The Forge Trust Primary (35NH)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

School Direct with the Forge Trust leads to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The course prepares you to teach children in the 5 to 11 age range as a general primary teacher. The course is a very practical one with the majority of time spent in one of our academies. Each student will spend the majority of the autumn term in their “base” academy” initially observing high quality teaching, supporting groups and individuals before progressing to teaching the whole class.

In the spring term, students are given an alternative placement in a different academy in the trust. As a small trust we are able to involve potential students in the selection of their placement acadey to try to ensure we achieve a successful match for the candidate. For the final placement our students usually return to their base academy, to teach the class they started out with.

In the autumn and spring terms students spend four days in school and one day at university. In addition to this we offer a bespoke training programme, and release time for half a day per week for directed study. Our students routinely report that our training offer is a huge positive for our trust with a range of experienced teachers delivering tailored teaching on the issues that really matter! A further benefit of School Direct with the Forge Trust is the programme of enrichment that we offer with opportunities to spend time in academies across the trust includeing pre-school units. We also have also previously been able to arrange enrichment in a special school we have links with. During the summer term students teach for 80% of the time and their time is entirely focused on their placement academy. Throughout the programme we offer support and development through our mentors who have a thorough understanding of the challenges of Initial Teacher Training and a willingness to provide practical tips and advice.

School placements

The Forge Trust is a partnership of seven schools in the East Midlands with schools in the Newark, Mansfield, Worksop, Gainsborough areas and with easy access from Lincoln. As a student with the Forge Trust you will enjoy two main placements working with contrasting aged pupils in selected academies. In addition to the main placements we also offer enrichment placements across the trust including pre-school settings and have worked with other partners in our area to broaden the type of enrichment we can offer for example a link with a special school resulted in an enrichment placement there for two of our students.

Placements are selected based on the interests and geographical location of candidates. We are aware that travel can impact on work life balance and will always seek to place students in academies that they can comfortably reach. A further factor will also be the capacity of the academy and in the event of over-subscription in one academy, we will always seek to offer a suitable alternative.

The Forge Trust specialises in the primay sector and can offer placements working within the age range of 3-11.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Bailey Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 4EP
The Forest View Academy
Walesby Lane, New Ollerton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9RJ
The Marton Academy
19 Trent View, Marton, Gainsborough, DN21 5AU
The Parkgate Academy
Whinney Lane, New Ollerton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9TH
The Python Hill Academy
Kirklington Road, Rainworth, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 0JZ
The St Augustine’s Academy
Longfellow Drive, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0DW
The West Park Academy
Vernon Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 8EE

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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are primarily looking for candidates who are genuinely motivated to make a positive difference to the lives and life chances of pupils. Candidates must be able to reflect and learn from their experiences be resilient and have the ability to communicate effectively. A further vital requirement is that candidates are able to form positive relationships with pupils as well as being able to empathise with pupils and parents alike. Finally, we expect our candidates to be “team players” able to collaborate in the best interests of pupils.

Other requirements

  • DBS (formerly the CRB) Enhanced Disclosure
  • Declaration of Health

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

Not applicable

Financial support from the training provider

The Forge Trust currently only offers non salaried places.

For further information on Financial Support that is available please follow the link

About the training provider

With seven academies situated across the East Midlands to choose from, we are able to tailor placements to the needs of students offering a choice not generally available through other routes. As well as having a track record for developing students and helping launch the careers of a number of outstanding professionals, many students have been successful in finding places with us after graduation. Some of whom have been identified as having leadership potential and have gone on to secure leadership roles within the trust.

As a trainee with Forge, you will be part of talented team that prides itself on teaching and learning. An evidence based approach has been honed over a number of years, initially at the founding school, in which a dramatic turn-around in pupil outcomes occurred. Mentors from across the trust will take you through approaches to teaching, in a step-by- step way to support your learning journey. Mentors work with our students to provide tailored support. At the same time a bank of experienced and specialist teachers from across the trust, provide school-based training on a range of themes from assessment and planning through to working with parents.

The Forge Trust is committed to promoting outstanding teaching across its academies and has clear systems and policies for planning, marking and feedback and approaches to teaching the core subjects and wider curriculum. Expectations are high but we believe trainees can benefit from proven strategies for raising attainment and the trust’s clarity of expectation.

About the accredited body

Bishop Grosseteste University is located on a beautiful campus just a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln Cathedral.

The teaching at BGU is Gold rated. This means it has been awarded the highest rating in the first ever Government-led Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, a rating which was awarded to just the top 26% of universities in the UK.

The employability rate of BGU graduates is also high. In a recent survey of graduate outcomes, 88% were in work or further study one year after graduation – much higher than the sector average. We are proud of our link with this university

Interview process

The interview includes a writing task, maths test and interview. Ahead of the interview you will be given the opportunity to research areas for an informal presentation and question and answer session. Interviews are usually conducted by Carl Braithwaite and Jamie Macintyre who both work across the trust.

There is just one interview for this course and it will take place in one of our academies. We endeavour to inform all candidates of the outcome on the day of the interview. Our academies are all very accessible and we work flexibly to meet the needs of all applicants.

Our interview will also include an informal element with opportunties to learn about the trust and our academies as well as to ask questions. Opportunties to visit our academies are available subject to the covid guidance current at the time.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Our trainees are important to both the trust as a whole and to each individual academy. We want our trainees to be successful and many are successful in finding places with us after graduation. At The Forge Trust we recognise that you may require additional assistance to engage fully with your studies due to a range of access needs.

Our academy buildings are all readily accessible and access plans are in place across our academies. If you have additional needs the trust ITT Lead will coordinate the trust and academy offer, where needed, to ensure that barriers to access at all stages of the process from recruitment to graduation are removed, overcome, mitigated or that suitable adaptive measures are put in place to support you.

In order to assess the level of support you may require, we use the legal definition of disability. If you are unsure whether you have access needs which are covered by disability legislation please contact The Forge Trust directly.

Contact this training provider

The Sir Donald Bailey Academy
NG24 4EP

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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