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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.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is a school-based route to 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, a 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 Brighton as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS awarded by 2Schools Consortium, the Teacher Training provider).

TRAINING SESSIONS Trainees will be required to attend a weekly training session ( at Hazelwood Sports Centre) delivered by a range of experienced teachers and experts.

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

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

A personalised training plan guides the trainee through weekly expectations in and out of class.


Term 1:

  • 4 days per week in school, observing and increasing to teaching a minimum of 4 sessions per week

  • Every Thursday- training all day

  • 1 academic assignment and weekly academic tasks

  • Collation of evidence

Term 2:

  • 4 days per week in school in a different KS, then in a different school observing and increasing to 3-4 days teaching

  • Most Thursdays- training all day

  • 1 academic assignment and weekly academic tasks

  • Collation of evidence

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

  • 1 academic assignment and weekly academic tasks

  • Collation of evidence

  • Final moderation: one lesson observation, discussion and scrutiny of evidence

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

“I really looked forward to every Thursday training session and believe they were all developed so well. The training team have been an amazing support system this year!” NQT July 2020

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Degree from a United Kingdom Higher education institution or equivalent

  • 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

With the removal of the skills tests, we will be seeking evidence of a candidate’ proficiency in maths and English

All offers of appointment are conditional upon a satisfactory criminal record (DBS) check, satisfactory outcome of a health questionnaire and two references that meet safer recruitment requirements.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000.

About the training provider

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, in Enfield, and approximately 30 partnership schools where trainees are placed.

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

Quotes: “This course has provided me with so much knowledge to prepare me for working in the field. The training team have all been fantastic mentors and encouraged me throughout my years training, keeping me on track and providing me with endless support. The training team continuously look for ways to improve the course and listen to the suggestions we make, leading to us having training sessions that were both relevant and engaging from trainers we enjoyed. Overall I have really enjoyed my training year and feel well prepared to undertake my new adventure in September! Thank you :)” NQT July 2020

“I don’t think I could have found a more positive, supportive provider for my training. The training team themselves have gone out of their way to support us this year. The teaching staff have been wonderful mentors and I have learnt so much from them. I wish I could do it all over again.” NQT July 2020

Interview process

Applicants are shortlisted by the training team according to a scoring system against our (person specification)[].


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.

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 trainees with dyslexia, mental health conditions and learning difficulties and will continue to provide high level of support for any disability.

Contact this training provider

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

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.

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