Primary (3-7) with Red Kite Primary School Direct (Leeds) Accredited provider: Red Kite Teacher Training

Course offered
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The Primary 3-7 School Direct course aims to give trainees the skills they need to teach across Early Years and Key Stage 1 in our diverse, multicultural society.

Due to the school-based nature of the course, you will work with many outstanding teachers across the alliance which means you can see first-hand how, for example Early Years key principles and Practice, questioning or differentiation, look in the classroom. The course is delivered in a hands-on way with the aim of continuously improving practice in the classroom and gaining an insight in to progression across the age range. Many of the Red Kite training sessions will look further in depth at areas such as behaviour management, barriers to learning, curriculum content across the primary age range and ultimately you will become a primary teacher who can teach across the full age range of primary school. With this course your main placements will be in Early Years and Key stage 1 with mini placements that look at National priority areas such as Special Needs as well as progression to the age range above.

Trainees are taught the knowledge and skills to meet the Teachers’ Standards by working with outstanding practising teachers. Our active sessions model effective teaching so Trainees gain practical advice not just the underpinning theory.

Our high level of collaboration between our schools supports communication, transition between placements and networking for job opportunities. Trainees tell us that our bespoke training and very high levels of support help them to make rapid progress and to develop confidence in their teaching at an early stage.

Trainees spend approximately 130 days in schools, dependent on their chosen course. Most of their time is spent in contrasting main placement schools and a variety of mini placements during which they learn about national priority areas and benefit from seeing leading practice in action of Red Kite schools and experience can inform employment choices.

Our cohesive course enables Trainees to work “smartly” e.g. 3 or 4 academic assignments draw on practical work in schools, all handed in straight after school holidays and all completed by Easter so they can focus on teaching. The emphasis in portfolio building is on slim but informative evidence and paper work is kept to a minimum to allow Trainees to focus on teaching and pupil progress.

Interview process

Our interviews are all held in Red Kite partnership schools. You will be interviewed by a panel School Leaders and RKTT course directors.

The interview will consist of all or some of the following:

• Activity with pupils

• Formal interview

• Written English test – piece of writing to assess written fluency and spelling, punctuation and grammar

• Primary only – Maths test (KS2 equivalent)

• Opportunity to meet current trainees

• Opportunity to meet course leaders and ask questions about the training

You will only be asked to attend one selection day and candidates are informed of the outcome within 48 hours.

How school placements work

Our school placements take place in 15 schools across Leeds. When allocating main placements we take into account Trainee preferences, transport and location.

Primary placements start on the first day of the Autumn Term.

Our Primary course placement begins at your home school where you will gradually build up the amount of time that you teach. In January you move to your second placement school and experience a contrasting environment.

In March you will return to your home school to teach a different class.

You will also take part in 5 mini placements, which will give you a unique opportunity to broaden your experience in a range of schools and contexts.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Red Kite Teacher Training fee is £9250 for 2019/20

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Many Trainees choose to apply for student finance is order to pay their fees with a tuition fee loan.

Those who are eligible for a bursary can choose to use their bursary to pay in monthly instalments of £900 from October to July.

You can also self-finance using our monthly payment schedule



• Applicants should be qualified to degree level, a 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a 2:2 or above as a predicted grade).

• All degree disciplines will be considered for Primary applications.

• All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O'level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.

• Primary applicants also need a GCSE/O'level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Science.

*or international equivalent

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who:

• Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people

• Are independent, resilient and adaptable

• Are friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people

• Are enthusiastic about their subject(s) and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge

• Are creative and imaginative

• Have good organisational skills and excellent time management skills

• Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice

• Have high standards of spoken and written English

• Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach

Other requirements

Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is preferred and will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange school experience.

Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination: relevant forms are issued to trainees accepted for the course

Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions. They are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will be given instructions about obtaining this when they are offered a place.

About the training provider

Red Kite Teacher Training Primary School Direct courses offer Trainees school based teacher training courses in a group of 15 Primary schools across Leeds.

Our Primary School Direct courses are tailored to individual needs so even though our Trainees are in the classroom from day one, they will only be teaching when they and their progress leader feel you are ready to do so. This approach gives our Trainees the best possible start to their teaching career. By being part of your placement school from day one they will be viewed as a colleague rather than a student during their placements.

Our courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommended by Red Kite and a PGCE (worth 60 masters credits) awarded by the University of Leeds. All our Trainees have access to student facilities and support at the University of Leeds, including sports facilities, accommodation services, learning resources and student support services.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Red Kite Teacher Training is committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective trainees in its admissions, in all aspects of teaching and assessment and in its provision of trainee services.

If you have a disability or special needs please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make arrangements where necessary.

Every year we train a number of Trainees with special needs such as dyslexia and we have strategies in place to support these Trainees alongside a SEND and Wellness Lead who will offer additional support when required.

Contact details

Red Kite Primary School Direct
Meadowfield Primary, Halton Moor Avenue
West Yorkshire


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: 2J6
  • Training programme code: 3D29

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Halton Moor Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS9 0JY

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