Mathematics with Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: Sheffield Hallam University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time with salary
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://barnsleytsa.net/initial-teacher-training/

About the course

This salaried teacher training programme leads to a recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE comprising of 60 credits at Masters level.

For the duration of the course you will be in school for 4 days a week, apart from assessed periods where you will be in school 5 days.

Within school, you will have a host mentor who will have undertaken a training programme at Sheffield Hallam University to develop their mentoring skills, including coaching and classroom observation.

You will take part in our bespoke twilight Programme, delivered by outstanding practitioners from partner schools within the Alliance. All practitioners have strengths in ensuring the progress of vulnerable groups of learners and in leading the development of innovative and creative pedagogy.

You will develop the professional knowledge, understanding and skills required to be an outstanding practitioner through participation in training such as:

The effective use of data to inform intervention and planning and target setting;

Assessment for learning personalised and differentiated learning;

Effective behaviour management and nurture approaches; Key theories underpinning child development and attachment disorders;

Professional expectations and the wider role of teachers;

Career development and preparing for interview.

Our programme is further enhanced by attendance one day a week at Sheffield Hallam University for further subject-specific development and accreditation work. Sheffield Hallam University will also provide intensive preparation for your school placement at the start of the autumn term.

Interview process

Our recruitment process is shared across the partner schools within the Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance. We try to hold interviews within the school asking for the specialist subject. However, this may not always be possible.

There is an initial selection process based on how applicants meet the qualifications and experience criteria. Should you pass this 'initial sift' successfully, then it is likely you will be called to interview.

Interviews take place in our partner schools and the panel may include representatives from Positive Regard TSA, Sheffield Hallam University and Senior Leaders from our partner schools.

The interview process is designed to enable you to show the extent to which you have the potential to meet the Teachers’ Standards. The day consist of four different tasks, a Written Communication Task, a Subject Specific Planning Task, a Pupil Teaching Activity and a formal interview.

We will inform you in advance about the age group you will be teaching, as well as any pre-interview guidance for the other activities as required.

During the interview, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to staff and children and ask questions. Although please be aware if successful you may not be placed in the school in which the interviews are taking place. However, we do organise pre-visits to designated placement schools further into the process

How school placements work

We work with Secondary Schools across four different Local Authorities. Our schools are both 11-16 and 11-18 and you will have the opportunity to experience Special school settings as well. You will become part of the department allowing you to train alongside experienced and specialist teachers.

We follow the Sheffield Hallam ABA model, where you will spend the majority of your course in one of our partner schools, supported by experienced and supportive staff, one of whom will be assigned as your host mentor. You will undertake a second contrasting placement in another of our partner schools in the first half of the Spring Term.

Throughout the duration of the course, you will be in school for 4 days a week, apart from assessed periods where you will be in school 5 days a week. The assessed periods are in your host school.

You will also need to spend two days in a primary school as well as a four-day post 16 experience.

Salary

The host school will pay the salary which will be at least the bottom of the unqualified teachers' pay scales.

Tuition fees are paid by the teaching school alliance.

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

To be eligible for the course, you will need a UK degree, or the international equivalent.

You will need grade 4 (previously grade C) GCSEs in Maths and English.

If you do not have these qualifications, you must prove you have the equivalent level of knowledge in these subjects.

Before you start the course, you will need to:

• pass the literacy and numeracy skills tests

• have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) security check

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with children, with a desire to share that with children of all abilities.

We also want our teachers to be able to effectively meet the learning needs of pupils who may have a diverse range of educational needs.

Experience of working with children of this age range would be very helpful, particularly if in a school setting though previous employment or voluntary work.

Other requirements

Before you start the course, you will need to:

• pass the literacy and numeracy skills tests

• have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) security check

About the training provider

Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance (formerly Barnsley TSA) offers teacher training in Barnsley and across South Yorkshire and is led by an outstanding special school in Barnsley, Springwell Special Academy. We are a values driven alliance and we believe relationships do make a difference. Through School Direct, we wish to recruit, nurture and develop new and exciting talent to the profession as part of our drive to promote outstanding teaching and learning in our schools.

Our Alliance comprises of a range of Primary, Secondary and Special School partners including PRU provision. Therefore, we can offer you a wide and contrasting range of teaching and training opportunities. We are committed to ensuring that your training experience provides you with tailored support, thereby maximising your chances for success. Many of our trainees have gone on to secure employment in our schools

We are located in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, but also work regionally in over six local authorities. Barnsley is conveniently located close to motorways and rail networks within South Yorkshire, with close and easy access to the larger surrounding cities of Sheffield, and Leeds.

We aim to better meet the social and academic learning needs of our students, thereby enhancing and improving their life chances in society and the world of work.

About the accredited provider

We work in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, who are one of the largest providers of the School Direct programme in the region.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability Support at interview:

If you have a sensory or physical disability, dyslexia, a mental health or medical condition, please let us know if you need some support during the selection process. We recommend you contact both ourselves and Sheffield Hallam University Admissions within three days of receiving an invite to interview so we can arrange (for example) extra time in order to complete reading or written tasks if required; a sign language interpreter; a note taker; materials in a different format; wheelchair access. We will try to accommodate your requests so that you can fully participate in the interview without any disadvantage.

Disability Access

All training venues and schools must meet statutory requirements for access, but individual needs will be accommodated wherever possible.

Contact details

Email
schooldirect@positiveregardtsa.co.uk
Telephone
01226 720758
Website
http://barnsleytsa.net/initial-teacher-training/
Address
Digital Media Centre
County Way
Barnsley

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: 1GW
  • Training programme code: 29X7

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
2 Barnsley TSA SD Alliance Alliance partner schools, Barnsley,Shefield Rotherham, South Yorkshire

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