The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership Primary (SEND) (K623)

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

Accredited body
Chiltern Training Group
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
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Course summary

The School Direct Primary training course operates over one school academic year and is a full time programme. All PGCE tuition fee trainees will be in school for the equivalent of four days per week increasing to five days per week in the final term. This course is offered through the Lead Schools of St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School, Bedford and Robert Bloomfield Academy Shefford.

During the training year, applicants will be allocated a trained mentor within the appropriate age phase to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week complementary placement. SEND Trainees will require an additional mainstream placement and attend extra SEND courses

Applicants will also be required to attend the twice weekly taught course sessions which underpin the practical, school based element of the training. These are the Professional Studies course which aims to connect theory and practice and addresses the Standards for QTS and will involve assessment via the successful of completion of assignments & Reflective Journals. Additionally, all trainees will attend the Subject Application course which will be delivered by specialists in the relevant Primary age group and will address subject knowledge and appropriate pedagogical approaches and which will cover the curriculum requirements for the Core and Foundation subjects.

School placements

As part of the training programme, all applicants will have two school placements which will enable them to teach across two consecutive age ranges focusing on KS1 & 2.These will take the form of a main school placement in a Lower, Primary or Middle school and a shorter complementary placement. Additional mainstream placement for SEND Trainees.

During the training year, applicants will be allocated a dedicated mentor within the appropriate age phase to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week second placement.

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants. We would encourage applicants to familarise themselves with the Teacher Standards and the Primary National Curriculum - as well as the current issues effecting education and schools. Additionally, we are looking for applicants with excellent communication skills and who can demonstrate commitment, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in working with young people.

Other requirements

In line with current safeguarding practice, we (or the employing school) will carry out a number of pre-employment checks, including taking up references and a DBS Clearance check for all trainees prior to the start of the course.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership is a successful and long established school based teacher training provider offering both Secondary and Primary PGCE, Tuition Fee and Salaried courses across the local area.

We believe in providing high quality training provision with a focus on supporting the individual - offering small teaching groups - and extensive pastoral support.

Now working in Partnership with The Chiltern Training Group - an Outstanding local SCITT - as well as a network of Partnership schools across Bedfordshire and Luton - we are proud to serve our local schools where the vast majority of our trainees go on to be employed.

About the accredited body

The Chiltern Training Group is an OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ SCITT Provider and is part of the wider Chiltern Learning Trust, which currently educates over 8 thousand children across Bedfordshire and incorporates two new Teaching Hubs.

Interview process

Applications received by The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership are subject to initial shortlisting by the Programme Manager. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend an interview which consists of a written task, a practical classroom focussed exercise as well as basic literacy & numeracy testing. Successful candidates are then informed of the outcome within two working days of the interview date.

Where the application is for a Schools Direct Salaried training place - applicants may be required to attend a second interview with their placement school

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

The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership is committed to diversity, inclusion and well-being and aims to create a culture where everyone feels valued. We therefore welcome applications from all those who meet the entry requirements for teacher training and will always endeavour to offer the very best level of support. All individual needs will be assessed in conjunction with Occupational Health.

For trainees with a disability or additional needs it may be possible to apply for financial support from the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) - please see the link below for further information:

Contact this training provider

01462 817445
Pix Brook Academy
Arlesey Road

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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