About the Course

“This course has provided me with so much knowledge to prepare me for working in the field. The Training Team have all been fantastic mentors and encouraged me throughout my training, keeping me on track and providing me with endless support. They continuously looks for ways to improve the course and listens to the suggestions we make, leading to us having training sessions that were both relevant and engaging from trainers we enjoyed. Overall I have really enjoyed my training year and feel well prepared to undertake my new adventure in September! Thank you 🙂” Katrina Toal, NQT July 2020


Intake for our course will commence at the start of September. We do not have a January intake.

The length of the programme is one year and one term- September to July for QTS and PGCE and one additional term for the award of PgTA (Level 6).

You will be required to spend four terms in a school (Qualified Teacher Status is awarded after 3 terms; after an additional term the apprentice will go through an End Point Assessment, carried out by a different provider).

You will be able to search for our courses on Find postgraduate Teacher Training courses from 5th October 2021


You will be able to apply for our courses from 12th October 2021

Please select 2 referees who can comment on your ability to work with children. If you are currently employed one reference must come from your employer.

When it comes to teacher training an academic reference is not always as relevant (particularly after 5 years or more).

Please select the option Find Courses by school, university or other training provider and type ‘Oakthorpe Primary School’ for Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship or ‘2Schools Consortium’ for our SCITT programme (tuition fee).


An enhanced disclosure check is required for entry to Initial Teacher Training. We ask applicants to confirm that they agree to a check by the UK Disclosure and Barring Service or Disclosure Scotland.

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship (PgTA) is an employment-based route to becoming a qualified teacher and achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The training, which normally takes four terms, takes account of previous experience and is tailored to suit individual needs.

Schools can use their Levy to pay for the training.

Although it is possible to train as a primary or secondary teacher via this route, our consortium only trains primary teachers, who may choose to focus on Foundation and KS1 or KS1 and KS2.

Throughout this experience trainees acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of the range of elements which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Teachers’ Standards; from developing good relationships with children and other colleagues to promote learning, to working within a framework and national and school policies to deliver the Curriculum.  Experience in school progresses from observing and working alongside the class teacher, to taking full responsibility, initially for individuals and groups, and later, for a whole class.

 “I genuinely enjoy the work I do for the training school and I love how positive and progressive it is!” S. McCarthy July 2020, Class Teacher, Subject Leader, Mentor and Link Tutor with 2Schools Consortium

Training sessions

Training sessions are delivered weekly (during the Autumn and Spring term) by a range of experienced teachers, outstanding practitioners and leading figures in their field. Training is regularly updated and addresses the latest and most topical issue in today’s teaching, including pedagogy and cognitive Load Theories, British Values, cultural capital, engagement and underachievement.

Topics related to well-being and workload are regularly addressed across the year through distinct sessions at key points in the year but also across all training sessions.

Trainees are expected to develop their subject knowledge and understanding through directed tasks in school, assignments and personal study.

Tutors, mentors and expert professionals across our partnership schools all contribute to the bespoke support of our Trainee Teachers.

 “I genuinely enjoy the work I do for the training school and I love how positive and progressive it is!” S. McCarthy July 2020, Class Teacher, Subject Leader, Mentor and Link Tutor with 2Schools Consortium

PGCE Award with Qualified Teacher Status

All trainees on the 2Schools Consortium PgTA Programme will have the opportunity to work towards a PGCE (Primary Education) award which will be validated by the University of Brighton..

Successful completion of the PGCE (Primary Education) programme at 2Schools Consortium leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Primary Education)  UoB.

The tasks and assignments are aimed to raise the quality of primary teachers on school-based routes by developing their critical awareness of current issues, engaging them in scholarship and research through enquiry based opportunities. These are essential skills in creating the self-directing and independent learners that the profession requires.


Assessment of teaching and acquisition of skills, knowledge and behaviours is carried out regularly through formal and informal observations of lessons, discussions and scrutiny of evidence throughout the placement.

Target setting leads the formative assessment and progress of the Trainee Teacher.

