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Reach Academy Feltham Physical education (Z408)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
South West Teacher Training
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You will learn how to teach a range of sports to pupils focusing on the development of the key skills so that pupils can apply them in a game situation. This includes the theory behind physical education and includes anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, health fitness and wellbeing, sports psychology and socio-cultural influences. Finally, one of the key aspects of physical education is to encourage pupils to lead a healthy active lifestyle.

The programme includes:

  • In-house training days (1 day a week) - seminar and lecture style sessions and live practice that cover teaching theory, teaching techniques, pedagogy and academic literature (including ‘guest lectures’ from expert practitioners).
  • In-school teaching (4 days a week) - you will be: planning for, preparing and delivering lessons; observing and supporting the lessons of other teachers; and taking part in the day to day running of the school.

Course structure

Trainees complete the following stages of progression (including hours of teaching each week):

  • Confident Teaching Assistant – 0-3 hours
  • Competent Lesson Deliverer – 3-6 hours
  • Considered Lesson Planner and Evaluator – 6-9 hours
  • Independent Early Career Teacher – 9-12 hours (or more)

The rate at which you progress will be decided in consultation between the trainee, their mentors in school and the course leader.


You will be assessed in your progress in the following ways:

  • Informal mentor drop-ins weekly
  • Halfway progress check
  • Formal observations by a member of SLT
  • End of phase review meeting
  • Review of the evidence in your digital evidence folder


You will receive additional taught sessions online facilitated by Bath Spa university and complete essays in order to obtain your PGCE qualification.

Distinctive features of this course

  • Careful progression in teaching load to support a sustainable start to your teaching career.
  • Deliberate practice approach to teaching skills to rapidly develop teaching practice.
  • Emphasis on building strong relationships with pupils and their families.

Experience of previous students

“I really like the real-world applicability of the training. The teacher techniques we learn, script and then practice are so helpful for embedding every day and essential routines within teaching”

“[I like the] real experience in a school and access to discussion with lots of expert teachers”

100% of trainees this year:

  • describe the training as ‘Very good’ or ‘Excellent’
  • would recommend the training to others

School placements

Trainees will be placed in a main placement school (either Reach Academy Feltham or a partner school) for four days a week from September for the majority of the school year. Trainees will attend training at Reach Academy Feltham one day a week (currently Wednesday although this is subject to change). You will teach classes from across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 across the year with some experience of Key Stage 5 teaching where available. Placement schools are carefully chosen to ensure they have strong support available for trainees that are on our programme.

At some point in the year, all trainees will complete a second school placement at another school (likely to be in the spring term). If your main placement school is not Reach Academy Feltham, then Reach Academy will be your second placement school.

You will have a subject mentor at your main placement school who will be your main day to day contact. You meet formally with them at least once a week to discuss your planning, receive feedback on your teaching and practice a key teaching technique. You will also have a professional mentor who is the key contact between the course leader and your placement school. They will oversee your placement and arrange the observations that will need to take place as part of assessing your progress.

You will also be supported by the course leader who is responsible for overseeing the programme. This person facilitates weekly training sessions and quality assures the support that trainees receive in their main placement school. They arrange the second school placement and coordinate with all parties to ensure that trainees are on course to achieve their QTS/PGCE qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Please ensure that you meet the below conditions before applying. If you are not eligible, please note that unfortunately we will not be able to accept an application from you until you satisfy all of the below criteria.

Candidates must:

  • Have a grade C or above in Maths and English language GCSE;
  • Hold (or will hold) an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);

If you do not hold a Grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths or English then you will need to enrol on a course to gain these qualifications, or take an equivalency test at

Personal qualities

We are seeking to train teachers to ensure that young people are able to go on to live lives of choice and opportunity. We are seeking candidates with the following background:

  • Passionate about sharing knowledge
  • Great communication skills
  • Resilience
  • Ability to build relationships
  • The ability to take on board feedback and a desire to improve

We welcome applications from candidates with a connection to the community we serve and an interest in working in an all-through environment.

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Other requirements

Applicants will go through the following process:

  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Criminal Record Checks
  • Two satisfactory references
  • Occupational Health check

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

If you are a trainee and you are not eligible for a government bursary, you may be eligible for a bursary from the Reach Foundation of up to £10,000. These bursaries are available for prospective trainees that would not be able to afford to train as a teacher without further financial assistance.

About the training provider

Reach Academy Feltham is an all-through school serving pupils aged 2-18 in South West London. The vision of the school is to support our pupils to develop the skills, attitudes and academic qualifications to live lives of choice and opportunity. The school is 30 minutes from Waterloo in the borough of Hounslow.

Reach opened in 2012 and has quickly developed an excellent reputation. It was judged outstanding in 2014 and has achieved strong results across the board, including the 16th best GCSE results in the country in 2017.

The school has a strong track record of training and developing teachers. We have trained more than 50 teachers via Schools Direct, Now Teach, Researchers in Schools and Teach First in Primary and Secondary and across a range of subjects.

The school has particular expertise in curriculum design - more than 100 schools around the country subscribe to use our History and Geography curriculum - and community engagement - we work closely with families and the wider community.

Instructional coaching is a strong feature of working at Reach. Every teacher and leader receives weekly coaching on their teaching and this is strong element of the training programme. We will support trainees to quickly become highly effective teachers!

In addition the school has developed an innovative cradle to career model to support the whole community. The Reach Children’s Hub offers expertise in working with parents and the community.

Our School Direct programme is delivered in partnership with South West Teacher Training.

About the accredited body

South West Teacher Training (SWTT) are a school-centred Initial Teacher Training provider that are working in partnership with Reach Academy Feltham to accredit this Schools Direct programme.

SWTT pride themselves on training top quality teachers who:

  • put pupil progress at the heart of everything they do

  • continuously develop themselves using the principles of deliberate practice

  • root their classroom practice in up-to-date and relevant research.

Interview process

Applicants will go through the following process:

  • Initial application screening
  • A short telephone interview to explore background and fit;
  • An assessment centre which will include teaching a short lesson to a small group of pupils, an interview with senior staff, a check on your subject knowledge and a written task.
  • A visit to the prospective placement school (where an informal interview will take place) to ensure a good fit between trainee and placement school.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to support candidates with disabilities and other needs. The school is fully accessible and we will work with prospective trainees to create a plan to enable them to flourish in the school.

Contact this training provider

020 8893 1099
53-55 High Street
TW12 4AB

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).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021