Sunderland Nursery Schools Primary (3B3Z)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The training programme will have universal elements across all the nursery schools and will include additional elements based on individual specialities such as SEND and Speech, Language and Communication. A feature of the placement with PIPs is the opportunity to experience the expertise in all 7 Nursery Schools.

Our training programme will develop high levels of teaching skills and develop your understanding of the accurate assessment of pupil abilities to ensure the best outcomes for children across the Early Years into the primary age range. It will include outstanding opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in teaching and learning across all prime and specific areas of learning.

Your mentors are excellent teachers, undertaking regular and ongoing training programmes to further their own knowledge. This enables them to share these skills through feedback, coaching and classroom observations.

Teaching and assessment and university days

Depending on the route you take, assessments will be a mix of written assignments, case studies and one to one assessments of your teaching practice. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. You will be in University for an average of 15 days during the full training year; the University will provide support with your education assignments and practice based research. You can train to be a Primary teacher on this route.

On the School Direct route your work-based learning will be based in the school. You will have a School Mentor and a University Tutor who will assess your written work and your teaching practice.

By following the School Direct model of teacher training with us you will become a knowledgeable practitioner across the Early Years and into the primary phase and be very attractive to future employers looking for an outstanding trainee.

If you choose the more widely available tuition route you will pay a tuition fee for your course and you will be eligible to apply for the many generous, tax-free government scholarships on offer.

School placements

You will be placed in one of our host schools for a period of 12 weeks in the first term, split into two six week periods; first six weeks are ‘focused’ periods which are non-assessed and a further 6 weeks will be assessed teaching experience. You will be able to choose a placement in one of 7 nursery schools with the opportunity to spend time across 7 nursery schools. Each of the Nursery Schools offers the highest quality education experience with an additional specialism.

  • Hetton Lyons Nursery
  • Houghton Nursery
  • Hylton Redhouse Nursery
  • Mill Hill Nursery
  • Oxclose Nursery
  • Pennywell Early Years Centre
  • Usworth Colliery Nursery

In the Spring term, you will be in an alternate Primary School to gain further experience in another setting. Each of the Nursery Schools has one or two Partner Primaries from which you can choose. You may select in terms of locality or due to the schools context, such as EAL.

  • Academy 360
  • George Washington Primary School
  • Hudson Road Primary School
  • Hetton Primary School
  • Marlborough Primary School
  • South Hylton Primary School
  • Southwick Primary School
  • St John Boste RC Primary School
  • Cleadon Academy

Following your alternate setting placement, you will return to your host school for Term 3 for six assessed weeks of your final teaching experience.

There will be an additional 2 enrichment weeks in June to provide you with further experience. You will again have the choice of 7 Nursery Schools.

During each of your placements, whether at your host school or alternate setting placement, there will be a number of tasks for you to complete. You will be supported throughout by your host school mentor and University tutor.

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.

We will only accept equivalencies from Cost to the candidate.

Personal qualities

We hold strong positive values, respect and inclusion are key to us and our team.

Therefore we seek:-

  • Candidates with a love of learning; who aim for young children to succeed and thrive in a happy and engaging environment.
  • Trainees who have a passion and drive to work within our age range and beyond, dedicated and motivated to teach within the EYFS.
  • Confident communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Innovation, ideas, creativity and dedication in everyday practice.
  • The ability to work with and positively support a range of different needs in fully inclusive learning environments.

Other requirements

  • An enhanced Disclosure and barring Service (DBS) check
  • A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £10,750

Financial support from the training provider

Student Finance England deal with all tuition fee and living costs loans. While most students are eligible for some type of support, it’s always worth checking what you are specifically eligible for before you apply.

Please contact the University of Sunderland Student Financial Guidance Team for more information. Email: or Tel: 0191 5152933 Website:

About the training provider

Why train with us?

Partners in Pedagogy is a partnership of 7 maintained nursery schools across Sunderland led by Pennywell Early Years Centre, an outstanding school. We work together to provide training and support to schools and settings and initial teacher training placements.

We believe in high quality teaching and learning through an active, creative and high quality curriculum for all children. All our staff are trained to a high standard and our environments also reflect our belief in its importance.

The child and the parent’s voice are fundamental to inspirational teaching and learning and we value their participation and encourage a “learning together” ethos. Learning for all is promoted through our reflective practice to ensure we adapt and change with our families.

Our practice focuses on :

  • A child led, play based curriculum demonstrating high quality pedagogy
  • High quality indoor and outdoor environments
  • Reflective practice in action
  • Data analysis to support purposeful planning and assessments which
    are used to ensure high levels of learning and development.
  • Inclusive teaching and learning which enables all children and their families to engage

The placement schools and linked Primary Schools are committed to providing quality support and guidance throughout your course to ensure that you receive exceptional training in supportive and exciting environments. You will work with highly skilled teachers and practitioners in Early Years and extended age phases with local partner primary schools.

About the accredited body

We are proud to work in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The University has successfully trained teachers for over 100 years making a difference in educating the next generation of learners.

Through our partnership with the University our Trainee Teachers benefit from the support of our Sunderland Nurseries Tutor Team who are experts in their subject fields and related pedagogies. The School of Education is world leading in research according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. Trainees are allocated a Personal Tutor from the University who will work with their School Mentor to give academic, pastoral and placement support.

Interview process

What we are looking for:

  • Candidates with a love of learning; who aim for young children to succeed and thrive in a happy and engaging environment.
  • Trainees who have a passion and drive to work within our age range and beyond, dedicated and motivated to teach within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Confident communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Innovation, ideas, creativity and dedication in everyday practice.
  • The ability to work with and positively support a wide range of different needs in fully inclusive learning environments.

How we select our trainees: We check all applications to see if the applicant meets the entry criteria. All Successful short listed applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews start early November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October. Interviews will be at the Lead School or at the candidates preferred school. The interview process will include a range of activities, including working with a group of children, to assess their suitability for teaching. Successful candidates will then receive a formal offer.

The interview will consist of:

  • Delivering a short session to a group of pupils (no more than 8) the candidate will be informed of this task prior to the interview day

  • A written task to assess the candidates literacy skills

  • A formal interview by a panel of teachers and representative from the University of Sunderland.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We follow the University of Sunderland Diversity statement:

“We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.”

The University of Sunderland Disability Support Team provides advice, information and guidance to students with a disability; students with mental illness or mental health difficulties; students with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia.

On application please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:

Website: Disability Services Email: Tel: 0191 515 2952

All the Nursery Schools are single storey, fully accessible buildings, close to local amenities.

Contact this training provider

Sunderland Nursery Schools
Portsmouth Road, Pennywell
Tyne and Wear

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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