About the course
This unsalaried teacher training programme leads to a recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE comprising of 60 credits at Masters level.
The course will equip you to become an outstanding secondary school teacher. You will be encouraged to engage creatively and critically with a wide range of practices, debates, and current issues.
Within school, you will have a host mentor who will have undertaken a training programme to develop their mentoring skills, including coaching and classroom observation. Your school-based mentor will provide ongoing developmental feedback, and help you to practically apply your thinking and learning about Chemistry pedagogy.
You will develop your own practice during the year, both through continued attention to your own specialism and by expanding your skills and experiences through a range of workshops.
Our programme is further enhanced by attendance at Bishop Grosseteste University for further subject-specific development and accreditation work.
Our recruitment process is shared across the partner schools within the Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance.
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 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 consists of four different tasks, a Reading and Writing Task, a Subject Specific Task, a Peer Teaching Activity and a formal interview.
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. 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 also undertake a second contrasting placement in another of our partner schools .
Throughout your year of study, you will explore all aspects of your subject. This includes those areas that are your strengths, as well as areas you may need to improve upon. You will study how pupils learn in your subject area, how you need to assess them and how to keep abreast of new developments within your subject. You will learn how to plan and deliver topics in ways that include all types of learners in meaningful ways.
You will spend two-thirds of the year in partner schools and other educational settings gaining rich and varied experiences designed to support meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Working with peers, tutors and school-based colleagues, you will develop your abilities to promote effective learning among 11-16 year olds. You will also have opportunities to gain experience of the key stages before and after the ones in which you will qualify.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
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 have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) security check
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 through previous employment or voluntary work.
Before you start the course, you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) security check.
About the training provider
Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance offers teacher training in Barnsley and across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
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 provisions. 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 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.
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 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.
All training venues and schools must meet statutory requirements for access, but individual needs will be accommodated wherever possible.
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:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley , South Yorkshire S70 2JW
Positive Regard TSA & Beacon Academy
Placement at Beacon Academy, Chatsworth Place, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire DN35 9NF
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