About the course
This Primary (PE Specialism) programme is designed to:
- train specialist primary trainees to teach the subject of PE across the key stages alongside the ability to deliver core curriculum English, Maths and Science
- provide a skill set necessary to deliver effective CPD in PE to non-specialists
- enable trainees to engage in scholarly activity related to PE.
The overall programme is designed to produce highly effective and critically reflective primary PE specialist teachers. The programme is structured to enable students to develop the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to make informed professional decisions to enable pupils to enjoy learning and achieve high standards in PE.
There will be extensive training in English, mathematics, science and primary practice, with an equal balance between physical education and the core aspects of the primary curriculum.
The programme includes two assessments giving you 60 credits (PGCE) at Masters level which you can use towards further qualification.
The programme includes sessions to enhance trainees' existing skills in a range of sports, in partnership with recognised sports bodes, such as the Lawn Tennis Association, Rugby Football Union, Football Association, England and Wales Cricket Board.
Training sessions and Masters assignment sessions are held at Newman University and Bishop Challoner Catholic College during the year. Trainees also attend training provided by their own school.
There are 3 main assessment points during the year, when trainee progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards for QTS is monitored and targets set.
The interview could possibly take a full day and will take place at Bishop Challoner Catholic College or in a Primary School in our Alliance.
Interviews consist of:
- a short teaching session focusing on literacy or numeracy to a small group of students
- a short PE teaching session delivered to a small group of students
Applicants will be informed before the interview about the topic, the age group/ability and the number of students.
How school placements work
The main placement school for an applicant is discussed at interview, so that individual requirements can be taken into account. With most of our schools being located in or near the Birmingham area, travel time is not usually a problem.
The second school placement takes place in the Spring Term, and this will always be discussed with the trainee and their school mentor before any decisions are made.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You have graduated, or are about to graduate from a British University of College of Higher Education with an honours degree at 2:2 or above.
Overseas students with a qualification recognised as equivalent to a British degree in the above mentioned classifications are also eligible.
National Curriculum content within your degree is desirable but not essential.
You hold at least a grade 4/grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science. Other qualifications may be approved as equivalent.
- good communicator
- able to inspire and enthuse
- good organiser
*imaginative and creative
*confident and resilient
You have demonstrable skills in a particular sport or sports, and be able to demonstrate sporting excellence at a high level.
Coaching awards are desirable, but there will be opportunities to take these during the training year.
About the training provider
Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance (BCTSA) consists of over 60 schools, including 30 primaries, mainly located across the Birmingham area with some schools situated in the surrounding areas of Solihull, Dudley, Walsall and Worcestershire.
Being a large TSA, with a long and proven track record of training teachers, we can offer a large number of subjects and primary places all through the School Direct PGCE route. Every year we have large numbers of trainees who successfully pass the programme with Good or Outstanding grades. Having a large Alliance also means that the majority of trainees are employed in Alliance schools after completing their training year. Over the last few years we have had a 100% employment record after the training year.
There are experienced mentors in Alliance schools who will support you. They undertake training for their role every year with the University and with BCTSA. We have an ITT Support Team, which consists of experienced mentors from Alliance Schools who visit schools/trainees at least 3 times a year. This is in addition to the support provided by the University.
To teach within our Alliance means that you will have a unique opportunity of an individualised leadership development programme throughout your career, from trainee to senior leadership and beyond.
Come and train to teach with us and 'Inspire : Teach : Excel'
Training with disabilities and other needs
Within our Alliance of schools, BCTSA hopes to be able to provide a welcoming, accessible route into teaching for candidates with disabilities and other needs. The caring, nurturing focus of our mentors and trainers aims to look after those who are keen to progress through the programme and become classroom teachers. The University also provides a range of academic and professional support.
Previously we have supported trainees with a range of physical impairments, including timetabling of lessons to ground floor classrooms for those who cannot use the stairs; extra preparation time for those with dyslexia and autism, and extra support for those with mental health conditions.
By seeing our trainees as individuals, no two types of support are the same. By encouraging a caring and supporting ethos within our partner schools, we work with individuals to work out the best way to help them gain the most from their School Direct year and to start their teaching careers confident and ready to teach.
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Institute Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7EG
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