Darlington West Park Partnership
Primary (35JQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
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
http://www.westparkacademy.org.uk

About the course

PGCE School Direct is a school led course where your colleagues in school will develop your training programme supported by the University of Sunderland.

West Park Teaching Schools Partnership is a commitment to ensuring that all learners within our partnership schools and wider partners have access to bespoke learning pathways enabling them to succeed. This ethos applies to our children and young people as well as out trainees, teachers and support staff as learners. We work closely with the University of Sunderland, the partnership schools and our own strategic partners to provide continuity of experiences to ensure judgements and training reaches the required standards.

Training as a PGCE School Direct student ensures that you will be in your host school from your first day on the course and will have the opportunity to spend the year being part of an accomplished and experienced school staff team working within the wider curriculum. You will complete an additional placement in the spring term in one of our contrasting partner schools.

You will study at the University of Sunderland for around fifteen days during your full training year. The University will provide support with your education assignments and practice based research led by a Primary programme leader who has a clear understanding of the importance of school led training and how best to guide you through your learning journey. The expertise of staff within the University will complement the support and skills of school based colleagues throughout your training year, with School Liaison Tutors supporting your host school to ensure that you receive high quality training in a supportive learning environment. University academic staff will ensure that you have access to expert training for academic writing and enquiry at Master's Level. If you would like to make any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact: Terry.Coatham@sunderland.ac.uk (Primary PGCE SD Lead)

In this case West Park Academy (W) is the lead school for the partnership and as a Lead School we help to advertise School Direct vacancies for our host schools. The Darlington primary schools in the partnership are West Park Primary School (W), Red Hall Primary (R) Reid Street Primary (S) and George Dent Nursery School (G). In Sunderland we have St Mary's RC Primary (M).

You will pay a tuition fee for your course and you may be eligible to apply for tax-free government scholarships on offer.

Interview process

If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an interview at a school within the Training Partnership where your course will be running from. Each school can choose what they require from you at interview to demonstrate your understanding and practice, this may include: giving a brief presentation on a topic chosen by the school, reading a story to young children, teaching a short episode to a designated class, leading a discussion with young adults or even being interviewed by the School Council. Every interview will finish with a formal interview, where the school and University will explore your motivation for wanting to enter the teaching profession and your understanding of the role and responsibilities of teachers. The interview is a chance for you to show your personality and motivation behind your decision to teach, and what knowledge and transferable skills you will bring with you to your training.

How school placements work

All the schools in our partnership are primary schools. The Darlington primary schools in the partnership are West Park Primary School (W), Red Hall Primary (R) Reid Street Primary (S) and George Dent Nursery School (G). In Sunderland we have St Mary's RC Primary (M).

You will select to specialise in an age range , either 3-7 or 7-11 and the host school that you are applying for will be one of two placement schools where you will be placed throughout the year to develop this specialism.

Fees

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

https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/education/pgce-school-direct/

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

You will need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You should also hold a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Science, and English Language and a range of National Curriculum subjects. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from equivalencytesting.com.

Personal qualities

Trainees should be able to:

Demonstrate a passion for working with children and inspiring learning.

Develop excellent professional relationships across the school community based on mutual respect.

Take initiative in a range of school contexts and accept responsibility for accessing training opportunities in school.

Use reflection and evaluation to adapt their teaching, drawing on a wide range of practical and creative strategies.

Exhibit passion and desire to become an outstanding teacher.

Work effectively as a team member, bringing fresh ideas as well as acknowledging the importance of learning from more experienced colleagues.

Other requirements

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

About the training provider

West Park Darlington Partnership is a commitment to ensuring that all learners within our partnership schools and wider partners have access to bespoke learning pathways enabling them to succeed. This ethos applies to our children and young people as well as our trainees, teachers and support staff as learners. We work closely with the University of Sunderland, the partnership schools and our own strategic partners to provide continuity of experiences to ensure judgements and training reaches the required standards.

Training as a PGCE School Direct student ensures that you will be in your host school from your first day on the course and will have the opportunity to spend the year being part of an accomplished and experienced school staff team working within the wider curriculum. You will complete an additional placement in the spring term in one of our contrasting partner schools. You will study at the University of Sunderland for around fifteen days during your full training year.

West Park Academy (W) is the lead school for the partnership and as a Lead School we help to advertise School Direct vacancies for our host schools. The Darlington primary schools in the partnership are West Park Primary School (W), Red Hall Primary (R) Reid Street Primary (S) and George Dent Nursery School (G). In Sunderland we have St Mary's RC Primary (M).

The school that you are applying for will be one of two placement schools where you will be placed throughout the year.

About the accredited body

We are proud to work in Partnership with the University of Sunderland. The University has successfully trained teachers for over 100 years making a difference in educating the next generation of learners.

Through our partnership with the University our Trainee Teachers benefit from the support of our Primary Tutor Team who are experts in their subject fields and related pedagogies. The School of Education is world leading in research according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. Trainees are allocated a Personal Tutor from the university who will work with their School Mentor to give academic, pastoral and placement support.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We follow the University of Sunderland Diversity Statement:

“We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability. “

The University of Sunderland Disability Support Team provides advice, information and guidance to students with a disability; students with mental illness or mental health difficulties; students with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia.

On application please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:

Website: Disability Services Email: disability.support@sunderland.ac.uk

Tel: 0191 515 2952

Contact details

Email
e.farrow@westparkacademy.org.uk
Telephone
01325 380792
Website
http://www.westparkacademy.org.uk
Address
Alderman Leach Drive
Darlington
Durham
DL2 2GF

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: 1DB
  • Training programme code: 35JQ

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
George Dent Nursery School
Elms Rd,, Darlington DL3 7PY
Yes G
Main Site
Alderman Leach Drive, Darlington DL2 2GF
Yes -
Red Hall Primary School
Headingley Crescent, Darlington DL1 2ST
Yes H
Reid Street Primary School
Reid Street, Darlington DL3 6EX
Yes S
St Mary's RC Primary
Meadowside,, Sunderland SR2 7QN
Yes M
West Park Academy
Alderman Leach Drive, Darlington DL2 2GF
Yes W

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