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Initial Teacher Training

Leading Learning Forward

Education Partnership                                         

Inspiring Achievement

Primary Education (School Direct) PGCE

Recruitment for 2022-23

September 2022 Start

Initial Teacher Training

About the course

St Hugh's School is an Evidence Hub for KYRA Research School, designated by the Education Endowment Foundation and a Partner School for the new Teaching School Hub (DRET), working in collaboration with schools across North and North East Lincolnshire in all phases (primary, secondary and special). The school and its partners seek to share skills, experience, talent and capacity in order to improve the learning and achievement of young people.

School Direct is a one-year full-time programme based in our partnership schools. Our programmes last for one academic year (September to June), during which time you will undertake high quality school placements within North Lincolnshire.

You will also enjoy a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by York St John University and our partner schools.

Our Initial Teacher Training programmes have been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.

St Hugh's School in association with York St John University and Leading Learning Forward Education Partnership is looking to recruit high quality Primary Education (School Direct) PGCE candidates across our lead schools for the 2022-23 academic year.

We have 6 Primary Education (School Direct) PGCE places available to start in September 2022, in association with our HEI training provider, York St John University.

Two modules are studied at Masters Level. The first includes professional issues including child development, planning, learning teaching and assessment, behaviour management and meeting individual needs.

You will be provided with the opportunity to consider how learners from diverse cultural backgrounds can be supported within education and care settings. This aspect of education is embedded through all modules where diversity is considered in order to meet the needs of all learners in all subjects and within the Early Years.

You will study, for example, current issues pertaining to inclusion, ethnicity, English as an Additional Language (EAL), SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and the way in which settings cater for children of a range of abilities. Aspects such as behaviour and classroom management, vital to the practice of the outstanding class teacher, are covered across a variety of sessions in all modules.

Please visit the York St John University Primary Education (School Direct) PGCE webpage for more information:

Interview process

Interviews for Primary PGCE (School Direct) places with St Hugh's School and Leading Learning Forward TSA are conducted by York St John University through their teacher training application process.

The assessment day provides us with the opportunity to meet with prospective students to find out why they have applied for the course, and to discuss in more detail the information provided on their application form. It also gives applicants an opportunity to talk about themselves, and to demonstrate their practical and academic skills relevant to the programme through a variety of tasks.

Activities may vary between alliances but all will involve a teaching activity where you will be asked to plan a whole class or group lesson. You will also be observed interacting with a group of children and consideration will be given to your ability to support learning.

You will take part in group/individual interviews and be asked to reflect on your teaching activity. You will also be asked to respond to an academic article and demonstrate your potential to study at Masters Level.

Assessments are made during the day regarding your commitment to and understanding of primary education, your potential to successfully meet the demands of the programme, personal and intellectual qualities and your ability to communicate effectively with adults and children in a school context.

Please see the UCAS website for more information about how to apply for School Direct initial teacher training starting in September 2022.

How school placements work

Successful applicants will be allocated to appropriate primary schools for their teacher training placements. These schools will be within North and North East Lincolnshire.

Within this area we have Infant Schools, Junior Schools and 5-11 Primary Schools. You will be given at least 2 different schools for your Teacher Training Placements. Within the partnership we have 15 available primary schools.

The PGCE Primary programme is structured in phases (introductory, developmental and consolidation. Within each phase you will follow a similar pattern of learning to that of a ‘spiral curriculum’. This is to enable you to reflect upon your learning and make effective links with curriculum and pedagogy by relating theory to practice.

Alongside academic assignments, you will be assessed in three school experience placements: these again follow the introductory, development and consolidation phases. The nature of these placements enables you to progress effectively by building upon your skills as student teachers.

The PGCE School Direct is a school-based programme. Student teachers are based in one school for the majority of the year with a shorter second school placement.


The course fees for this year are as follows:

Student type

Fees to pay

UK students


EU students


International students


Please contact York St John University for more information or visit the website:

Financial support

You may be eligible for financial support while you study or financial support if you’re from outside of the UK.



Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS are:

  • An Honours degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent (Ordinary degrees cannot be accepted). Successful applicants will normally have an 2:1 honours degree;
  • GCSE in English (or York St John University approved equivalent) at Grade C/Level 4 or above;
  • GCSE in Mathematics (or the GCSE award from at Grade C/Level 4 or above;
  • GCSE in Science (or York St John University approved equivalent including GCSE Human Physiology, GCSE Human Biology, Intermediate GNVQ Science or the GCSE award from at Grade C/Level 4 or above.

Personal qualities

Applicants for Primary Education (School Direct) PGCE with St Hugh's School and York St John University should be able to demonstrate commitment to and understanding of primary education, potential to successfully meet the demands of the programme, personal and intellectual qualities and the ability to communicate effectively with adults and children in a school context.

Other requirements

In addition, applicants must also:

  • Satisfy the institution that they have the intellectual capability for the demands of teaching.
  • Take part in an interview designed to assess their suitability to teach.
  • Obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check.
  • Obtain a satisfactory medical report.

About the training provider

St Hugh’s School is a special school for students between the ages of 11 to 19 years, who have a range of learning difficulties including moderate, severe learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, profound and complex needs and language and communication difficulties.

The current numbers on roll, as stated in the last census report to the Department for Education (Edu-Base - St Hugh's School), are 173 students, of which 34.1% are boys and 65.9% are girls.

The school is rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

Training through St Hugh's and our partners will provide you with a broad and relevant teaching experience as well as access to high quality SEND education and training.

About the accredited provider

York St John University's Initial Teacher Education Partnership prepares outstanding teachers who are committed to supporting pupil progress through inspiring training in creative school partnerships.

The key aim of the PGCE Primary Education School Direct programme is to deliver a high quality initial teacher education programme that is up-to-date with current developments in education and the primary curriculum and will equip you with the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes to become outstanding Early Years practitioners and primary teachers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At St Hugh’s School we are committed to working together to provide an inspirational and exciting learning environment where all young people can develop an enthusiasm for life-long learning.

We believe that students and adults should feel happy, safe and valued so that they gain a respectful, caring attitude towards each other and the environment both locally and globally.

Our accessibility plan is structured to complement and support the school’s equality objectives. Please visit our website.

We monitor all education and training activities under the Equality Act 2010 (and in particular schedule 10 regarding accessibility).

St Hugh’s School is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all students, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotion and cultural needs.

We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the school.

The St Hugh’s School’s accessibility plan shows how access is to be maintained for disabled students, staff and visitors to the school within a given time frame. We will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your needs where practicable.

Students with a wide range of disabilities and other needs have accessed training at St Hugh's and with our partner schools in the past.

Contact details

Telephone: 01724842960



Bushfield Road
North Lincolnshire
DN16 1NB


You can apply from October 2021!  Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

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

  • Training provider code: 1RZ
  • Training programme code: 27F5

Available training locations

You’ll also need to choose a training location and will need to give the relevant training location code.

Advice and support

For questions about this course, please e-mail the LLF Education Partnership office at St Hugh's School.

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Please visit the UCAS website for more information about how to apply for School Direct initial teacher training starting in September 2022. 

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Page updated: 10 September 2021