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School Based Teacher Training (Primary)

School Based Teacher Training (Primary)


Complete your PGCE Primary with QTS in one year thorough a school based route into teaching. 

About the Training Provider: BTSA


BTSA (Bart’s Training and Support Alliance) is an alliance of schools, and other partners, who are working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. At BTSA, we are clear about what we are doing, and more importantly why. This is encapsulated in our aim and vision: “Releasing Potential.”

Belgrave St. Bartholomew’s Academy is the lead school for BTSA. We work across the West Midlands Region and beyond, centred in and around Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Cheshire East and Shropshire. At BTSA, we are committed to improving educational outcomes for children and young people wherever we can. Our mission is to collaborate with other organisations and work with educational professionals to develop the best trained and supported workforce possible.

Our strapline is Releasing Potential. By “Releasing Potential” within our staff, at each stage of their professional careers, we aim to provide an excellent all round education to the children in our care. We believe that we have a moral imperative to continue this work by identifying and equipping teachers and support staff to be excellent practitioners at every stage of their career, through initial teacher training, ongoing CPD, research and leadership development.

Our teacher training programme is an excellent opportunity for graduates and career changers to join the teaching profession.

About the Accredited Provider: The University of Derby

Train to teach at Derby and you’re on your way to a worthwhile, rewarding, and enjoyable career in Teaching, where you can truly make a difference. With a rich heritage of teacher training, we’re a major provider of ECTs in the East Midlands.

We have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident, and forward-thinking teachers. Our courses are highly regarded, with an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating.

Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all of our courses. High-quality placements in different educational settings which build skills in the classroom, supported by expert mentors throughout across our 400+ partnership schools.

Course summary

By studying this programme, the successful Beginning Teachers will be awarded a PGCE (Level 7) and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. This will allow them to apply for teaching posts in UK schools and colleges. All Beginning Teachers will enrol on the three Level 7 modules and the three professional practice modules. The successful completion of all modules will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education with QTS (PGCE).

The University of Derby works collaboratively with expert colleagues from across our community of practice to deliver an innovative and ambitious curriculum that meets the needs of all learners. The programme will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to have a significant impact on the lives of pupils that you work with.

The ambitious curriculum design is based upon a school-based model that best prepares you to be game changers in the classroom. A series of Intensive Training and Practice periods, following a designed model of implementation, allows for deeper exploration, application and deconstruction of key areas of teaching and learning. Whilst on the programme you will be supported by expert staff including a Lead Mentor and personal and academic tutor.

The programme adopts an integrated approach to all aspects necessary for the award of QTS with PGCE and a variety of delivery modes will be employed to reflect this. Given the professional nature of the programme, much of the support during the practical parts of the programme will be school classroom based. You will be allocated a trained school-based mentor who will support you through continuous professional development and discussion.

Training locations


All of our schools are quality assured, effective schools. Most schools belong to St. Bart’s Trust or are partnership schools. We will work with you to place you in the best school to meet your training needs and to ensure that you are placed in a school located closely to where you live. The responsibility of allocating placements rests with BTSA.

You will complete a main placement in a Key Stage of your choice. This will cover the Autumn term and the Summer term. In the Spring term, you will complete a second placement in a contrasting school and Key Stage.

You will attend both the BTSA hub in Stoke-on-Trent and the University of Derby during your training year, in addition to your school based teaching placement.

Entry requirements


Qualifications needed:

  • An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

  • Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We accept equivalency tests from the following:

How to apply


Apply via the DfE Apply for Teacher Training website, by searching for BTSA (Bart’s Training and Support Alliance) based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent (ST3 4TP).

To avoid disappointment, please apply as soon as possible using the link below:

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