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Stockton-on-Tees Teacher Training Partnership Music (3DY8)

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

As the only Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ provider in Stockton-on-Tees, we are a SCITT that prides itself on our bespoke curriculum personalised to meet your individual needs.

Training is graduated so that trainees focus on the essential concepts at different stages of training. This is why there is a strong focus on planning and managing behaviour initially, plus core curriculum for primary trainees as well as the skill of effective observation. Gradually over the year, trainees are introduced to more and more aspects of teaching such as SEND, foundation subjects for primary and KS4 for secondary trainees. There is a strong focus on evidence-based practice so that trainees learn the most effective teaching strategies that have been proven to make a difference to pupil learning; knowing why something works creates better teachers. We prioritise your subject knowledge development, both in terms of content and pedagogy (how to teach Music). Your Music training in school is personalised to meet your unique needs and will include a variety of activities. You will be assigned an Music specialist as your mentor. You will work closely with your mentor and other Music colleagues within the school every day. Time will be spent observing experienced colleagues and learning about the craft of the classroom as well as weekly one to one sessions with mentors, participation in your placement school’s staff training, subject specific advice to support your planning and teaching, colleague and pupil shadowing, and much more.

Over 70% of your time will be spent in school learning from experienced, excellent teachers. Your progress is reviewed regularly through observation of your practice and reflective conversations with your mentor and professional tutor. We also offer the academic, Masters Level PGCE, accredited through Sheffield Hallam University. The PGCE is fully integrated into our programme, with direct links to Music educational theory. You gain access to Sheffield Hallam’s vast online library and all training is undertaken locally in Stockton.

School placements

We work with a large number of schools in the Stockton area and beyond. Stockton’s educational outcomes are strong. Training with Stockton SCITT means working in successful schools, with excellent teachers who ensure pupils in Stockton get the best educational deal possible. Where primary schools have Ofsted judgements, 93.7% of Stockton primary school pupils attend a Good or Outstanding school. 95% of our partner primary schools in Stockton are Ofsted graded Good or Outstanding. For secondary, for those schools with Ofsted judgements, 92.5% of Stockton secondary school pupils attend a Good or Outstanding school. 92.3% of our partner secondary schools are Ofsted graded Good or Outstanding. *Based on 2019 data.

Trainees are assigned two placement schools across the year. You have a host (main placement) school that you will work with the majority of the year (autumn and summer terms) and a shorter second school placement in the spring term. In each school, you have a mentor dedicated to supporting your development.
In school, trainees follow one of three programmes:

  • Age 3-7 primary programme, covering Key Stage One and the Early Years

  • Age 5-11 primary programme, covering Key Stages One and Two

  • Age 11-16 secondary programme, covering Key Stages Three and Four

In addition, all trainees will have the opportunity to engage with our ‘Wider Education Week’ visiting special schools, pupil referral units and experience a different phase of teaching from the phase in which you are being trained.

Placements take the individual circumstances of trainees into account, e.g. geographical location of the school in relation to your home.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must already hold the following:

  • GCSE English and Maths Grade C, Level 4 minimum (or equivalent) Applicants must have achieved the following by the time the course starts:
  • Honours degree at 2:2 or above. For secondary, we prefer your degree to have some connection to the subject you want to teach. Where this is not the case, relevant A Level qualifications and experience will be taken into account.

For non UK qualifications you will need a NARIC statement of comparability.

Personal qualities

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career. We are looking for potential; If you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people, have a positive outlook, are patient and adaptable, have good interpersonal skills, are creative and imaginative, have good organisational and time management skills, are reflective and strive to improve your own practice, then this could be the career for you. Previous school experience is not an essential criteria but if you are able to gain some experience, it could help inform your decision to train to teach and is one way to enhance your application.

Other requirements

Applications are enhanced by evidence of some experience in a school but it is not a condition for application.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check, sign a declaration that they have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children and complete a medical health questionnaire which may be subject to an occupational health referral. This will be arranged by the Partnership.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support from the training provider

We offer a laptop loan service for use throughout the course.

If you are responsible for Council Tax we are able to provide you with a letter to confirm your eligibility for discount as a full time student.

About the training provider

We are the only OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ provider in Stockton-on-Tees. Our unique approach combines focused specialist in-house training in how to teach alongside immersion in the school environment to develop your skills as a teacher. We are one of a very few providers who provide substantial in-house training alongside your placement in school. We believe that this better equips you to hit the ground running when you begin to teach. Training sessions provide practical strategies and techniques that will support you when you are teaching in school. There are also many opportunities for you to learn from and teach your fellow trainees through sessions that allow you to share your successes, ideas and challenges with each other and reflect on your school experiences. You will benefit from a mentor dedicated to supporting your development as well as a professional tutor who will oversee your development throughout the year. We have a reputation for excellence, which is why more trainees than ever are choosing Stockton SCITT. 100% of our trainees who completed the programme in 2019 were graded at least Good with 79% graded as Outstanding. We expanded by 35% in the last year alone. Our employment rate is very strong; every year, over 50% of our trainees go onto secure NQT positions in Stockton, many in the schools where they trained with the rest gaining employment in the wider Tees Valley and beyond.

Interview process

We have robust safeguarding procedures in place, therefore enhanced Disclosure and Barring Checks (DBS) and barred list checks are undertaken to ensure trainees are suitable to train to teach. Our recruitment process follows a number of steps:

  • Stage One: Screening Applications are checked to ensure that applicants’ qualifications meet the entry requirements.

  • Stage Two: Scrutiny Applications meeting the entry requirements are scrutinised by the Partnership against set criteria.

  • Stage Three: School Based Interview Process Candidates who are invited to participate in stage 3 of the selection process will usually attend a Partnership school where they will be required to undertake a teaching activity. This will be followed by a formal interview with the head teacher or other school leaders alongside representatives from the Partnership and a written task. The process is designed to assess fundamental English and maths skills, subject knowledge, ability to engage with young people and assess a trainee’s overall suitability to train to teach.

Training with disabilities and other needs

toilet facilities. All of our training takes place on the ground floor. For trainees with specific needs such as dyslexia or autism, we work with Occupational Health and the trainee to identify their precise needs and ensure that the appropriate support is put in place. For example, a recent trainee with dyslexia was provided with appropriate software on a loaned laptop, a smartpen, overlays and materials provided on coloured paper. The family dynamics of trainees often change during the course of the programme; we work with you to support you to manage these changes alongside your training needs. For example, in previous years, we have offered maternity and paternity leave, compassionate leave and temporary flexible training hours to manage a specific issue. The well-being of all our trainees is very important to us. We continually monitor well-being through a number of mechanisms and individual support is put in place as required. All individual needs are taken into account when determining the location and nature of your placement schools.

Contact this training provider

01642 527675
Block B - The Education Centre at SSFC
Bishopton Road West
TS19 0QD

Support and advice

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