Primary PGCE

Duration: PGCE with QTS: 10 months full time

Our vision statement

We believe learning is an adventure. We aim for our students to have the ability to enthuse pupils with their own love of learning.

As well as acquiring a repertoire of teaching strategies, we aim to develop teachers who have the skills, understanding and attitudes necessary to work with other professionals in the practice of subjecting education, learning and teaching to critical enquiry. In developing the teacher as a researcher, we position our students as transformative professionals able to unite theory and practice in a dialectical relationship.

Education is not a value free context independent activity. We aim therefore to enable students to locate their practice within the wider socio-cultural, political and moral contexts of education.

Finally, we aim to develop students with the ability to become thinking professionals who acknowledge the central importance of communication and relationships in the learning process.

Primary PGCE Partnership
Newcastle University

The Course

The primary PGCE course is the first year of the University of Newcastle’s MEd Practitioner Enquiry. This one year course allows you to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and either exit with a PGCE or attain 60 credits towards an MEd Practitioner Enquiry.

We are committed to teaching as a highly skilled profession. Therefore, as well as developing the skills required to teach proficiently, the course also places an emphasis upon the development of extended professional capacities such as critical thinking, educational research capacity and debating skills.

Central to the course, and of prime importance, is a consideration of the educational and intellectual needs of children in relation to their physical, psychological, cultural , and social development. An understanding of the diversity of pupils' needs is central to this work.

NQT Survey

Each year Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) are invited to complete a government survey based on the quality of their initial teacher training.  The results of Newcastle University’s Primary PGCE Partnership NQT survey are extremely positive.  NQTs considered the overall quality of their training with Newcastle University’s Primary PGCE Partnership to be better than the Sector overall and above all the other University Providers reported in the North East region.

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Specialist Investigation Projects

As part of the Primary PGCE programme, groups of student-teachers carry out Specialist Investigation Projects in schools. The Projects involve collaborative research into an area of interest matched to the needs of schools in our partnership in relation to an aspect of each school's Improvement Plans. The Specialist Investigation Projects help student teachers to develop professionally. Student teachers gain valuable experience in meeting deadlines, establishing a plan of action and working with a small budget as well as skills in evaluation and presentation. The Projects also produce real long-term benefits to participating partnership schools, as they receive funded, tailor-made research and outcomes on a topic of their choice. Topics have included for example, Philosophy for Children and Outdoor Education.

Insect Hotelslideshow a group of Primary PGCE student-teachers worked with children from Benton Park Primary School's Reception class to build an Insect Hotel in the wooded area of the school.

Innovative Practice

Newcastle University recently collaborated with Gateshead Local Authority's Music Service to create guidance materials and resources, to support providers of ITT nationally in the training of primary teachers to teach music. These materials are available from the following site

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If you are from a Black or Minority Ethnic background and are thinking of training to become a teacher, but would like advice about the different courses available, the required qualifications, or about how to apply, then you can contact the MERIT project:
Sheba Joseph (MERIT advisor),

Newcastle University is actively committed to equal opportunities and is engaged in research which supports the steps currently being taken by the Teacher Development Agency to increase the diversity of the teaching workforce. It welcomes applications to the PGCE from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, age, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Applicants will need to undergo a CRB disclosure.

Our PGCE students have access to outstanding facilities including:


Primary PGCE

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6581