School Direct at The Great Schools Trust Drama (M035)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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.

School placements

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.

The University of Cumbria will support you 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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
King’s Leadership Academy Warrington
Hillock Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 4PF
Kings Leadership Academy Bolton
Lever Edge Lane , Bolton , BL3 3LA
Kings Leadership Academy Hawthornes
Fernhill Rd, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 6AQ
Kings Leadership Academy Liverpool
Dingle Vale, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 9SL

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Before taking an equivalency test, please check with us that the course is accepted.

Personal qualities

Highly motivated trainees who want to make a positive contribution to the education of young people, with aspirations to achieve positive outcomes in education. Confident trainees who are passionate about their own specialism subject, with strong subject knowledge and self awareness for personal development. Creative trainees who are able to inspire their learners and create 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 want to make a difference in the classroom, which will enable students to Endeavour.

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 £14,000

A range of financial support is available depending on the course you choose including bursary and scholarships for School Direct and payment of a salary for salaried School Direct.

School Direct – Non Salaried Route On the non-salaried training route, you’re entitled to apply for a student loan to cover your costs. There are tax free bursaries available ranging between £7,000 and £24,000 for many secondary subjects.

Financial support from the training provider

For Further Information on Funding and Bursaries, Please visit

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.

About the accredited body

As a student at the University of Cumbria, you are part of an inclusive learning community that recognises diversity. You will have opportunities to learn by interacting with others in a collegiate, facilitative and dynamic learning environment. Teaching, assessment and student support will allow equal and equitable opportunities for you to optimise your potential and develop autonomy.

University of Cumbria seek to create a stimulating and innovative community of learning, whether encountered on campus or at a distance, or on placement. Facilitated by our expert practitioner staff, you will experience a learning environment that is well equipped, flexible, and stimulating.

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, interview and a 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.

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

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 this training provider

01925 817939
c/o Kings Leadership Academy Warrington
Hillock Lane

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).

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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