Primary Excellence Teaching School Alliance
Primary With Mathematics (39YB)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited provider
University of St Mark & St John
Financial support
Bursary or 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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

School Direct trains you in one year to become a Newly Qualified Teacher in a primary school. You will be based in two different primary schools across the year, immersed in school life and take an active role in the school team.

As a Primary Maths trainee

You will :

  • have a mentor and/or class teacher who is a Maths Specialist.
  • be part of the Maths network group
  • work with a Maths SLE through the year (1 per term)
  • be able to access all additional Maths training
  • have your' enrichment week' shadowing a Maths specialist / teacher

at a feeder secondary school

  • have your placement schools at one of our Maths Mastery Schools

During your training amount of direct contact with your class is:

Term 1: 50% contact/50% non-contact

Term 2: 60% contact/40% non-contact

Term 3: 70% contact/30% non-contact

As your teaching commitment increases, so your university set assignments decrease.

Our partnership schools are a diverse and broad selection; small rural schools of less than 100 pupils, larger urban schools of more than 350 pupils. This means that you will be able to experience a range of teaching scenarios and class sizes. You will have opportunities to visit schools in the academy other than your home or second school.

Some of your training will be school-based, led by teachers and working with other trainees from other schools; you will also attend University and be part of a broader cohort of University students.

You will be required to train in the whole primary curriculum in your school placements; we provide 12 Subject Knowledge Days delivered by talented ‘SLEs’ and teachers who have expertise in a range of curriculum areas. We also offer 5 afternoon workshops in the final term delivering information on curriculum areas and educational issues of your choice so that you can ‘lead your training’.

We organise 6 ‘Teach Meets’ during the year when you are able to meet your fellow trainees to discuss and share teaching strategies and methodology that has been observed in the classroom.

Our expertise covers many specialisms of education: childhood development, early years, maths, literacy and wellbeing.

As well as working with outstanding teachers you will also be able to participate in ‘cpd’ offered to permanent teaching staff. Cpd is delivered by the Teaching School’s ‘SLEs’ as well as cpd that is bought in by the academy.

Interview process

Following your application, a decision is made to invite you to interview at our ‘home’ school, Blackpool Primary School. The interview process lasts around 4 hours during which time you will be asked to:

• take part in a discussion task with other candidates around a pertinent educational issue

• lead a Maths - Focused teaching activity for 6 children – you choose the age group of children

• following a tour of the school, produce a piece of writing linked to the learning environment and school ethos

• complete a short Maths test

• take part in a formal interview

You will be interviewed by the Director of Primary Excellence Teaching School, the ITT Lead, a Head of Teaching & Learning and a representative from our partner university, Plymouth Marjon. You will be notified of the interview decision within 24 hours.

How school placements work

From day one, trainees will be school based and a part of a school team, and will be working with outstanding teachers and mentors in our Teaching School alliance schools. School Direct brings together all the necessary elements required for excellence in Initial Teacher Education and Training; this is built upon a partnership of expert school-based practitioners and our experienced accrediting provider, Plymouth Marjon University. The programme brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school-based setting, providing enriched, school-based essential classroom experiences that allows you to put theory into practice as you develop into an outstanding teacher. The School Direct programme duration is one academic year (September - July), during which time you will be based in a home school; and to ensure a breadth of experience, you will undertake a second placement in a contrasting setting. Alongside this you will have a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by University lecturers and outstanding teachers. Our programme has been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an outstanding classroom teacher.

You will:

  • enjoy a collaborative Programme Design

-be set in School from Day 1

-experience a broad and rich variety of high quality diverse school-based


  • have a strong ethos of support working with outstanding teachers and mentors in each school
  • have a mentor who will be based at your home school and will continue to visit you in your contrasting placement

During the enhancement weeks towards the end of the course you will have opportunities to shadow and work with Maths specialists and spend time in the Maths department of our partner secondary school.


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’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:

  • a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
  • at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Applicants need to have:

  • a good understanding of mathematics [degree in Maths or a

degree with a strong mathematical element at 2:1 or better.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a 2:2

  • or an A level in mathematics and a non-mathematical degree [will

be considered.]

  • shown a strong interest in children’s learning in mathematics.
  • GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above
  • gained some school-based experience in a prior to starting the course.

Personal qualities

Are you a 'hands on' learner? If so School Direct is for you.

We need candidates with values, qualities and attributes to become outstanding teachers, the drive and motivation to succeed.

Candidates with:

• passion to make differences to the lives of young people

• a 'can do' attitude

• good interpersonal skills

• imagination

• excellent organisational and time management skills

Wanting experience of:

being part of a school team

how schools address behaviour management

different school settings

how parents support children’s learning

the challenges of different learning environments

how you create deep rather than surface learning

Other requirements

You will need to have completed a declaration regarding any criminal convictions, clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau regarding suitability to work with young people and a fitness to teach declaration.

About the training provider

Primary Excellence Teaching School has been delivering the School Direct programme since 2013. We are proud to be recognised as a supportive partnership. Our schools are highly aspirational across the South West who believe that collaborative practice enables everyone to improve. We are committed to sharing very best practice and provide the highest quality of teaching and learning for our children. Collaboration is at the heart of our teaching school model. Fundamental to our Teaching School is the development of high quality leadership at every level. Through the development of ‘Leaders of Learning’ in every classroom and sustainable leadership within and across schools, we will be able to contribute to the growth of a world class education system. We believe that every child has the right to be taught by excellent teachers in excellent schools that nurtures, challenges and supports their potential. Our School Direct Partnership is an exciting training route for top graduates, in partnership with University of St Mark & St John. Our programme uses a variety of school-based settings, enabling trainees to experience a wide range of learning environments and contexts. This ensures that trainees are fully prepared to take up posts in schools. We are offering School Direct places for those interested in teaching in EYFS, Primary and Secondary Mathematics. Our programme awards both QTS and PGCE on successful completion of the programme. It is expected that as a reflective, highly developed, newly qualified teacher, you will secure employment in one of our partner schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are very aware of, and sympathetic to, disabilities and different individual needs that the trainees may have and we work with our ITT partner to ensure that opportunities are the same for all.

Disability and needs disclosure: If you have an illness or a disability which you think may benefit from support from the partnership, we encourage you to disclose this to your mentor. Disclosure is a personal preference and not compulsory but for your needs to be met you will need to declare them as we do not have access to this information otherwise. For further information, it is suggested that you contact the University Disability & Inclusion Advice Service (DIAS) in Student Support.

Plymouth Marjon University


Contact details

01626 824946
Primary Excellence Teaching School
Blackpool CE Primary School
Newton Abbot


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

  • Training provider code: 1QR
  • Training programme code: 39YB

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Name Address Code
First Federation Schools South West 4

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