Connect Teaching Partnership Primary (39V8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Greenwich
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

This course is a School Direct (Tuition fee) route, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status as well as a PGCE. When completing your training with Connect Teaching Partnership, you will have access to:

  • excellent practice in teaching and learning
  • access to a diverse range of school settings
  • excellent support from trained and experienced mentors

The majority of your training will take place at the University of Greenwich and you will have teaching experience across the year in blocks in a Connect Schools Academy Trust school. The training will be personalised to the individual’s professional needs but will include training in the following areas: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, working with parents and the community. All training is closely aligned to support the trainee achieve the Teachers’ Standards. The Primary School Direct programme runs for one year and is a full time course. You will be assessed on your practical teaching and your progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio. Successful completion will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Trainees will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced and outstanding teachers. Support and mentorship will be given by senior leaders within the Trust. We have a proven track record of successful teacher training, leading to over 60% of our trainees remaining in the Trust as Early Career Teachers once qualified. We provide a very large network of support and training, often personalising this to the needs of each individual trainee. A wealth of knowledge from all schools in the Trust provides our trainees with excellent pedagogy and ways to bring this into the classroom for maximum impact.

By studying with Connect Teaching Partnership through this PGCE route, you will become a confident, competent and effective teacher with the skills and knowledge to teach anywhere within the primary phase.

We would be delighted to receive applications and can be available to answer queries over email or telephone if you feel that would be of help prior to making a decision and submitting your application to us.

School placements

All placements will be in Good and Outstanding schools within the Connect Teaching Partnership. You will gain experience in Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two (leading to a 5-11 qualification). In each school, you will be allocated an experienced mentor who will support you on a day-to-day basis, together with a School Direct Tutor, who will be a member of the partnership’s senior leadership team. This will ensure support and consistency across your training year. There are quality assurance procedures in place to ensure the experiences you receive will be of the highest standard. We also provide cross trust training opportunities so that all trainees get to share their experiences and share good practice.

The course begins with an Inclusion Placement at one of our schools. As a first step, this allows trainees the opportunity to spend ten days in school, learning about all aspects of school life. Where possible, this school placement will also be where you have your teaching placement so that you are familiar with the setting and have formed relationships with others in the school.

The two school experiences will include induction, observation of outstanding practice, peer and collaborative teaching, experience in appropriate key stages and subject expertise. This will be combined with opportunities to teach in a range of year groups, to receive bespoke training from all levels of staff in school and within the Trust and ring-fenced, quality meeting time with your mentor and tutor to ensure you are supported to be successful every step of the way.

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 science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone who:

  • has good organisational skills
  • has excellent time keeping
  • is approachable, empathetic and enthusiastic
  • has the ability to be decisive, consistent and to set priorities
  • is an effective communicator (both orally and in writing) to a variety of audiences
  • has the ability to develop good relationships within a team and ability to be a supportive team player
  • has a commitment to personal professional development
  • has the ability to relate well to all involved in school life, showing sensitivity, consideration and a sense of humour when needed!

Other requirements

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will need to be completed prior to being accepted onto the course. You will be asked at interview if you wish to declare anything that will show on your DBS.

You will also be asked if you have lived, worked or travelled outside of the UK for three months or more in the last five years. Answering yes to this question will require some additional checks to be carried out, but it certainly nothing that should stop you from applying.

Fees and financial support

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

The fee for this course is payable to the University. The course fee is organised through Student Finance, which means that the fees are payable once the candidate has qualified and is in employment. Other bursaries and loans are also available.

Further information about fees and funding can be found on the ‘Get Into Teaching” website.

Again, if you would like to speak with us about this prior to applying, we would be happy to help.

About the training provider

Connect Teaching Partnership works with the University of Greenwich as the registered training provider for the School Direct Programme. The university has a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both the Trust and also from the university.

The training programme will be personalised to the individual’s professional needs but will include training on the following areas: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, working with parents and the community. All training is closely aligned to support the trainee achieve the Teachers’ Standards.

The schools in our partnership are all graded Good or Outstanding and offer trainees the chance to teach in a range of contrasting schools and locations. Both our School Direct courses are tailored to meet the needs of the trainee and the training and expertise available in our organisation allows trainees to develop their teaching to a high level.

Interview process

The Connect Teaching Partnership and the University of Greenwich work together to interview applicants. In order for your application to be considered you should complete a full application via the DfE Apply service and consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to complete written tasks and a formal interview.

All application forms will be vetted for the following:

  • applicant meets the academic entry criteria
  • applicant has written a strong personal statement
  • applicant has been given a strong reference. This should be an academic reference if the applicant has been in education within the last five years.

Interviews are held face-to-face in one of schools in Bromley or Orpington. The interview consists of a short activity with a small group of children (you will be given guidance on this should you be invited to interview) as well as a panel interview with Trust Leaders and a short written and maths assessment.

We are able to interview quickly once applications have been received and aim to inform you of the outcome of the interview on the same day wherever possible.

We also welcome potential applicants to make contact with us to discuss any questions or to find out more about our course; we appreciate that the range of teaching courses available can be slightly daunting so we are always happy to speak with applicants and support any queries.

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 welcome applications from disabled people and are committed to helping disabled students succeed. The University of Greenwich has a Disability and Dyslexia Centre which can provide assistance at any stage in your application process and at any point in your studies. Advice and guidance is based on your individual needs and long-term medical conditions.

Contact this training provider

01689 821716
Crofton Infant School
Towncourt Lane
Petts Wood

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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