Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership
Primary with SEND (AA76)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London (University of London)
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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 an EYFS/KS1 training programme with an opportunity for you to specialise in a SEND route during your training year.

The early years PGCE course involves attending a programme of lectures and workshop at Institute for 12 weeks spread over the year. These sessions will engage with generic and subject specific areas and will encourage you to become a reflective teacher. You will also be assigned a university tutor who will help to create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments.

The Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership offers an enhanced Professional Studies programme with trainees from all our schools coming together each week to study through a research based curriculum. With the unique guidance of the Thurrock Primary Teaching School Alliance trainees will use action based research to develop into outstanding teachers of the future. In turn, you will be part of a wider support network where you will have opportunities to share ideas and strategies with fellow trainees.

You will be assigned a mentor from the staff of your assigned school. Our mentors are outstanding teachers and they are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills.

Trainees will be expected to observe teaching across the whole school in the first few weeks in order to gain a sound understanding of the the curriculum. After half term you will teach small groups and your mentor will carry out observations of your teaching.

In second term you will teach alone and this will build up to 70%. To further develop your skills, you will carry out SE2, an alternative experience which will be out of the primary phase.

In the final term of the year, trainees go to their second placement school and their teaching requirement is up to 80%. They will be gathering evidence and preparing for the final assessment towards their QTS.

On successful completion of the programme, the Teach Thurrock Primary Partnership will support the trainees in gaining a job in either a partnership schools or a school in Thurrock.

Interview process

The interview will take the form of:

  • A short written task
  • A mathematical task
  • Teaching a skill to a group of children relevant to the age phase you wish

to train in

  • An interview with a panel of head teachers from the partnership and

possibly a member of the Institute of Education

If we wish to offer you a place on the course, you will be recommended to UCL Institute of Education who will carry out the necessary academic and experience checks (work for the salaried route)

Successful applicants will be notified by UCL Institute of Education as they are the accrediting body and are advised that until they receive an offer from the Institute they are not guaranteed a place on the course.

How school placements work

All 15 partnership schools are in Thurrock and they range from one form entry to three. We have academies and authority schools which gives candidates a wide range of training opportunities.

This is an early years programme so training will take place in EYFS and KS1 only. This will not stop you from teaching in KS2 but your training will focus on the early years. You will be offered an opportunity to visit prospective home schools and give feedback about why you may wish to train there. The final decision will be taken by the selection team but in most cases choices are honoured.

SE1 will take place in one of the keystages and you will carry out SE3 in the other key stage in the summer term which will strengthen your evidence against the Teacher Standards.

The training year lasts from September to the end of June.


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

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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

Financial support from the training provider

Teach Thurrock offers a £1,000 bursary to all of our PGCE trainees to support their transport costs during the training year. This is a partnership initiative and is paid by the home school throughout the training year and is on condition of trainees completing each stage of the course.



  • GCSE Mathematics, English and Science at a minimum Grade C and

current Grade 5 on the new system (or accepted equivalency)

  • Degree at 1st or 2.1 but we are willing to consider candidates with a 2.2,

dependent on their experience.

Degrees must be completed by July 2020.

We recommend you gain some experience in a primary classroom prior to interview.

Applicants whose first language is a language other than English may be required to produce evidence of their English proficiency.

Personal qualities

We are looking for inspirational teachers and the school leaders of the future. We want the most ambitious trainees who will embrace all the opportunities we offer and begin their route to become an outstanding teacher. A passion and commitment to improving the life chances of young people through high quality teaching and learning.

About the training provider

"Teach Thurrock " is an innovative one year primary school-based Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme through School Direct, in partnership with the Institute of Education. The programme is delivered by highly experienced lecturers, head teachers and outstanding teachers. The programme is essentially, a school based course within the partnership's fifteen schools which is supported by input from the Institute of Education. All trainees are allocated to a home school and are supported by an experienced mentor. Trainees will have the opportunity to gain experience of working within a variety of phases of education within the diverse range of schools within the partnership. Our local training programme has been designed and will be run by head teachers and outstanding teachers from within the partnership. They will be able to share their experience and knowledge based on their own current practice and national trends.

At the end of the course trainees will either be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) plus 60 Masters credits or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Those candidates completing the School Direct salaried programme will be awarded QTS only. It is expected, that on completion of the programme, all successful candidates will be supported in gaining a teaching post within one of the partnership schools or a school in Thurrock.

To register your interest, and for more information, contact Andrea Parfett at 01708 852128. Dilkes Academy is the Lead School in the partnership and you will have to search for this establishment.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Candidates with disabilities and other needs are fully supported on our programme and the bespoke nature of school based training allows us to tailor our support.

Contact details

01708 852128
Garron Lane
South Ockendon
RM15 5JQ


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

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

  • Training provider code: 166
  • Training programme code: AA76

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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Garron Lane, South Ockendon RM15 5JQ
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