Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership Primary (K181)

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

Accredited body
Durham SCITT
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

Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership School Direct programme is a full-time, one year course leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). RCTTP works in partnership with Durham SCITT to offer teacher training in Redcar and Cleveland and the surrounding areas. We also offer the opportunity to study for a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

Weekly central training takes the form of ‘taught’ sessions that are delivered by experienced, expert colleagues. The sessions are grounded in theory and also provide practical strategies and techniques that can then be applied to classroom practice. Central training also provides an opportunity for trainees to share and reflect on their school experience.

School training is individualised to meet each trainee’s needs and will include a variety of activities including focused lesson observations of colleagues, weekly tutorials with Mentors, attendance at school-based training activities, team planning and teaching, focused meetings with school specialists, colleague and pupil shadowing and undertaking research into a school-based issue.

During the first half-term trainees are not expected to teach. Time will be spent observing experienced colleagues and learning about the craft of the classroom. In the second half of the Autumn term trainees will teach a 30% timetable. The teaching commitment increases to 50% in the Spring term and 70% in the Summer term of the training year.

School placements

RCTTP works in close partnership with schools in Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, East Cleveland, Whitby, North Yorkshire and Darlington.

Training placements are arranged by RCTTP and trainees could be placed in any of our schools within this area. Where possible travelling distance and public transport routes are taken into consideration when arranging placements. For a full list of our partnership schools please visit our website-

All trainees have a ‘host school’. The majority of the trainee’s time is spent in the host school which enables them to build strong relationships with colleagues and pupils, maintain continuity of teaching and fully become part of a school; trainees develop a sense of belonging and are immersed in school life.

The second school experience takes place in a block of 8-10 weeks in the Spring term

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

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Personal qualities

Whilst school experience is not an essential criteria for entry to initial teacher training, relevant experience is extremely valuable. It is therefore very important to gain as much experience as possible of working with children (preferably in an educational setting). It is also useful if this experience is with children of the age you wish to teach.

Other requirements

Health Check Before being accepted onto the course, all trainee teachers must satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach. You will be asked to complete a confidential self certified Health questionnaire, and if appropriate, an Occupational Health Advisor may request to see you for a more formal medical examination.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides employers and other authorised organisations with details of an individual’s convictions, cautions, police reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

Trainees who are not on a salaried course can access student loans to pay the fees and may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan (this is means tested).

Trainees usually opt to take up the Tuition Fee Loan to cover the costs of training however in some cases trainees choose to pay the fees themselves.

For more information on student loans please visit:

About the training provider

Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership works in partnership with Durham SCITT to offer teacher training opportunities in the Redcar and Cleveland area.

We are a small and highly supportive provider. Our strength stems from the relationships that we have firmly established with our Partnership Schools and that we develop with our trainees over the course of the training year.

Our aim is to train reflective practitioners with the necessary skills to become committed, creative, enthusiastic and knowledgeable professionals, able to meet the demands of teaching in the 21st century.

The School Direct programme is a full-time, one year course leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and also offers the opportunity to study for a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

RCTTP works with schools in Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, East Cleveland, Whitby, North Yorkshire and Darlington.

About the accredited body

Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership works in partnership with Durham SCITT to offer teacher training opportunities in Redcar and Cleveland and the surrounding areas.

Durham SCITT has been training teachers since 2005 and achieved and Ofsted grading of Good in their 2022 inspection.

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

RCTTP fully supports candidates with disabilities during the interview process and throughout the course.

Corazon Health Service provides an assessment and advisory service on the occupational health aspects of trainees. As part of the recruitment process, you will be required to complete a health questionnaire and, if any needs are identified, will be followed up. Any necessary recommendations will be put in place.

Contact this training provider

01642 513659

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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