Harrow Collegiate Teaching School Alliance
Geography (E338)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Middlesex University
Financial support
Salary
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
June 2020
Website
http://www.whitmore.harrow.sch.uk/schooldirect
Vacancies
No

About the course

To study geography is to study the world, and the humans which live upon it. It can help make sense of the world in which we live and give you a deeper knowledge of contemporary local, national and international affairs, such as those relating to climate change, sustainability or migration. This course will develop your subject knowledge for teaching geography whilst also developing the skills and knowledge required to teach other humanities based subjects. It will explore the common pedagogies of humanities based subjects whilst providing opportunities for you to develop a strong subject specialism in geography so that you can become an outstanding teacher of geography.

Geography is a subject which can fascinate and inspire children. It feeds their natural curiosity and supports them in developing a sense of space and place. As such, humanities teachers are in great demand and this course appeals to graduates who are passionate about geography but want to develop the skills and understanding to teach outside their specialism.

Through this course, you will gain the understanding and skills necessary to operate as a critically reflective Geography with humanities teacher in a secondary school setting. You will also develop the awareness and ability to transfer these skills and teach in subject areas across the humanities spectrum (such as history, government and politics, citizenship or religious education).

Our Geography with Humanities Teaching Apprenticeship gives you a strong understanding of how and why to teach geography in secondary schools whilst also enabling you to appreciate the unique aspects of other subject specialisms in order to develop your confidence in teaching across the suite of humanities subjects.

Interview process

If selected you would be required to attend an interview at the host school. This will include:

  • a tour of the school
  • literacy/numeracy tests
  • classroom/teaching exercise
  • panel interview

You may be asked to teach a short segment of a lesson, in which case full details will be provided in advance. Do not worry! This is an opportunity for us to see you in a classroom setting, and we are fully aware you may have had no previous teaching experience. The lesson may not go as planned, but it's important to be honest with your thoughts when we ask you about the lesson during the subsequent interview panel.

Further details of the interview structure will be emailed as part of your interview confirmation.

If you are successful at the school interview (Stage 1), our university partner will review your application and the interview paperwork before potentially ratifying the decision. Following a review of your application, the university may call you for Stage 2 of interview at the university if there are any aspects of your application that they wish to explore further (e.g. concerns over the extent of your subject knowledge).

If you are rejected at Stage 1 (school interview), we will contact you and upload the rejection to UCAS including reasons for the rejection that you (alone) would be able to see.

If you are rejected at Stage 2 (university interview), the university will get in touch to outline the reasons for their decision.

How school placements work

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is an employment-based route offering you a way to qualify as a teacher while based mainly in a school. This course runs from June to the following July.

This programme is closely aligned to our PGCE and School Direct routes, meaning you benefit from high-quality central training, delivered by research-leaders and academics. You will have the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, the PGCert Teaching, which can be used towards a Masters award in the future, enabling you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching, as you develop into a critically reflective practitioner.

From the beginning, you will be treated like a member of the teaching staff by fellow professionals. Your subject mentors are experienced teachers and undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills to support your teacher training. Your time in school provides you with the opportunity to develop your teaching expertise and relationships with young people in a familiar environment.

During your first half-term you follow an initial programme of observations and research. This allows you to become familiar with the organisation and working of the school and department (e.g. student groups and pastoral systems, curriculum, methods of teaching, lesson planning etc.). You will co-teach elements of certain lessons, enabling you to become ready to take sole responsibility for a number of classes from September.

Your training will be predominantly based at your host/employing school other than

  • every other Monday you will be at the university throughout the year
  • your second placement at another school for approx. 6 weeks in the second term

Your shorter second teaching placement is intended for you to apply and develop your teaching whilst also widening your experience of the school system in a new context. You return to your host school after this placement.

While in your host school and during your second placement, your university tutor will visit to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your mentors. You will maintain close links with your host school throughout the programme.

Salary

The successful candidate will be paid a full-time salary by the employing host school on the non-qualified teacher pay range, at a level depending on your qualifications and experience.

The tuition fee for this course will be covered by the employing school.

Trainees on salaried programmes are not eligible for bursaries or scholarships.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • 2:2 or above Honours Degree in the subject you wish to teach (or a closely related discipline)*
  • Strong academic record at A-level*: at least grade B* in the subject you wish to teach (or grade C* if you can demonstrate academic progression since A-level*).
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above*.

*or equivalent

Applicants may be accepted if they have other relevant experience (e.g. work experience).

Visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to confirm qualification equivalents if you studied outside the UK.

Personal qualities

You should be:

  • Enthusiastic about your subject;
  • Able to communicate clearly in written and spoken English;
  • Open to advice and positive professional criticism;
  • Diligent, organised, smartly dressed, punctual and committed to full attendance;
  • Able to shoulder individual responsibility and work collaboratively;
  • Committed to equal opportunities;
  • Willing to work with pupils beyond the school day.

You should also have:

  • Basic computing skills, with a commitment to developing these;
  • Good health, physical and mental;
  • A sense of humour;
  • A vision of teaching more than just giving information or crowd control

Other requirements

We strongly encourage you to undertake school experience observation in UK secondary schools before applying. Although this is not mandatory, this will enable you to explore your motivation to teach, and your understanding of what teaching is like, when you are discussing this at interview.

This school experience does not need to be in the school you are applying to, but should be in the subject you are planning to teach (or a closely-related discipline).

All teacher trainees will undergo an Enhanced Criminal Records check, Health checks and Prohibition to Teach checks. Further information can be obtained at interview.

About the training provider

The Harrow Collegiate Teaching Schools' Alliance (HCTSA) is comprised of a wide range of high performing Outer London secondary schools, committed to transforming young people's lives through inspirational teaching. We are an innovative and growing partnership with schools in Harrow, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Edgware and Hillingdon (click for a map of our schools).

We are looking for exceptional candidates with a passion for your subject grounded in academic achievement as well as a deep commitment to working with young people to enhance their life opportunities through education.

Whitmore High School is the Lead School, and partner schools include Alperton Community School, Avanti House School, Bentley Wood High School, Canons High School, Harrow High School, Hatch End High School, Haydon School(http://www.haydonschool.com/), Kingsbury High School, Kingsley Special School, Nower Hill High School, Park High School, Regent High School, Rooks Heath College, Sacred Heart Language College, St. Mary's & St. John's School and Whitefriars School.

We offer the opportunity to train with experienced teachers in dynamic learning environments that foster talent. We have extensive opportunities for professional development including an excellent Masters Programme with St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.

In addition, we offer:

  • Genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain experience of both challenging pupils and some exceptionally high achievers;
  • School-based tutorials led by experienced Leadership team members and school staff;
  • The chance to train amongst highly committed, positive, professional staff;
  • The opportunity to become part of a school community, gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of teaching.

About the accredited body

The School Direct programme at Middlesex University allows trainees to benefit from the provision of a range of high-quality central training, delivered by research-leaders and academics, who are widely published across many disciplines.

The team at Middlesex University are dedicated to supporting you throughout your training and work in close liaison with schools to ensure an excellent experience for all trainees.

All programmes provide the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, which can be used towards a master's degree in the future. This enables you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching.

Training with disabilities and other needs

HCTSA and our partner university are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities. The HCTSA invites you to contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged – schooldirect@whitmore.harrow.sch.uk

Middlesex University offers advice and support to their trainees who have requirements as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury.

Contact details

Email
schooldirect@whitmore.harrow.sch.uk
Telephone
02088647688
Website
http://www.whitmore.harrow.sch.uk/schooldirect
Address
Whitmore High School
Porlock Avenue
Harrow
Middlesex
HA2 0AD

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