Wessex Schools Training Partnership
Mathematics (2Y8C)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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

The Wessex Schools Training Partnership (WSTP) is a School Centered accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), it is offering places for secondary level training in all main stream subjects. We are also offering PGCE through Bath Spa University. Applications are made through UCAS, please visit our how to apply section for more info. Our training programme is designed to equip a person with the skills to work in any one of our secondary schools in the area and in particular in the partnership when vacancies arise.

What does the training involve?

WSTP offer experienced and outstanding teachers, who deliver bespoke training provision for the cohort. This training is delivered in our brand new training suite, at Poole High school and, offers a chance to take the learning and use it immediately with your peers.

This experience is coupled with in school training. During your training year, you will be placed in two of our partnership schools. Here you will immerse yourself in every aspect of the teaching profession. You will be given a mentor, who will meet with you each week to discuss the progress you and the students you teach, are making. You will also deliver 7 hours a week (during your first placement) and 15 hours a week (during your second placement).


During the training year you will be assessed in 3 main ways;

  1. Teaching ability – you will be observed teaching by numerous people, and graded on the lesson quality and the student progress. Don’t worry though, the grading only starts in your second placement
  2. Evidence Portfolio – You will be asked to formulate evidence that you have achieved the teacher standards. This will be an ongoing collection of evidence submitted at the end of the training year.
  3. Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) – This is offered and coordinated by Bath Spa University, who travel to us to deliver all the content you will need.

Once all of the above is complete you will gain Qualified Teacher Status and be able to start your teaching journey.

Interview process

Once you have applied through UCAS and, should we feel that you have the potential to become a teacher, you will be invited to attend an interview.

The interview will take place in one of the partnership schools and will involve: A subject knowledge interview A suitability to teach interview A presentation to a class A pupil led tour of the school A formal panel interview involving Headteachers/ representatives from the partnership schools

How school placements work

All WSTP trainees will have 2 placements within our partnership schools.

A short placement (6-8 weeks) which takes place from end of Sept to end of November

A long placement which will take place between January and the middle of June.

You will be expected to fully submerge yourself into the school working environment and plan and deliver lessons with the assistance of your school mentor.

During these placements, you will continue to attend WSTP run seminar programme every Wednesday afternoon and will also have the support of a dedicated Subject Coach who will be a specialist in your particular teaching subject.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Mathematics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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.



Academic Qualifications You will need to have at least a grade C or equivalent in English and Mathematics at GCSE and a degree in a relevant qualification of class 2.2 or above. If your degree is not directly related to the subject you wish to train in, or if you need to update your subject knowledge, than there are subject knowledge enhancement courses available, which are funded by the DfE

Fundamental English and Mathematics All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. An assessment will take place during the course to ensure you meet these requirements.

Personal qualities

What are we looking for?

Potential to teach – We are looking for someone who is passionate about their subject and helping people to learn about it. Good communication skills with strong organisational and planning skills. Subject knowledge – We are looking for someone who has a genuine interest in the subject area in which they want to become a teacher. Capacity for hard work – The teaching profession requires long hours, hard work and stamina.

About the training provider

At the Wessex Schools Training Partnership, we pride ourselves on offering the most up to date, engaging and supportive programme of learning. With a cohort size of under 30, we are able to offer one to one support for every trainee teacher. This is invaluable during the challenging training year.

Partnership Schools We have chosen schools based on their excellent environment to learn and their locality. We work closely with them and their outstanding staff deliver a large proportion of the training. The schools within the partnership allow us to offer a very different learning experience, ensuring that you find the right context for you. Our Schools are;

Poole High School Poole Grammar School St Edwards RC CE VA School Parkstone Grammar School The Purbeck School Carter Community School Lytchett Minster School Glenmoor & Winton Academies Dorset Studio School Blandford School

Our partnership schools are more than happy to welcome potential teachers into the classroom to observe lessons and the school day. If you would like to arrange this please contact Elisa Locke -WSTP@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk

What are we looking for?

Potential to teach – We are looking for someone who is passionate about their subject and helping people to learn about it. Good communication skills with strong organisational and planning skills. Subject knowledge – We are looking for someone who has a genuine interest in the subject area in which they want to become a teacher. Capacity for hard work – The teaching profession requires long hours, hard work and stamina.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The WSTP training facilities are located on the ground floor with wheelchair access. All partnership schools are committed to equal opportunities provision and equipped to ensure access is available for all trainee teachers.

The partnership prides itself in running a small cohort which allows us to tailor any individual support required by a trainee teacher.

On receipt of any recommendations from the DSA, WSTP will ensure that all necessary provision is in place for that individual.

Contact details

c/o Poole High School
Wimborne Road
BH11 2BW


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