School Direct at The Great Schools Trust
Biology (K757)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

If you choose to train to teach with The Great Schools Trust you will benefit from: Classroom to Boardroom Flightpath We provide a course of training that equips you to become an outstanding teacher within 12 months, empowering you with a multitude of career progression opportunities into subject leadership within 4 years and academy leadership within 6 years. Exceptional Training A training needs analysis every 7 weeks ensuring you receive fully personalised CPD, recognising your strengths as well as your needs in developing towards an outstanding practitioner. A CPD mentor will align 2.5 hours of weekly CPD to your needs and aspirations. Exceptional Support Network You will be supported every step of the way through an expert mentoring and coaching network including both an in school professional mentor and subject mentor whom you will meet with weekly. Exceptional Role Models All training and professional mentoring is values based, follows a research led, evidenced based methodology, delivered by highly skilled, outstanding practitioners. Placements within the trust will supplement opportunities to undertake additional bespoke training and visits to a range of outstanding secondary, special and alternative provision schools. Exceptional Outcomes We have a very successful history of Initial Teacher Education with over 30 of our staff having undertaken the School Direct Route into teaching. 100% were graded good or better by the end of their training year, 75% achieved outstanding status. On successful completion of the course you will receive Qualified Teacher Status with a PGCE with 60 Masters level credits.

Interview process

We want the interview process to be a highly positive learning experience for you, where you can find out more about our academies, the training year and support programme and how we can help you to become an outstanding teacher.
Our selection centre is based at King’s Leadership Academy Warrington. We operate a values-based approach to selection and recruitment which is very much a two way process. Most importantly, you must be sure that the Great Schools Trust’s ethos and training programme is right for you, and then we must ensure that your values and character are the right fit for our organisation. The day will include a tour of the academy, discussion group, interview and for certain training routes, delivery of a short lesson. Prior to the interview we will also offer a series of webinars and reading materials to help you decide if teaching is for you as a career and prepare you for your application and selection day.

How school placements work

Although you are in ‘placement’, you will be as valued and respected as any other member of the teaching and leadership team within our academy. Our School Direct course is firmly based on a residency training model in order to maximise opportunities for trainees to apply theory skills into teaching and leadership practice.

You will be placed in one of the following King’s Leadership Academies: King’s Leadership Academy Warrington - Woolston, Warrington. King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool - Dingle, Liverpool. King’s Leadership Academy Hawthornes - Bootle, Liverpool. King’s Leadership Academy Bolton – Great Lever, Bolton.

Your home school placement will be where you will spend the majority of your teacher training. You will be given weekly in school training to enhance your subject knowledge, as well as approaches to teaching. A key part of your training will be understanding and applying our ‘character through leadership’ philosophy into the daily curriculum, which underpins the Great Schools Trust ethos.

Time will also be spent at King’s Leadership Academy Warrington for weekly Friday afternoon training. This will be further supported by The University of Cumbria through a mixture of professional and ‘Pedagogy for Learning’ days at both the University of Cumbria (Lancaster Campus) and at our Lead School. Support for all academic assignments will also be provided.

You will undertake a contrasting school placement which will enable you to develop your skills further and ensure that you can adapt your teaching skills into any educational setting you choose to specialise in.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
International students £14,000

School Direct – Non Salaried Route

On the non-salaried training route, you’re entitles to apply for a student loan to cover your costs.

there are tax free bursaries available ranging between £9,000 and £24,000 for many secondary subjects.

The bursaries are particularly generous for subjects such as mathematics, sciences, and languages - £24,000 with a further £6,000 paid to trainees in there NQT Year.

Scholarships are available for students with a degree classification of 2:1 or above.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £7,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.

Financial support from the training provider

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Applicants will normally: ● hold or be expected to gain a 2:2 honours degree or above ● have GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English Language and Maths or equivalent

For a salaried route into teaching only strong applicants, with at least 12 months full time work experience (not necessarily in a teaching role), with a 2:2 or above will be considered.

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at the interview. If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with

Personal qualities

GST staff are centred around the ASPIRE Code which underpins our unique approach to ITT: Aspiration and Achievement Self awareness Professionalism Integrity Respect Endeavour Motivated trainees, wanting to make a positive contribution to the education of students, with aspirations to achieve positive outcomes. Confident trainees, with a strong subject knowledge and self awareness for personal development. Creative trainees, able to inspire learners, creating a professional environment where everyone wants to succeed. Reflective trainees who will show enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in the all aspects of the training course. Robust, resilient trainees, who will enable students to Endeavour.

About the training provider

The Great Schools Trust is a values led Multi Academy Trust. Our motto ‘Credimus’, underpins our collective belief that a ‘great’ education must serve as a cornerstone for enhanced social and geographical mobility. We offer the same aspirational, social and cultural advantages, including the academic performance standards, of an independent education, we do so for free, without selection, and most critically, serve some of our most disadvantaged communities. Leadership is the trust’s specialism taught to all students through a structured weekly programme of character and leadership development. The trust’s first academy, King’s Leadership Academy Warrington became the National School of Character in 2015 and is recognised globally as a leader in this field. Rated by Ofsted as Outstanding in 2019, it is home to the trust’s teaching & leadership centre, the Institute of Character and Leadership, is presently the highest performing secondary school in Cheshire and in the top 10 highest performing free schools nationally. At the heart of our outstanding outcomes is outstanding teaching, delivered in a values based, calm and purposeful ethos. We devote 2.5 hours every week to personalised CPD and leadership development for every teacher. A high expectations, research informed culture permeates every classroom where teachers are not interrupted for a single minute by low level disruption. Behaviour and professional standards in the trust’s academies are impeccable and in nine years, King’s Warrington has not issued a single fixed term exclusion, whilst attendance and punctuality standards place it in the top 10 of all schools nationally.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Great Schools Trust - We endeavour to provide an inclusive learning and teaching environment, in which all students can achieve their potential. The Great Schools Trust and Cumbria University are committed to Equality of Opportunity and making reasonable adjustments to support all potential candidates in applying and succeeding in teacher training. We have a dedicated support tutor, who supports our trainees with disability or any other need.

The university of Cumbria - We are all different and each have our own unique ways of learning, at the University of Cumbria we offer students an individualised SPLD action plan designed to give you the extra support you need to excel in your studies.

We aim to provide a supportive environment that allows all individuals to flourish, and actively encourage applications from disabled people. We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access their chosen course.

Contact details

c/o Kings Leadership Academy Warrington
Hillock Lane


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
King’s Leadership Academy Warrington
Hillock Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 4PF
Yes Q
Kings Leadership Academy Bolton
Lever Edge Lane , Bolton , BL3 3LA
Yes L
Kings Leadership Academy Hawthornes
Fernhill Rd, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 6AQ
Yes A
Kings Leadership Academy Liverpool
Dingle Vale, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 9SL
Yes 8

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