of universities in the UK.

In 8 of the last 10 years BGU have been top nationally for employability and further study one year after graduation.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an equal opportunity employer and training establishment.

We are happy to discuss how best we can support students with any disabilities they may have, to ensure they are not a barrier to their training experience and future career.

Contact details

01780 756056
Empingham Road


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