About the course
Warrington Teaching School Alliance are pleased to offer a Primary (with SEND) PGCE (QTS) route into teaching via our School Direct Programme.
This route has been designed and is delivered in partnership with Dorin Park SEN School and Specialist College. Successful completion of the course will qualify you to enter the teaching profession as a Newly Qualified Teacher with a PGCE qualification which provides 20 masters credits.
School Direct is an innovative way of delivering Initial Teacher Training via school placements and training led by successful schools themselves. Our School Direct programme is highly successful and is led by a national Teaching School and delivered by our Alliance of highly performing schools.
Trainees undertake three school placements at different settings, maximising the range of experience received. Experience will be gained in both mainstream and SEN settings over a minimum of 120 placement days. In each placement trainees are treated as part of the school team and take part in all elements of the school day, attending staff meetings, supporting parents evening and extra-curricular activities for example. This means our trainees graduate 100% ready to take on their NQT year and leave us classroom ready!
Training modules are delivered over the course of the year with 60 days being spent receiving formal training, attending masters days and in enrichment placements and experience days. All training is delivered by the highest quality current practitioners and expert consultants meaning your training is current and relevant to schools today.
Trainees are assessed throughout the programme via placement observations, evidence files and two academic assignments.
Training days are usually delivered in Warrington and Chester with Masters Days delivered at Liverpool Hope University. Placement schools are usually in Chester and Warrington.
WTSA is proud of its outstanding team of mentors who support each of our trainees every step of the way through the programme and beyond. With regular contact and personalised support available we have a high percentage of trainees graduating as 'Outstanding' and maintain our 100% pass and excellent employment rates.
Interviews are aimed to enable us to assess your key skills and attributes. It will include:
- Observed Classroom Activity - You will be asked to deliver a short lesson to a group of children on the subject area of your choice. Further details will be confirmed in the invite to interview letter.
- Interview - Conducted by a panel of ITT leads a set of questions designed to ascertain your ideas and knowledge on a range of educational issues will be asked.
- Numeracy & Literacy test - You will undertake a short numeracy and literacy task to assess your standard of Mathematics and written English.
How school placements work
This training route with include at least one placement within a SEN setting, usually Dorin Park SEN School and Specialist College.
In addition to this placement Warrington Teaching School Alliance has a wide network of mainstream settings who host our trainees during placements, many of which also have SEN provision. Most of these schools are within the Warrington area, but there are a small number of placements in schools located in Cheshire West and Chester and Halton Local Authority Areas.
We are able to draw on a range of school characteristics and offer schools which are for example:
- Rural and semi-rural
- Faith schools
- Academy schools
- SEN schools and colleges
- High levels of Free School Meals, etc.
Trainees undertake three placements in at least 2 different schools over the course totalling a minimum of 120 days.
Each placement is chosen based on trainees development needs and prior experience with an aim to offer the broadest experience possible and to develop them as teaching professionals. This training route is aimed to produce highly trained teachers who may either choose to work within the SEN settings or be equally confident working within mainstream settings and this is supported by the placements selected. Enrichment placements will be selected to give a broad taste of the primary curriculum and to offer a wide range of setting experiences.
Potential candidates are encouraged to contact WTSA directly with any questions they may have regarding the course or placements.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
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Financial support from the training provider
Trainee Support Available:
Each trainee successfully entering a WTSA PGCE (QTS) programme 2020/21 is entitled to choose either:
- A laptop at programme start (T&Cs apply)
- £250 voucher at programme end towards classroom set-up for new teaching job
Degree in any subject, 2:1 or better.
Please note - in certain circumstances a 2:2 may be accepted.
We do not accept a 3rd classification.
GCSE grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
Please note - these can be pending but are required before the September 2020 enrolment.
Warrington Teaching School Alliance seek applications from passionate and dedicated candidates, those who are motivated by seeing children progress and receiving the best educational opportunities possible and want to be a part of that journey for children.
Your capacity to learn and dedication to teaching as a profession is what we are looking for in a candidate. Resilience, high levels of organisation and professionalism along with great communication skills and excellent written and spoken Standard English are essential for success.
It is desirable to have some classroom experience and of having worked with children or young people.
Liverpool Hope University will undertake the following prior to the start of the course:
- Health Check Statement
- Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- Overseas Declaration
The DFE have published that Skills Testing previously required are not a requirement for 2020/2021 applicants.
About the training provider
Warrington Teaching School Alliance is the largest provider of Primary School Direct programmes in Warrington and Halton, welcoming trainees from across Warrington, Merseyside and Cheshire.
A national Teaching School, we put 'children first', focusing upon always improving children's outcomes and experiences of their early education. We promote innovation and resilience, working with the latest evidence-based practices and building strong teams of experts to deliver excellence across all activities and partnerships.
Our School Direct PGCE (QTS) programmes are carefully developed to reflect this; recruiting the best candidates and investing in the highest quality training, placements and mentoring to create classroom confident, ambitious and highly successful Teachers.
Becoming a member of the school team from the very start, our trainees experience placements in a wide range of settings; community, faith, academies, and SEN with enrichment opportunities in alternative provisions, high schools, private nurseries. Each trainee receiving bespoke placements to maximise their range of experience to develop strong resilient teachers and enhance their employment opportunities.
Using high quality trainers, our programmes scaffold the theory behind the practice; curriculum knowledge and professional standards all being embedded through the programme. Our dedicated mentoring team nurture and support trainees to develop, rapidly increasing confidence and offering teaching opportunities. Trainees also attend Masters level days at TEF Gold awarded Liverpool Hope University.
With long-standing 100% pass and excellent employment rates for all of our trainees we are proud to have supported so many trainees into their careers as teachers and we look forward to supporting many more!
About the accredited body
Warrington Teaching School Alliance has a partnership with Liverpool Hope University to accredit our QTS recommendations and to deliver the Masters level training towards the PGCE qualification.
Liverpool Hope University has been awarded the Gold Award by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in recognition of the consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes delivered for its students.
The Hope Teacher is an aspirational teacher and their training and mentoring team are highly experienced and successful in supporting each of our trainees to achieve at the highest level; becoming critically reflective professionals confident in making well informed, independent judgements.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Warrington Teaching School Alliance is committed to supporting the best candidates to become excellent teaching professionals, regardless of disability or other need. As such we believe in being an inclusive and accessible provider.
For WTSA all trainees are unique and so each one receives a bespoke programme of placement opportunities. This enables us to take individuals accessibility and health needs into consideration at all points. Our training venues are accessible and we have a large partnership of placement schools to suit each trainee.
We encourage any potential applicant to contact us directly to discuss any questions they may have about our programme and delivery.
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Dorin Park School and Specialist SEN College
Wealstone Lane, Upton, Chester CH2 1HD
Evelyn Street, Warrington WA5 1BD
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