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How will I achieve my PGCE and QTS?

Teach Thurrock runs three School Direct Training Programmes which result in the following qualifications:

Non-Salaried (PGCE) Route - General Primary

School Direct Non-Salaried Trainees will achieve QTS and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) at a Level 7 which means that they have 60 credits towards a master’s degree that they can take up once they are teaching.

This is the highest level PGCE qualification and is highly regarded.  If you are completing the School Direct Non-Salaried training programme, you will complete a Masters written assignment. You will spend some days at Greenwich participating in subject specialist learning and attending keynote lectures. You choose this route once you have accepted a place on our programme.

Non-Salaried (PGCE) Route -  FS/KS1 

You will carry out the same training and receive the same qualification at the end but you will train in an Early Years group at the Institute and one of your School Experiences will be in EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).  You choose this route once you have accepted a place on our programme.

Apprentice Route - General Primary 

Apprentices will gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) through providing evidence of achieving the teaching standards. This course begins in June 2022 and we anticipate it ending in June 2023. All apprentices gain QTS in the 3rd term and then carry out an EPA (End Point Assessment) which includes an interview and lesson observation.

In all three programmes you will learn, understand, apply and reflect on the range of teaching and learning strategies needed to establish high quality and effective teaching and learning.

You will develop a better understanding of the specific educational context for schools and develop a range of strategies to overcome potential challenges to learning and high attainment. You will learn how to build professional relationships with young people and colleagues and develop the key skills for a fully inclusive education. You will engage in a number of professional dialogues with experienced teachers, trainee teachers and the young people in our cluster of schools in order to reflect on and refine your practice. You will teach lessons and participate in interactive professional studies sessions in school and at Greenwich University / Royal Greenwich to deepen your own professional learning.




There are two types of training routes available:

The School Direct Training Programmes enables applicants to train directly with our partner schools where they will be fully supported and nurtured. 

The School Direct Non-Salaried (PGCE) Training Programme, which is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee.

PGCE General Primary – UCAS Course Code L206 (choose your age phase at a later date) 

You will be trained in a highly supportive and inspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.  Many of the schools in our partnership have highly developed and outstanding Early Years practice and so your training will be well supported by outstanding practitioners.

You will have full access to the University of Greenwich a dynamic facilitator of both innovative and traditional approaches to teacher training. You will carry out blocks of training at university throughout the year which will total 12 weeks spread out over the year.  University of Greenwich graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK.  It was awarded an outstanding by OFSTED in 2016.

As a member of the university you will join the highly regarded primary PGCE programme and have full access to the university's facilities.   The primary PGCE is a highly popular course that develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers.  As part of the programme you will be assigned a university tutor who will support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments.  Every trainee chooses a subject specialisms including modern foreign language and will carry out a research project in your chosen specialism.

Our programme provides well established in-school training which is well supported by the schools in our partnership. In your home school you will be assigned a mentor.  From the beginning you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and development days. You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will feel part of the team. Our mentors are outstanding teachers but they are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills.

In term one you will train in your home school progressing from observation to small group teaching to whole class.  You will join another school in the partnership for spring 1.  You will return to your home school in the summer term to finely tune your teaching skills and collect your evidence against the Teacher Standards.  

Successfully completing all aspects of the course will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).



Apprentice Route

The apprentice route as detailed earlier, is a one-year programme and can only be accessed by candidates who are currently employed by the school in which they wish to train.  It commences in June 2022 and should you be successful, you will complete your training in June 2023.  The apprentice will start working with small groups and then move onto whole class teaching with support from their mentor. They will build up to 3 days teaching per week alongside 1 day off the job training and time for PPA and personal study.

In the third term, the apprentice will gain QTS and then in the fourth term will be assessed against the apprentice Teacher Standards.

The apprentice route must be applied directly through Dilkes Academy in a pre-application process before being fast tracked via the new DFE teacher training website.