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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.

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


About the course

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

This PGCE course prepares you to teach children in the 5 to 11 age range as a general primary teacher. It is a very practical course with around 80% of the time spent in schools, mostly working with teachers and pupils, and around 20% spent on directed study, with partnership training in the University and school.

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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

School placements

The Stamford ITE Cluster, consists of several local schools, and the lead school site, Malcolm Sargent Primary School, where a majority of our trainees are based.

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.

The fourth 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.

Trainees are supported through their journey by School Based Mentors and also by University Based Mentors, regularly discussing practice and monitoring progress through lesson observations and the collecting of evidence to demonstrate meeting the Teachers’ Standards. Tutors also offer pastoral support to help trainees manage their workload and wellbeing.

Trainees should aim to develop strong subject knowledge of English, Phonics and mathematics, in particular, as well as all other areas of the primary curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

For all PGCE Primary programmes you will normally need:

  • GCSEs at grade 4/C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.

  • An honours degree at a 2:2 classification or above

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 – We encourage you to gain some experience in schools as this is a good starting point for you to gain an interview for the Primary PGCE

  • Health & Physical Capacity to Teach check

  • DBS (formerly the CRB) Enhanced Disclosure

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

Financial support from the training provider

Fees and Finance: You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £17,000
  • a bursary of £15,000

To qualify for a scholarship, you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

Please contact university finance for more details.

About the training provider

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

We have 650 pupils, organised in year groups of 90 (3 classes), well supported by a team of teachers and teaching assistants that work closely together to plan the curriculum opportunities and day to day running of the the year group. Senior Leaders and Pastoral Leads also support each year group by overseeing welfare, wellbeing and special needs.

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 trainee teachers.

Students are integrated into the whole school teaching team from their first day, as highly valued members of the school team. They work alongside their teacher mentors very closely, and are involved in all aspects of school life. Our aim is not only to ensure students have a positive and well supported experience, but also leave with the highest possible outcomes they can achieve, establishing not only the skills to teach, but also, employability and an aptitude and understanding of how to do well in this rewarding profession.

About the accredited body

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has been educating students in Lincoln for over 150 years.

Over the past 150 years, BGU’s commitment to first-class teacher training has remained consistent - they continue to provide schools with highly-skilled graduates.

The latest Graduate Outcomes survey shows that BGU is 3rd in the UK for graduate employability when compared to non-specialist universities. High satisfaction was also found across the entire student experience leading to an 85% satisfaction rate.

Additionally, the university is ranked eighth in the country for teaching quality, further supporting the University’s Gold ranking in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Interview process

Interviews for PGCE programmes are held on school site. The interview will consist of a an observation of candidates working with a group of children, on a task of their choice. There are also two short tasks – one is a written task and the other is numeracy task, followed by an interview.

When your application has been received, the Admission team and BGU will check that you meet the requirements for your chosen programme and will then invite you to book yourself onto an interview day that suits you, by contacting Malcolm Sargent Primary School.

Once you’ve booked your interview, you’ll receive all the information you need to fully prepare.

After your interview day, we’ll process your decision as quickly as possible and send you more information about meeting your conditions.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We really care about all of our trainees and aim to support them all of the way through their studies, from application to graduation. Therefore, applicants with disabilities and other needs are encouraged to apply. The School Direct Route makes the most of in-school mentoring, offering close support for trainees.

We recognise that trainees may require additional assistance to engage fully with their studies due to a range of access needs.

Student Advice plays a key role in co-ordinating services available to BGU’s disabled and sensory impaired students, and/or with specific learning differences or other access needs before and during their studies. In order to assess the level of support trainees may require, we use the legal definition of disability, which is wide ranging but includes: · Specific learning differences including dyslexia · Physical mobility difficulties · Hearing impairments · Visual impairments · Persons requiring personal care · Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome · Mental health difficulties · Medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or asthma

This is not an exhaustive list – trainees may have access needs that are not listed above. If you are unsure whether you have access needs which are covered by disability legislation, please contact Student Advice – we will be happy to offer advice and guidance. Adjustments, where necessary, become part of daily inclusive practice in school. Further support, including for wellbeing, is available to all trainees through our Student Advice team. Clusters welcome any questions or enquiries throughout the application process.

Contact this training provider

01780 756056
Empingham Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021