Wessex Schools Training Partnership Mathematics (2Y8C)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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.

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in mathematics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

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 Poole Grammar St Edwards Parkstone Grammar Bourne Academy Cornerstone Academy Corfe Hills QE School Lytchett Minster Glenmoor & Winton Dorset Studio Blandford Bournemouth Collegiate Wye Valley Academy

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 contact Ali Foster 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.

Interview process

Once you have applied 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

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

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 this training provider

c/o Poole High School
Wimborne Road
BH11 2BW

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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