The Havering Teacher Training Partnership Physical Education (27NW)

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

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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) programme facilitates a gradual start to teaching. You will begin the course by observing experienced teachers in both your subject area and beyond, spending time in your subject department focussing on the curriculum and therefore developing the necessary awareness, skills and understanding of what it means to be a great teacher of your subject.

At The Havering Teacher Training Partnership (HTTP), we pride ourselves on the personalised support available to trainees on our programme. You will complete a Subject Knowledge Audit in our summer induction, prior to starting the course in order to ensure that you know where your gaps are and so you can work with your Mentor and Subject Leader to plug these gaps.

Throughout the year you will develop your understanding of how students learn, your subject knowledge and your classroom practice. You will be expected to read current generic and subject specific pedagogy, so you are able to plan and sequence lessons with competence and achieve sound lesson outcomes for your students. We also encourage you to join your subject association and to network with other teachers of your subject to maximise your potential.

We will develop your skills so you become a reflective practitioner and can view your lessons through different lenses. You will be visited in your schools by your Subject Leader and your link Manager, as well as receiving weekly observations from your school mentor; our feedback is regular, concise, and specialised to ensure you fulfil your potential.

Subject leader sessions provide opportunities for you to develop your understanding of your subject and how to teach it. We believe that teaching is a craft that requires passion, and we will help you find your teacher identity to become the best practitioner you can be. We provide a PGCE for all trainees based upon 2 written modules, a presentation, and a portfolio of evidence. Trainees also gain 60 level 7 credits (at M level) facilitating the opportunity to then go onto to complete a full Masters in the future.

School placements

The Havering Teacher Training Partnership is an accredited Initial Teacher Training provider currently working with the following Havering schools: Abbs Cross Academy, Bower Park Academy, The Brittons Academy, Harris Rainham, The Coopers Company and Coborn School, Campion School, The Drapers’ Academy, Emerson Park Academy, The Frances Bardsley Academy, Hall Mead School, Hornchurch High School, Marshalls Park Academy, Redden Court School, Royal Liberty School, The Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School and The Sanders School.

On this route, you will be placed for the majority of the year in one of the Havering partner schools listed above but will also benefit from half a term’s contrasting experience in another of the schools listed above where you will focus on a particular aspect of your practice.

You will be in school from the first day of the school year and from the beginning, you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and training days to ensure that you feel part of the team from the outset. We will equip you with an understanding of how children learn and the skills to plan lessons and manage behaviour before your teaching commences and will continue to support you throughout your journey to qualified teacher status (QTS).

All trainees teach across both KS3 and KS4 to gain a real understanding of the breadth and depth of your subject curriculum but depending on need/aptitude we may place you in a school that provides experience of KS5 teaching.

The long-established nature of the Partnership means we have a detailed knowledge of the culture and support mechanisms available in any given school. Demand for trainees usually outstrips supply so we are able to carefully match our trainees to the best place for them to thrive.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in physical education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Approved equivalency tests;

Personal qualities

We are looking for the right blend of subject expertise and people skills to be able to impact upon the development of our young people. We will expect you to speak clearly and coherently, and be comfortable talking to adults and students in a range of situations. You must be ready to accept constructive criticism to get the most from the experienced practitioners we will place you with. Passion for your subject is not optional! We will embrace your passion, drive and energy to support you to grow your teacher identity and become an effective practitioner.

Other requirements

You will have spent some time in an all-ability state school secondary school observing or possibly in paid employment. Alternatively you may have worked with teenagers in a voluntary capacity. We understand that early applicants may still be in the process of finding a school to visit or looking to gain experience if at all possible - we may be able to help with this if short-listed for interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,100
International students £9,100

Your £9100 fees pay for:

  • weekly cohort training
  • small group subject specific training
  • individual mentoring
  • personalised manager support
  • training from keynote speakers
  • core course texts
  • personalised support
  • course Tutor
  • DBS
  • health check
  • PGCE and M level credits
  • access to online university library

If you are offered a place on our SCITT route and withdraw before September 2021, you will be expected to pay £100 to cover the cost of the DBS, health check and administration. This is a condition of our offer letter.

HTTP can also help potential trainees to apply for scholarships, where eligible.

Financial support from the training provider

HTTP will help you to apply for bursaries and student loans prior to starting the course. Please be aware that the first payment is at the start of October, after the course has commenced so you will need to plan how your finances accordingly.

About the training provider

The Havering Teacher Training Partnership (HTTP) has been established for over 21 years (OFSTED GOOD 2021). It is highly regarded by all Havering’s headteachers. Long-term employment figures are exceptionally strong and across the borough our Alumni can be found in leadership positions.

Trainees are taken on a journey from apprenticeship to proficiency, through consistent exposure to outstanding practice and current educational theory. You will be trained to be a critically self-reflective practitioner, ready to enter and thrive in the teaching profession; capable of delivering good or outstanding lessons to ensure excellent learning experiences, spark creativity and passion for lifelong learning and prepare and equip students for an uncertain future.

Our programme is a school-based route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) that incorporates a PGCE accredited by Coventry University seamlessly interwoven into your training to ensure you benefit from maximum time in your placement school.

You will be fully supported throughout your training year, participating in weekly training sessions designed to help you understand the art of teaching (pedagogy) and develop your own subject knowledge and how to translate pedagogical learning to the teaching of your subject.

Currently Central Training takes place at Bower Park Academy with Subject Leader sessions at the Havering School in which they are based.

We are delighted however, that we are currently in talks with National Institute of Teaching & Education, Coventry University to further strengthen our partnership, which may result in us being able to offer more flexible and accessible training.

Interview process

We will coordinate the recruitment process and support you to make the right decision for your training. If shortlisted, you will be invited to be interviewed by our management team to determine your suitability for teaching. At this initial interview you will be asked to complete a short presentation and respond to a series of questions. If you are successful at this stage, we will invite you to a further interview with a subject specialist to assess your subject suitability. You may be advised to undertake further study either in the form of a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme or independently.

Our interview process is rigorous, fair, and thorough. As the training route is challenging, we work hard to achieve the best match of applicants to the available places in schools, our close relationships with our partnership schools enables us to personalise your support.

Training as a teacher is a demanding endeavour. Our programme is full-time and because you will be achieving both QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a PGCE (60 MCATS) you will need to undertake guided further study independently.

Whilst we ask a lot from potential trainees; we ask more from our partner schools to support your training. You will be supported by a Director of HTTP in the role of Lead Mentor, a school-based Mentor (subject specialist) a Professional Tutor in your placement school and a Subject Leader.

Many placement schools also have our alumni working within them, who can offer informal support and understanding.

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

We welcome trainees with disabilities and other special needs. In recent years Havering schools have been modified in order to improve disabled access. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know during their interview so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

HTTP has a partnership with “Havering Mind” who provide us with training, advice and support. Where Trainees have experienced problems they have been helped with personalised support tailored to their specific needs.

A senior member of HTTP staff works closely alongside each trainee and small tutorial groups ensure personal attention. Training sessions are held weekly which guarantees regular contact with other trainee teachers. Past trainees have remarked upon the valuable personal support received during those challenging periods inevitable whilst training as a secondary school teacher.

Our most recent Ofsted Report identified as a key strength: ‘The high level of individual support, and adaption of the programme in response to individual needs.’

Contact this training provider

01708 255006
Bower Park Academy
Havering 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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