Stamford ITE Cluster Primary (X683)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste University
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 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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

This PGCE course prepares you to teach children in the 4 to 7 age range as a general primary teacher (Foundation Stage to Year 2). It is ideal for those wishing to specialise in early years education and start working with younger children. It is a very practical course with around two-thirds of the time spent in schools, mostly working with teachers and pupils, and around one third 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

You can also look on the Apply For Teacher Training Website, to search for and apply for our course:

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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Empingham Road, Stamford, PE9 2SR
Malcolm Sargent Primary School
Empingham Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2SR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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.

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 2023 to 2024 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 conducted onsite. The interview will consist of an observation of you working with a small group of children, on a task that you have designed. There are two short tasks – one is a written task and the other is numeracy task. You will also have 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.

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 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

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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