East Cheshire School Direct Partnership
Primary (2S9K)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Staffordshire University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

About the training provider

The East Cheshire Schools Direct Partnership are delighted to announce that we are recruiting applicants for the 2019-2020 School Direct (Primary) Programme in collaboration with Staffordshire University. The four schools within the partnership comprise of Cledford Primary, Elworth CE Primary, Rode Heath Primary School and Scholar Green Primary.

(Rode Heath Primary is named as the lead school for application process)

This programme has been designed to ensure that our trainees have the skill set that schools are looking for in the future generation of teachers. A measure of the success of the programme can be seen by the employability of our trainees and the final grading of their learning and teaching. Last year all trainees completing the award had secured full time employment before their graduation and 68% of our trainees were judged to be outstanding by their school based mentors.

The programme is strongly rooted in a School and University partnership so Associate Teachers spend 3 days in their placement school and two days at University. This enables a constant reflection on practice and the opportunity to move their thinking across all areas.

The core programme begins with a 2 week subject knowledge enhancement in Literacy and Mathematics. This is to promote the Associate Teacher's understanding of progression across the key concepts in these two core curriculum areas. From there the Associate Teacher moves into a carefully balanced theoretical and practical application of their understanding.

For more information follow the link


About the accredited body

The final qualification awarded is a PGCE in Primary (General) with QTS and Associate teachers can earn up to 90M level credits (equivalent to half a Masters degree). All Associate Teachers are fully supported with the academic writing process via group based tutorial sessions which are embedded in the core programme.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The partnership is fully inclusive and applicants are encouraged to contact the partnership lead. Mr Carl Leech, should they wish to discuss their individual circumstances.

Contact details

Rode Heath


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: 29Q
  • Training programme code: 2S9K

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
Rode Heath, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3RY
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