The Primary Catholic Partnership runs a highly successful primary PGCE. We have been training teachers for 17 years and been graded outstanding by Ofsted since 2005. In the inspection which took place in 2011, Ofsted commended the partnership for ‘the excellent quality of both the central and school-based training which provides an exceptionally effective balance of academic and practical experiences.’
Trainees from the PCP have an excellent record of securing teaching posts. This is because the partnership is managed by schools to train the high quality teachers they need. The PCP has a strong reputation in the communities it serves and our trainees are always in demand. In the last three years, over 96% of trainees have secured a teaching post after completing the programme. Many do so at first or second interview because we spend a lot of time helping you prepare for selection and your first post.
Why choose the PCP?
- Ofsted outstanding since 2005
- 17 years’ experience providing exceptional teacher training
- 96% of trainees secure a teaching post after completing the programme
- Opportunity to train close to where you live
- Small, friendly, supportive environment and a personalised programme
- We offer a range of courses, including Primary PGCE, Early Years and School Direct
The Mission of the Primary Catholic Partnership is to provide school centred initial teacher training which promotes the highest standards of teaching and learning based on a Catholic philosophy of education.
- To provide an appropriate training opportunity for those seeking to teach in a Catholic Primary School, at the end of their course.
- To provide high quality, well resourced training within a Christian environment which has the support of a Catholic community.
- To ensure a future supply of well-qualified teachers who are able to deliver effective teaching based on a Catholic philosophy of education.
- To enhance the on-going professional development of staff within the participating schools.
The Primary Catholic Partnership aims to provide:
- a high quality route into primary teaching for graduates of different backgrounds using Catholic schools, where the religious dimension is given a high priority, together with St Mary’s University College, Twickenham and the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.
- a supportive environment for trainees, mentors, tutors and teachers, which will enable them to attain their individual potential and develop the personal and professional qualities necessary for effective teaching.
- teachers of high quality, who possess the understanding, knowledge, skills, attitudes and responsibilities necessary for the achievement of best primary practice at Key Stages 1 and 2.
- particular attention to the knowledge and skills required in teaching and assessing the National Curriculum core subjects as stated in the Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2012) and an emphasis within the core subjects on the teaching of literacy, numeracy and ICT.
- the opportunity to study towards the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies which will strengthen their ability to teach Religious Education in Catholic and other faith schools.