George Abbot SCITT School Direct
Primary (2LWR)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
George Abbot SCITT
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This programme will equip trainees to teach subjects across the primary curriculum to students aged from 3 to 7 or from 5 to 11.

This is a school based training programme, spending 4 days a week in school completing 'on the job' training. One day a week will be classroom based where more in depth studies can be made into pedagogy and covering a variety of topics including behaviour management, lesson planning, assessment for learning etc.

Salaried trainees will be asked to teach unsupervised for 3 lessons a week from the start of the programme. Therefore we are looking for exceptional leadership and organisational qualities, and some previous experience leading training or working with children from salaried applicants.

Trainees can opt for the QTS only programme or the PGCE programme which requires assignments to be written at Masters level. These assignments are more research-based whereas the QTS assessments are more reflective, basing your work on your own classroom practice.

Our PGCE is accredited by Kingston University but there is no need to visit Kingston, as you will have access to all the online resources and assessors will visit trainees to introduce assignments.

George Abbot SCITT has 100% employment records for trainees following the end of the programme.

Interview process

We operate a one-day interview process comprising of:

*face to face interview

*teaching activity with a small group of students

*written paper designed to test your knowledge of numeracy and literacy

More information on what we are looking for from candidates can be found here.

How school placements work

Successful candidates will be placed in a main placement school for two and a half terms. All trainees have a mentor, usually the class teacher, for support. The focus will be on teaching students from age 3 to 7 or from 5 to 11, depending on which route the candidate and placement school agree upon.

Most salaried trainees come to us directly from the employing school, where they may be already working as a Teaching Assistant etc. Please be clear in your personal statement if your application is supported by a school where you wish to train.

However for exceptional candidates we will seek to find an employing school. When selecting a main placement school, we take the following into consideration:

*which of our partner schools would like a trainee

*the ability of our partner schools to support a trainee based on the trainee's strengths and weaknesses

*distance between the trainee's home and the placement school

*any links that trainees may have with schools

The placement school selection is usually done in conjunction with the trainee and is not confirmed until a visit has taken place by the potential trainee to the suggested school.

A second, minor placement will take place in the first half of the Spring term in a contrasting key stage to that of the main placement school. Again, all trainees have a mentor for assistance.

Trainees are expected to be in their placement school before the school day begins and to stay for some time after school to attend necessary meetings etc.

On Thursdays all trainees will come together for Professional Studies sessions - these mainly take place at George Abbot School but could take place in any of our partner schools.

All candidates will also spend one week in an SEN setting as well as occasional days in other settings, with advance notice given.

For further information, request an information pack via


There are no fees for this course and no bursaries or scholarships are awarded on any salaried training programmes.

The salary awarded will depend on the school in which the trainee is placed. For trainees placed in schools with academy status, the salary will be 'at the advertised rate' which will be approximately £14,500 pro rata.

Trainees placed in other schools the salary will be at point UNQ1 of the Unqualified Teachers Salary Scale. This is approximately £18,000 pro rata.

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.



*An undergraduate degree with honours at 2:2 or above (or equivalent)

*A standard equivalent to level 4/grade C in English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSE (or equivalent)

*Salaried trainees must also have 3 years in experience in the workplace (post full time education)

These qualifications must have been awarded by the start of the training programme.

Personal qualities

For information on the personal qualities that we are looking for from candidates, please click here.

Other requirements

All offers made will be subject to:

*the candidate demonstrating that they can communicate clearly in written and spoken English

*the candidate passing both the numeracy and literacy skills tests by the start of the training programme

*receipt of a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

For all candidates: please note we require sight of original GCSE, A level and degree certificates at interview. For those who have studied overseas we also require sight of any original NARIC documentation.

About the training provider

George Abbot SCITT is a highly respected and well-established provider delivering school-based Initial Teacher Training (ITT) through Teach Surrey. Teach Surrey represents an alliance of Teaching Schools and their associated partner schools.

We offer Primary and Secondary teacher training on a full-time basis, all with a core focus on training all teachers to teach all children, and this includes offering trainees the option to specialise in Special Educational Needs (SEN).

With 17 years’ experience leading ITT, we offer practical training in a variety of schools, with experienced practitioners to mentor you through the course. We have unrivalled experience in Surrey having trained over 500 teachers, and our provision across the partnership is rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, as well as by our past trainees.

We are small enough to really get to know our trainees and to be able to tailor our training to meet the needs of everyone on our programme. We are also proud to say that we have a 100% employment record at the end of our training programmes.

George Abbot SCITT has always led the way in teacher training and we work very closely with the DfE. In 2012, we were the first ITT provider in the UK to pilot the School Direct ITT programme. In 2013, alongside an educational charity, we created an entirely new route into teaching for candidates with PhDs, called Researchers in Schools. We were also selected to pilot a 2 year, part-time school-based training route for shortage subjects in September 2016.

About the accredited body

Please see information above.

Training with disabilities and other needs

George Abbot SCITT has trained teachers with a variety of individual needs. We are able to adjust our programme accordingly.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to disclose any needs you may have so that we can support you appropriately.

If you would like to discuss how we could support you during training with your needs, please do get in touch on 01483 888048.

Contact details

George Abbot SCITT
George Abbot School
Woodruff Avenue


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