School Direct Initial Teacher Training (Primary)


CHM is delighted to offer two routes to achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within our School Direct Initial Teacher Training Programme –

We will commence recruitment for PGCE with QTS (unsalaried) routes on Monday 2nd November 2020. 

PGCE with QTS (unsalaried) 5-11 age range

PGCE with QTS (unsalaried) 3-7 age range

Programme Overview


Trainees will have a 10 month placement at one of our partner schools and will benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a short-term placement at a second Gloucestershire school. Trainees are able to access both Primary Mainstream and SEN placements according to preference.

In addition to classroom practice, Trainees will attend a series of tailored training sessions, in order to develop teaching skills, subject knowledge and good practice. These sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners, who will support Trainees in achieving high quality professional practice. Our training programme is reviewed annually and developed to ensure that Trainees are fully equipped to embark on their future career. Our 2020-21 programme includes the following modules:

  • Behaviour for Learning and Learning Styles
  • Working as Part of a Team
  • Child Development and Neuroscience
  • Supporting Positive Behaviour
  • Speech, Language and Communication Development
  • Writing, Reading and Children’s Literature
  • Maths
  • EYFS
  • Science
  • History, Geography and Theme Based Approach
  • Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health
  • Dealing with Difficult Conversations
  • PSHE/ RSHE (including PiNK)
  • Schemas
  • Creativity
  • Computing
  • RE
  • PE
  • CVs, Job Applications and Interviews
  • Introduction to Autism
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance
  • Attachment Theory
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Down Syndrome, DiGeorge Syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome
  • Restorative Practice
  • English as an Additional Language
  • EHCPs, MyPlan, MyPlan+


In addition to visiting partner schools and attending programme modules, Trainees will attend sessions run by The University of Gloucestershire.

Trainees are assigned a mentor at their placement school and are also supported by the ITT training manager throughout the programme.

Assessment is achieved through production of a professional portfolio, which will be used to build evidence of how the standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) are being met. Evidence will include observations of Trainee teaching and written assignments, which should demonstrate a clear understanding of professional practice, phase and subject area. The expectation of time spent leading a class will increase in each successive term of the programme as Trainees develop in their skills and confidence, leading up to 80%.




Trainees will be offered placements in one of our placement schools as part of their training programme. Recent placement schools are:

  • The Milestone School
  • Bettridge School
  • Coney Hill Community Primary School
  • Abbeymead Primary School
  • Hill View Primary School
  • Gotherington Primary School
  • Innsworth Juniors School
  • Finlay Community School
  • Swindon Village Primary School
  • Brockworth Academy
  • Sheepscombe Primary School
  • Alderman Knight
  • The Shrubberies
  • Battledown
  • Parton Manor Junior School
  • Parton Manor Infant School
  • Glebe Infants’ School
  • Picklenash Junior School
  • Harewood Junior School
  • Meadowside Primary School
  •  Elmbridge Primary School

Placements schools are reviewed annually, and where possible selected in conjunction with the Trainee. Trainees are expected to spend most of their time in their placement school, with the exception of attending Training Programme days and visits to other schools. During the programme Trainees need to undertake assessed placements in Early Years, KS1 and KS2 as appropriate.




You must:

For 2021/22 all offers made will be conditional subject to the following

  • verification of Degree qualifications – usually a 2:2 or above, however 3rd class degrees will be considered on an individual basis
  • verification of GCSE English/Maths/Science (min grade 4/C)
  • Satisfactory completion of Declaration of Health Questionnaire
  • Satisfactory completion suitability form
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance

Please note: If you don’t have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, you must obtain GCSEs (or nationally recognised equivalent qualification) in these subjects and need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.

You should:

  • have a positive, solutions-based approach
  • demonstrate commitment to your own professional development and to achieving high standards in teaching and learning
  • be committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all pupils

Your application should include examples of experience you have of working with young people – for example as a classroom assistant, youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you have not had previous experience of working with young people, you should be able to demonstrate how skills you have developed in other contexts would transfer to teaching and have a positive impact on pupil outcomes.

In response to guidelines schools are currently operating within due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), interviews will be conducted online.
 As part of this interview you will:
– deliver a presentation on a topic which you will be notified of and have opportunity to prepare for in advance
– have a formal interview with a panel of interviewers


    PGCE with QTS (Unsalaried)

    Course offered

    Two Primary courses are available (3-7 age range or 5-11 age range) with CHM Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: The University of Gloucestershire

    Financial support

    Student finance if you’re eligible


    PGCE with QTS

    Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

    If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, this course gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ which you require.

    Course length

    10 months (1st September-30th June)

    Date you can apply

    from 2 November 2020

    Date course starts

    September 2021


    Please refer to The University of Gloucestershire for fees.

    Financial support

    You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

    Financial support if you’re from outside of the UK.


    Apply on the DfE website.

    When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

    • Training provider code: 2CP
    • Training programme code for Primary (5-11): 2Y22
    • Training programme for Primary (3-7): T847


    About the training provider


    The Gloucestershire-based Coney Hill Milestone (CHM) Teaching School Alliance was designated in February 2015, with Coney Hill Primary School and The Milestone Community Special School as lead schools. CHM is uniquely placed to offer a wide range of specialist support, advice and courses, with a strong emphasis on all aspects of Primary and Special Educational Needs expertise.

    We are committed to developing child-centred teachers who create the best possible outcomes for all pupils regardless of ability, need or circumstance.


    About the accredited provider


    Our teacher training programme is carried out in partnership with The University of Gloucestershire.


    Training with disabilities and other needs


    We consider applications from all candidates who meet the entry criteria, regardless of any disability. Potential candidates are welcome to request our Equal Opportunities Policy.


    Contact details







    The Milestone School Longford Lane Gloucester Gloucestershire GL2 9EU


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