History with Sydney Russell Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: Partnership London SCITT (PLS)

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
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
September 2019
Website
http://sydneyrussellschool.com

About the course

You will join Partnership London SCITT's programme with full access to all services and facilities. You will benefit from the world-class expertise and research profile of our team. You are supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring and will spend a minimum of 120 days in school, divided into three assessment phases. This will give you an opportunity to gain experience in contrasting educational settings

The programme covers your chosen National Curriculum subject in detail as well as providing opportunities to learn about professional issues and research in education. You will benefit from an approach to teacher education that puts creative, inclusive and reflective practice at the heart of our programmes.

This programme will give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of the National Curriculum for your chosen subject.

It offers a balance of theory and practice, including the opportunity to understand the historical forces and ideas that have shaped today's curriculum. You're taught to appreciate a wide range of teaching approaches and we deal in detail with the planning and evaluation of lessons, assessment, marking and examination syllabuses.

PGCE Accreditation with Sussex University

We offer the PGCE in pedagogy and practice awarded by Sussex University. The course structure is a three-fold assessment through a 6000 word essay, presentation of directed tasks and portfolio evidence presented orally towards the end of the course. There will be support from the university as well as from PLS and this is an ideal way to gain PGCE for those wishing to have that academic award in addition to QTS.

Professional Studies and Subject Development Sessions

These will take place on a weekly basis throughout your training and will cover the key issues both in the classroom and those wider issues of professional responsibility and professional conduct.

In addition to the subject development and professional studies sessions you will also have a mentor who you will meet with on a weekly basis for review, reflection and target setting.

Interview process

Selection Process

You will be interviewed by a Partnership London SCITT director and a subject specialist. In order for your application to be considered you should consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process.

References

We require two references one of which will be an academic reference. If you completed your studies more than five years ago your employer should provide your first reference.

Interview

We will interview all shortlisted candidates prior to making an offer of training. If you are invited to interview, we expect knowledge of key aspects of education and excellent subject knowledge.

The interview process will include

• Teaching a short lesson

• Written tasks

• A formal interview

You will be assessed on your ability to communicate clearly and engage the audience.

All teachers need to be able to write English clearly without errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar because this is part of the job. Therefore there will be a literacy written task as part of the selection process as well as a subject related written task.

The interview will assess you on the following criteria:-

• Appropriateness of subject qualifications

• Capacity to expand subject knowledge

• Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher

• Any teaching or school based experience

• Resilience

• Ability to communicate effectively

• Enthusiasm for, and commitment to teaching

• Self-awareness of both strengths and areas to improve

How school placements work

The training model is very much rooted in the philosophy of our mission statement, viewing all as life-long learners.

We find the following definition of pedagogy useful:-

Pedagogy is the act of teaching together with its attendant discourse. It is what one needs to know, and the skills one needs to command in order to make and justify the many different kinds of decisions of which teaching is constituted (Alexander 2003)

You will have two teaching placements in contrasting schools covering at least two different key stages.

The training will follow what is commonly referred to as an ABA model. The second placement (B) is six weeks and takes place in the spring term.

Therefore most of the training year will be spent in your main placement school (A), allowing you to get to know the systems, students and staff.

You will get weekly input on subject pedagogy as well as professional studies. These sessions will be delivered by very experienced practicing teachers, a key part of our training model.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

DBS and fitness to teach medical are an additional cost

Financial support

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 - 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 can find information about tuition fee loans and other financial help on the Gov.uk website - (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance)

Requirements

Qualifications

Degree

Students must have an honours degree, usually at a minimum of 2:2 (or equivalent)

The student can demonstrate a relationship between their first/higher degree content or other academic/professional qualifications that they might hold and the subject they will be teaching in.

Where PLS deem it necessary, a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE) may also be required. This will be indicated if a conditional offer is made.

GCSEs

Candidates must hold a GCSE A*-C or equivalent in Mathematics and English for secondary teacher training and a GCSE A*-C or equivalent in Mathematics, English and Science for primary teacher training.

Personal qualities

Enthusiasm for teaching

Positive attitudes to young people and their education

Understanding of the importance of establishing respectful, supportive and constructive relationships

Ability to communicate effectively and accurately in standard spoken and written English

Ability to reflect critically and creatively

A good sense of humour

Evidence of wider educational reading and knowledge of key issues facing today's educators

A sense of the scope of teachers' professional skills and responsibilities

Understanding ‘Fundamental British - Values’ and its importance to all aspects of teaching

Awareness of key safeguarding issues

Commitment to inclusion and equal opportunity

A strong work ethic

Other requirements

Equivalency testing

A NARIC statement of comparability should be provided for non UK GCSE and degree level qualifications.

QTS Skills tests

Skills tests in numeracy and literacy must be passed prior to the course starting.

DBS and Medical

PLS places are offered conditionally subject to successful DBS check

Successful applicants will also be required to complete a health questionnaire to ensure that they have the health and physical capacity to teach without putting young people at risk.

Failure to complete this questionnaire or any trainee deemed being unfit to teach will result in any offer of a place being withdrawn.

Contact details

Email
ccr@sydney-r.bardaglea.org.uk
Telephone
0203 959 9900
Website
http://sydneyrussellschool.com
Address
The Sydney Russell School
Parsloes Avenue
Dagenham
Essex

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: 1EJ
  • Training programme code: 2GHV

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
1 The Sydney Russell School Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, Essex RM9 5QT

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