About the course
The PG Cert Teaching programme will equip you to teach a range of courses up to and including A levels. During the course, you will develop the skills required to be a specialist subject teacher.
You will be supported by tutors with many years of experience as classroom teachers, heads of department and subject advisory teachers. The course is carefully structured to support you through the early stages of observing and helping in classrooms, through to planning and delivering your own lessons. School-based staff will ensure that the teaching demands placed on you increase in line with your growing confidence, but you will always have ready access to support from your school mentor and university tutor.
The course benefits from a diverse range of students with a good gender balance, students of all ages and an ethnic diversity reflecting London's population. A key theme is collaboration and sharing and the course offers the opportunity to become a member of a supportive team of new teachers who often continue to work with each other after the end of the course.
You will undertake two school placements during your training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools. Including: Alexandra Park School, Fortismere School, Woodside High School, Friern Barnet School, Park View School, Duke's Aldridge Academy, Highgate Wood School, Mill Hill County High and Christ's College Finchley.
Middlesex is a global leader in teacher education. All Middlesex School Direct students have full access to Middlesex student support services and facilities.
This programme awards the PG Cert Teaching award. The only difference is students apply directly via UCAS to the school or alliance. Candidates will still attend the same university lectures. Please click here for more course information on the Middlesex University website
Alexandra Park School is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-coordinating the recruitment process. This will involve attending an afternoon at one of the schools in the alliance and performing a variety of tasks, including some or all of the following: a short presentation, a lesson observation activity, a written feedback exercise, a group discussion activity and an interview.
If the placement is at another school in the partnership, staff from that school may also be involved. If you are successful at the school interview, our university partner will also invite you to an interview and this will also serve as an opportunity to learn more about the PGCert course, the tutors and the facilities at the University.
How school placements work
You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. The placement schools you will be attending during your PGCE will be from across our alliance of good and outstanding schools. Prior to each of your two teaching placements, you will have several weeks of intensive preparation at university where you will study the theory and pedagogy behind becoming an outstanding teacher.
You can express a preference for a placement at a specific school in the partnership and we shall endeavour to match school placements with a particular student teacher's strengths. We do, however, have to take into consideration the ever-changing nature of the schools and work around curriculum and staffing changes. The aim of Schools Direct is to allow participants to train in schools which are local to them to increase recruitment opportunities upon completion of the course.
We aim to give all participants two contrasting experiences within their placements; whether that be with regards to student intake, uniform/non-uniform, post-16 education or a faith-based curriculum. You will be assigned a subject mentor from within your department at both of your placement schools and will attend regular Professional Studies sessions to equip you with the skills to plan and teach your lessons. Our mentors are excellent teachers who are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. You will also have many opportunities to observe and learn from other teachers throughout both placements.
You will also return to university at regular intervals throughout the year to continue your academic studies and discuss your experiences with your fellow participants. Successful completion of all aspects of the course will gain you the final award.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The PGCert (Secondary) is open to you if you have GCSE Grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English Language and Mathematics.
You should also have an undergraduate honours degree eg. BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons), of 2:2 or above relevant to the subject.
We also accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or other appropriately accredited providers if the testing arrangements have been approved by the ITT team at Middlesex
About the training provider
The New River Teaching Alliance is a fantastic collaboration, where participants can benefit from a unique school-based learning opportunity in partnership with world-class universities. The Alliance is a partnership of ten schools; all of which have achieved either Good or Outstanding Ofsted ratings. Our mission statement is simple: 'Recruiting, supporting and developing the very best teachers’.
We aim to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers all feel valued and supported. We have worked with trainee teachers for 15 years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they bring to a school community. Previous participants have commented that the training they received with us “reflects a positive, supportive whole school ethos and a high level of expertise among staff”.
Our partnership is led by Alexandra Park School and comprises nine other comprehensive schools. All our schools are conveniently located in North London, allowing trainees to engage with more than one school during the course. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and learning styles.
Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. They are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills who are “experienced, calm and professional.” All of the schools in our alliance have successfully proven their ability to both train and develop new teachers; with a growing proportion of trainees choosing to embark on their new careers at these institutions upon completion of the course.
About the accredited body
We work in partnership with Middlesex University. The Education department has been involved in teacher training since the 1950s and has a long-established reputation for the provision of high quality teacher training. Middlesex University are committed to developing excellence in all areas of teaching, learning and professional practice in a wide range of contexts.
The PGCE courses will be taught from the Hendon campus in London.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our partners UCL IOE and Goldsmiths have full disabled access as do the following schools in the partnership: Alexandra Park School, Fortismere School, Woodside High School and Highgate Wood School.
Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.
Goldsmiths has full disabled access and is committed to admitting and supporting students with disabilities. The Institute also has a well-established Disability and Wellbeing team who provide support for students with a range of conditions. Every person is treated as an individual, and both institutions invite you to contact them as early as possible so that they can consider your needs and tailor their support to meet them.
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