Initial Teacher Training 


School Direct

PTSA School Direct is the starting point to teaching in Primary schools,  offering a one year school-based programme where trainees are part of a school team from the very start.   We have the ability to share training across the Alliance giving contrasting experiences in different settings working with outstanding practitioners.  Trainee Teachers, who complete the course with Keele University, are awarded a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) with QTS, those who complete their training with st Joseph’s SCITT will receive QTS.  Both programs allow our trainees to develop a full understanding of a teacher’s roles and responsibilities, ensuring full preparation for the teaching profession.  

St Gregory’s, the lead school in the PTSA, is judged as Outstanding by Ofsted in all areas and is committed to nurturing talent and providing the essential classroom experiences that allow trainees to put theory into practice as they develop into an outstanding practitioner.

We are looking for people who have:

  • Confidence to engage with children.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • Commitment to hard work.
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships.
  • Commitment to a professional team.
  • Want to make a difference.

We work in close partnership and offer two routes for primary training:  KNSTE, Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (school centre initial teacher training) or St Joseph’s College SCITT (school direct programme) .

 St Joseph’s College SCITT

St Joseph’s College SCITT is an accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training.  The School Direct programme is in its third year and has delivered outstanding outcomes for its trainees, as well as demonstrating impressive rates of completion and employment for our trainees.  Please apply via UCAS Teacher Training using the provider code of 2RMS.

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Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provision at Keele is offered via one year School Centred Initial Teacher Training routes in both Primary and Secondary.  Those successfully undertaking their training through these routes will be awarded with a PGCE along with the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.  

If you are looking to apply for Primary Teacher training via the Potteries Teaching School Alliance please apply via UCAS Teacher Training using the Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education provider code of 11325.

Our programme is primary with a 3-7, 5-11.


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Entry requirements

You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for PGCE programmes:

  1. You’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  2. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
  3. If you intend to train to teach pupils aged three to 11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination.
  4. You’ll also need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training. 


For more information on School Direct, please contact  or 01782 235340