School of Education

School Direct Primary PGCE: 3-11 years


By becoming a teacher, you can nurture and inspire children to acquire knowledge and develop essential skills that form the blueprint for the rest of their lives.


  • Following a university induction, you will begin your first school placement
  • You will follow the school calendar, working four days per week in school throughout the whole of the school year, with a training day at the University every Friday
  • You will also complete a placement in a second school that promotes collaborative learning, and have the opportunity to undertake placements in a range of educational settings
  • You will be fully supported throughout the year by mentors in school and by University tutors

How to apply

  • Identify your chosen lead school from our list
  • Apply directly to the school via UCAS-TT, using the relevant Training Provider Code
  • Complete a personal statement
  • Suitable candidates will be invited to interview at the University and at your placement school
  • Successful applicants will be offered a place

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Mathematics Specialist route

This route is ideal if you want to become a primary school teacher but have an extra, mathematics focused, dimension to your training year.

You will follow the structure of the regular Primary PGCE School Direct route, together with additional content that will develop your:

  • understanding of primary mathematics
  • identity as a mathematics champion and advocate
  • skills to inspire pupils and fellow teachers about mathematics

This additional element to your training will enhance your profile for NQT employment and increase your potential to undertake leadership roles in school. There is also a bursary of £6,000 attached to this specialist route, if you hold an A level mathematics qualification at grade B or above.

Further details...

Compulsory elements

  • An additional university-based induction day that will explore your personal mathematics background, the aims and values of mathematics education and the importance of being a champion and advocate for mathematics
  • Two half-day university-based teaching sessions, focusing on your role as a mathematics specialist and the leadership and management of mathematics in primary schools
  • A twilight university-based teaching session once per term, that focuses on teaching challenging mathematics topics 
  • An immersion day once per term, in which you will take part in a lesson study at a partnership school 
  • The opportunity to teach mathematics to more than one age range when on placement 
  • The opportunity to see mathematics teaching at Key Stage 3 and in the Early Years, in order to understand the progression of the subject

How to apply

  • Follow the application process described above
  • The alliances offering this specialism are Transform and L.E.A.D.


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