Orwell Teaching School
Primary (39SF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Colchester Teacher Training Consortium
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

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


About the course

The School Direct Training (Tuition) course is 38 weeks in length. The course combines practical teaching with professional training and has been designed to give Trainee Teachers the necessary learning opportunities and support to enable them to demonstrate that they are meeting the Teachers’ Standards. There are in-built assessment structures which help Trainees to audit their knowledge and understanding as well as support to help remedy individual areas for development. Trainees are asked to select one of two distinct pathways to follow.

  • Pathway 1: Prepares Trainees to teach at both EYFS and Key Stage 1
  • Pathway 2: Prepares Trainees to teach at both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

During the first half of the Autumn term the Trainee gains experience of their Host Placement Class whilst also spending time in other classes and age groups within this setting. In the second half of the Autumn Term, the Trainee will be in school for ten consecutive days when they will be expected to teach whole class lessons. After some preparation and planning time at the end of the Autumn Term, the Trainee Teacher will undertake a five week block practice in their Twin Placement School in the Spring Term, teaching 50% of the timetable. In the Summer Term the Trainee will teach 80% of the timetable during their eight-week block practice.

The Trainee Teacher will receive support and guidance from their personal Mentor, Training Manager, Lead Practitioners and the Course Director drawn from the Orwell TSA and Colchester Consortium as appropriate. The Training Manager is the Trainee’s line manager and oversees them throughout the year. The Mentor, who is an experienced member of the school.

How school placements work

Orwell TSA has strong connections with a variety of schools in communities with differing needs and we ensure that all our placements are high standard and trainees are supported as well as challenged. Trainees are supported by school mentors who are enthusiastic, committed and well-trained individuals to ensure that they are well equipped for the role. We will determine placements in discussion with the trainee to accommodate the specific aspirations and development needs and during placements there is added support from the Training co-ordinator to ensure the goals of the placement are being met.

Trainees spend approximately 26 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the main placement school in the autumn and summer terms, with at least 6 weeks in the spring term in a contrasting school.

The distance to school placements will vary. These take into account the trainee’s home address, whether they have their own transport and the placement that the school is able to offer. Our policy is to endeavour to keep journey times to school to a maximum of 50 minutes each way.


The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000
International students £9,000

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.



A Degree qualification of Grade 2:2 or above, or an overseas equivalent.

GCSE grade C/grade 4, or an equivalent, in English and Mathematics – plus Science for Primary courses.

For overseas qualifications you will need to provide a NARIC certificate of comparability. The NARIC website has details of how to obtain this.

We accept equivalency tests from www.equivalencytesting.com.

Personal qualities

Teaching is a demanding but very satisfying career and we are interested in people who are passionate about children’s learning with a desire to open up minds to new possibilities. You will need to be willing to listen, respond to challenge, be organised and self-motivated - there is lots of support but you will need to be committed to the task throughout the training year. We have worked successfully with many trainees and, with the right mind set, we believe committed trainees can develop in to great teachers.

Other requirements

Safeguarding Orwell Teaching School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful applicants for teacher training will be required to undertake an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

School Experience is no longer a statutory requirement to apply for ITT, as we are looking for the potential to train to teach. However, if you apply to us and are interviewed, we would be happy to arrange an in school experience for you.

About the training provider

The Orwell Teaching School’s constituent schools have been training teachers for many years as we have always believed in the importance of using our skilled practitioners to develop the next generation of teachers. We are proud of our track record in producing consistently good and outstanding teachers who often progress rapidly to positions of leadership or added responsibility. We have an established process that takes our trainees through an induction and training programme including detailed mentor meetings, and placement in a year group team. Key to our success has been consistent high expectations backed by the expertise of our mentors who are outstanding practitioners able to challenge and coach trainees to a high standard. We *will* challenge you but with that challenge will come close support to help you develop the depth of skill and practical experience you need to become an outstanding teacher.

We have excellent contacts with other schools, training partners and organisations that allow development tailored to your needs and ambitions. We are proud to be offering this training in partnership with the Colchester Teacher Training Consortium who share our ideals and goals to provide an excellent Initial Teacher Training experience that equips our trainees with the skills and knowledge for a rewarding career in education.

A recent quote from a Training partner: “Feedback from our trainees and colleagues has been exceptional about the overall experience and the confidence they have gained from being in your school”.

For further information, email OrwellTS@omat.org.uk or ring 01473 683932.

About the accredited body

The Colchester Teacher Training Consortium is fully committed to the ideals and principles of School Centred Initial Teacher Training and has the personnel, resources and the will to make teacher training in schools a success. Our goal is to provide the very best Initial Teacher Training, and to equip our trainees with the skills and knowledge for a rewarding career in Education. We endeavour to ensure this through celebrating the diversity of the consortium and promoting interdependence, providing high quality professional development for personnel in schools and developing a culture of professional self-evaluation. More information is on our website http://www.colchesterttc.org.uk/

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact details

Orwell Teaching School
Prince of Wales Drive


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