The Application Process

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How to apply
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All applications must be made via DfE Apply:

Find us on DfE Apply by searching the 'Blue Kite Academy Trust' for PGCE/QTS programmes only. Our course codes are:

G600 - Primary (Age 3-7)

E808 - Primary (Age 5-11)

The application form will ask you for the following information:

  1. Personal details

  2. Choice of provider

  3. Qualifications and content of degree

  4. School, college and university education

  5. Special needs or support

  6. Personal statement

  7. School/work experience

  8. References - these are essential before your application can be processed

In your application, you will need to demonstrate how you meet our person specification, as detailed in the 'entry requirements'. 

The Selection Process and Interview

Inspire Professional Development shortlists candidates from the DfE applications received and invites those candidates to an interview, to gain a place on the PGCE route. 

The interview process at Inspire Professional Development consists of:

  • A 10-15 minute teaching activity with a small group of pupils

  • A handwritten task

  • A presentation

  • A formal interview

  • Maths and English competency tests (upon receiving an offer)

Successful candidates will be invited to attend a school-based meeting, to secure their host placement and to meet the Headteacher. 

If you are successful at interview, a conditional offer of a place will be made and DfE Apply are notified. The conditions will include providing proof that you have met the eligibility conditions for Initial Teacher Training, including qualifications, reference checks, a full working history, an enhanced criminal record check (DBS), barred list check, teacher regulation check and an occupational health assessment.

If you have lived abroad for more than 3 months within the last 10 years, we will require a Certificate of Good Conduct or Police Check from the country you have lived in.


If you wish to join Inspire Professional Development, you must accept the offer on DfE Apply.

Starting the ITT Programme
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Once all conditions have been met by the trainee, the offer is made 'unconditional'.

Trainees are invited to Inspire Professional Development for an induction session, towards the end of July, prior to the start of the course.

Trainees will begin the programme in September.