Primary Excellence Teaching School Alliance
Mathematics (39YC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
Financial support
Scholarship, 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 secondary school. You will be based in two different secondary schools across the year, immersed in school life and take an active role in the school team. You will work mainly in a lead school, with an additional contrasting placement in the second half of the spring term to give you breadth of experience. You will be given a mentor who will work with you throughout the year. The mentor is a teacher from your home school. Weekly they will travel to meet you at your second placement. Your class teacher and mentor will be a very good/outstanding practitioner.

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

Our secondary partnership schools are a diverse and broad selection- from a large secondary school to a small specialist school. This enables you to experience a range of teaching scenarios and class sizes. You will have opportunities to visit schools in the partnership other than your home or second school. Many of our primary schools are Maths Mastery schools working closely with NCETM and regional maths hubs; you will have the opportunity to shadow and work alongside Maths Mastery specialist that deepens your understanding of transition between KS2 and KS3.

Some of your training will be school-based, led by teachers and working with trainees from other schools; you will also attend University and be part of a broader cohort of University students.University teaching takes place on one day a week and includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops. A School Direct programme is intensive and akin to being in a full time job.

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 being provided by local schools.

Interview process

Following your application, a decision is made to invite you to interview . 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 teaching activity for a group of students.

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

• complete a short Maths test and Literacy 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, a relevant member of staff from the secondary school 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, 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). . Our programme has been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an outstanding classroom teacher.

Collaborative Programme Design

Set in School from Day 1

Broad and rich variety of high quality diverse school-based settings

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.

Secondary Maths is a bespoke programme with further opportunity to develop this specialism.

We are delivering the Secondary PGCE in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University.

We closely adhere to their entry requirements for the PGCE course along with the subject specific requirements. Plymouth Marjon has a general requirement of a degree classification of Upper Second (2:1). A 2:2 may be considered.


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 could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £22,000
  • a bursary of £20,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, 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 must have:

  • a degree at 2:1 or above in Maths consideration may be given to applicants with a 2:2
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications).
  • completed the Professional Skills' tests in Literacy and Numeracy by June 30th prior to beginning training in September.

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

Have a 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.

Have relevant experience of 10 days observing and working in the phase f

or which you are applying.

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.

About the accredited body

Marjon has a tradition of outstanding training. Educators and teachers have been trained here for 180 years. Alumni network and school relationships support your career.

Training is mostly school-based, alongside attending University, becoming part of a broad cohort of students.

Why Marjon?

• Relationships with successful school partnerships across the South West giving breadth of learning experiences.

• 96% satisfaction on Postgraduate training vs 81% sector average (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2016).

• Graduates earn more than other education graduates in South West and Wales (LEO data, DforE, 2017).

• Many education specialisms offered: childhood development, early years, literacy, wellbeing.

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
TQ12 6JB


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