Redhill Teaching School Alliance
Primary Apprenticeship (2G8C)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
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
10 July 2019
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

As an RTSA School Direct trainee you will be trained in a highly aspirational environment by outstanding practitioners. Our training programme will enable you to develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become an effective classroom practitioner and potential future leader.

We believe firmly in supporting the development of all of our staff and we pride ourselves on the quality of our training programmes and the level of support we are able to offer both our trainee teachers and existing staff. The feedback from our School Direct trainees is consistently excellent year on year and many of our trainees seek to work within the alliance after graduating. The lead school is a well-established outstanding academy and the Redhill Academy Trust was recognised recently by the DfE as one of the top ten most effective MATs in England.

The practical element of your training will take place within one of our alliance schools and is then enhanced through regular attendance at the University where you will enjoy full access to all of their facilities and expertise. Regular free training sessions are available to our trainees through the RTSA training programme alongside our specially designed programme of support specifically for our School Direct trainees.

You will be assigned to one of our partner schools from September and will take on the role of a fully integrated member of staff from the first day of the new academic year. You will be assigned a mentor from amongst the faculty staff of your designated school who will support your training. Mentors are carefully selected based on their level of expertise and capacity to support our trainees and they undertake rigorous training prior to commencing mentoring. You will also have the support of the School Direct Co-ordinator and your training will be closely monitored throughout by our Director of Teaching School.

Primary placements for 2019-20 will be available at Carlton Junior Academy, Carlton Infant Academy, Robert Mellors Primary Academy, Westglade Primary School and Willow Farm Primary School. You may express a preference for a specific school but we cannot promise to meet your request.

This course leads to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education. This gives you up to 60 Masters level credits and a recommendation for QTS. A Masters qualification can then be completed by undertaking subsequent assessed research.

How school placements work

Trainees spend all but the first half of the spring term in their main placement school. The second placement during the spring term gives the trainee opportunity to experience a different setting and school environment. We also provide opportunity for trainees to spend two days in a primary school and a day at Oak Field Special School to inform their general awareness of the different phases of the education system. Our trainees genuinely appreciate these opportunities. Trainees will gain teaching experience in KS2 and KS1. All our trainees are given regular feedback on their teaching and formally observed a minimum of 13 times but most benefit from continuous observation and feedback and we ensure that all trainees have weekly meetings with their mentors to ensure they are fully supported and progress carefully monitored. Apprentices are very welcome to access the School Direct Whole Cohort training programme delivered across the RTSA. The Director of Teaching School and university tutors quality assure the training process at key points and help assess the progress of the trainee.

There is a genuine ethos of partnership across our alliance as we come together very regularly through our CPD and training programmes and networks. Being part of a relatively large cohort of trainees is a key benefit recognised by all of our trainees and mentors.


Salary will be calculated and communicated by the host school prior to commencement of the apprenticeship

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.



  • A good UK honours degree or equivalent, preferably at a minimum 2:1 but strong candidates with a 2:2 will be considered.
  • Degree should be in a subject directly related to the Primary Curriculum.
  • GCSEs or equivalent (minimum grade 4) in English, Mathematics and Science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject area and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities. Ideally you will have already worked alongside young people (not necessarily in a paid capacity) and be able to demonstrate an ability to build positive relationships with children and colleagues. An awareness of current foci and issues in education would be beneficial. We are looking for trainee teachers who are willing to engage fully in every aspect of school life and relish the opportunities our training programme has to offer.

Other requirements

  • Work experience is no longer a prerequisite for application to School Direct training programmes, however any experience gained in schools will benefit both the interview process and training.
  • You will need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a CRB check) and provide information relating to Childcare Disqualification regulations.
  • You will need to pass the Government Professional Skills Tests. Please note that you need to have passed both tests by 24th July 2019 to secure a place with an RTSA school. NTU offer support with these tests where needed.

About the training provider

As an outstanding teaching school, heading an alliance of over 30 schools, including Primary, secondary and special schools, the Redhill Teaching School Alliance offers an opportunity to work with highly experienced professionals to train to teach.

As a trainee with us you will be fully integrated into the the school, in which you are placed and made to feel like a fully-fledged member of staff. You will be encouraged to engage in all aspects of school life, including being a co-tutor, attending parents' evenings, staff meetings and CPD.

You will benefit from the expertise of specialist staff in your chosen curriculum area, mentoring and regular meetings with our ITT Co-ordinator. We have a bespoke CPD programme for alliance trainees and a large supportive cohort, who meet on a regular basis.

There are regular employment opportunities across the alliance for our successful trainees and many of our graduates go on to develop rewarding careers in teaching and leadership in our own and other schools. We have a rigorous, but supportive approach, which helps trainees apply effective teaching and learning methodology to their developing practice and pride ourselves on our excellent programme of training and support.

About the accredited body

We have a strong working partnership with Nottingham Trent University, a highly successful training provider, which enables us to offer our trainees not only QTS, but also a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. We meet regularly with the team at NTU to ensure our trainees' needs are met in terms of both the practical and academic demands of the School Direct programme.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Nottingham Trent University has full disabled access as do the following schools in the partnership: Sir William Robertson Academy and The Carlton Academy.

Applicants who would benefit from disabled access, or who need support with physical, hearing and visual impairments, or mental health conditions, should let us know on their application, so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.

The Director of Teaching School, Sally Barfoot, would be in a position to discuss this with anyone who required further information or guidance.

Contact details

The Redhill Academy
Redhill Road


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