Teach SouthEast
Primary (AR79)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

Teach SouthEast are excited to offer a 1-year ITT programme in primary teaching. The programme will consist of:

• Professional studies training covering topics such as lesson planning, behaviour management, assessment, marking and monitoring.

• Subject specialist training to enhance your knowledge and teaching of the national curriculum.

• Two placements within our partnership schools to enable you to embed your training and to further develop your teaching skills.

Predominantly you will be placed in a ’home’ school for approximately 28 weeks. A shorter, 6-week placement will be completed in an ‘away’ school, again, all within our partnership. The rationale for two differing placements is to not only to teach across the key stages but also to experience a different educational setting to further enhance your teaching.

Whilst on placement you will be assigned a highly skilled mentor who will support, develop and challenge your teaching to ensure your experience is of the highest quality. You will have a weekly meeting with your mentor to review progress and set personalised targets, as well as a weekly formal observation to celebrate your achievements and consider your next steps.

In addition to your placement schools you will also be given the opportunity to visit several educational settings including; a secondary school, a SEND school and a behaviour immersion unit.

Teach SouthEast are committed to laying the foundation for a long and successful career in teaching. In order to support this, not only will you receive high quality curriculum and pedagogy training, but you will also receive 1 – 1 support from a pastoral coach to ensure a smooth and successful training year.

On completion, all trainees will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition to this, we are extremely proud to work alongside University of Sussex who deliver and award a PGCE qualification in conjunction with your QTS.

Interview process

Once we receive your application through UCAS we will make a call to interview within approximately one week. The interview day will be held at one of the schools within the partnership within approximately two weeks. The interview day will consist of:

• A tour of the school in which the interviews are being held

• An exercise on resilience

• Teaching an advised topic to a class of approximately 30 students for approximately 25 minutes

• An interview with staff from Teach SouthEast and our partner schools

• A literacy and numeracy skills test assessment to establish if you currently meet the required standards of literacy and numeracy for teaching, and if not, to establish how we can support you.

How school placements work

Teach SouthEast is a growing partnership, currently consisting of over 10 primary schools in the SouthEast of England. Placing trainees is a complex process and we take many factors into consideration when doing so. These factors include:

• Establishing which schools in the partnership have the capacity to host a trainee in a particular subject

• Selecting a mentor who will be the best fit for the trainee

• We will establish at interview where the candidate will be living for the course, if the candidate drives and if they have access to a car or if they will be dependent on public transport

• We do not expect trainees to travel for longer than an hour each way to their placement school. Trainee journeys to their placement schools are typically between 20 – 40 minutes

• We always do our best to accommodate trainees’ personal circumstances when placing them.

Predominantly you will be placed in a ’home’ school for approximately 28 weeks. A shorter, 6-week placement will be completed in an ‘away’ school, again, all within our partnership. The rationale for two differing placements is to not only to teach across the key stages but also to experience a different educational setting to further enhance your teaching.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



• Degree - 2:2 or above

• 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalent) – Grade A*- C (new gradings 4-9) which must include Maths, English and Science

If your degree or high school education were undertaken outside the UK, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from NARIC: https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen. These personal qualities include:

• A friendly and approachable nature

• Good interpersonal skills

• Organisation and time management

• A passion for your subject

• An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people

• A positive outlook and resilient nature

• A creative and innovative approach

• The ability to reflect on and improve practice

• Potential leadership capabilities

• A passion and drive for delivering first class education.

Other requirements

All trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check. All trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigors of the teaching profession. Prior to the start of the course, all trainees are required to pass the government literacy and numeracy skills tests for teaching.

About the training provider

As an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider, Teach SouthEast delivers high quality bespoke school-centred ITT programmes for aspiring primary and secondary teachers in South East England. Ofsted found Teach SouthEast to be outstanding in every category in its 2018 inspection. Led by two outstanding teaching schools, St John the Baptist (SJB) and Salesian School, who together with their vast network of partnership schools, are passionate about training and developing outstanding teachers of the future. Since its inception in 2013, Teach SouthEast has trained over 300 trainees; two thirds of these trainees remain in the partnership and one third are already in leadership positions. Of the 2018-19 cohort, 99% of trainees were graded as either good or outstanding when completing their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Teach SouthEast offers routes into teaching through School Direct, Core SCITT and Apprenticeship places. We seek to provide a dynamic environment where trainees on any of the ITT pathways can immerse themselves in what it is to be a great teacher, be nurtured within their own practice and be empowered to deliver outstanding lessons to our students. The two lead schools in the partnership have been graded as "Outstanding" by Ofsted in every category, which enables us to deliver an engaging and innovative training programme with unique opportunities to experience placement in primary, secondary and in a special school. All trainees are provided with a trained and dedicated mentor to lead you through your training year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We work with any trainees that have additional needs to put together a bespoke support plan that is individual to them. In the past, this has included; providing printouts of presentation slides; enabling the use of recording devices during training sessions; enabling the use of laptop computers during training sessions; considered seating arrangements; providing additional pastoral support meetings throughout the year and extra support with paperwork. Our unsalaried trainees, who study for the PGCE, also have access to support through the University of Sussex Student Life Centre. We pride ourselves on knowing our trainees well, and catering for any needs they may have.

Contact details

01483 545020
SJB School
Elmbridge Lane
GU22 9AL


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: 2EW
  • Training programme code: AR79

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
Elmbridge Lane, Woking, Surrey GU21 4JR
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