Chester Diocesan Academies Trust Primary (Y345)

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

Accredited body
Mersey Boroughs ITT Partnership
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Website
https://cdat.co.uk

Contents

Course summary

We believe that the School Direct programme run by Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) provides a high-quality and distinctive route to becoming a primary school teacher. Over a school year, trainees spend the vast majority of their time in school, learning from highly-effective and enthusiastic current practitioners. This is supplemented with a comprehensive training programme, again delivered by successful serving practitioners and enhanced with input (at Masters level) from our university partner. At the end of the programme, trainees leave with both QTS and a PGCE.

CDAT is a successful, growing multi-academy trust stretching across the Diocese of Chester - with schools in Cheshire East and West, Tameside, Stockport and the Wirral. Our schools provide varied training opportunities – from larger schools with 350+ pupils to smaller ones with fewer than 50, and from diverse, urban areas to village and rural locations. It is this great variety that gives CDAT’s School Direct programme a special flavour. While all of the schools in the trust itself are Church of England primary schools – another distinctive feature of our programme – CDAT works more broadly with other faith and community schools and specialist providers.

We promise to provide:

  • Placements in schools that offer strong mentoring and support.
  • High quality training delivered by expert current classroom practitioners.
  • Quality Masters-level input from our university partner.
  • Top quality support from experienced tutors and the programme team.

Mersey Boroughs ITT Partnership are CDAT’s partner provider and the awarding body for QTS at the end of the programme. Mersey Boroughs is a well-established and respected School Centred provider of Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The partnership between CDAT and Mersey Boroughs brings all of Mersey Boroughs’ knowledge and experience into the Diocese of Chester. Their most recent Ofsted inspection graded Mersey Boroughs’ provision as good, and highlighted that ‘Trainees and NQTs have highly appropriate professional attributes, are committed to teaching, very positive about their training and support and respond extremely well to advice and guidance’ and also noted that ‘High quality centre-based training equips trainees and NQTs extremely well with the subject and curriculum knowledge and practical skills required to be successful teachers.’

School placements

Trainees on the CDAT School Direct programme will typically spend their time training and working in schools that are part of the multi-academy trust – which stretches from the Wirral across to the foothills of the Pennines and down to the edge of the Potteries - or which work in close partnership with the trust. While we cannot guarantee trainees will be placed in the school they name in their application, the breadth of our partnership does mean that we can ensure trainees are placed in a ‘home school’ within their local area to minimise travelling time on school-based days.

With their professional training needs in mind, our trainees complete significant placements in two contrasting primary schools, carefully selected by the leadership team from within the established partnership . Trainees are assigned a ‘home school’ where they are based during the autumn term. The first half term blends time in school with a taught programme delivered by excellent current practitioners, building up to a first teaching ‘block’ leading up to Christmas.

Trainees then move on to their second school in the spring term, again combining time in school with taught sessions but also benefiting from a series of ‘broadening experience’ activities. Trainees complete a second substantial teaching ‘block’ in their second school.

The summer term is spent back in the ‘home school’ where trainees are able to put all of the skills and knowledge that they’ve developed together in delivering their final ‘block’ of teaching.

Our training programme is delivered in a range of venues across the trust, with the vast majority of sessions being delivered in school settings. We feel our programme is interesting and varied, providing trainees with excellent preparation for a career in teaching, so they can become outstanding teachers in their own right. It is also rigorous, because teaching is a highly demanding, but highly rewarding job – and we believe that our children deserve to have the best prepared teachers possible.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Astbury St Mary’s CE Primary School
School Lane, Astbury, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4RG
Yes
Bosley St Mary’s CE Primary School
Leek Road, Bosley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0NX
Yes
Bredbury St Mark’s CE Primary School
Redhouse Lane, Bredbury, Stockport, SK8 1BX
Yes
Brereton CE Primary School
School Lane, Brereton Green, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1RN
Yes
Church House
5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4GE
Yes
Dodleston CofE Primary School
Church Road, Dodleston, Cheshire, CH4 9NG
Yes
Little Bollington CE Primary School
Lymm Road, Little Bollington, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SZ
Yes
Moreton Christ Church CE Primary School
Upton Road, Moreton, Wirral, CH48 0PB
Yes
Norley CofE Primary School
Hough Lane, Norley, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 8JZ
Yes
St George’s CE Primary School
Church Street, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 1JL
Yes
St Matthew’s CE Primary School
Bowdon Street, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 9EA
Yes
St Oswald’s CofE Primary School
Grove Road, Mollington, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 6LG
Yes
St Paul’s CE Primary School
Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, Cheshire, SK15 2PT
Yes
St Paul’s CofE Prmary School, Utkinton & Cotebrook
Quarry Bank, Utkinton, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0LA
Yes
Stretton St Matthew’s CofE Primary School
Stretton Road, Stretton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4NT
Yes
Thurstaston Dawpool CofE Primary School
School Lane, Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 0HH
Yes
Witton Church Walk CofE Primary School
Church Walk, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 5QQ
Yes
Wybunbury Delves CE Primary School
Bridge Street, Wybunbury, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 7NE
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third 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 are happy to accept equivalency tests where candidates do not hold the requisite GCSE qualifications, but expect that these equivalency tests will be completed with a recognised provider (e.g. Maths Made Easy). If you are unsure of the validity of an equivalency test, please get in touch.

