Beech HIll
Primary (3957)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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

This is a salaried position at Hexham Priory School which is part of the Eden Academy Trust, a family of schools who work together under one Academy Trust. Situated in West Northumberland, it caters for pupils aged 2-19 years old who experience severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Some pupils have additional sensory or physical needs and some have an autistic spectrum condition.

During the course, students will spend 4 days per week in Hexham Priory and one other school being trained by experienced teachers. Every Friday is spent either at a school within the partnership or at Northumbria University. The Friday training will cover every aspect of teaching, including SENd; planning; working with support staff; grammar knowledge; ICT; forest school along with bespoke training depending on your individual needs. Alongside this training, students have the opportunity to spend time in schools for children with a high proportion of EAL, one for children with behaviour difficulties and a school for children with autism.

You will spend most of the time in Hexham with one 8 week period in another school in the partnership during an assessed placement. There are two assessed placements one lasting 5 weeks and the other 10 when students are formally observed twice a week in order to improve practice. As well as this, there will be 3 assignments set by the university - these will be set along with taught sessions at the campus and a personal tutor.

Schools within the partnership are listed on the Beech Hill website ( and are within the Newcastle area.

Schools Direct at Beech Hill has an extremely high rate of students going straight into teaching jobs following the course, often within the partnership itself.

Pastoral care and outstanding mentoring are another feature of the Beech Hill partnership. Students' wellbeing is paramount and our cohorts always work well together due to pre course induction days and the opportunity to observe eachother during the year.

As part of the assessment, students will present an overview of their learning at the university. We ensure students are well prepared for this during a two day residential at Linden Hall where presentations are completed along with practice interviews and guidance on the application process.

Interview process

Beech Hill coordinates the recruitment process on behalf of the partnership.

Following a short listing process, successful applicants will be invited for interview.

This will involve a full day spent at Hexham Priory. Each candidate will be expected to deliver a 15 minute reading activity to a small group of pupils from within the primary phase. There will also be the opportunity to talk to some staff and pupils, meet the school council and participate in a group discussion with other candidates during the morning. There may be a representative from our partner, Northumbria University at each of the interview days which will take place in clusters of 3 or 4 schools within the partnership.

The interviews will take place on the same day and will include questions on experiences and suitability for the course.

How school placements work

Our partnership of around 15 schools is led by Beech Hill Primary School; a National Support School with an excellent track record of school improvement. We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide variety of settings which include: small village schools, large two form entry schools and opportunities to have placements in a pupil referral unit and a specialist provision for children with autistic spectrum disorder. You will also spend time in a school with a high proportion of EAL to ensure you have a wide and varied range of experiences during your training.

All of the schools are conveniently located and geographically close to each other allowing students to visit other settings and easily access CPD within the cluster.

All schools in the partnership have been judged good or better by OFSTED and include staff with a proven track record in training and professional development.

The age ranges you will be teaching will range from 3 to 11 with 2 placements in different schools in different key stages. The majority of the time will be spent in your host school with 7 weeks in a second school for an assessed placement in the second half of the autumn term.


The successful candidate will be paid at point one of the non qualified teacher scale.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



All students will have GCSE at C or above in English, maths and science.

A degree at class 2:1 or above

Personal qualities

While we appreciate that applicants will not be the finished article - that is the job of Beech Hill and Hexham Priory - we expect that prospective students will have a passion for working with children, some experience of working in schools and evidence of having resilience as the course is fast paced and challenging.

Other requirements

Before the start of the course, all students will be subject to a DBS check and will be asked to complete a health questionnaire.

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At least 3 years experience working with pupils with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties

At least 3 years experience working with pupils using PECS and Makaton

At least 3 years experience working with pupils using Occupation Therapy techniques to include brushing

About the training provider

With Beech Hill Primary as the Lead School, Creating Teachers for Tomorrow (CT4T) are delivering a dynamic, new Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. We work in partnership with Northumbria University offering full time Schools Direct tuition and salaried placements.

You would become part of a long established network of schools that work closely together and frequently share expertise. Our vision is simple yet powerful – The Best from all, for All and our aim is to equip every child with the skills and ambition to be a valued member of society and the wider world.

Our partnership of schools is led by Beech Hill Primary School; a National Support School with an excellent track record of school improvement. We offer a wide variety of settings which include: small village schools, large two form entry schools with additional placements in a pupil referral unit; a specialist provision for children with autistic spectrum disorder and a school with a high proportion of EAL ensuring a wide and varied range of experiences.

We provide support, expertise and an array of experiences, allowing trainees to fulfil their potential as excellent practitioners.

Successful applicants will gain a full PGCE with Masters credits from Northumbria University. Trainees spend four days a week based in host and placement schools, with the fifth day dedicated to bespoke training and university support.

Staff amongst the partnership are regarded as our greatest asset and you would become part of a very strong team.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Students with disabilities and other needs will be fully supported by the partnership. Placements in schools are considered carefully taking physical and mental health conditions into account and accessibility issues will be addressed as necessary.

Contact details

Linhope Road
West Denton
Newcastle upon Tyne


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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 14G
  • Training programme code: 3957

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Location Vacancies Code
Hexham Priory
Corbridge Road, , Hexham, , Northumberland, NE46 1UY
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