Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT)
Religious Education (32PK)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
The School Direct salaried PGCE with QTS placement is from August 2020 through to the end of the Summer Term July 2021
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020

About the course

This course prepares you to teach Religious Education to pupils aged 11 to 18. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people's development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in Religious Education as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching.

Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful Teachers.

You'll be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

The School Direct PGCE with QTS Teacher Trainees is run in collaboration with CHAT Academies (Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust) and the highly acclaimed University of Warwick (It’s Centre for Teacher Education is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for its ITT, Primary and Secondary training)

CHAT Academies has primary and secondary PGCE teacher trainee placements to offer for 2020-21. Some of these places will be taken up by CHAT with a proposal for some places to be offered to other rated good and outstanding schools in Enfield.

Interview process

You will be asked to attend the school in which you plan to train for interview/assessment. The process takes a couple of hours and includes a 30 minute numeracy/literacy task; 20-25 minute "micro-lesson" and formal interview, which is a requirement of University of Warwick.

The purpose of the micro-lesson is to see how you interact with students. The formal interview will be with a member of the Teaching School team, usually one of the Head Teachers and the Head of Department for whatever subject you are interested in teaching.

We provide an indication within 1 working day regarding the outcome of your interview. Warwick University will then make a conditional or unconditional offer once all checks are completed.

How school placements work

Trainees will be placed at CHAT Academies (4x Primary Academies: Woodpecker Hall Academy, Kingfisher Hall Academy, Enfield Heights Academy, Cuckoo Hall Academy and 1x Secondary Academy: Heron Hall Academy.


The University of Warwick PGCE with QTS, The Course fees would be paid by CHAT currently £2,000 which would include training for the trainee and mentor, whether based at CHAT, in Enfield, London, Cambridge or at Warwick.

CHAT or the host school would pay a salary, which is negotiable to each trainee it employs. CHAT School Direct Salaried trainees are currently paid a salary in addition to CHAT paying the fee of £2,000 PGCE with QTS course fee to Warwick University.

The School Direct Salaried route provides an employment-based option. It is ideal for graduates with extensive work experience, who have worked in a school or similar setting for some time. You will not be eligible for any Bursaries or Scholarships but you will receive a salary while you train.

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.



If an applicant meets the pre-course criteria (5 x GCSE's: English, Maths and Science at grade C or new grade 4 or higher) Degree at preferably 2:1 or above but negotiable for a strong candidate (Impressive Interview, lesson observation and response to the unseen written task) they will be interviewed and can be offered a conditional place.

There is no late entry to the course for any reason whatsoever.

Personal qualities

Additional qualities that we look for include:

• Passion for learning and an interest in/knowledge of education

• Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)

• Ability to stay calm and deal with stressful situations

• Drive to succeed and resilience in the face of difficulty

• Being part of a team and working collaboratively

• Reflective practitioner who responds to feedback

• ICT competent and confident

• Interests outside of education

Other requirements

Other requirements

• Experience in a school environment or working with young people,

will strengthen your application although this is not essential at


• You must also be successful in completing a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

About the training provider

We are part of CHAT Academies, established in 2010. CHAT currently runs 5 academies in North London, educating some 2,200 pupils. Growth plans will increase this to around 3,000 by 2020.

Our vision and values

Our goal is to provide outstanding education and life changing opportunities for all our children. We want to be recognised for academic excellence and having a reputation for giving pupils the critical skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in education, employment and life.

Academic Excellence

We aspire to excellent academic results, with year on year improvements, achieved through the first-class teaching of a broad based curriculum, by highly motivated and trained staff, who are supported by strong school leadership trams, a dedicated and experienced Board of Trustees and active local governing bodies.

Pupils will succeed at our academies regardless of background. We treat all children as individuals and give them an education that prepares them for their lives ahead. Building respect and character, with principles, virtues and values, is at the heart of everything we do at CHAT.

The challenge to our staff

We will engender a core philosophy throughout our organisation to make sure every member of staff understands and feels able to play a role in the success of our academies. All staff, regardless of role or grade, have an important role to play in ensuring outcomes for children our outstanding.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We support candidates with disabilities and other needs. For example candidates with:


-Physical, hearing and visual impairments

-Mental health conditions

Contact details

020 8804 4126
Cuckoo Hall Lane
N9 8DR


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