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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Course information, how to apply and funding

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The full-time course starts in September, finishing in early July and successful completion leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a University accredited PGCE . All PGCE tutorials and study take place in Stockton and you will have access to a vast online library.

Our programme is embedded by academic theory and through practical experience in two different schools with the opportunity to experience alternative specialist settings, e.g. SEN and Pupil Referral Units. Over 70% of your training is school-based, allowing you to embed and develop the practical skills gained through centre-based training.


Course dates for 2018 - 2019

 Autumn Term

3 September 2018 – 2 December 2018

 Spring Term

7 January 2019 –  5 April 2019

 Summer Term 

23 April 2019 – 5 July 2019


Centre-Based Training

The autumn and spring terms begin with blocks of centre-based training which are held at The Education Centre. The training is delivered by experienced, expert teachers, consultants and LA Advisers. These sessions provide practical strategies and techniques which you can apply in the classroom.


School-Based Development

You will be assigned two qualified and expert teachers in two different schools dedicated to your development throughout the year and your placements are personalised to meet your training needs giving you the opportunity to thrive as an individual. This will include a variety of activities including observations, planning; teaching, meetings and research. By the end of the autumn term, you will be teaching a 30% timetable, which will increase to 50% in the spring term and 70% in the summer term.



All trainees must demonstrate that they have fully met each of the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the training programme. Assessment against the standards is carried out continuously throughout the programme through lesson observations, progress reviews, visits from your Professional Tutor and file evidence.


Mentoring and Support

All trainees have an appointed Professional Tutor, who are experienced practitioners and external to the placement school. You will also have a school based Training Co-ordinator, who will oversee the training within school and a Class Mentor who will focus on the development of your practice.


Entry requirements

 Applicants must already hold the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English and Maths - Grade C or above, Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Science - Grade C or above, Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) if you want to teach primary

In addition, applicants must have achieved the following qualifications by the time the course starts:

If your qualifications are not UK-awarded you will need  a NARIC statement of comparability to show that they are equivalent to the entry requirements listed.  

All offers of a place are conditional on achieving the above requirements and original certificates are required as proof of qualification.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check (sign a declaration that they have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children and complete a medical health questionnaire which may be subject to occupational health referral). This will be arranged by the Partnership.

Offers made to applicants will be conditional until all of the above criteria have been fulfilled.


How to apply

All applications for the Stockton-on-Tees Teacher Training Programme must be made through UCAS , our provider code is S60.  The Partnership cannot accept direct applications.

The UCAS course search opens on 26th October 2017 for Teacher Training applications.

Applicants are required to provide a personal statement as part of their application demonstrating qualities, skills and experience and providing insight into why you want to be a teacher.

Applicants should have experience of at least two weeks spent in a school or educational environment.

What happens next - the recruitment process

Stage One: Screening

Applications are checked to ensure that applicants' qualifications meet the NCTL entry requirements.

Stage Two: Scrutiny

Applications meeting the entry requirements are scrutinised by the Partnership against set criteria.

Stage Three: School Based Interview Process

Candidates who are invited to participate in stage 3 of the selection process will attend a Partnership school where they will be required to undertake a teaching activity. This will be followed by a formal interview with headteachers and representatives from the Partnership and a written reflection task, designed to assess their abilities in relation to spoken and written English and subject knowledge.

Conditional offers will be made within 40 working days from receipt of application. Offers will be confirmed via UCAS.



The tuition fees for the programme commencing in September 2018 are £9,000.

Student Finance England provide a range of financial support including the following Financial Support.

Tuition Fee Loan

Students are able to apply for a loan to cover tuition fees. The loan is paid direct to your training provider. Tuition fee loans must be paid back but are not repayable until earnings exceed an amount agreed by the government.

Maintenance Loan

Students can also apply for a maintenance loan to assist with costs of living when studying on the programme. As with the tuition fee loan, the maintenance loan must be paid back but is not repayable until earnings exceed an amount agreed by the government. You may have to provide details of your household income. The grant is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term.

Other Grants/Allowances

Other specialist grants are available such as the Childcare Grant, Adult Dependants' Grant, Parents Learning Allowance, Disabled Students Allowance.

Visit the GOV.UK website to find further information about financial support for students.

Training bursaries of up to £30,000 for 2018-19 study are available from the Department of Education.

Visit the Department of Education website for further information about financial incentives for those who train in 2018-19 and eligibility criteria.