About the course
EborHope Teaching Schools Alliance and York St John University work in partnership to deliver high quality teacher education and training which leads to a PGCE qualification with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
Our school-centred (School Direct) PGCE secondary programme is a community of learning with partnership at the heart of the programme. The partnership works together to develop outstanding student teachers who are transformative and creative professionals, highly motivated and committed, autonomous and independent, enquiry based practitioners and self-reflective practitioners.
The programme delivers contemporary and highly relevant education and training which provides excellent opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of your subject and wider educational issues. You will be equipped to become an outstanding teacher and leader with strong subject knowledge and a clear professional identity. You will be supported by experts in both university and schools to ensure that you have opportunities to learn about current classroom practice and develop deep subject pedagogy. The programme combines school experience with taught sessions on subject knowledge and pedagogy which occur at university and also in partnership schools. Two academic assignments will need to be passed so you meet the programme aims and gain the PGCE award. These modules will underpin your own rigorous understanding of pedagogy and will provide you with 60 Masters level credits, which you may wish to use towards a full Masters qualification in the future.
The programme ensures that you fulfil the requirements of the current Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. The programme encourages you to engage critically with educational issues to enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, with the ability to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the diverse needs of pupils in secondary schools. This is achieved through a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies, including active learning and enquiry-based learning, which is considered essential in both modelling effective learning and teaching practice.
The recruitment process is rigorous and thorough. It is designed to enable EborHope Teaching Schools Alliance and York St John University to assess the suitability of candidates for training and to appoint the best candidates for the places available.
Selection is based on evidence given throughout the application process and includes:
Your personal statement
Detailed breakdown of degree content
Details of other academic, professional or vocational qualifications
Completion of a practical task at interview
Overall performance at interview
Interview days take place in one of our partnership schools. Typical activities include a short teaching activity and an individual interview with a panel made up of EborHope Teaching Schools Alliance teaching school staff and university staff. Candidates may also have an interview with a pupil panel and take part in a group activity and literacy-based task.
Places on the programme are limited and recruitment takes place regularly during the year. If you are successful at interview you will be offered a conditional place. Once the number of offered places meets the agreed programme numbers, the programme will be closed. We therefore recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the programme of your choice.
How school placements work
The EborHope Teaching Schools Alliance PGCE School Direct programme is a full time programme studied within one academic year (September - June) and covers the 11- 16 age phase with 16-19 enhancement. You will be based within one school for the majority of your training where you will complete two placements. There is also a 6-week contrasting placement in a different partnership school, either in the autumn or spring term. During these three placements, you will observe teaching, work collaboratively with experienced staff and gradually increase the percentage of your independent teaching. Induction is a key part of the programme and each placement as we feel it is important for you to feel welcome in the school community and valued as members of staff from the start. You will attend school meetings such as staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. You are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context. This helps you to understand your own professional identity and be a fully committed member of a school community.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
There are no other costs for the programme.
You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Financial support can be accessed through the Funding Advice Team at York St John University.
GCSE in English (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
GCSE in Mathematics (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
GCSE in Science (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4 (for those student teachers undertaking the Secondary PGCE in sciences)
A first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent. The first degree should be specific to the subject-based PGCE you are applying for. In some circumstances candidates without a subject specialist degree may be considered if you can provide evidence of strong subject knowledge, and have at least an A level in the subject.
We are looking for student teachers who:
Have a passion for teaching and a love of learning.
Are committed to ensuring that all pupils can succeed no matter what their background or starting point.
Are enthusiastic, combined with excellent organisational skills.
Have the ability to reflect and develop as critical professionals.
Can express ideas clearly and succinctly.
Have a high level of resilience and respond well to constructive feedback.
Show personal initiative and can work well with peers, pupils, tutors, staff and parents alike.
Places are limited and recruitment takes place on a rolling basis. Once the number of students accepted reaches the course limit, courses will be closed. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the course of your choice.
About the training provider
At the heart of our School Direct programme are two ‘Outstanding’ schools – Manor CE Academy (Hope Learning Trust) and Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy (Ebor Academy Trust). Both schools are recognised by the National College as outstanding practitioners in teaching and learning but both also have key characteristics that make them unique. These are our ‘Lead Schools’ who work in partnership with York St John University to deliver a truly school-centred programme.
The School Direct programme is a popular choice for those wanting to train on the job, have an immersive, practical experience and who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.
About the accredited body
YSJU has been involved in teacher education since 1841 and currently delivers primary and secondary training both as university-centred programmes and as school-centred programmes with School Direct Alliance partners. The YSJU Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnership works with approximately 550 schools across 15 local authorities in any given academic year.
Ofsted has reported that, 'The university, teaching school alliances and schools demonstrate a common vision and shared commitment to teacher training ... the university provides strong institutional support for initial teacher education'.
Training with disabilities and other needs
York St John University is an inclusive university and has a range of support services for students with disabilities and other needs. We have a dedicated Disability Advice Team and PGCE programmes have a strong track record of supporting all students to enable them to complete their studies successfully.
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Manor CE Academy
Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York YO24 4DG
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