Warrington Wire Alliance
Primary (273P)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chester
Financial support
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
https://www.broomfieldsjunior.co.uk/warrington/primary/broomfields/staging/pages/ourschool/schoolsdirect2/schooldirect-warringtonwireprimaryalliance

About the course

School Direct is an innovative Initial Teacher Training programme offering an outstanding, in school, experience with the highest and most rigorous expectations and intended outcomes.

The Warrington Wire Alliance partnership comprises of eight primary partner schools with a proven, long-standing, track record in training the outstanding teachers of tomorrow. Our commitment is to create confident, creative and innovative classroom practitioners who share and embrace our aspiration to excellence.

Working closely with our university partner in a supportive and complementary relationship, we will offer all our successful applicants a school-based programme, in a range of schools and contexts, with a clear focus upon enhanced employability and leadership capacity. The Warrington Wire Alliance School Direct partnership programme will lead to the award of QTS status and a PGCE including credits towards Masters-level accreditation.

Throughout the school year there are three school based placements: Key Stage 1, lower Key Stage 2 and upper Key Stage 2. The school-based programme is assessed at four review points, ensuring that there is support at each stage of the learning journey.

We are looking to recruit outstanding graduates with a passion for working with young people with the commitment to make a difference each and every day.

Interview process

Admissions Process:

Forms are carefully screened to select applicants for interview. Admissions Tutors and Primary School Leaders within the alliance will consider how much recent experience candidates have had in primary schools, academic qualifications including predictions, personal qualities and suitability for teaching, and additional interests or experiences.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Offers of places cannot be made until an interview has taken place.

Interview Process:

Applicants invited to attend an interview will complete a number of activities on the day. Typically, applicants will be asked to carry out a teaching activity with a small group of children, complete a series of school based tasks and have an individual interview with head teachers or leaders from various schools within the alliance.

Please note that you will certainly be asked about your experience of working with children and your knowledge of how primary schools operate. The interviewers will be trying to find out about your commitment to teaching and whether you have properly considered what a career as a primary teacher will involve. You may bring along any evidence of your work with children in school, such as portfolios of work or letters from head teachers, to discuss with your interviewers. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions about the programme. All relevant information regarding the day is forwarded in good time to those applicants invited for interview.

How school placements work

During the teaching year there are three school based placements: Key Stage 1 and lower and upper Key Stage 2. These placements are planned for the year during a meeting with all school leaders within the alliance.

All of the Wire Alliance schools are within Warrington, ensuring travel is kept to a minimum. The wishes of the trainees are also considered during the planning of these placements, so that the very best match can be made with the trainees and the eight partner schools.

Within each placement, there will be a professional and a class based mentor who will meet with you weekly to discuss your progress and support you in your areas for development.

You will be allocated a University Link Tutor who works alongside the schools in ensuring your progression against the Teacher Standards.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £11,450

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants will normally:

  • hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:1 honours degree
  • have GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, Maths and Science.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit outstanding graduates with a passion for working with young people with the commitment to make a difference each and every day.

We are keen to hear about your experience in education, alongside other personal interests that could be brought into the classroom environment to benefit the children.

Other requirements

A minimum of a two week work experience placement/voluntary work within a primary school.

DBS checks will be required prior to the course commencing.

About the training provider

School Direct is an innovative Initial Teacher Training programme offering an outstanding, in school, experience with the highest and most rigorous expectations and intended outcomes.

The Warrington Wire Alliance partnership comprises seven primary partner schools with a proven, long-standing, track record in training the outstanding teachers of tomorrow. Our commitment is to create confident, creative and innovative classroom practitioners who share and embrace our aspiration to excellence.

Working closely with our university partner in a supportive and complementary relationship, we will offer all our successful applicants a school-based programme, in a range of schools and contexts, with a clear focus upon enhanced employability and leadership capacity. The Warrington Wire Alliance School Direct partnership programme will lead to the award of QTS status and a PGCE including credits towards Masters-level accreditation.

We recruit outstanding graduates with a passion for working with young people committed to make a difference each and every day.

This partnership has a proven track-record of outstanding teacher training creating the very best teachers and leaders of tomorrow in a truly exciting and rewarding career. School Direct allows you to select the alliance where you want to train.

Our School Direct programme maximises the time you will spend in the classroom allowing you to fully embrace the day-to-day life of a school and allowing you to maximise the opportunities that our partnership schools will offer you.

If you are interested in enhancing the experiences of our young students and share our commitment to excellence, then contact us now.

About the accredited body

The programme will be delivered by the partnership schools themselves with the support of our university partner, Chester University, drawing upon our breadth of experience to offer you the widest and most diverse training opportunities.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Specialist staff on both the Chester and Warrington campuses support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. This includes students with disabilities, specific learning differences, long standing health conditions, mental health conditions, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and sensory impairments.

Disability and Inclusion want to ensure all students benefit fully from university life and achieve their learning potential. Specialist staff on both the Chester and Warrington campuses support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. This may include creation of an Inclusion Plan.

We are aware that students can be reluctant to disclose a disability because they fear that it might negatively affect their application or result in them being treated differently by the University.

Please ensure that you detail any needs on your application form so that support can be put in place.

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: 1BD
  • Training programme code: 273P

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Broomfields Junior School
Bridge Lane, Appleton, Warrington WA4 3AH
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