Taught course

Primary 5-11 Initial Teacher Training

Cumbria Primary Teacher Training · Cumbria Primary Teacher Training

Entry requirements

To apply for the course you need to: Academic Entry Requirements Hold a degree (minimum 2:2) of a United Kingdom University of Higher Education Institution with degree awarding powers, or a degree of the CNAA, or a qualification recognised to be equivalent to a UK or CNAA degree Have attained at least a grade C in the GCSE examination (or equivalent) in Mathematics, English, and Science (Science is required for all entrants including those born before 01/09/79) Have passed the QTS Tests in numeracy and literacy. Non-Academic Entry Requirements Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach Have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children Have a minimum of two weeks UK mainstream school based experience of working with groups of primary aged children within the last two years Present strong references from a main tutor of the most recent University attended (or current employer if you left University more than five years ago) and from a school (where you have worked, or volunteered).

Months of entry


Course content

CPTT (Cumbria Primary Teacher Training) is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) course offering a primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS.) The course covers teaching children aged 5-11 but we also provide experience in teaching Early Years/ Foundation Stage as well as insight into working with 12-14 year olds. The course is being revised to include optional modules at Masters' Degree level, a great advantage in boosting your critical and reflective practice and giving you a foundation should you wish to continue your study at this level.

The great advantage of our SCITT course is the fact that it is run by a board of head teachers. Who better to ensure that the learning provided meets the needs of future teachers? This also means that all our schools are completely committed to your learning; they are not just taking students on placement; they run the course! An added strength is that west Cumbria’s two Teaching School Alliances are part of the CPTT Board. This means that we are moving to being a fully School Direct SCITT, at the cutting edge of developments in Initial Teacher Education, with all the benefits that brings to your learning.

We are a small course by design, only recruiting 30 trainees each year. This small number means that we can offer individualised learning programmes and support to everyone on the course to a degree that is impossible on larger courses.

Structure of the Course

A key advantage of studying at CPTT is our system of School-Integrated Learning.

This means that you will spend more time in school than on normal PGCE courses. In addition all your modules are school focused with a cycle of centre-based preparation/ school-based practice/ centre-based reflection.

This methodology has been highly praised by OfSTED.

All your modules will also interlink with more extended periods of working in school, which give you the opportunity to apply and develop the learning of each module on a sustained basis in the classroom.

All of the assessment of these modules is centred on your classroom teaching and involves both practical work in school and written reflection on it.

Careful attention is paid to the teaching of reading, writing and mathematics to

not only prepare you for vital aspects of your teaching but to ensure you are confident in meeting all aspects of the current government agendas re these areas of learning.

Your personal tutor and other support

The Course Director will act as your dedicated personal tutor, who:

• not just works with you supporting your learning in the centre;

• but also works with you in school, modelling best practice in teaching for you and observing and mentoring your own practice;

• and so is able to support and progress your individual learning.

This system means that, when it comes to your extended periods of experience in schools, a school is selected for you where the school situation and the skills of the mentors in the school match your particular learning needs. You are not just, ‘sent on a Key Stage 1 placement’: you are given access to the particular school circumstances, which will allow you to progress most effectively across the professional standards you are required to meet.

In addition to this, you will also be allocated one of the head teacher’s on the CPTT Board who will be available to give you further advice and mentoring on topics such as preparing for job interviews. This is a one-to-one relationship; your have your own personal head teacher advisor!

When you qualify, we still support you!

We have a support system for our recently qualified trainees, which helps them further develop their skills. For example:

• We run collaborative projects allowing current trainees to work with recently qualified trainees, sharing perspectives and providing encouragement and advice.

• Special events are organised for recently qualified trainees to further develop their professional skills. These are run in collaboration with the continuing professional development work of the Teaching School Alliances, offering you a friendly introduction into the wider educational community.

• There are opportunities for recently qualified trainees to contribute to learning on the current course, thus boosting their personal development.

Extra-curricular activities

Our small course size and friendly, community ethos, coupled with the fabulous countryside, wildlife and history of Cumbria, allow us to provide many optional opportunities to further develop your educational skills and personal profile. For example:

· We run an optional course for those who wish to develop their skills in the use of the outdoor classroom and environmental learning activities.

· We organize regular visits to sites of educational interest with discussions on how to make use of these in primary education contexts. (These visits are also fun!)

Record of success

These advantages, particularly our highly school-based focus, mean that our students have an excellent track record of success.

For example, last year:

96% of our students were graded as B (good), or A (outstanding) on completing the course;

and the same percentage (96%) are now employed in teaching.

An invitation

We are confident that we offer a friendly learning experience of the highest quality and we warmly invite you to contact us and find out more.

Information for international students

Please contact us directly for information about English Language requirements and details of fees.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
The course fee for 2014/15 will be £9000.
You will be eligible to borrow, as a student loan, the full amount of the course fee, should you wish to.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework involving critical analysis of practice is 100% of the assessment of the PGCE. School-based assessment against the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status is 100% of the assessment for QTS.100

Course contact details

Joanne Blaney
01900 606855
01900 608354