An essential part of the course is the tasks and assignments that trainees carry out to address a number of topics including amongst others, behaviour management, formative and summative assessment in the classroom and an Inclusion task.

Teaching is progressively assessed against Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Standards, across two school teaching placements. Observations and assessments are made by school-based mentors and link tutors.

Subject knowledge, pedagogy and a trainee’s development as a reflective practitioner are assessed through a combination of observations, written assignments and evidence files.

Assessment of the PGCE elements of the Programme

Level Module Title
Level 7 Classroom and Behaviour Management
Level 7 Inclusion
Level 7 Assessment





The modules have to be completed and passed at least at Level 6 to achieve QTS. All modules are to be completed and passed in order to obtain a PGCE award.

All trainees are expected to attend the training sessions and attempt to fulfil the expectations and requirements of the PGCE.  In completing the programme, successful submission of the two level 7 modules will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education, carrying 60 level 7 credits.  If on resubmission either of the level 7 modules passes at level 6 only, the award is Professional Graduate Certificate of Education, carrying either 30 level 7 credits or no level 7  credits.  A resubmission opportunity is provided if trainees are unsuccessful on the first submission of any of the assignments.

The PGCE part of the programme, awarded by UEL for 2Schools Consortium, will be validated by the University of Brighton.

A personalised training plan guides the trainee through weekly expectations of their learning through class based activities, tasks and assignments and out of school training.

Evidence file: Trainees on a teacher training course are expected to collate evidence against the Teacher’s Standards. All tasks, assignments, observations and feedback will provide evidence towards these. Guidance on evidence gathering is provided throughout the course.

Course Content (Curriculum) and Structure

The content and structure of the course varies according to trainees’ previous experience. A typical training programme lasts three terms and may be structured as outlined below and will follow the Developmental Model of  Teacher:

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer
Developmental Stages of a Teacher The principles of Behaviour, Attitudes and Values

The Principles of Pedagogy, Planning and Assessment

The Principles of Professional Behaviours

The Principles of Effective use of Other Adults


Developing Behaviour, Attitudes and Values

Developing Pedagogy, Planning and Assessment

Developing effective use of Other Adults

The principles of Inclusion

Language Skills

Developing Professional Behaviours

Developing Pedagogy, Planning and Assessment

Developing Inclusion

Embedding/Extending effective use of Other Adults

Embedding/extending Behaviour, Attitudes and Values

Embedding/ Extending Pedagogy, Planning and Assessment

Language Skills

Embedding/Extending Inclusion

Embedding/Extending effective use of Other Adults

Extending Pedagogy, Planning and Assessment

Embedding/Extending Professional Behaviours

Embedding/Extending effective use of Other Adults

Input and Expectations* Induction (2 or more consecutive days)
Subject audits – English, maths, SPAG, Phonics and science
Input and study focuses on literacy and numeracy
Additional input and study includes behaviour management; planning and assessment; special needs; ICT; and teaching science and humanities
Work alongside an assigned teacher in one key stage
Classroom activities begin with assisting the class teacher, supporting groups of children and teaching parts of lessons
Gradually increase whole class teaching up to 50% of the week
One week teaching literacy and numeracy
Written assignments on classroom management
Input and study includes assessment; teaching art, music, P.E., religious education and ICT; job applications and interviews.
Change key stage and work alongside a different class teacher
Gradually increase whole class teaching up to 75%
Experience of teaching in another school for a minimum of 4 weeks
Input and study includes PSHE and citizenship; teaching in other phases; planning out of school trips; and reporting to parents
Return to key stage of term 1
Whole class teaching up to 80% with decrease in class teacher support
Final moderation
Each term progress towards the standards required for Qualified Teacher Status is assessed and targets are set for the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year

*For more details on our curriculum offer please get in touch.

All trainees will have experience in at least 2 different key stages and will be placed in contrasting school settings to ensure breadth of experience.

Successful candidates will be employed on Point 1 of the Unqualified Teacher Scale.


If you would like to find out more or have questions that are not answered, please contact us by phone or email.

Everyone at 2Schools Consortium is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment and all staff and volunteers are expected to adhere to these.