Personal qualities

Brilliant primary school teachers have a wide and varied set of skills and attributes. Don’t panic if you don’t think you have all of these qualities (yet), but we are definitely looking for people who:

  • Are good communicators
  • Work well in a team
  • Have good knowledge of a range of subjects
  • Are organised
  • Are reflective
  • Are flexible – because no two days in school are the same
  • Are resilient – because teaching can be tough
  • Have high expectations
  • Want the best for all of the children they work with

Other requirements

Relevant work experience (e.g. in a school ) is not a set requirement of the programme but applicants may find such experience valuable.

Before starting on the programme, applicants will need to have obtained a Health check Statement* and Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service*. Offers will be conditional subject to these being in place prior to the programme start date. (*The provider will administer and cover the costs of these requirements.)

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

We believe that the School Direct programme run by Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) provides a high-quality and distinctive route to becoming a primary school teacher. Over the course of a school year, trainees spend the vast majority of their time in school, learning from high-quality classroom practitioners. This time in school is supplemented with a comprehensive training programme, again delivered by successful serving practitioners, and masters-level input from our partner university. At the end of the programme, trainees leave with both QTS and a PGCE.

CDAT is a successful, growing multi-academy trust stretching across the Diocese of Chester - including schools in Cheshire East and West, the Wirral, Stockport and Tameside. Our schools provide varied training opportunities – from larger schools with 350+ pupils to smaller ones with fewer than 50, and from diverse, urban areas to village and rural locations. It is this great variety that gives CDAT’s School Direct programme a special flavour. While all of the schools in the trust itself are Church of England schools – another distinctive feature of our programme – CDAT works more broadly with other faith and community schools and a range of specialist providers.

We promise to provide: Placements in schools that offer strong mentoring and support. High quality training delivered by expert current classroom practitioners. Quality Masters-level input from our university partner. Top quality support from experienced tutors and the programme team.

Interview process

We are looking for people with the ambition, enthusiasm and resilience to be successful on our ITT programme and to become the outstanding teachers of the future.

Interviews are co-ordinated by CDAT and held at different schools across the trust.

We aim to offer a relaxed, inclusive interview process. Applicants who are shortlisted from their initial application will be invited to spend a day in one of our schools - please note that this won’t always be the school named on their application. During this day they will undertake a three part selection process:

  • Candidates will spend the morning in a class acting in the role of a teaching assistant, following which the class teacher will provide feedback on the candidate’s interaction with children and adults, knowledge, use of standard English and aptitude.
  • Candidates will then complete a written reflection on their morning, which will be used to assess their ability to reflect and learn from experience as well as their use of standard written English.
  • Finally, candidates will then have a formal interview, as part of which they will give a short presentation linked to a teaching resource of their choice.

Selection panels are made up of staff and/or tutors from CDAT schools and the Mersey Boroughs team.

We are happy to accommodate any adjustments that may be required to assist candidates on the day but ask that they are relayed to us in advance.

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

Both CDAT and the Mersey Boroughs Partnership are committed to equality of opportunity and proud of the help we offer.

Interviewees who would benefit from additional support are asked to contact us prior to the interview day: for example, to allow us to make extra time for or adjustments to any written tests or to put other appropriate arrangements in place.

Trainees are also encouraged to disclose any specific physical or other needs that they have in order for us to make any necessary adjustments, both at our training venues and within our placement schools. Our schools are typically accessible and have on-site parking.

As part of the pre course requirements potential ITT trainees are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with our Occupational Health provider.

Contact this training provider

Email
office@cdat.co.uk
Telephone
07488812724
Website
https://cdat.co.uk
Address
Church House 5500
Daresbury Park
Daresbury
Warrington
WA4 4GE

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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