Essendine Primary School Alliance
Primary (2B5T)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
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
16 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course


Training will take place within the Essendine Alliance and at the University of Roehampton. This course leads to QTS and PGCE (internationally recognised teaching qualification) with up to 60 Masters credits.

School experience

The practical placements in school provide substantial classroom experience appropriately staged throughout the year. You will undertake block school experiences for sustained periods of time in schools, working in at least two schools for a minimum of 120 days during the programme. Placements are undertaken within Essendine Alliance Schools.

Essendine Primary School is the lead 'School Direct School' in the heart of Maida Vale. Working alongside our partner schools we offer a range of salaried and training positions across primary and nursery school settings, with an unusual yet exciting advantage of linking both inner city and rural schools. At Essendine we strive to be the best, continuously reviewing and improving our practice with a young dynamic workforce, wonderfully inquisitive children within a welcoming environment. Essendine sets high expectations and believe only the best will do for the children and their staff.

St Clement Danes CE Primary School Westminster

An upbeat school in the heart of theatre land and Westminster. We are a highly committed, inclusive, Christian School that strives to deliver academic excellence through a curriculum bursting with creativity.

Queens Park Primary School Westminster

Queen's Park Primary School is a thriving, friendly community school committed to providing the best possible education for families and their children.

St Luke's C of E Primary School

This is a Christian school and we seek to provide education in a caring Christian environment. We are committed to enabling each child to develop his or her potential, intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We will value, celebrate and enjoy the cultural diversity that our children bring to school and promote mutual respect.

Hallfield Primary School is a thriving, forward thinking and innovative school committed set in the heart of Bayswater. We serve a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community. Hallfield also has one the largest grounds of any local primary school in central London.

Addison Primary School

Students are prepared for employment and made to feel part of the team

All our students from our initial training year secured employment within the alliance.

Interview process

We will invite selected candidates to an interview. The invitation letter will give full details of the interview. This is likely to be a classroom exercise, literacy test, and panel interview.


Applicants must bring the following to interview: their qualifications certificates; identity documents (photo id e.g. a passport, and evidence of residence e.g. a mobile phone bill or bank/savings statement); evidence of having taken the practice skills tests, or passed the actual skills tests. Overseas applicants must provide evidence of their eligibility to live and study in the UK. But full details will be sent out in the invitation letter.


If we make you an offer, it could be conditional upon various things such as DBS clearance, passing the professional skills tests by a set date. You are entitled to wait for the outcome of all your applications before accepting an offer on UCAS and we fully endorse this.

How school placements work

Candidates apply to the Lead school but you could be placed in any of the schools within that partnership, in negotiation between you and the School. Second placements are selected by the Lead school to ensure that you have experience of a contrasting age phase and setting. We aim to ensure that trainees do not have to travel for longer than an hour to their placement schools.

You discuss the age range you wish to teach, but the lead school (in discussion with you) will select the age range you will be placed based on your interview and tasks. You can be places in any of the following year groups; either Early Years 3-7 Years, with placements in EYFS and KS1, or General Primary 5-11 years, which will require placements in KS1 and KS2.

Trainees will have two placements in mainstream schools. Trainees spend the Autumn term, Spring 2 and the Summer term in their host school. Trainees spend Spring 1 in their second placement school (6 weeks).


The course fees for 2019/2020 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.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider


Quite separate from DfE bursaries (and additional to anything offered by DfE) schools on this programme are offering bursaries ranging from £2,000 - £9,000, to help cover some of your costs (dependent on each school), free accommodation included at some of the schools in the alliance.


While not provided by Essendine Teaching Alliance directly, as a full time student you are eligible for cheaper travel in London using a student oyster card and in many boroughs you can get a reduction on your council tax payments.



A UK undergraduate honours degree or an equivalent qualification at 2:1 or above.

Grade C (or the newer Grade 5) in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or approved equivalents).

A ‘pass’ in the DfE Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests

Personal qualities

We want you to have passion and enthusiasm. We need trainees who can engage and inspire students to a love of learning, who are:

*committed and motivated to always strive for the best;

*being open to learn about children’s physical/social/emotional/cognitive needs and how these can affect behavior;

  • resilience;

*creativity and passionate;

*ability to communicate well in written/spoken English, with at least basic computer skills and commitment to developing these;

  • sense humour and an ability to laugh at yourself;


Other requirements

Whilst it is not an essential requirement, we highly recommend candidates have at least 2 weeks experience in a school prior to interview, demonstrating that they have first-hand experience of being a teacher.

About the training provider

Essendine Teaching Alliance offers dynamic and diverse settings within which to train. Staff are energetic and highly motivated and committed to offering the very best educational experience to our pupils. We are keen to support trainees and have a wealth of knowledge and expertise for you to share.

The Alliance offers a range of settings for training within both community and church schools. Placements range from EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and all trainees are placed with experience teachers.

Our University Partner Roehampton has been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years and has a long-established, international reputation as one of the principal providers of teacher education in the UK. Many members of the academic staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of provision for all of our students; and all tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools with many having served as consultants or as Ofsted inspectors.

Excellent school-based training:

Students will benefit from placements within the Essendine Teaching Alliance. Training in our alliance prepares you for teaching in different settings and helps you decide where you would like to teach in the future.

About the accredited body

The School of Education at Roehampton is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK, with partnerships with over 350 schools.

As a student, you will enjoy high quality teaching, which will equip you for a successful career. Your employment prospects will be excellent: 99% of our teacher training graduates are in work or further study six months after leaving us (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2013/14).

Our School is ranked third in London for the quality of our research in the field of education (Research Excellence Framework 2014), reflecting the work-class expertise of our staff.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Essendine Teaching Alliance and our partner university are committed to supporting students with disabilities. Please contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged.

You can also find support and information from the university accrediting the programme:

University of Roehampton Disabilities Services

Contact details

0207 641 4382
Essendine Primary School
Essendine Road
Maida Vale
W9 2LR


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: 1BV
  • Training programme code: 2B5T

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Essendine Primary School, Essendine Road, London W9 2LR
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Support and advice

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