'PGCE with QTS' - What to Expect

We have worked closely with our university partners to deliver structured teacher training for many years; embedding the Lion Alliance in the local Coventry and Warwickshire community.

Our Training School provides professional support for Initial Teacher Trainees and gives them full access to a well developed CPD (Continuing Professional Development) programme that is personalised to their needs. This is a fully flexible programme to address any development needs that arise throughout the training year and is something we are proud to deliver.


Each trainee will be supported by their own individual Subject Mentor who will be their point of contact and assist them with lesson planning, delivery and observations. This mentor provides coaching, feedback and completes the progress assessments with the trainee throughout the training year and will be there to support them at all times. They will also have weekly meetings with their trainee throughout the year to review progress regularly and discuss action points.

Each trainee will also be supported by a Professional Mentor who is a secondary point of contact and will deliver the weekly Initial teacher Trainee CPD programme at each of our partner schools. This mentor will provide both the trainee and subject mentor with support throughout the training year and is there to facilitate and ensure the standard of the training is high.

Initial Teacher Training will involve:

- Supporting mentor/tutor groups alongside experienced teaching staff to develop relationships with other staff members and children in a safe environment.
- Developing classroom experience through observation, planning and delivery. The amount of lessons our trainees deliver will start small and will increase across the training year as they develop their skills.
- Being issued a timetable which has been planned to meet your individual course needs, keeping your current ability and progress in mind.
- Being provided with the tools to work effectively; including a laptop for communication, planning and lesson delivery (or access to a laptop, device or computer when on the school site).
- Opportunities for our trainees to take part in wider school activities and events; including taking part in school INSET/training days.
- Taking part in the wider CPD programme across the Lion Alliance.

This is far from a complete list and you will have lots of opportunities to get involved.


There are slight differences depending on which university you choose to train to teach through. All of our courses are generally similar in that you will all receive consistent training and have a base placement school and go on a second placement (although the timing and length of these differs). We also arrange time for you to spend with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) departments that equates to 4 full days, or 20 full hours, during your training year.

There may also be specific expectations that you will need to achieve to pass your course - these requirements are outlined below:

University of Warwick - (compulsory requirement)
- You will be expected to spend 5 days in the Primary school environment that you will need to arrange, as part of the course.

Birmingham City University - (compulsory requirement)
- You will be expected to experience teaching in a second subject, in addition to your applied subject, as part of the course.

Coventry University - (compulsory requirement)
- You will need to get KS5 (AS / A level) classroom and teaching experience as part of the course.

University of Warwick - (optional)
The university really encourages all trainees to arrange to spend some time in a Year 7 Secondary environment, for a short amount of time, to understand how your students develop from Primary into Secondary.

Birmingham City University -
Consider the above from the University of Warwick.

Coventry University -
Consider the above from the University of Warwick.

The first day of a placement


- Parking is available on all of our partner schools sites.


- Report to your school's reception on arrival unless you've arranged otherwise with your subject/professional mentor.
- You will be required to sign-in using the schools sign-in system for fire safety purposes.


- Bring 3 form of ID - The school may ask to take a photocopy of these.
(Usually a Passport, Driving Licence and a Utility Bill with your current address on).
- Bring your DBS/CRB Certificate so that the school can confirm that you are safe to be in the school site unaccompanied. The school may ask to take a photocopy of this too.
- Packed Lunch - its a good idea to bring a lunch with you on the first day so that you can understand the schools lunch processes.


- Wear appropriate professional, business attire (think about what teachers wear on a day to day basis).


Below is an approximation of what a typical school day of a trainee teacher would look like. This will differ from school to school and should be used as a guide only.

8.30am - 8.40am
Arrive at school and sign-in before going to your department area.

8.40am - 8.50am
Attend a morning briefing.

8.50am - 9.05am
Mentor/Tutor group time (may include some pastoral activities).

9.05am - 10.05am
Weekly mentor meeting including discussions around progress/planning/assessments.

10.05am - 11.05am
Lesson observation where you will watch another teacher's lesson; observing for good practice, behaviour management, learning activities etc.

11.05am - 11.25am
Break time (this an opportunity to have a well deserved break or meet with other staff in the department/school).

11.25am - 12.25pm
Preparation time where you can lesson plan, spend time creating resources or meet with other teachers etc.

12.25pm - 1:00pm
Lunch time (this an opportunity to have a well deserved break).

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Deliver a Lesson (your timetable will increase as your classroom confidence and skills levels develop and grow).

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Reflect and evaluate lessons you've delivered with your subject mentor, or complete personal reflection yourself with the intention to go over this with your subject mentor at a later date.

End of the school day

3:00pm - 4.00pm
After school meeting (this could be a department level/ITT training meeting)

Frequently asked questions

What funding is available for 2021-22?


Subjects Bursary Scholarship
Chemistry £24,000 £26,000
Computing £24,000 £26,000
Maths £24,000 £26,000
Physics £24,000 £26,000
Design & Technology £15,000 -
Languages (Including ancient languages) £15,000 -
Geography £15,000 -
Biology £10,000 -

You can find further details on bursaries and scholarships that may be available here:

What salary can i expect to earn as a teacher?


You can find further details about the teachers pay-scales here:

What are the entry requirements for training to teach at Secondary school level?


2:2 UK Honours in first degree or higher (or equivalent) in the stated subject.
English Language & Mathematic UK GCSE grade C or higher (or equivalent).

What are the entry requirements for training to teach at Primary school level?


2:2 UK Honours in first degree or higher (or equivalent).
English Language, Mathematic and Science UK GCSE grade C or higher (or equivalent).

What are the entry requirements if I'm an International Student?


If you are an International student you will need to provide transcripts of your international equivalent qualifications which the university for your chosen course will need to review. This is so they can determine your eligibility for admission to the course and that they accept your qualifications as equivalents for UK qualifications.

Are Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses available?


Yes, in the subjects listed and only if eligibility criteria are met:
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Computing
- English
- MFL (French, Spanish & German)***
- Mathematics
- Physics
- PE with EBACC****
- Religious Education (8 week SKE only)

Who can i talk to about getting into teaching?


You can talk to the 'Get into Teaching' team for advice.
For queries, please call Freephone 0800 389 2500. Alternatively, you can chat to a 'Get Into Teaching' line adviser using the online chat service between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday.
Please note: There are Teacher Training Advisors (TTAs) who can provide one-to-one support to you for example with your train to teach application, please use this link: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/get-help-and-support/teacher-training-advisers

You can also 'Contact Us' at the Lion Alliance for further help and support.

What PGCE courses does the Lion Alliance offer?


You can view the range of PGCE with QTS courses we offer here: https://www.find-postgraduate-teacher-training.service.gov.uk/

We are listed under ‘The Lion Alliance’
Provider code: 1K1

Does the Lion Alliance offer salaried and unsalaried courses?


All of our courses are currently tuition-fee based where you pay a tuition fee to a university provider. We do not currently offer any salaried courses.