Mathematics with Chellaston Academy Accredited provider: The University of Nottingham

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
August 2019
Website
http://chellaston.derby.sch.uk

About the course

Your home school and the University of Nottingham work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured.

You will have short blocks of time through the year in University which coincide with the days students following the University of Nottingham PGCE in those subjects are in. This enables you to be part of a large group of beginning teachers in your subject, exploring the underpinning principles and philosophies of, and approaches to teaching, your subject. In total you will spend forty days across the year in University.

You will have a mentor assigned by the school who will undertake regular training at the University. Your mentor will be supported in school by a coordinator, usually a senior member of staff. You will also be allocated a university tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor and coordinator. From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.

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

The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored during University based sessions. There is a focus on both ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’ and your assignments will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school.

Assessment

The School Direct PGCE course is assessed at postgraduate certificate level. It incorporates two 30-credit modules which may be counted towards the MA in Education. The assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work.

For the award of the PGCE and to achieve Teacher Standards, you must have reached the required standard in both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. In keeping with the nature of the course, which is vocational and postgraduate in approach, there are no written examinations.

Practical Teaching is assessed by the university tutors, school based mentors and coordinators, and External Examiners. Account is taken of your work over all school based elements of the course and your own written records of such work.

Interview process

There is a two stage process for the School Direct course.

The University of Nottingham screens your application and decides whether to offer you an interview. If you are offered an interview this will be at the University’s School of Education on the Jubilee Campus. If you are successful at this interview you are then interviewed by us. If successful at this stage you will then be allocated a home school. This is not necessarily the lead school.

When you attend a School Direct interview at the University, there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. You will not be in competition with the other applicants - in fact, we are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:

• an awareness of current educational issues

• a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling

• an open and enquiring mind

• clear reasons for wanting to teach

• motivation and commitment to teaching all pupils

• maturity and self confidence

• an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your subject

You will be interviewed by tutors from the School of Education. During the interview you will undertake the following tasks:

• a short presentation on a subject topic (details will be sent to you before the interview)

• a group discussion task

• a written task

• an individual interview

How school placements work

In our alliance there are 4 schools, 2 11-16 and 2 11-18 schools.

Your home school and the University of Nottingham work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured.

From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.

In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. An opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees. You will return to your ‘home’ school for the remained of the school academic year.

The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored during University based sessions. There is a focus on both ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’ and your assignments will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £17,910

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £22,000
  • a bursary of £20,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 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 how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification. This must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject.

As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.

In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent.

Personal qualities

During the recruitment process, we will be focussing on your potential to be a great teacher. The qualities we look for in applicants are:

• a desire to teach and work with young people from all backgrounds

• a passion for your subject

• a commitment to working in a variety of schools serving diverse communities

• effective communication skills

• a commitment to work hard on the course

• a determination to succeed

• a readiness to listen and share

• a flexible approach to learning and teaching

Other requirements

All trainee teachers have to take and successfully pass skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to the start of the course. You can get more information about the tests from http://sta.education.gov.uk/

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for 'Fitness to Teach'. It is important that you disclose any medical condition or disability so that we can look at the best way of supporting you if you are offered a place on the course.

You will be subject to safeguarding checks which include an enhanced DBS check.

About the training provider

Derby Teaching Schools Alliance is a broad and inclusive alliance of schools and other partners. We are part of a not for profit Charitable Trust. We are working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers through the Schools Direct route. Every member of DTSA involved in Schools Direct is totally committed to giving student teachers the very best support and training.

The main advantage of applying to DTSA School Direct is that our close partnership with local universities offers a broad range of school experiences combined with high quality academic input and access to library resources.

Other benefits include:

• The possibility of beginning your teaching career in a school where career progression through ITT, as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and a Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) are well-developed

• Well-developed links between schools across the Alliance from all phases allowing you to experience a range of Key stages; Special School experience and Early Years experience

• Local professionally facilitated networking with other DTSA School Direct students; access to a range of local curriculum forums and links with Newly Qualified Teachers training and events.

About the accredited provider

We are working in partnership with the University of Nottingham, a Russell Group institution that is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. All trainees who successfully complete the School Direct course with us will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will gain a PGCE with masters level credits. The University has a long history of Initial Teacher Education and we have worked together closely to develop a high quality programme based on experience, excellent Quality Assurance and a commitment to a high level of support for trainees.

Please see the University of Nottingham website for more information about the training programme.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our partnership with the University of Nottingham means you will be joining a community committed to creating an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment to the benefit of all students.

Specialist services provide student-led support to enable disabled students to flourish as independent learners. Support is available from different teams depending on your need:

• Academic Support

• Disability Support

• Welfare support

• ACCESS Centre

You can meet with one of the university’s Accessibility Team to discuss your needs.

The University student welfare team meet all students at the beginning of the course, they can provide guidance, support and advice if you are experiencing difficulties.

Contact details

Email
clairesutton@chellaston.derby.sch.uk
Telephone
01332 702502
Website
http://chellaston.derby.sch.uk
Address
Chellaston Academy
Swarkestone Road
Chellaston
Derby

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: 1ED
  • Training programme code: 2BSZ

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
R Bemrose School Uttoxeter New Rd, Derby DE22 3HU

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