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Bradley Stoke Community School

Concorde Partnership PGCE School Direct Training to Teach 

We offer the following PGCE courses to start September 2018:

Secondary Training 2018-19

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English                       Mathematics Modern Foreign Languages     
History Geography Art and Design
Physics Biology Chemistry
Computer Science Physical Education                Religious Education
Design and Technology         

Primary Training 2018-19

The Primary School Direct Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (37-week) course that trains graduates to be primary school teachers.

The programme has been designed to train teachers for the full primary age phase (4-11). You are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Additionally you will be given the opportunity to engage in some observation in secondary settings if that interests you.

The course offers an exciting and developmental model of training to teach with an emphasis on developing your professional competence alongside ensuring a high level of knowledge, skills and understanding. This is also underpinned by a clear understanding of the philosophy of teaching across the primary age and ability range.

The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.

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Why train with us? 

The Concorde Partnership is able to provide a unique learning experience, which will provide diverse opportunities through school-based training, whilst also offering links to the expertise of the University of the West of England for aspects of the core teacher training programme.

You will be part of a cohort of up to 50 PGCE students training for Primary Teaching and, at Secondary, in Product Design/Design Technology, Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Religious Education, Physical Education, Modern Languages, Art and Design, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

The Concorde Partnership is geographically the closest group of providers of secondary education to the University of the West of England. This enables trainees to benefit from the learning facilities at the university, whilst having ease of access to the teaching facilities in the schools and college.

The mentors for the Secondary PGCE programme will be based at Abbeywood Community School, Bradley Stoke Community School, Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy and Patchway Community College, The Castle School, Thornbury and for the Primary PGCE programme at Bradley Stoke Community School Primary Phase, Callicroft Primary School, Charborough Road Primary School, Filton Hill Primary School, Meadowbrook Primary School, Charfield Primary School, Lyde Green Primary School and Stoke Lodge Primary School, where they teach for most of the week. As such, they are expert practitioners who will support trainees in becoming members of the various teaching teams in the schools during the year. Many of the teaching staff have been mentors for PGCE students over the years and are confident and skilled in school-based aspects of the training programme.

The programme will offer exposure to a number of different settings, with placements in two different schools, in addition to training time at UWE, with Professional Development aspects being delivered in a school setting.

The Concorde Partnership co-ordinator for Initial Teacher Training if Jenny Sutton Kirby. Please contact her at for any clarification or further information.

'A Future in Teaching?' Events

If you are interested in finding out about being a teacher why not attend one of our events on:

Friday 22nd September 2017 from 5pm – 7pm

Saturday 4th November 2017 from 10am – 12 noon

Tuesday 28th November 2017 from 5 - 7pm

Saturday 6th January 2018 from 10am – 12 noon

Thursday 1st February 2018 from 2pm - 4pm

Thursday 8th March 2018 from 5pm – 7pm

These take place in Bradley Stoke Community School and are for those interested in both primary and secondary teaching.

We will cover the realities of being a teacher, the applications process, qualifications needed and the different routes you could take to train to teach. The sessions are led by a former Headteacher and are honest, practical, useful and will help you to clarify your decision about whether teaching is for you.

Please contact to book your place.

If you want some school experience in one of our primary or secondary classrooms click here.

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