General Primary



As a primary teacher, you can play an essential role in children’s development. You’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s well-being and creativity, opening young minds to new concepts through rich and practical learning experiences, expanding their natural curiosity. Giving children the building blocks to provide firm foundations for lifelong learning.

You need to be able to work with a range of people from parents and teachers to professionals from other services and members of the community. You need to be energetic, creative, have a thirst for learning, love the outdoors whatever the weather and be practical in your delivery.

Trainees who are undertaking the General Primary programme will train with our 3-7 Primary trainees and have specialist input from a number of colleagues working in the Early Years Foundation Stage all the way through  to Key Stage 2 colleagues. Their main ITT placements will be in KS1 and KS2 with an opportunity to look at EYS and Foundation Stage later in the year.

The qualification will be PGCE General Primary.

The Kernow Teaching School Alliance (KTSA) is delivering the Primary PGCE programmes in partnership with The University of Exeter and The University of St Mark and St John. We closely adhere to the entry requirements for Primary PGCE courses. Please note that The University of Exeter has a general requirement of a degree classification of Upper Second (2:1) a 2:2 is applicable in some situations, whilst St Mark and St John's require trainees to have a degree classification of a 2:2 or above.

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The KTSA has many primary partners allowing you to experience a wide range of educational contexts. Our primaries are in rural, coastal and urban settings and include academy chains, multi academy trusts, faith schools, infant schools and junior schools. 

The programme will allow you to spend time in two main placements both different in their context and size. There will also be opportunities to visit other primary settings and our secondary, FE and HE and pupil referral partners.

Our current school direct trainees have already found themselves in the classroom, on the beach and receiving training in at least 4 different school settings. They have had the opportunity to attend Ofsted training, Guided reading and writing, First Aid, Child Protection and Assessment for Learning



Student loans
Where applicants meet the criteria our places are eligible for student loans.
1. Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their chosen training provider.
2. Trainee teachers on primary mathematics courses, with at least a B at A level in mathematics (or equivalent), will be eligible

Graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.
Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot receive a bursary. Trainees who aren’t awarded a scholarship are eligible for a standard bursary.


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You can find out more about our programmes and links to apply here