Mathematics with Sir John Cass Partnership Accredited provider: University of East London

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.sjcr.net

About the course

You will spend one day a week at University, developing your subject knowledge along with other trainees, but most of the time you will be developing your skills and knowledge at Sir John Cass. 3 hours of Professional Studies training a week, led by our experienced Senior School Professional Tutor and specialist staff such as our Literacy, EAL, SEN and G&T co-ordinators covering topics such as lesson planning, marking and assessment, pastoral issues, classroom management and different teaching and learning strategies. Weekly meetings with an experienced subject mentor focusing on developing your subject knowledge and skills and review of targets is an important part of your training.

Working alongside experienced teachers, observing lessons, discussing approaches and participating through supporting students, teaching starters or plenaries and then taking responsibility for whole lessons will build up your timetable so you are eventually teaching across the full 11-19 age and ability range during the course of the year.

Weekly lesson observations and feedback on how to improve, from mentors and other experienced colleagues will enable you to progress as a teacher.

Guidance on building up a Portfolio of Evidence to support the Teachers' Standards will be taught to you at university and weekly professional study sessions. You will also develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a reflective practitioner.

You will also become fully involved in the life of the department and school, attached to a Tutor Group and have opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities and CPD. A six week placement 2 at a partner school will provide a contrasting teaching experience. Assessment will consist of judgements throughout the year, made jointly by school mentors and university tutors. Progress will be monitored and assessed through the weekly progress meetings, half termly reviews and end of term reports.

You will receive QTS qualification at the end of the year and possibly an additional PGCE qualification with credits towards a Masters qualification, if you are a salaried trainee. All tuition fee candidates will receive QTS and PGCE accreditation.

The partnership has always had a 100% pass rate of trainee teachers, all judged good or outstanding.

Interview process

You will need to select Sir John Cass as a Lead School, Contact Jane Barnes, Senior School Professional Tutor on 020 7791 4965 if you would like to organise a preliminary visit or discussion which we welcome.

The selection process will include a tour of the school, time with the relevant departments, time to prepare a lesson, observation of a lesson taught to a group of students, written tasks and the marking of students’ work. A formal interview with Head of Department, School Professional Tutor and Head Teacher will then follow. Candidates will also need to pass skills tests, present evidence of all qualifications, complete a medical clearance and DBS application.

A formal interview with University of East London (HE provider) staff with a focus on subject knowledge will take place after a successful school interview. School staff will not be available during half terms and holiday dates; please check the school website for these.

How school placements work

Our partner schools include; St Paul’s Academy in Greenwich, Highams Park School in Waltham Forest, London Academy of Excellence in Stratford, Leytonstone School in Leyton, Sarah Bonnell in Newham, Lambeth Academy in Lambeth, St Paul's Way in Tower Hamlets, Stoke Newington in Hackney, Parliament Hill in Islington, Davenant Foundation in Essex, and schools in Barking and Dagenham.

Our partner schools are equally successful and provide a contrasting school experience, for example St Paul’s Academy in Greenwich: this is an outstanding Catholic school and a ‘good’ school as judged by Ofsted, with ‘outstanding’ behaviour and safety of pupils. The school has excellent sporting and learning facilities with a strong emphasis on implementing new approaches to teaching and learning.

Sir John Cass is in the heart of the vibrant East End of London with excellent train, tube and bus links and many cultural and social attractions. We have excellent facilities, including swimming pool, fitness gym, drama studio theatre, recording studio and the latest technology throughout the school.

Trainees will spend a minimum of 6 weeks at one of these placement 2 schools. Your teaching will focus mainly on KS3 and KS4 with some post 16 experience where relevant. During the course of the training year you will also be a primary school placement for up to 2 days which your or the school can organise. All of these schools are accessible by public transport.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £22,000
  • a bursary of £20,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths 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 how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Training bursaries are available through applications to UEL student finance.

A bursary of £20,000 is available for candidates with a 2:2 degree or above.

Alternatively if you have a 2:1 or above and are passionate about your subject you can apply for a scholarship. If you are awarded a scholarship you cannot apply for a bursary.

Tuition fees can be paid from this bursary or scholarship.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses which are completed online also attract funding. UEL and the school recommend these courses to suitable candidates.

Requirements

Qualifications

We are looking for candidates with a minimum degree qualification of 2:2 or above, ideally in the subject they wish to train to teach in. Graduates will also have obtained a Grade 'C' or ‘4’ above in GCSE English and Mathematics and some work experience for salaried places is helpful. You should demonstrate enthusiasm, resilience, interpersonal skills, the capacity for hard work and willingness to listen, learn, reflect and work professionally with other colleagues. Some form of school experience/ observation is helpful which can be arranged within the school upon request.

Personal qualities

Desirable qualities that we are looking for in applicants, include; enthusiasm, resilience, interpersonal and communication skills, capacity for hard work and willingness to listen, learn, accept constructive feedback, reflect and work professionally with other colleagues. Some form of school experience /observation is helpful which can be arranged within the school upon request. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are available to help boost subject knowledge if required and the school can also help you to prepare for the skills tests.

Career changers are welcome as they bring a variety of skills and experiences outside of education.

Other requirements

You are required to have completed a DBS check and medical clearance prior to the start of your training. Subject knowledge enhancement courses (which are free) are available if you wish to further improve your subject specialism. Help can also be provided for the skills test if required. Once a place has been offered you are welcome to come and work within departments to familiarise yourself with the school and colleagues you will be working with.

About the training provider

SJCR as a Lead School in Tower Hamlets recruits, selects and trains its own prospective teachers working with its partner schools in London and Essex.

Over 50 of our current teaching staff gained QTS with us, and are still with us, many in senior positions. Please see our school website in the ‘learn to teach’ section to hear what former and current trainees have to say. We offer salaried, tuition fee and apprenticeship routes.

We were founded by the city businessman, Sir John Cass in 1710. Every year on the anniversary of his birth, students go to the City of London to take part in an historical ceremony held in his memory, and wear a red feather a symbol of the quill pen with which Sir John signed his will.

We are a Church of England School with a strong religious ethos, but also a neighbourhood school with a multi-faith intake.

We are rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted and by the SIAMs church school inspection.

We are in the top 1% of highest achieving school in the country with excellent examination results at GCSE and A Level.

We have a Sixth Form College of over 400 students where the majority of Year 13 students progress to University, including Russell Group Universities.

For further information and to read what former trainees have said about training at Sir John Cass please visit the link below.

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https://www.sjcr.net/our-school/vacancies/learn-to-teach-at-sjcr/

About the accredited provider

We have a long standing, highly successful partnership with the University of East London and many years of successfully training teachers to gain QTS through the former Graduate Teacher Programme and PGCE as well as the current School Direct programme.

Over 50 of our current staff trained through this route with the University of East London.

Professor Warren Kidd, UEL Teaching Fellow and School Direct Tutor says this about training at Sir John Cass

"SJCR provides outstanding support for the professional learning and development of trainee teachers. They are a proven training ground of good practice, teamwork and effective mentoring."

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are able to accommodate trainees with limited mobility as we have a lift in the main building and sixth form college, but our corridors do get very busy at lesson change over. We can also support trainees with dyslexia. This past year we have successfully supported trainees with limited mobility and dyslexia.

Contact details

Email
jane.barnes@sjcr.net
Telephone
02077914965
Website
http://www.sjcr.net
Address
Sir John Cass F&R CofE School
Stepney Way
Stepney
London

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: 132
  • Training programme code: 2XSP

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Sir John Cass, Stepney Way, Stepney, London E1 0RH

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