2Schools Consortium
Primary (X130)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is a school-based route into becoming a qualified teacher and achieving QTS. The course lasts for one year full-time, from September to July. Most of the course is spent in school, where successful applicants are placed in a class under the supervision and guidance of a mentor.

Trainees will complete their year’s training at Oakthorpe Primary School, an Ofsted graded ‘outstanding’ school situated in the London Borough of Enfield.

All trainees on the 2Schools Consortium SCITT Programme have the opportunity to work towards a PGCE (Primary Education) award which will be validated by the University of East London as well as Qualified Teacher Status (awarded by 2Schools Consortium, the Teacher Training provider).

TRAINING SESSIONS Trainees will be required to attend a weekly face-to-face training session (during the Autumn and Spring term at Hazelwood Sports Centre and 2 at UEL Startford campus) delivered by a range of experienced teachers, outstanding practitioners and leading figures in their field.


Teaching is assessed against Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Standards, on three teaching practices across two school placements.

Assessment of the teaching is carried out regularly through observations of lessons, discussion and feedback on academic tasks and assignments.

A personalised training plan guides the trainee through weekly expectations of their learning through class based activities, tasks and assignments and out of school training.


Term 1:

  • 4 days per week in school, observing and shadowing the class teacher, increasing to teaching 4 sessions per week by the end of term

  • Every Thursday- training all day

  • 2 academic assignments and weekly academic tasks

  • Collation of evidence for Standards files

Term 2:

  • 4 days per week in school in a different Key Stage, then in a different school (contrasting setting) observing and shadowing class teacher, increasing to 3-4 days teaching

  • Most Thursdays- training all day

  • 1 academic assignment and weekly academic tasks

  • Collation of evidence for Standards files

Term 3:

  • 5 days teaching up to 85% of the week in main placement school. Training will take place up to 3 times over the course of the term

  • Collation of evidence for Standards files

  • Final moderation consisting of one lesson observation, discussion and scrutiny of Standards Files

If you would like to find out more or have questions please contact us by post, phone, fax or email.

Interview process

Applicants are shortlisted by the training team according to a scoring system against our (person specification)[http://www.2schools.org/scitt/what-are-we-looking-for/]. Candidates invited to interview must take the numeracy and literacy skills tests and the interview is subject to passing both tests.


Shortlisted candidates are invited to spend the day at Oakthorpe Primary School.

The day consists of:

  • Group introduction

  • Tour of the school

  • Half a day in class

  • Reading a story to a class (observed by class teacher/ member of school’s SLT/ Programme Leaders)

  • Interview with up to three members of the management board

  • Internally set maths and literacy tasks

  • Summative assessment by class teacher

Successful applicants are then offered a place subject to:

  • Satisfactory completion of up to 5 days of school experience

  • Satisfactory criminal record (DBS) and health checks

  • Satisfactory references

During the 3-5 day school experience, candidates are observed in a variety of situations and by a range of staff. We look at their approach to teamwork, relationships with staff and children, professionalism, flexibility and initiative during this period.

Observations made by class teachers and the training managers, applications, interviews, subject audits, and trainees self-audit of prior experience, all inform the needs analysis and development of a training plan once the candidate is registered on the course.

How school placements work

Most of the course is spent at the main placement school, Oakthorpe Primary School (children age 3-11) in a class under the supervision and guidance of an experienced and supportive mentor (often the class teacher or a senior member of the school’s staff). Trainees on the course can choose to focus on EYFS and KS1 (3-7) or KS1 and 2 (5-11) but all trainees will be exposed to the primary curriculum and the focai are flexible.

The course will include a minimum of three placements/practices. One of these practices will take place in a partnership school and in a different Key Stage. Our partnership includes around 40 schools across North London and regularly expands.

Experience in school progresses from observing and working alongside the class teacher, to taking full responsibility, initially for individuals and groups, and later, for a whole class.

Throughout this experience trainees acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of the range of elements which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Teachers’ Standards; from developing good relationships with children that promote learning, with other colleagues to working within a framework and national and school policies to deliver the Curriculum.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • Degree from a United Kingdom Higher education institution or equivalent, passed at 2.2 or above (we may accept candidates with 3rd class degrees when they demonstrate the subject knowledge and personal qualities required to start a teacher training course)

  • English, Maths and Science GCSE grade C/4 or above or the equivalent

If your qualifications were awarded abroad, you must submit proof of equivalency from NARIC with your application.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage own work load

  • Ability to combine work and study

  • Ability to work co-operatively and effectively with colleagues

  • Ability to build relationships with children that promote learning

  • Clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills

  • An interest in and enjoyment of working with children

  • Ability to reflect on own practice and learning and listen to advice

  • An understanding of children’s needs

  • An understanding of the professional boundaries related to child protection procedures

  • Willingness to implement and promote equal opportunities policies

Other requirements

Satisfactory criminal record (DBS) check. Applicants will need two references that meet safer recruitment requirements. All offers of appointment into the profession are conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of a health questionnaire.

About the training provider

Ranked in the 10 best Teacher Training providers for Primary Teacher Training in 2015, 2Schools Consortium has been an accredited provider since 2002 and has a wealth of experience in mentoring trainees and in delivering training.

The 2Schools Consortium (Ofsted Outstanding, May 2014) consists of a lead school, Oakthorpe Primary School (Ofsted Outstanding, 2008), in Enfield, and approximately 30 partnership schools where trainees are placed.

All trainees on the 2Schools Consortium School Direct Salaried and SCITT Programme have the opportunity to work towards a PGCE award which will be validated by the University of East London.

Quotes: ‘I’ve had so much fun this year and although it sounds crazy, I just wish I could do it all over again! ’ I feel that this year has changed me in so many different ways and made me so much more comfortable and confident in my teaching’. Lorne-Rhys Jones, Qualified Teacher, Worcesters Primary School, School Direct Salaried 2017.18

‘Once again very pleased with this year’s trainee. I have been using school direct for 6 years and half my staff next year are from the programme. Without it would not be able to recruit. It has produced wonderful teacher. Thank you.’ Maria Jay, Headteacher St Michael at Bowes Junior School, June 2018

Training with disabilities and other needs

At 2Schools we want to enable everyone to reach their full potential. After all teaching is the profession that unlocks potential in children. If you do have and declare a disability we will do everything we reasonably can to make special arrangements. Please provide details on your application form so that we can ensure this happens. This will not affect your application.

We are committed to provide equality and fairness for all in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

We have regularly successfully supported a number of trainee with dyslexia, mental health conditions and learning difficulties and will continue to provide high level of support for any disability.

Contact details

Oakthorpe Primary School
c/o Tile Kiln Lane
Palmers Green
N13 6BY


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