Primary ITT (opportunity to take specialist modules)

The Kernow Teaching School Alliance (KTSA) is delivering a Primary PGCE in partnership with the University of St Mark & St John. This programme delivers PGCE & QTS in Primary teaching but offers an opportunity to take specialist modules for Special schools and APA should the trainee wish to do so. We closely adhere to the national ITT entry requirements for their PGCE courses along with the subject specific requirements.  Please find the links below to the information on the university website.

School Direct with The University of St Mark & St John

A typical offer could be:

Applicants must have:
• GCSE English and Mathematics Grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) and Science Grade C or above for Primary.

You must have your GCSEs in place prior to applying for School Direct, except in exceptional circumstances.
• The Numeracy and Literacy Skills Test will need to be taken as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course. The following link provides more information on the Skills Tests.
• A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as a 'Trainee School Teacher' and meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental 'Fitness to Teach'.
The Department for Education promotes entry in to teaching to attract Graduates with degree classes normally at 2:1 or above, schools are encouraged to select participants on this basis.
Partnerships take the lead in interviewing and selecting candidates, but all School Direct candidates must also meet the standard entry requirements of the University, and be approved by the University.
• Funding and bursaries may be available.

Subject entry requirements
Reject Applicants with a 3rd or Ordinary degree

General Entry Requirements

If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, we’d advise you to take a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before starting teacher training. You can only do these in England and in certain subjects. Successful applicants are then invited to interview.

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.

The Qualification will be PGCE General Primary

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, EYS and KS1 only settings and KS2 settings and a through school KS2 – 5. In fact if there is a type of setting or leadership structure that you wish to experience you will find it within our alliance partners.

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

 You can find out more about our programmes and apply here