About the course
You’ll spend a mixture of your first seven weeks at Leeds Beckett University and your first placement school. However, you start in your first placement school within the first week - this School Direct PGCE route sees you based in school for two thirds of this phased stage of training. You will also have weekly support from The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance staff. This section of the course involves taking part in seminars and workshops that prepare you for your school-based training by focusing on two main elements:
Applied Professional Studies (AP1) - subject knowledge and pedagogy
In these sessions, Leeds Beckett University subject teacher experts will give you a good understanding of what it means to teach in the 5 - 11 primary phase. You’ll study the school curriculum, and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll also learn how to plan sequences of learning that address your pupils’ needs so that you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.
Applied Professional Studies (AP2) - generic teaching skills and issues
You’ll learn research-informed techniques and strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your training placements. These strategies will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the primary curriculum and educational policy.
After seven weeks you will be based full time in a school until the end of the first term.
During your second placement, you will be based in a new school from January to June, teaching more lessons and ensuring that you’re teaching an alternative key stage, which you will become an expert in.
You will be notified through UCAS Track if you’ve been invited to an Interview Day. The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance will also contact you directly to arrange the School Direct PGCE interview. You’ll receive an email from us that explains everything you need to know about your interview. This includes the date, time and the location, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it’s really important to read this email very carefully. You will expected to teach a full lesson to a class that links into the primary 5 - 11 curriculum.
How school placements work
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance will source your placements, taking into account your passions, preferences and personal circumstances. You will be supported by key Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance staff, who will work with you to ensure you’re ready to go into school.
After you’ve completed your first seven weeks of training, you’ll start your first placement full time. This will give you the chance to put into practice what you’ve learnt in a collaborative working environment. You’ll work closely with your school-based subject mentor.
In January, you’ll complete a second placement in a different school. This will help you deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement - split across stages two and three, from January until June - gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school and with pupils
you will get to know really well. This offers an opportunity to make a positive impact on progress in that school. You’ll become a more independent practitioner. Having extended experience in the same placement means you’ll be able to develop your practice well, and show that you’re having a positive impact on your pupils. At the end of this placement you’ll present evidence on this impact, which will inform your final grade.
Throughout your placements, you’ll have the support of a school-based mentor. These mentors are trained by The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance and Leeds Beckett University to support you as you complete your training and assess your progress against the Teachers’ standards. You’ll also have a other key staff who will visit you at school. They will provide quality assurance for your training and offer any support and advice you may need.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
UK & EU Students:
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance and Leeds Beckett University postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are currently £9,250. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.
You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.
UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.
English and EU students can apply and find out more information at (www.gov.uk/studentfinance). This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.
You will need to have a background and interest in primary education. All trainees must have a 2(ii) or better in an appropriate subject. Communication skills are paramount. You will need the ability both to write in Standard English and to model accurate and effective spoken language. You will also be fully computer literate.
In additional you will need
- GCSE Grade C (or 4) English, Mathematics and Science
- A pass in each of the Professional Skills Tests
Our determination is to match the right trainee to the right school, and we consider temperamental and attitudinal aspects as even more important than qualifications. You will need to be comfortable working in a team or independently, have a high degree of emotional intelligence, the ability to empathise and a genuine understanding of the 5 - 11 primary phase. You will care about equality and diversity and be unafraid to use the cliché that you want to make a difference. We are looking for committed, resilient, reflective practitioners, able to learn from their own experiences and the experiences of others.
All successful trainees will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.
About the training provider
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance is a partnership of schools throughout West Yorkshire which offers high quality primary and secondary teacher training to graduates in a range of subjects. Our Alliance is committed to providing the highest standard of education for young people in diverse and relatively disadvantaged urban communities in West Yorkshire. We transform lives, both of trainee teachers and the students within the local schools; we do not merely educate or train. Respect for learners and aspiration for all are our central tenets as an Alliance. We will provide training of the highest quality, delivered by outstanding practitioners in a diverse and stimulating range of local schools. We aim to deliver a bespoke training package, which will make the most of your knowledge and skills. You will be placed in two of the Alliance Schools and after a year’s successful training, you will achieve a PGCE with QTS. As an alliance, we are committed to helping you develop professionally, by providing an extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). We are also part of the Inspiring Education Teaching School (IETA), with Batley Girls' High School as the lead school. Batley Girls' High School has been graded as an outstanding school by OFSTED.
It is our aim to train the next generation of outstanding teachers in the West Yorkshire area. If you share our vision for education, we want to hear from you.
For more information on becoming part of our Trainee Team visit our website (http://schooldirect.batleygirls.co.uk/).
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance prides itself on being an equal opportunities ITT provider committed to delivering personalised teacher training to all prospective teachers. We pride ourselves on supporting a diverse and inclusive range of trainees through an individual support package. This does not stop once trainees have become teachers – The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance will follow on with advice, support and contact into the early stages of your teaching career to sustain resilience and well being to ensure that you become the best teacher possible.
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance is committed to ensuring that every student with potential, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to train to become a teacher. If you have a disability or additional needs, we will endeavour to put in place reasonable adjustments to accommodate any additional requirements throughout your teacher training year. We’re able to support with conditions such as:
- Specific learning difficulties
- Asperger syndrome/autism
- Visual/hearing impairments
- Physical and mobility restrictions
- Long-term medical conditions
- Mental health conditions
We will develop a Learning Support Plan tailored to your specific needs. There is additional support from Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University which could include assessment adjustments, extended library loans, specialist one-to-one study skills, dyslexia screening and assessments, learning materials provided in alternative formats and alternative assessments.
With your permission, we will inform the placement schools so they can discuss how to best support you during your school-based training.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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