About the course
The English PGCE introduces students to the broad scope of English as a curriculum subject, including media and drama, across the 11–16 age range. Along with practical knowledge, it offers perspectives on the role of language in learning, the teaching of literacies and literature, the principles of syllabus design and evaluation, and assessment and recording.
The interview will be conducted at the school where your school experience will take place. The day will begin with a tour of the school followed by candidates observing a lesson in the subject area they are interviewing for. The Bexley Teaching School Alliance lead will then meet candidates and explain the following process.
The interview consists of an 40 minute English test followed by a student panel interaction in which students will ask candidates a variety of questions. If candidates successfully pass this stage of the interview process they will be asked to deliver a 5 minute presentation to the panel regarding an outstanding lesson they have observed during their school experience days, this is then followed by interview questions. At the end of the interview, candidates are free to leave and the panel will deliberate. The Bexley Teaching School Alliance aims to let candidates know the outcome of the interview the same or following day. As this is a modular programme, our university partner may well invite candidates for at interview before making a final offer. This will be communicated to potential trainee teachers directly from the university.
How school placements work
School Direct (tuition fee) programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. This programme will allow you to train in a home school setting followed by a second school placement and an alternative placement for 2 weeks E.g. a SEN School. Although your training is based in a school, they’re not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges
The training programmes will build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner. Throughout the year, you will be supported by a highly-trained mentor who will hold weekly meetings to review your progress and set targets. As your confidence grows, you will deliver parts of lessons on your own, taking on more responsibility until you are teaching full lessons. As part of your further development you will undertake one other main placement at another school, usually in a different context to your ‘home’ school. There will also be the opportunity to spend a varying amount of time at other schools to further enhance your learning through experiencing a diverse range of educational settings. Our placement strategy is aimed at giving you the best preparation possible for a successful teaching career.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.
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 - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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.
Financial support from the training provider
Bursaries are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on the highest relevant academic award and the ITT subject. To receive a bursary trainees must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria as either a home or EU student.
Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-degree-equivalency-table-and-methodology to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary.
Bursaries of up to £15,000 are available for English.
A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an English-related subject, including Drama. Other subjects may be considered if A level English, or the equivalent, has been obtained and the candidate has a suitable depth and breadth of subject knowledge.
A pass in English, or equivalent, required where degree subject is not in a cognate field.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
DBS and Occupational Health
If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.
About the training provider
The Bexley Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) consists of a diverse range of partners, including primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and two universities. We work collaboratively with schools in Bexley, Kent and to share outstanding practice, provide training and CPD, drive school improvement and train new teachers. We welcome all schools to join our alliance.
School Direct is a route into teaching which moves the focus of study from a university based programme to a school based programme with university input.
Whether you’ve just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years (education based or otherwise), the School Direct route enables you to learn to teach, whilst actually doing the job, maximizing the time spent in school.
We are looking to recruit graduates to begin training in primary and secondary schools across Bexley. We work closely in partnership with UCL, Institute of Education, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University to provide School Direct Tuition Fee and School Direct Salaried routes into teaching.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Bexley Teaching School Alliance and all our partner universities are committed to supporting students with disabilities. Please contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged.
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Beths Grammar School
Hartford Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1NE
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