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Essendine Primary School Primary (Q922)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton 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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

The Essendine Alliance offers a range of settings for you to train within.

Placements range from EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and all trainees are placed with experience teachers.

Candidates apply to the Lead School but you could be placed in any of the schools within that partnership, in negotiation between you and the School. Second placements are selected by the Lead School to ensure that you have experience of a contrasting age phase and setting. We aim to ensure that trainees do not have to travel for longer than an hour to their placement schools.

You discuss the age range you wish to teach, but the lead school (in discussion with you) will select the age range you will be placed based on your interview and tasks. You can be placed in any of the following year groups; EYFS, KS1 or KS2.

Our students describe the course as inspiring, rewarding, life changing.

School placements

Trainees will have two placements in mainstream schools. Trainees spend the Autumn term, Spring 2 and the Summer term in their host school. Trainees spend Spring 1 in their second placement school (6 weeks). At the end of their second placement they will spend a week in a phase that they have missed a placement in.

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

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 £16,000

About the training provider

Essendine Primary School is a lead school in the heart of Maida Vale. Working alongside our partner schools we offer a range of un salaried and training positions across primary school settings. Our schools direct positions are accredited by the University of Roehampton, who, alongside our in-house training from outstanding practitioners will design and deliver our schools direct programme. Each trainee will have the opportunity to gain a PGCE and 60 masters’ credits, whilst developing their essential classroom based skills. At Essendine we strive to be the best, continuously reviewing and improving our practice with a young dynamic workforce, wonderfully inquisitive children within a welcoming environment. We encourage creativity and have a supportive and experienced leadership team who thrive on challenge. Essendine set high expectations and believe only the best will do for the children and their staff. Alongside Essendine, the schools working in our alliance are: St Clement Danes CE Primary School, Westminster Hallfield Primary School, Westminster Old Lady of Dolours, Westminster Addison Primary School We encourage the full potential of every person by providing a safe and secure environment which places individuality at the centre of every aspect of school life. We aim to build warm and positive relationships with parents and others we work with. This enables us to work together to prepare children for life now as well as in the future. We are now open for applications and will be offering un salaried training positions. Please email Lisa Mafrica at for further info.​

Interview process

Whilst it is not an essential requirement, we highly recommend candidates have at least 2 weeks experience in a school prior to Interview, demonstrating that they have first-hand experience of being a teacher.

Interviews will be conducted at Essendine in front of a panel. There will be a written task (20 minutes) the literacy and numeracy tests will be completed online before the interview.

Details will be sent if successful for an interview.

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

At Essendine, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and pupils. We pursue this aim using workplace practices, universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. By developing and implementing a practical, relevant and effective mental health policy and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for staff and pupils affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health.

At Essendine we aim to create an environment that promotes positive mental health in all staff and pupils by:

  • Increasing understanding and awareness of common mental health issues
  • Providing opportunities for staff to look after their mental wellbeing
  • Alerting staff to early warning signs of mental ill health in pupils
  • Providing support to staff working with young people with mental health issues
  • Providing support to pupils suffering from mental ill health and their peers and parents or carers

Contact this training provider

Essendine Road
Maida Vale
W9 2LR

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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