About the course
The structure of the course is the same as the PGCE primary mainstream, meaning trainee teachers spend time at University with PGCE students until the beginning of Phase 1 teaching practice placement in November. Trainees undertake Creative Practitioner and Preparatory weeks in February and March to prepare for Phase 2 teaching practice placement in April.
Trainees are assigned a university -based tutor and school-based mentor at the start of the course who will schedule regular observations and professional feedback during the training period.
Trainees are provided with a training plan at the start of the year outlining their school experience and mentors. In addition, students are given opportunities to observe examples of outstanding practice. On successful completion of the course, trainees are awarded a PGCE in Primary Education with 60 Masters level credits and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
MSTA has an excellent record of employment post qualification with 100% of trainees finding employment within the alliance in the previous three years.
When applying for School Direct with MSTA please ensure that you take every opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom. You might want to include examples of any experience you have of working with young people with special educational needs, perhaps as a teaching assistant, youth worker, or a volunteer in a school.
We will look for applicants who can demonstrate a real passion and commitment not only to teaching, but also to working within a special educational needs setting. Please consider how you can provide relevant examples of this in your personal profile.
In addition, we value applicants who can demonstrate, with clear examples, the following personal qualities: Flexibility, creativity, resilience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, excellent organisational skills and ability to manage one's workload and time effectively, ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and a positive outlook.
Perseid school is the lead school in the partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process for the School Direct (non-salaried) training programme.
The interview may include the following: classroom observation, presentation, interviews and tests.
Our university partner, Kingston University, will be involved throughout the day and will have an equal say in selection.
How school placements work
The structure of the course is the same as the PGCE primary mainstream, meaning trainee teachers spend time at University with PGCE students until the beginning of Phase 1 teaching practice placement in November. Trainees undertake Creative Practitioner and Preparatory weeks in February and March to prepare for Phase 2 teaching practice placement in April. Placement schools will be local to the host school (i.e. in Merton) and will be in a school that we have an association with. MSTA will arrange all placements and we will support you throughout your placements.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student.
In 2018/19 the fees for this course are:
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250
International Year 1 (2018/19): £13,800
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Please visit Kingston University website to see if you are eligible for a bursary.
- A 2:2 (or above) UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification
- GCSE grade 4 and above (or C and above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in mathematics, English and science. Equivalency tests will be considered from recognised institutions if GCSEs are not held. However, you need to show on your application that these qualifications will be obtained before the course begins in September.
- A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before commencing their course. Kingston University offers free support sessions to help you to pass these tests.
The skills and aptitudes that we expect from candidates are:
- Very high standards of written and spoken English
- Strong standards in numeracy
- Strong standards in ICT
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage one's own workload and time effectively
- Knowledge and experience of working with learners with special educational needs and disabilities
When applying for School Direct places with MSTA, ensure that you take every opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom. You can do this by including examples of any experience you have working with young people with special educational needs - perhaps as a teaching assistant, youth worker or as a volunteer in a school.
MSTA wishes you every success with your application!
About the training provider
MSTA works collaboratively with partners within Merton and beyond in order to bring about the best possible outcomes for pupils in our schools, especially those with special or additional needs. MSTA is led by two Merton (special) schools, Perseid and Cricket Green, along with three (mainstream) primary schools: Bishop Gilpin, Poplar and Singlegate. Also part of the team are Melbury College and the Smart Centre (special) and one (mainstream) high school, Ricards Lodge, in collaboration with Merton Local Authority. This complement provides a unique context for our Teaching School, led as it is by special schools working in close partnership with mainstream colleagues to ensure that our offer meets local need.
MSTA offers trainees access to outstanding schools and outstanding teachers within our network, providing experience in local mainstream primary and specialist settings across Merton. A range of high quality professional development opportunities are available via this training route enabling trainees to fulfil their teaching and learning potential with us.
100% of MSTA ITT trainees from 17-18 secured employment for 2018. For further information, please visit our website http://www.mertonspecialteachingalliance.org.uk/Initial-Teacher-Training-ITT/
About the accredited body
We have a strong relationship with Kingston University. Our Kingston (training route) trainee teachers are based at one of our special schools with the first teaching practice in a mainstream setting and the second in a special setting. MSTA offers the School Direct Training Programme to high quality graduates. The programme is unique and has been constructed especially for our Alliance in collaboration with the University. This is an ideal, innovative route for those who wish to gain a PGCE within a special needs school, and who already have a range of experience with learners who have special educational needs.
Training with disabilities and other needs
MSTA welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities and other additional needs. We will work with candidates individually to accommodate their needs.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Perseid School, Middleton Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 6RU
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