Fairfields Teaching School
Primary (24ZQ)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Derby
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

The programme is a school-based localised training.

Trainees will spend approximately 4 days at the University of Derby with a focus on 2 level 7 modules.

The course is school based with a main placement and a second placement over the Spring term. The second placement is in an alternative key stage to the main placement.

Localised training takes place at The White Water Centre, Northampton each Friday and the training covers all aspects of the Teacher Standards and the primary curriculum, allowing trainees to put their training into practice at their placement schools.

We offer a 2 week enhancement period, offering experiences in secondary schools, EAL, EYFS and special schools.

Trainees can select from a 3-7 route specialising in EYFS and KS1 or a 5-11 route focused on KS1 and KS2.

The salaried route is the ideal route if you want to stay in the world of work, as you will be employed as an unqualified teacher during your training while you learn ‘on the job’, receiving support from experienced teachers and mentors. Trainees on this route should ideally have at least 3 years work experience and ideally some classroom experience. Trainees will have a timetable of approximately 70% as well as being responsible for a class from the start of the programme. This route is ideally suited for those who have already had experience of planning and delivering lessons and assessment.

Your salary will be a paid at a minimum of UQT1 for the duration of the training year and your tuition fees will be paid for you.

Teaching responsibility will increase over time, however, the salaried route would expect you to take whole class responsibility from September with weekly support from you mentor.

For further information, please visit our website where you can find our FAQs, or access our Applicant Pack

Interview process

Our interview process covers 2 experiences - school based engagement and a formal interview.

Stage 1 - school based engagement

Candidates will spend time in a local school interacting with a class through the delivery of a story of their choice. Candidates and be observed on how they engage with learners throughout the delivery.

Stage 2 - formal interview

Candidates will be asked to complete a priorities task, present their choice of story and complete a formal panel interview with the Teaching School lead, School Direct coordinator and local senior leader.

How school placements work

Placement schools for trainees are selected based on experience with ITT, locality and alliance membership. We work with over 80 different schools to provide placements to meet the needs of our trainees.

Candidates will have 2 placements, their main placement in the Autumn and Summer term and a second placement over the Spring term.


Trainees will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher Scale (UQT) on at least point 1.

Employing schools will be able to access grant funding to support the payment of the course fees.

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.



English, maths and science GCSE - grade C or above.

(equivalencies can be found on the University of Derby website).

A UK honours degree at 2:2 or above.

DBS checks will need to be completed prior to enrolment on the course.

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the DfE before QTS is awarded.

Trainees are required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment when you commence your course. Full details will be provided. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching and encouraging growth and development in learners.

We are looking for potential trainees with an interest in education and an awareness of what life in a school is like for a teacher, showing understanding of the career pathway.

Personal attributes include; good organisational skills, excellent communication skills and confidence.

Other requirements

DBS check

Health questionnaires will be carried out for those successful at interview.

Candidates must provide 2 good references - one academic and one professional.

About the training provider

Fairfields Teaching School Alliance is a truly inclusive training provider. We have an excellent track record of 100% of trainees achieving QTS with 2018 figures showing 100% good or outstanding outcomes.

Our alliance is based at the Outstanding (2018) Fairfields School in Northampton and works with a vast range of local schools and we offer opportunities for placements at special schools and mainstream schools.

We offer both the tuition fee and salaried training routes with a focus on localised and needs based training.

We work with the University of Derby, an Outstanding ITT provider.

Please contact us through teachingschool@fairfields.northants.sch.uk and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a special school, being inclusive is at the heart of everything we do.

We treat all of our trainees as individuals and cater for all needs for successful candidates. Our vast range of schools allow us to prepare bespoke placements if needed.

Contact details

Fairfields Teaching School Alliance
Trinity Avenue


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: 1L3
  • Training programme code: 24ZQ

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
Trinity Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JN
Yes -

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