The Minster Teaching School Alliance
Mathematics (2QDB)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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
August 2020
Website
https://www.minster.notts.sch.uk/page/?title=Initial+Teacher+Training&pid=88

About the course

In this School Direct Trainee position you will experience teaching Mathematics across age and ability ranges in a comprehensive secondary school throughout an academic year.

We are looking for people who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and school leaders of the future. You should possess a genuine enthusiasm for Mathematics and be able to communicate your understanding to others. You should be committed to inclusive and comprehensive education and believe passionately in the difference education can make to young peoples’ lives. Experience of working with young people is not a requirement for entry on to the course, but would be an advantage.

Our School Direct programme contains elements delivered by the school, the Minster Teaching School Alliance and Nottingham Trent University. The programme includes both academic training and assessment as well as extensive classroom practice. School Direct delivers practical experience of theoretical approaches delivered by a range of partners.

The school and university work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured. You will be based in your host school throughout the year and attend university-based days with other School Direct trainees. These days are an opportunity to work with primary and secondary trainees and the sessions will form an integral part of the work you do in school.

In addition, there will also be regular opportunities to reflect and work with other trainees from across the Alliance through our School Direct programme. This will include working with trainees from primary and secondary phase settings, as well as some specific sessions focusing on key areas of development for your specific course.

In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school for a period of five weeks. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.

You will have a trained mentor assigned by the school and a University tutor who will work closely with you. From the beginning of the course, you will be regarded as a beginning teacher and will attend development and professional learning activities within your school.

Further information about placements within our host schools is available in our School Direct placement profiles via our website:

https://www.minster.notts.sch.uk/teaching-school/initial-teacher-training

Interview process

Candidates who submit successful applications will attend an initial interview with Nottingham Trent University to assess their suitability for the course.

Following a successful university interview, candidates will then be invited to attend an interview at their host or lead school. This recruitment process will involve up to a day spent at the school and will include a number of activities designed to assess your aptitude and potential as well as giving you a chance to familiarise yourself with the school and programme:

• a welcome and introduction to the school

• a tour of the school

• an observed 15 minute student activity, (details provided in advance)

• a subject knowledge discussion and interview.

The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:

  • enthusiasm for working with young people
  • a realistic and positive view of education and an awareness of current educational issues;
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
  • an open, reflective and enquiring mind;
  • motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability;
  • an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants.

We will inform you of our decision as soon as possible after your interview.

This is a thorough process designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available. We and you need to be sure that teaching is for you!

How school placements work

Throughout your year you will mostly be based in your host school, where you will experience life as a full-time member of teaching staff.

You will undertake a 5 week long second placement at another school in the Spring Term, which will offer you a contrasting experience. In addition, you will attend training at schools around Nottinghamshire and can experience teaching in a different phase, as well as special school experience, if desired.

Your main host school for your training will be Quarrydale Academy in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Quarrydale is a mixed academy of around 1100 pupils, with approximately 130 Sixth-Formers. We are situated in the town of Sutton-in-Ashfield, located close to the A38 and M1.

The Academy itself is a popular and exciting place to work, with a friendly atmosphere and a real sense of teamwork. Students are well behaved and Ofsted graded us as ‘Good’ in March 2017. The education at Quarrydale is built around a highly qualified team of staff committed to delivering a quality education to all our students in a calm, safe and secure environment.

At Quarrydale we combine traditional values with the very latest teaching methods and technologies to inspire our students to succeed. We have very high expectations of our students and place great emphasis on self-discipline, self-respect, hard work, achievement and high standards of behaviour.

You will be joining a hard-working and dedicated staff who have a desire to see all students achieve success in their studies, wider curriculum and personal development.

Our School Direct mentors are of the highest quality and have been praised by previous trainees as supportive. Subject mentors have the desire to help trainees develop and grow so that they are confident professionals in their first teaching post and beyond. You will also be able to participate in the full range of CPD activities offered at Quarrydale Academy.

In general, we are looking for people who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and leaders of the future. You should be committed to inclusive and comprehensive education and believe passionately in the difference education can make to young peoples’ lives.

Fees

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

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

All applicants are required to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification, preferably at 1st or 2:1 level, although we will consider applications from those with a 2:2.

For secondary teaching, this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach. You should demonstrate the relevance of your degree through your application.

We require passes in English Language, Mathematics and science (for primary) at GCSE grade C+, or an approved equivalent qualification.

Personal qualities

We aim to develop the teachers and leaders of the future who will work together with us to inspire young people. We are looking for candidates who enjoy working with young people and who are passionate about learning.

Your application should demonstrate that you possess:

• A desire to teach and work with young people

• Effective communication skills

• A commitment to work hard on the course

• Determination to succeed

• A readiness to reflect and share ideas

• A flexible approach to learning and teaching.

Other requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

For all initial teacher training courses, applicants must complete forms requesting an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. In addition you will be required to disclose previous offences.

Literacy and Numeracy Competence

All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. By the end of ITT all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in:

• Speaking and Listening

• Writing

• Data and graphs

• Mathematical calculations

Your competence in these areas will be assessed by your university at application and throughout the course.

About the training provider

The Minster Teaching School Alliance (MTSA) is a large teaching school working with schools across Nottinghamshire. We work in partnership with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University and host a large number of School Direct students each year throughout the region across a range of phases and specialisms.

We have a very high completion rate and almost all of our trainees from previous years have secured permanent jobs in schools following their training year. Many of our trainees secure employment within their host school or the Alliance following their training.

In addition to the support that you will receive from your university and your host school, MTSA will provide support for you and your mentor, including:

  • a programme of sessions throughout the year to support and complement practice that has been taught at university and in school
  • specific additional training for key elements of phase-specific teaching, such as phonics or GCSE/A Level examinations
  • the opportunity to link and work with School Direct students in other schools across both primary and secondary phases, which has proven to be a real network of support
  • a second placement at a school in a contrasting context, with careful consideration of your transport and training needs
  • additional support from our team throughout your training.

We are committed to creating the teachers and leaders of the future who are excited to work with us to change the lives of young people.

Training with disabilities and other needs

In partnership with our universities, support can be provided for applicants with disabilities and other needs.

This may be delivered through specific support from your university, additional training or resources, and consideration of your needs by ourselves and/or your host school.

As with students across our Alliance, we will endeavour to provide support on a bespoke and individual basis wherever possible. If you have a disability or additional need, please contact us to discuss this.

Contact details

Email
n.lyons@minster.notts.sch.uk
Telephone
01636 817365
Website
https://www.minster.notts.sch.uk/page/?title=Initial+Teacher+Training&pid=88
Address
Minster School
Nottingham Road
Southwell
Nottinghamshire
NG25 0LG

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: 1EC
  • Training programme code: 2QDB

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
Quarrydale Academy
Ashfield Court, Stoneyford Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 2DU
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