School Direct PGCE Early Years Programme (3 – 7)

As an Early Years Trainee you will be immersed in school life from the beginning of the course, in a classroom with an experienced teacher and with the opportunity to observe high quality planning and teaching from the outset.  The schools in our partnership are highly supportive of all Trainees and, as your confidence grows, you will be responsible for planning and teaching individuals, groups

and the whole class. The programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE. APPLY NOW

You will spend the majority of your time in a host school learning on the job from the very best teachers. Trainees will complete a 6 week placement in a contrasting school setting and a consecutive keystage, designed so that you can experience diversity in a range of schools. Placements will take place across EYFS and KS1.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a SEND placement.

Trainees benefit greatly from the ongoing training for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Centre-Based Training

Centre-based training is practical and interactive, taking place once per week at our centre in Kilburn. It is an opportunity to build on your subject knowledge and related pedagogy, reflect on your school based training and develop your practice through further learning, covering:

● Early Years Foundation Stage ● Core and Foundation subjects and related pedagogies ● Academic Studies ● Professional Studies including:     – Child Protection & Safeguarding (including Prevent)     – Theories of Learning     – Behaviour for Learning     – Effective Planning     – Assessment for Learning     – Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)     – English as an additional language (EAL) – Inclusive classrooms

How you are assessed

On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

We undertake a wide range of assessment activities and track your progress as a reflective and adaptive teacher and the ways in which you are able to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

● Targets set from your interview

● Subject knowledge audits ● Weekly teaching observations, feedback and meetings ● Maintenance of Professional Development Portfolio ● Half-termly review points to monitor your progress towards QTS

● Regular written reviews (at M Level)

● Professional Development Portfolio and viva ● Two written M Level assignments Our PGCE is validated by Plymouth Marjon University and carries 60 M Level Credits.

There are two School Direct Routes


This is where you are employed as an unqualified teacher, earning a basic pay scale 1 salary. Whilst you’re employed, you will not be eligible for any additional funding or support. Where there is no Government funding available the trainee or the school may pay the fees.

Salary (by region) Amount
Inner London £22,849
Outer London £21,582
London fringe £19,363

These figures are correct for 2020-21
but are subject to change slightly each year


This is when you are not employed and are classed as a Trainee. You can generally apply for a maintenance loan and tuition fee loan to cover the costs. You will also be eligble for additional benefits such as exemption from paying council tax, 30% off travel and other student discounts