About the course
Brompton Academy is an innovative, energetic, forward thinking and oversubscribed learning community for 11 - 19 students. Brompton Academy is an independent state school whose Lead Sponsor is the University of Kent.
The Academy opened in September 2010 building on the outstanding success of the predecessor school New Brompton College, which was placed in the top twenty Medway and Kent’s schools for oversubscription. Brompton Academy is now part of the newly established University of Kent Academies Trust (UKAT). The new Trust has two UKAT Academies, Brompton Academy and Chatham Grammar School for Girls (CGSG). The opportunities through UKAT are plentiful and both schools benefit from a variety of bespoke programmes of support and interventions provided by the Lead Sponsor, the University of Kent. Overall, standards of achievement are good. The 2017 OFSTED resulted in the school attaining overall Good. As an Apple Academy we use technology to develop learning and push technological boundaries in the classroom; students also have their own iPads to facilitate 21st Century learning.
The course content is organised into six modules, the first three of which may be worked on concurrently.
Training Module 1A: Lesson planning. How to plan lessons well, including choosing the most appropriate teaching and learning strategies.
Training Module 1B: Behaviour. How to manage pupils during lessons, and motivating them towards learning.
Training Module 1C: Assessment. How to assess pupils' learning in each subject, and use assessment information when planning and teaching lessons.
Training Module 2: How to ensure that all groups of pupils do as well as possible e.g. those who speak English as an additional language, high attaining pupils, those with special educational needs.
Training Module 3: The wider context of teaching and learning in schools today. Barriers to learning i.e. why some pupils do not do as well as they should, and how teachers can make a difference to this.
Training Module 4: Subject teaching. Bringing everything together, how to teach really effectively. This builds on all the earlier training in how to teach effectively, and involves an in-depth study of an aspect of subject teaching.
There are two formal assignments: an essay exploring aspects of meeting the needs of different groups of pupils (linked to Training Module 2), and a subject-related essay (linked to Training Module 4).
e-Qualitas collaborates with Leeds Beckett University, who offer a distance learning PGCE as an addition to the e-Qualitas QTS-focused training programme.
We will invite selected candidates to an interview. The invitation letter will give full details of the interview. This is likely to be a classroom exercise, literacy test, and panel interview.
Applicants must bring the following to interview: their qualifications certificates; identity documents (photo id e.g. a passport, and evidence of residence e.g. a mobile phone bill or bank/savings statement); evidence of having taken the practice skills tests, or passed the actual skills tests. Overseas applicants must provide evidence of their eligibility to live and study in the UK
If we make you an offer, it could be conditional upon various things such as DBS clearance, passing the professional skills tests by a set date. You are entitled to wait for the outcome of all your applications before accepting an offer on UCAS and we fully endorse this
How school placements work
As a training institution, we regularly train approximately 10/15 trainees per year across a variety of providers and pride ourselves on the high quality mentoring, professional development holistic support we offer to trainees. We have an excellent track record of employing our trainees after their training year and a significant proportion of our teaching staff is made up of people who have trained with us in the past.
As the most oversubscribed school in Medway, parents recognise that we have a great deal to offer their children and the same is true for our staff, please get in contact to find out more about joining us for your training year!
For your second school placement you will spend a number of weeks at Chatham Grammar School for Girls, the most recent addition to UKAT. The two schools provide an excellent experience to experience very different educational settings but both under the same Trust. The Director of Training works across both schools and therefore this provides excellent continuity for any trainees. Training with UKAT gives you the opportunity to experience teaching in a selective single sex grammar school and also a comprehensive mixed school, giving you a well-rounded and varied start to your teaching career.
While in your main host school and during your second placement, your tutor from e’Qualitas 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.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Fee details: Trainees pay eQ a tuition fee of £6,000 + VAT + £2,000 disbursement which is forwarded to the school.
Trainees may be eligible for a student loan of up to £6,000; information is available from Student Finance England.
Most successful applicants will have a 2:1-degree classification or better although we are prepared to accept candidates with a 2:2-degree classification if he or she is able to demonstrate good potential.
You will also need at least 5 GCSEs including a grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and a Science (or equivalent qualifications).
There also needs to be evidence at application of your ability to demonstrate a high standard of written English.
You are required to have passed the Professional skills test in numeracy and literacy before you start the course.
We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include:
• Subject knowledge
• Motivation to become the best teacher possible
• Ability to analyse and learn from experience
• Creativity and imagination
• Capacity for hard work
• Good organisational skills
• Empathy and a liking for young people.
• Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher.
• Must pass Secretary of State’s requirement for physical and mental fitness to teach.
Prior to the course, it is a requirement that you undertake at least 10 days’ experience in the UK state secondary sector. Five of these days must be before you apply, to strengthen your application and to support interview answers. The lack of any observational experience in a UK state primary classroom is a common reason for rejection. These two weeks are an important and integral element of the course, providing you with the opportunity to observe a variety of teaching styles and to engage in some initial group and class teaching.
About the training provider
The St Marylebone School Teaching School Alliance was part of the first cohort of a hundred Teaching schools (http://teaching.stmarylebone.school/) and won this accolade largely due to a proven track record of training and outreach work. We are experienced in supporting successful trainees over a number of years on different training routes, for instance PGCE, Teach First, the Graduate Teacher Programme, School Direct Pilot and School Direct. Staff are eager to be involved in training and mentoring, many of them having themselves trained at St Marylebone School.
You will work with experienced teachers, first of all observing and team teaching, then teaching independently. This is complimented by a placement of about 6 weeks’ teaching in another school.
We have been successively rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and SIAMS and are one of the best performing non-selective state schools nationally.
We are based in in the fantastic location of Marylebone High Street with all the attractions of central London nearby and the benefits of excellent transport links. Nearest tube stations: Baker Street, Regents’ Park (both a 2-minute walk away). You will be able to develop your career in a beautiful school with excellent facilities and positive links with parents and the vibrant local community
We work with a big group alliance of school in central London and further afield. Often the six week second school placements are shared between alliance schools to ensure that trainees have a good experience.
About the accredited body
Our school-based course is focused on your becoming the best possible teacher. You will work with experienced teachers, observing and team-teaching, then teaching independently. A placement of about 6 weeks in a contrasting school and other, short visits broaden your experience. Your study is based on the distance learning resources on the e-Qualitas website. Training sessions by experienced school staff are complemented by 10-12 training days run by e-Qualitas in a venue in central London. You also have a subject-specialist visiting tutor from eQ who visits the school each half term.
Training with disabilities and other needs
For IOE trainees
School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team.
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Also contact the eQualitas office for a discussion of your needs if they are not related to mobility, so that we can identify what additional support might be appropriate for you.
Disability access is limited in some of the schools due to the nature of the historic buildings in which they are based. Please contact the school concerned directly if you wish to discuss this in detail.
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