Aireborough Partnership Primary (39SP)

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

Accredited body
Bradford Birth to 19 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This 5-11 Primary course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). You will train across the 5-11 age range.

This course is designed to give you breadth of teaching experience through having placements in both KS1 and KS2 and working in different schools within our cluster.

The course is split into 3 phases which you spend in two contrasting schools. You will experience teaching in KS1 and KS2 so that you have breadth of knowledge and experience of primary school teaching and learning.

You will have time to observe good practice in the classroom through working closely with the class teacher. You will also get the opportunity to observe other members of staff within school if there are any areas/subjects you feel you would like to develop or anything that is of particular interest to you. This will ensure you have the knowledge and understanding to make your teaching the best it can possibly be.

All class teachers that you will be working with will have received mentor training within the cluster in collaboration with Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT to ensure they know how to deliver feedback that is appropriate, provide ongoing support and to aid your ongoing development.

Your school mentor will observe you on a regular basis and offer timely feedback to help you develop your skills in the teaching and learning process. For quality assurance purposes, the mentors will work closely within the cluster of schools and Bradford Birth to 19.

High quality training is delivered by school-based experts in a range of schools across the city of Bradford and beyond. Our curriculum is delivered sequentially and effectively, leading to outstanding experiences for our trainees in preparation for their early career. Training delivery is supported by current research from The Centre for Applied Education Research (CAER).

Each phase of training focuses on a specific area of the curriculum; Creating a climate for learning How pupils learn Developing quality pedagogy Assessment Preparing for ECT year

Assessment is ongoing and is carried out across both placement schools.
At the end of the course trainees will be assessed against the Teacher Standards to gain their QTS.

School placements

Your training week initially involves 3 days a week in school and a day working on teaching pedagogy, helping you learn the skills to make you an effective teacher. As your training year progresses your timetable will increase at a pace that matches your needs.

During your training year you will visit a vast array of schools from our partnership in both Primary and Secondary schools. You will also visit specialist provision.

We operate an A B A model for our students, where trainees start in their host school, then complete a 6 week contrasting placement, then return to their host school to complete the training year.

As a provider we value trainee well-being, you will be supported throughout your training year. Trainees appreciate the high level of care and attention that they are given, both at the centre and when on placements. (OFSTED 2022)

You will work closely day to day with a trained mentor. Mentoring is of a high standard across the partnership (OFSTED 2022)

To further support your academic growth and to offer pastoral support you will be assigned a course tutor to provide advice and support for the progressive development of your teaching expertise.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third 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.

If you are offered a place on our course, we will arrange any required tests on your behalf with our preferred provider. The equivalency test includes a support package to help prepare for passing the final assessment. There is a fee of approximately £150 per equivalency.

Personal qualities

We don’t have a fixed picture of what kind of a person we are looking for. Teaching is a creative, dynamic profession which has space for innovative thinking. Our cluster is clear that we want trainees to have an excellent rapport with children, a passion for teaching and the ambition to become an outstanding teacher. We are looking for a relentlessly positive outlook, showing initiative and being a good team player. Teamwork and positive relationships with all stakeholders is a key to success. You should be ready to work hard in this challenging but wonderfully rewarding profession.

Other requirements

If you are successful at interview stage, you will be made an offer of a training place subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Aireborough Partnership comprises of 7 Primary schools situated locally to each other. These schools include:

  • Rawdon St. Peter’s C/E Primary School
  • Yeadon Westfield Infant School
  • Yeadon Westfield Junior School
  • Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School
  • Queensway Primary School
  • Rawdon Littlemoor
  • Hawksworth C/E Primary School

As a group of schools, we pride ourselves on the ethos of our schools, the strong links we have developed with each other, and the supportive nature of the staff in our teams.

Schools Direct offers a highly effective route to becoming a successful Primary School practitioner. All schools pride themselves in providing high quality education for their pupils. Supported effectively by a school based mentor, you are treated as a member of the school staff team from day one. You will work with good and outstanding teachers in an assigned class, learning through observation and obtaining ongoing feedback to make sure you reach your full potential during the course of your placements, supporting your individual needs and ongoing professional development.

We are keen to recruit trainees who share the same commitment and vision for excellence and enjoyment in education. After a year’s successful training, you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status. We will support you through the application process when applying for jobs at the end of the course. We also deliver bespoke training throughout the year delivered by practitioners with up to date pedagogy.

About the accredited body

“Birth to 19 recruits a diverse range of trainees who are able to move on as teachers with confidence.” (Ofsted 2022) We aim to train the next generation of outstanding teachers who are, highly employable, research-informed, early career-ready teachers who transform the life chances of young people in their local area.

Ofsted stated (May 2022)

  • Trainees are well prepared to teach their subject.
  • Trainees appreciate the high level of care and attention that they are given.
  • Trainees know how to create an inclusive environment for pupils.
  • Mentoring is of a high standard across the partnership.

Interview process

All our trainees who are shortlisted for interview will be invited to one of our cluster schools. If you are invited for interview, we will provide more details about the tasks that you will be asked to complete.

All our interviews will have the same elements:

  • A classroom based exercise where you will be asked to plan a short lesson and have the opportunity to interact with pupils.
  • A short written task which is designed to assess your written communication skills.
  • A short maths test.
  • A face to face interview.

You will also have to opportunity to look around school and ask any questions.

If you are successful at interview stage, you will be made an offer of a training place subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance and health check. For more information, see the guidance online at:

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 believe that teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools, both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the school they work in. We adhere to The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, which require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN).

All of our partnership schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring.

Contact this training provider

Rawdon St. Peter's Primary School
Town Street
LS19 6PP

Support and advice

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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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