Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance
Geography (3FSP)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
https://www.tvtsa.co.uk/

About the course

This course leads to QTS a PGCE and Masters Credits.

You will be trained in a highly supportive, creative, inspirational environment where you will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to deliver high quality teaching and learning. TVTSA schools are committed to Initial Teacher Training and have formed a steering group with partner schools to quality assure and develop the course. The in school mentors are supportive and are able to tailor the course to best suit your development. We pride ourselves in offering a personal service from an experienced dedicated team.

Trainees work a full academic year in their host school, starting on the school’s first day of term which is usually at the start of September, right through to the end of term which is usually the third week in July, with the following exceptions:

  • Enrollment will take place at Derby University during the first or second week
  • One day a week will be reserved for training, this is on a Wednesday and alternates between the university of Derby and bespoke training from TVTSA.
  • TVTSA organise a second placement which will be decided using the candidates post code and ensuring a diverse experience. This is generally within a TVTSA school running from the week before Christmas through to February half term.

TVTSA also ensure all trainees make use of any remaining Wednesdays that are not scheduled for training, this is to be used by the trainee for:

  • Attending a “wider context programme” which is delivered by experts within our schools with sessions varying from behaviour management to marking and assessment.
  • Attending alternative setting experiences organised by TVTSA at a special school, a behaviour referral unit and an English as an additional language environment.
  • Completing research and gathering evidence to complete the PGCE assignments
  • Networking with the rest of the TVTSA trainees.

Interview process

Although this course is ran in partnership with TVTSA and Derby University, you will have one interview.

This take place at the School/Academy that you have chosen to train in on UCAS. This gives candidates a good opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school, members of staff and the pupils. The interview will consist of.

  • A Pupil Panel
  • Teaching a 20min lesson
  • A Formal interview
  • English and Maths Assessments
  • Reviewing an Educational Article

Interviews are arranged quickly after receiving applications.

How school placements work

Trainees work a full academic year in their host school, starting on the school’s first day of term which is usually at the start of September, right through to the end of term which is usually the third week in July, with the following exceptions:

  • Enrollment will take place at Derby University during the first or second week
  • One day a week will be reserved for training, this is on a Wednesday and alternates between the university of Derby and bespoke training from TVTSA.
  • TVTSA organise a second placement which will be decided using the candidates post code and ensuring a diverse experience. This is generally within a TVTSA school running from the week before Christmas through to February half term.

TVTSA also ensure all trainees make use of any remaining Wednesdays that are not scheduled for training, this is to be used by the trainee for:

  • Attending a “wider context programme” which is delivered by experts within our schools with sessions varying from behaviour management to marking and assessment.
  • Attending alternative setting experiences organised by TVTSA at a special school, a behaviour referral unit and an English as an additional language environment.
  • Completing research and gathering evidence to complete the PGCE assignments
  • Networking with the rest of the TVTSA trainees.

Candidates select there school using the campus code on UCAS.

Trainees will be in an 11-18 setting.

We partner with a number of secondary schools and will host around 25 trainees in total giving a bespoke and well praised experience, our team of dedicated staff pride themselves on getting to know all the trainee teachers well.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

The fee for UK and EU students is £9250.00 which is the standard rate for postgraduate courses.

Trainees are entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses

Those from the UK and the EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance.

Bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership in priority subject areas, this is dependent on your degree level and the subject you wish to teach and the information can be found from the DfE.

Scholarships are available from a number of sources.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £17,000
  • a bursary of £15,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants must hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification, preferably a 1st or 2:1 level although we will consider applications with a lower degree class.

For secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to your teaching subject. We expect at least 50% of your degree is relevant to the subject you intend to teach.

All candidates require GCSE C or 4 grade in Maths and English (Primary also need science). We will also accept approved equivalent qualifications.

You can apply for the course not meeting these requirements, but you must obtain them before the course starts.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject area or key stage, people who want the very best for our pupils.

Successful candidates will be hardworking, driven and motivated as well as being dedicated to safeguarding and the welfare of our pupils. They need to be committed to helping our students progress to the best of their ability and must fully embrace the ethos of the schools they work in.

Other requirements

Candidates that can discuss experience of working with young people, or supporting, coaching adults in the workplace, sporting environment or clubs would have an advantage. As would candidates who can show the qualities they have and how these could be transferred into the work place.

About the training provider

Trent Valley Teaching School alliance TVTSA has been successfully running school direct programmes across primary and secondary phases in many schools and academies over since 2012. Some of our original cohort are now mentors for the current school direct trainees. The employment rate for our trainees is extremely high, with over half of each cohort being recruited directly into TVTSA partner schools.

Tuxford Academy an Ofsted outstanding academy as well as a designated OLEVI centre of excellence is the lead school for TVTSA, it is based in North Nottinghamshire and is a very popular rural school. TVTSA have a number of secondary schools and over 35 primary schools in the alliance and these are all quality assured by TVTSA and are located in and around Nottinghamshire.

Our strengths are that we are a small teaching school alliance so we are able to work closely with the trainees, schools and the universities to constantly improve our offer. We allow you, the trainee teacher, to choose the school you would like to train in. TVTSA support the school as well as completing the interview in the school, allowing relationships to be forged early on, meaning you know which school you will be training in from the moment of interview.

Please visit our webpage www.tvtsa.co.uk and click “get into teaching”. Or for any questions email applytoteach@tvtsa.co.uk. We also run a series of school experience days, these can be found on our website.

Training with disabilities and other needs

TVTSA welcome applications from all candidates, if you have a disability or other needs please add the information to the application form and we will strive to support you through the training year. There is a varying degree of disability access within our schools, If you would like to discuss this before applying please email applytoteach@tvtsa.co.uk.

There are no child care facilities at any of the TVTSA schools however, many have nurseries close by.

All of the schools are accessible by car, many of the partnership schools are based near major towns and cities and so can be accessed by public transport.

Contact details

Email
applytoteach@tvtsa.co.uk
Telephone
01777870001
Website
https://www.tvtsa.co.uk/
Address
Tuxford Academy
Marnham Road
Tuxford
Notts
NG22 0JH

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 12K
  • Training programme code: 3FSP

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
East Leake Academy
Lantern Lane, East Leake, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 6QN
Yes C
Main Site
Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Tuxford, Newark NG22 0JH
Yes -
Walton Academy
Harlaxton Road, Grantham, Notts NG31 7JR
Yes R

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