Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership Drama (J474)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership (RCTTP) is fully accredited initial teacher training provider. We were graded as Outstanding in all judgement areas following our Ofsted Inspection of 2015/16.

The SCITT programme is a full-time, one year course leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We also work with the University of Hull to offer the opportunity to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) . This consists of a distance learning programme of assignments, training sessions and tutorials all of which take place at our training centre - students do not need to travel to Hull.

Weekly central training takes the form of ‘taught’ sessions that are delivered by experienced, expert practitioners. 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.

All trainees must demonstrate that they have fully met each of the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the course. Assessment against the Teachers’ Standards is continual and is carried out through graded lesson observations, termly reviews of practice, formal assignments and Partnership Tutor visits.

School placements

RCTTP is extremely well established and has been successfully training teachers for over 15 years. Throughout this time we have worked in close partnership with many primary and secondary schools in order to provide a high quality programme of training. We currently work with over 30 partnership schools throughout Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, East Cleveland and North Yorkshire.

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 placement takes place in a block of 6-8 weeks in the Spring term. For Primary trainees this placement will be in a different Key Stage to the one they are placed in at their host school. Following the second school placement trainees then return to their host school for the remainder of their training year.

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.

All primary trainees have a school based Mentor who may also be the Class Teacher.

Secondary trainees have a Professional Mentor who oversees training and a Subject Mentor who will focus on the development of subject knowledge.

In addition to school-based Mentors, all trainees have a Partnership Tutor, an experienced, expert practitioner external to the school who will visit the host school on a regular basis.

The Course Leaders provide pastoral and academic support for all trainees.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Applications with a 3rd Class degrees may be accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis

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.

We are now in a position where we can offer GCSE equivalency tests however this may incur a cost which must be covered by the applicant- please contact us for more information

Personal qualities

Whilst rewarding, training to teach is also challenging and potential trainees need to have an enthusiastic, realistic and committed approach to teaching as a profession.

Successful applicants will have:

  • Excellent organisational skills and be able to manage a heavy workload.
  • The ability to work under pressure, on their own initiative as well as collaboratively and effectively with colleagues.
  • An ability to build positive working relationships.
  • Clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills

We are looking for people who are Proactive, positive, willing to learn, who aim for the highest standards and will work hard to achieve them.

Other requirements

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 and of the age you wish to teach

Police Check: You will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify that you are suitable to work with children.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership (RCTTP) is fully accredited initial teacher training provider. We were graded as Outstanding in all judgement areas following our most recent Ofsted Inspection.

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.

Why Train with RCTTP?

  • We are a well established provider and have been successfully training teachers for over 15 years.

  • We are a small and highly supportive programme focussed on meeting the needs of the trainees.

  • We work with a network of primary and secondary schools in and beyond the Redcar and Cleveland area.

  • We have a very strong, mutually supportive relationship with our Partnership Schools.

  • Our high quality school-based training is underpinned by a comprehensive programme.

  • We have very high rates of employment with many of our trainees securing jobs within Redcar & Cleveland schools.

For more information about training with RCTTP please visit our website

Interview process

Course Leaders and colleagues from Partnership Schools will look at application forms and decide who will be invited for task/interview day. It is therefore important that application forms contain all the relevant information and that particular attention is paid to the personal statement.

Applicants who are successful at this stage will receive a letter inviting them to a task/interview day. The morning is composed of a group task, a presentation task and a written task. The tasks are designed to find out more about applicants and their suitability to teach. Based on performance in these tasks, successful applicants will be invited to remain for a personal interview in the afternoon. This will include a brief teaching task which will be detailed in the letter inviting applicants to interview. Members of staff from partnership schools such as headteachers or subject specialists are also involved in the interviews.

Original documentary evidence of degree and GCSE qualifications must be provided at interview.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership welcomes all applications and would strive to meet any individual needs on a case by case basis.

Contact this training provider

01642 513659
Inspire 2 Learn
Normanby Road
South Bank

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).

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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