Cambridge & Suffolk Schools Alliance (CASSA)
Primary (L699)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT
Financial support
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
15 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://cassateaching.co.uk

About the course

We offer specialisms in General Primary, General Primary with Mathematics, Early Years, Special Needs or Key Stage 2. We provide a unique opportunity across Norfolk and Suffolk for trainees to immerse themselves in a diverse range of teaching and training experiences which by the final term are highly personalised.

The training comprises of 3 placements in 2 contrasting schools over the course of the year combined with approximately 55 days in centre training.

The centre based training is provided by expert trainers, many of whom are still serving teachers. It covers all National Curriculum subjects and key aspects of primary education such as behaviour management, SEND and assessment. Trainees also have sessions focused on the two assignments and one presentation which contribute to their PGCE qualification (including 60 credits at M Level).

All trainees have a personal tutor who is committed to supporting each trainee over their training year. This includes weekly email contact, visits to observe teaching and end of term progress interviews.

Interview process

The Tuition SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with partnership school head teachers. You will lead a 10-minute teaching activity in a partnership school. If this this is successful, you will be invited to attend a task day.

At the task day you will undertake some short written tests to gauge your fundamental English and mathematics skills and some interpersonal tasks. This will be followed by an interview.

How school placements work

We have access to the SCITT partnership of over 250 schools. This is well-established and we have clear and strong working relationships with a range of primary schools across Suffolk and Norfolk. We go to great lengths, through quality assurance and our local knowledge, to ensure that all placements are of a high standard. Trainees are supported by school mentors who are enthusiastic, committed and well-trained individuals.

Trainees spend approximately 26 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the main placement school in the autumn and summer terms, with the spring term in a contrasting school.

The distance to school placements will vary. These take into account the trainee’s home address, whether they have their own transport and the placement that the school is able to offer. Our policy is to endeavour to keep journey times to school to a maximum of 50 minutes each way.

Fees

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

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Requirements

Qualifications

A UK first degree (or equivalent). Normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points).

GCSE English Language Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)

GCSE Mathematics Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)

Overseas qualifications must be assessed by NARIC.

Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.

Personal qualities

We are looking for committed, resilient individuals who are ready to undertake an exciting but rigorous training year. We are interested in people who are passionate and enthusiastic about children's learning and have a desire to promote the best outcomes for all children. You need to be open to constructive feedback and see it as a tool to help you to achieve your potential by the end of the year. You must be organised and self-motivated as although you will be well supported, you also need to be focused on the commitment involved within this training year.

Other requirements

Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course. Primary SCITT pay for this. You are expected to join the update service for £13 per year at your cost.

Meet the 'Fit to Teach' criteria. Primary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. Initial screening is paid for by Primary SCITT, if further investigation is required, trainees may be asked to contribute towards the cost.

If you have lived overseas for more than three months in the past five years you will be required to provide a certificate of good conduct from that country.

About the training provider

The Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance (CASSA) is an alliance of primary, secondary and special schools and post-16 providers from across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

We work with over 80 partner schools in both rural and city contexts and we have an excellent track record of successfully training teachers. These schools have rich experience of working with some of the country’s leading Higher Education Institution (HEI) and SCITT (School Centre for Initial Teacher Training) providers. Each year the overwhelmingly majority of these trainees go on to work in local primary and secondary schools.

CASSA ITTs (Initial Trainee Teachers) have access to the highest quality training.

CASSA works in partnership with both Cambridge Teaching School Network SCITT and Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT and offers both salaried and non salaried primary and secondary routes. We have professional studies training centres in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich; this local training provision, and being placed in one of over 80 schools, gives ITTs the ability to train close to home and manage competing demands. This flexibility and the quality of training means that our trainees qualify at the highest levels and start their careers ‘school ready’.

About the accredited body

Do you want to get into schools early and start to practice teaching as soon as possible?

Do you want to be part of a very supportive cohort of trainees who receive personal support from committed, experienced and enthusiastic tutors?

Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried has an excellent reputation for providing high quality training and support for all trainees. In 2018, 72% of trainees graduated with a grade of ‘outstanding’. The course offers a PGCE with 60 Masters Level credits as well as QTS.

Training with disabilities and other needs

CASSA supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.

CASSA has full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.

Contact details

Email
pauline.kenning@lvc.org
Telephone
01223891233
Website
http://cassateaching.co.uk
Address
Cambridge Road
Linton
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB21 4JB

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1FL
  • Training programme code: L699

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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Linton Village College, Cambridge Road, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4JB
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