About the course
The Heath Teaching School Biology PGCE course, offered in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University, is taught by experienced and friendly staff, who were all successful teachers and maintain strong links with schools. You will join a community of students at IMMarsh campus for University – based sessions, which begin with a Summer School during the last week of August.
Our student teachers normally spend 4 days in school and Fridays at the University. Throughout the year 10 days of training take place, delivered by The Heath Teaching school with some additional days at LJMU. Student teachers spend the majority of time (at least 120 days) in schools.
The Biology programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident Biology teacher. School – led sessions will develop your understanding in key areas related to our school context.University lead lectures and seminars will develop your confidence in a range of relevant issues; classroom and behaviour management; meeting individual needs and inclusion; planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. We want you to develop into an inclusive and reflective teacher, with the skills, energy and resilience needed to make a real difference in schools.
In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. This aspect of assessment is largely undertaken by our school-based mentors. School mentors and LJMU colleagues are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.
The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through 2 Modules. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete one essay, in two parts which asks you to reflect on your practice,
All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a interview.
The day will consist of:
- A panel interview
- A short 20 - 30 minutes teaching tasking to a small group of Year 7 students
- A panel interview with our Junior Leadership Team (JLT)
How school placements work
Your school-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by well- trained mentors. We have found that being in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and get to know staff, pupils and your subject mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. Our School Direct programme is supported by LJMU, a member of LJMU staff is attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support all trainees and their mentors.
All trainees are entitled to weekly review and feedback meetings with their mentors and to tutorials with LJMU staff. This “wraparound” care ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally.
In addition to the time spent in a Home School, you will also undertake an alternative placement of roughly 6 weeks in a contrasting school between January and February. This placement has an explicit focus on diversity and inclusion. Additional experiences are also often provided for instance through visits to Special Schools and to Primary Schools. Although The Heath Teaching School programmes focus on 11-16 experience, many trainees also gain experience of Post 16 planning and teaching during their school experience.
School experience is structured in Phases, beginning with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence, taking on greater responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
There are a range of ways in which you can arrange to pay your course fees, including in monthly instalments.
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Financial support if you’re from outside of the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Hardship bursaries may be available for some students, depending on individual circumstances.
A contribution towards travel to school placements may be made in some circumstances.
You should have or expect to achieve an Undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent) in a subject related discipline normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.
• GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)
• Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for applicants who have a passion for their chosen subject and wish to share their passion with young people. You should have a genuine belief that education transforms life chances and want to make a positive difference to young people and to their communities. At interview we hope to see your enthusiasm along with evidence of some experiences which have informed your decision to become a teacher. A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is helpful prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants.
You are required by the DfE to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme.
You will also be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.
About the training provider
The Heath TSA is a network of schools across Halton, Wirral, Liverpool and Cheshire. We have been a School Direct provider since this route began, as such we have expertise and a successful history of effective Initial Teacher Education with high employment rates and student satisfaction.
Our aim is to train outstanding, reflective primary and secondary teachers to ensure that you are fully equipped for your NQT year and to ensure that the young people in our region, and beyond, receive the best education possible.
On successful completion of the course you will receive Qualified Teacher Status with a PGCE with 60 Masters level credits.
If you choose to train to teach with The Heath TSA you will enjoy:
- Training days delivered by highly skilled, current practitioners who are Specialist Leaders of Education. Training is research based and reflects the needs of our trainees. It is designed to have an immediate impact on improving the quality of your classroom practice.
- Excellent support from well trained subject and school mentors who will provide quality feedback to enable you to make rapid progress.
- Bespoke training and placements in a range of primary, secondary and special schools across the Greater Merseyside region.
- Commitment to supporting you to find your first teaching position.
The Heath TSA is committed to supporting trainees to fulfil their potential during this challenging and rewarding year, in preparation for a successful teaching career.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Heath TSA with LJMU is committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer. The Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you'll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: email@example.com Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165.
If you need an Individual Student Learning Plan (ISLP) which sets out the type of support you may need and who is responsible for ensuring your support is in place, this will be put in place by an LJMU Disability Adviser once you have met to discuss your needs. Once finalised, your plan will be sent to you via email. As soon as you have agreed the ISLP it will be sent to your Disability Coordinator and then, with your agreement, passed on to the relevant academic and support staff.
All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at your home school and LJMU. As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with our Occupational Health Unit. This is designed to ensure that arrangements are in place, from the outset, to support any students who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments to be made.
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|The Heath School
||Clifton Road, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 4SY
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