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Blue Kite Academy Trust Primary (G600)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
North Wiltshire SCITT
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Inspire Professional Development offers a PGCE and QTS primary route into teaching. This route covers the 3-7 age phase, covering Early Years and Key Stage One. Our School Direct PGCE programme runs for twelve months from September.

During your training year, you will spend the majority of your time based in a school, working alongside experienced teachers and leaders. You will also attend a weekly training session with Inspire Professional Development, which has been designed to support your development in specific areas of teaching, such as:

  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviour management
  • Assessment
  • Teaching pupils with special educational needs (SEN)
  • Teaching pupils with English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Phonics
  • Learning environment
  • Planning
  • Subject and curriculum knowledge

The majority of your training will be ‘on-the-job’ training, with your teaching responsibility increasing over time. You will become part of the school’s teaching team and this will prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need for your future teaching career.

During the course you will be assessed through formal observations of your teaching, your contribution towards school life, your ability to reflect on and evaluate your practice, and the compilation of a portfolio of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards.

The recommendation for QTS certification is made by North Wiltshire SCITT (NWSCITT) and the PGCE (with 60 Masters credits) is awarded by Bath Spa University.

School placements

All of our schools are based in and around Swindon. We offer PGCE route places and by applying to this course you will be training in the age phase 3-7 years (Early Years and Key Stage 1). At the time of your initial interview, you can specify your Key Stage preference for where you would like to be placed for the majority of your school practice. This will be taken into consideration, when we arrange your host school placement.

During the programme, you will spend 4 days a week in your school, with the final day kept for centre-based training with Inspire Professional Development. Your school will assign you with a Mentor, who will support you throughout the duration of the programme. You will meet with your Mentor once a week, where you will discuss your progress and set targets.

You are required to teach in two different schools during your training year, and in two different key stages. During term 3, you will embark on your ‘swap’ placement, where you will train in another school setting.

You are required to make your own travel arrangements to and from school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Minimum entry requirements are:

  • Honours degree (2:2 or above) in any subject
  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (grades C/4 or above) or equivalent
  • You will also be required to complete an English and Maths competency test at interview

If you hold a qualification from another country, you will need to present a letter from NARIC to prove your qualification is equivalent to the UK qualification stated above.

Please note: If you don’t have the required qualifications, you will need to show on your application that you will obtain them, before the course commences.

Personal qualities

Use the personal statement in your application to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom.

You can do this by including examples of any experience you have of working with children – perhaps as a classroom teaching assistant, youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you do not have such experience, we strongly recommend that you acquire some before making the decision to become a teacher.

Other requirements

References: Two positive references supporting your entry on to our PGCE route into teaching.

Experience: Some recent primary school experience with an understanding of how UK primary schools operate, is desired.

You will be required to have a DBS and medical clearance before starting the course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Student loans can include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan/Grant to help with your living costs.

Tuition Fee Loans (Student Loans Company) lend you up to £9,250, paid directly to the course provider, and you do not have to pay it back until after your course, when you are earning above a certain level.

Maintenance Loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term. How much you get depends on your household income, where you study, where you live and how long for. If you are from a low income household, you may receive a Maintenance Grant too.

About the training provider

Inspire Professional Development works in partnership with North Wiltshire SCITT and Bath Spa University. We offer School Direct PGCE/QTS places for applicants wishing to train in the primary sector, in Swindon and the surrounding area. Our ITT programme has been designed to support trainees from varying starting points; whether you are new into education or if you have worked in the industry for many years. Throughout your training, you will embark on a pathway suitable to your individual professional needs, gaining invaluable experience in the classroom.

Train to be a teacher at Inspire Professional Development and benefit from a tailored programme of training and support from outstanding, experienced professionals. Our package will provide you with theory, subject knowledge and classroom practice. In joining our programme, you will commence on a twelve month placement, training in two schools, across two different key stages.

Our vision is to produce outstanding teachers, who are passionate in shaping the minds of young children, helping them to thrive in all aspects of education.

The Blue Kite Academy Trust is a growing trust with a mix of established and new schools. Our schools are vibrant, friendly places where the children are at the heart of everything we do. Our team of experienced and dedicated practitioners will be able to guide, support and help develop your professional practice. Inspire will provide you with weekly training and you will benefit from opportunities to meet with other trainee teachers, creating a valuable learning community to share ideas and practice.

About the accredited body

Inspire Professional Development is accredited by North Wiltshire SCITT; an Outstanding Provider (Ofsted 2017).

Interview process

Inspire Professional Development shortlists candidates from the applications received, and invites those candidates to an initial interview, to gain a place on the PGCE route.

The interview process at Inspire Professional Development currently consists of:

  • A formal interview
  • A presentation to a panel
  • A handwritten task
  • Maths and English competency tests

Successful candidates will then be allocated to a host school for their training, where they will be invited to attend a meeting with their host school’s Headteacher.

If you are successful at interview, a conditional offer of a place will be made. The conditions will include providing proof that you have met the eligibility conditions for Initial Teacher Training, including qualifications, reference checks, a criminal record check (DBS) and an occupational health assessment.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an inclusive organisation. All potential applicants are considered on an equal basis.

We will ensure that all candidates applying and securing a place to train with us, will be provided with, wherever possible, the means to do so, by implementing reasonable adjustments as required.

We support trainees with disabilities and other needs, including support with:

  • Dyslexia
  • Physical, hearing and visual impairments

Access for applicants with physical disabilities varies from school to school, please enquire for more details.

Contact this training provider

Ferndale Primary and Nursery School
Wiltshire Avenue

Support and advice

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