About the course
A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and be enrolled on a Masters Programme with the University of Derby for the award of PGCE. Training is majority school-based with some centre-based training. Training occurs at various locations across Essex so we take into account your home address to try to keep travelling time to a minimum. You will receive training on the general aspects of successful teaching and training around teaching your specific subject in secondary or phase within primary.
In school you will work closely with a subject / phase specific mentor and the ITT co-ordinator, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have an external tutor who works for Essex Teacher Training, who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards.
The PGCE is delivered locally in Essex by the University of Derby and comprises 3 assignments, which are spread across the course of the year.
Trainees will have access to an online e-portfolio system and online resources along with face to face training sessions. These along with the excellent support from in-school mentors and tutors from Essex Teacher Training, will mean you will feel fully prepared for working in the classroom. Your teaching load will start small and increase gradually as the year progresses. The rate at which this increases will be decided by you and your tutors and take into account any prior experience.
Assessment is via observations of you teaching, reflective pieces of writing and specific tasks relating to the different Teachers' Standards.
Initially you will be invited into the lead school for an informal meeting to find out more about you and to assess whether you would be suitable for a training place in one of our schools. You will be asked to make a short presentation about why you want to teach to a small panel of teachers from the school. If successful at this stage, you will be invited to an interview in the lead school or one of our partner schools. This interview could include: an activity with pupils eg teaching part of a lesson, or taking a group activity; a pupil panel interview; a written task and a formal interview with a small panel of representatives from the school and wider School Direct partnership. If successful, you will be given a conditional offer of a place to train.
How school placements work
Trainees will complete training in two different schools during the course of the year. Typically trainees spend the autumn term in their host school and then go to a second placement school during the first part of the Spring term and then return to their host school for the remainder of the year. Trainees are in school 4 days a week and attend training on the 5th day.
The programme covers the secondary age range 11-16 and you
will be required to teach at both KS3 and KS4. You will also have the opportunity to teach KS5 but it is not a requirement.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography 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 how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
A first degree at classification 2:2 or above. A first degree comprises 300 HE credits of which 60 must be at Level 6 of QCF. If your degree is from a non-UK university you will need to approach NARIC to gain an equivalence certificate.
GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 in English and maths.
DfE Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy
You are required to sit your first skills test within 8 weeks of being made a conditional offer and you must pass both skills tests prior to starting the programme.
We are looking for high quality graduates with a passion for learning who are committed to transforming the lives of young people through education.
About the training provider
ORTU trust encompasses two comprehensive and two primary schools but we work with a range of different institutions and schools locally. We are a small trust with an outstanding record of both training and recruiting ITT's. We are very proud of our 100 percent Good or Better record of ITT passes over the past 4 years but we were particularly pleased with 2017-2018. From the 9 trainees that completed the course with us last year 7 achieved outstanding and 8 were recruited to the trust. Being a trust school has many advantages one of which is our ability to offer a large variety of ITT subjects which are often hard to come by such as EBAC PE , Dance , Media ,Psychology as well as MFL in French, German or Spanish.
We believe our record could not be achieved without the support of outstanding teacher/mentors and this is where we feel we excel. The majority of our mentors are lead practitioners (outstanding teachers in their right) and they are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure you succeed. If you have any questions at all prior to your application please do not hesitate to contact the school/trust directly and we will do our best to put you at ease.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Having a disability of any kind should not prevent you from training to teach. It is our job to help train and support you throughout the process what ever the circumstance. If you are unsure whether we are able to accommodate your personal needs,whatever they may be, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
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Southend Road, Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope SS17 8JT
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