St Helens ONE - Grange Valley Primary Primary (SEND) (S178)

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

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
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

Grange Valley Primary School is an Outstanding National Support School with responsibility for the St. Helens ONE Schools Direct training. We are pleased to offer a Primary (5-11) PGCE (QTS) route into teaching via our School Direct Programme. Successful completing of the course will qualify you to enter the teaching profession as a Early Career Teacher (ECT) with a PGCE qualification which provided 20 masters credits.

School Direct is an innovative way of delivering Initial Teacher Training via school placements and training led by successful schools themselves. Our School Direct programme is highly successful and is led by an National Support School with bespoke training is delivered within our partnership of highly performing schools.

Trainees undertake three school placements at different settings, maximising the range of experience received. Experience will be gained in both KS1 and KS2 over a minimum of 120 placement days. In each placement trainees are treated as part of the school team and take part in all elements of the school day, attending staff meetings, supporting parents evening and extra-curricular activities for example. This means our trainees graduate 100% ready to take on their ECT year and leave us confident and classroom ready!

Training modules are delivered over the course of a school academic year. All training is delivered by the highest quality current practitioners and expert consultants meaning your training is current and relevant to schools today.

  • 120 days for Whole Class Teaching
  • 50 days for Professional Practice & Training
  • 9 days at Alternative Settings
  • 12 days of Academic Masters Study at Liverpool Hope University.

Trainees are assessed throughout the programme via placement observations, evidence files and two academic assignments.

Training days are usually delivered in St Helens at Grange Valley Primary School training suite with Masters Days delivered at Liverpool Hope University.

We are proud of our outstanding team of mentors who support each of our trainees every step of the way through the programme and beyond. With regular contact and personalised support available we have a high percentage of trainees graduating as ‘Outstanding’ and maintain our 100% pass and excellent employment rates.

School placements

The St. Helens ONE partnership has a wide network of schools who host our trainees for placements. Most of these schools are within the St Helens area, no more than 9 miles apart.

We are able to draw on a range of school characteristics and offer schools which are for example:

Rural and semi-rural Urban Faith and Community schools Acadamy Schools SEN schools High levels of Free School Meals, etc.

Trainees undertake three placements in at least 2 different schools over the course totalling a minimum of 120 placement days.

Each placement is chosen based on trainees development needs and prior experience with an aim to offer the broadest experience possible and to develop them as teaching professionals.

A trainees area of interest will be considered also, for example if a desire to work in the future in SEN settings placements with Designated Provision or ASD units will be selected.

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact St Helens ONE directly with any questions they may have regarding the course or placements.

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.

Candidates will need to use a third party and pay their costs.

Personal qualities

We are looking for hardworking, ambitious and caring individuals who want the chance to inspire young children and who are able to provide quality educational experiences that ultimately ensures all children have the opportunity to succeed.

Your capacity to learn and dedication to teaching as a profession is what we are looking for in a candidate. Resilience, high levels of organisation and professionalism along with great communication skills and excellent written and spoken Standard English are essential for success.

It is desirable to have some classroom experience and of having worked with children or young people.

Other requirements

Liverpool Hope University will undertake the following prior to the start of the course:

Health Check Statement Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Overseas Declaration

The DFE have published that Skills Testing previously required are not a requirement for 2020/2021 applicants.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

Trainee Support Available:

Each trainee successfully entering a St Helens ONE PGCE (QTS) programme 2020/21 will recieve a laptop to use while undertaking the programme.

About the training provider

Grange Valley Primary School is an Outstanding National Support School with responsibility for the St. Helens ONE Schools Direct. It has a very successful record of working with other schools and the local authority, in improving teaching and learning, pupils attainment and achievement.

St. Helens ONE aims to provide future trainee teachers with the unique opportunity to develop into successful leaders of learning. We are passionate about providing our children with high quality education which enables them to thrive. You will work alongside like-minded individuals who are eager to guide new students in developing themselves as professionals so they can experience a truly rewarding career choice.

As a training provider, we work in close partnership with Liverpool Hope University and several primary schools across St. Helens to ensure that we provide stimulating and challenging training to all of our trainee teachers.

In September 2021, we will be running two non salaried Schools Direct courses one for primary phase student teachers, who will be qualified to teach the age range 5 to 11 and one for primary trainee teachers, who will be qualified to teach the Early Years age phase age 3 to 7.

Our School Direct Teacher Training programme has been carefully planned to ensure that you receive a personalised experience, drawing on your own knowledge and experience so that you are the driver of your own success and the success of the children you teach.

About the accredited body

Liverpool Hope University has a long established tradition of delivering high quality Teacher Education. Their School Direct Partnership believes that it is vital that all trainees have the academic and theoretical underpinning to become outstanding practitioners within the field of Education. It is compulsory for all trainees completing a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) to study at Masters level. This aspect of the training takes place at the university.

Interview process

Interviews are aimed to enable us to assess your key skills and attributes. It will include:

Observed Classroom Activity - You will be asked to deliver a short session to a group of children. Further details will be confirmed in the invite to interview letter.

Interview - Conducted by a panel of ITT leads a set of questions designed to ascertain your ideas and knowledge on a range of educational issues will be asked.

Numeracy & Literacy task - You will undertake a short numeracy and literacy task to assess your standard of Mathematics and written English.

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 all trainees regardless of their needs and would endeavor to support all. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. We will ensure all reasonable adjustments, on an individual basis, are put in place to help you achieve your ambition of becoming a teacher.

Contact this training provider

01744 678300
Grange Valley Primary School
Heyes Avenue, Haydock
St Helens
WA11 0XQ

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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