About the course
Throughout the PGCE Primary programme you will be enhancing your subject knowledge in conjunction with curriculum and pedagogic knowledge to enable all children to make progress. There are two modules –Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies. These are taught at our new Waterside Campus by experienced and expert tutors and aim to address ITT Content, National Curriculum coverage and national priorities in primary education. Over the year, there are blocks of centre-based learning events and four school experiences. There are four assignments, two in each Level 7 module, which are spread over the year. The School Experience Library is an excellent resource offered to students to enhance their use of research and resources to inform practice in the classroom. The University of Northampton is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
Applicants selected for interview will have an individual interview with a member of staff and a teacher from a partnership school. This will explore an applicant's commitment to teaching, prior experiences and awareness of current educational contexts.
It is the policy of The University of Northampton that candidates should not be prejudiced as a result of any disability and reasonable adjustments will be made to mitigate unfair discrimination. Therefore, all candidates with disabilities are encouraged to identify and/or request support for actual or potential circumstances.
In addition to the University interview applicants for a School Direct place will be interviewed at the Lead school if they are successful at the University interview. (ADD in UCAS for School Direct)
How school placements work
The University of Northampton works in partnership with over 150 schools. The PGCE programme includes three school experiences and one self organised experience. The normal pattern is referred to as ABA where the autumn term and summer term are based in school A in the same class and the spring term in school B in the alternative keystage. The self organised experience normally takes place in the spring term. The age ranges are 3-7 or 5-11.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You must hold an honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent) and whenever possible the classification should be a 2:1 or First.
You will need to have a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above/Grade 4 and these must include mathematics, English Language and science. You must have these before applying. If you do not hold the necessary GCSEs, or believe you have a suitable equivalent, please contact Admissions for advice prior to your application.
To be considered for entry for the PGCE, prospective candidates must have the necessary personal attributes, meet the entry requirements required by the Teacher Regulation Agency for schools, provide suitable references to support their academic qualifications and/or their prior experiences.
Personal attributes include commitment to working with children and making a difference to their progress, organisation and time management skills, ability to work with others and respond to advice, and use of standard spoken English.
You must be interviewed, and we will explore your suitability for teaching including undertaking DBS and Disqualification by Association and Prohibition checks.
You must pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy prior to enrolling on the programme. If you are offered a place, we will provide sessions to support your preparation for these tests.
About the training provider
Northampton School for Boys, an Ofsted 'Outstanding' school (Nov 2014) is the Lead School for our SCITT - Northampton Teacher Training Partnership (NTTP) which is an Ofsted 'Outstanding' ITE Provider (2018). Your training will be with NTTP, a School-Centred Teacher Training provider based on the school site. We offer a one year full-time Secondary (11-16) teacher training course with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education validated by Newman University. Many of the partnership schools have ex-trainees as members of staff, some of whom work as School Based Tutors for us. The partnership is comprised of schools which offer a wide range of different experiences for our trainees.
The vast majority of trainees who successfully achieve both QTS and an academic award, gain employment in local schools, which is a huge strength of the partnership together with an excellent completion and retention rate.
Our Key Strengths are:
- Trainees professionalism - trainees develop good relationships with staff and pupils encouraging high expectations of the learners.
*The pivotal role of administrative support - facilitating excellent communication across the partnership that benefits support for and attainment of the trainees.
*Consistently good quality school placements, providing a range of contrasting experiences and carefully match them to the individual needs of the trainees.
*The expertise of school-based tutors in coaching the trainee towards improvement
- Strong shared ethos of pastoral care facilitating swift and effective intervention and support for trainees.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We encourage applications from all spheres of the community regardless of age, race, disability, religion and gender.
We support trainees with a wide variety of needs both during centre-based training and on school placements. The programme is personalised to be supportive and challenging for each trainee. We work closely with Newman University (PGCE Validating body) to ensure that trainee needs are met.
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