Ealing Teaching School Alliance
Biology (3CSW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
St Mary's University, Twickenham
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Vacancies
No

About the course

Ealing Fields High School joined the highly successful Twyford CoE Academies Trust in September 2017. It is a flourishing comprehensive school with a small, family-feel. The school opened in September 2016 for its first 120 students and September 2019 will see the school’s first Yr10 students embark on their GCSEs. The school supports its students to make exceptional progress through its innovative curriculum design; students study EBAC subjects every morning and then have extended lessons in the afternoon to focus on the more practical and creative areas of the curriculum.

The Trust's ethos is strongly and distinctively Christian, with an emphasis on developing socially responsible individuals with a sense of their own capacity to do and be good. The Twyford Trust prides itself on embracing 'life lived to the full' - a Christian-based concept it has developed as the 10:10 ethic.

The School Direct Biology programme at Ealing Fields begins in September 2019. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2020, you will gain Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from St Mary's as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

All schools in ETSA are highly supportive and inspirational environments where you will develop the necessary skills and acquire a true appreciation of the practice essential for outstanding teaching and learning. You will learn your craft in a safe environment which allows you to experiment with teaching styles, strategies and ideas.

Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school. You will participate in weekly professional development sessions which will cover a wide range of topics and school policies which will be of use to you in your subject area and in the school as a whole. You will also attend Alliance-wide Golden Day training events along with fellow ETSA trainees. Your school-led training will be complemented by attendance at the St Mary's.

You will be assigned an experienced mentor from within your subject area at Ealing Fields who will support you in your development over the course of what will be a challenging and rewarding year. All mentors are excellent teachers who are well-trained in mentoring, coaching, lesson observations and feedback skills. You will also work closely with a member of the Senior Leadership team who will oversee a great deal of your training and will provide an invaluable perspective on your role as a teacher and the wider issues of education leadership.

Interview process

Shortlisted applicants should expect to first attend an interview at St Mary's University.

If successful, applicants will then be invited to an interview at school and to take part in some or all of the following activities: a presentation; a written task; small group teaching; curriculum discussion and an interview. You will be told in advance if you are required to prepare a presentation or to teach.

It is a rigorous and thorough process designed to ensure successful applicants are well placed to succeed.

Please note that we recruit on a rolling basis and usually offer only one position per subject area (unless otherwise stated). We suggest that you apply early as popular subjects are filled quickly.

How school placements work

As well as your main training placement at Ealing Fields School, you will complete a six-week placement in a contrasting context within ETSA; this will afford you the opportunity to experience working with different students, within different structures and with a wider range of colleagues.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

Before the start date of the training programme you must hold a UK degree (or equivalent). You should preferably have a 1st or a 2:1 in a relevant subject area from a well-respected institution. It is also preferable that you have at least 3 Bs at A level (or equivalent). All applicants must have at least a C in GCSE English, Maths and Science at the time of application.

Other requirements

School experience is also essential if you are interested in applying for School Direct at ETSA. We prefer that candidates have up to 10 days of recent experience in a UK school. If you have arranged some classroom experience but it is yet to take place, please make a note of this in your application.

Contact details

Email
teachingschool@twyford.ealing.sch.uk
Telephone
02087520141
Address
Twyford Crescent
Acton
London
W3 9PP

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