About the course
We have created an exciting Initial Teacher Training Course (PGCE), which will provide a solid foundation for teaching in the EYFS or Primary age range.
You will teach in two different schools in both key stages; The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (KS1), in order to achieve QTS. The majority of the year you will be placed in one school with an additional short placement in another.
You will learn alongside experienced teachers in school, complimented by a series of training days and twilight sessions provided by the Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium (BEYTC) and Cabot Learning Federation (CLF).
You will be expected to complete PGCE assignments which are based on teaching practice and placements combining reflective writing, theory, research and literature as well as portfolio evidence. The support for academic writing and meeting Masters Level criteria is provided by UWE.
- A rigorous and quality assured ITT model that will equip you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become an outstanding teacher
- A comprehensive package of high quality training days held in Bristol which promote a principled approach to teaching, creativity and reflective practice
- Bristol-based school placements for the majority of your study
- Trained school-based Mentors who support you during your teaching practice by building a relationship with you based on trust and respect, modelling good/outstanding practice for you to learn from, regular observations of your practice and constructive feedback to enable you to celebrate your achievements, challenge your thinking and identify next steps in your learning
- An Academic/Personal Tutor who supports your emotional well-being, providing tutorials throughout the year to discuss your progress, reviewing/ setting targets and working in partnership with your Mentor
- Involvement in research and development activities to inform innovative teaching and learning.
you will have opportunities to:
- Develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable you to be a reflective, creative, confident teacher
- Be a courageous teacher, to take risks and learn from mistakes
- Learn within supportive and inspiring teams
- Build relationships with parents as equal partners
- Use the EYFS and National Curriculum guidance effectively to inform your planning, observations and assessments to ensure all children make outstanding progress
*To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare you for your first year of teaching as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and beyond.
The interview process will take half a day. The panel will include the Initial Teacher Training Lead from BEYTC plus the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher from St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre and a representative from CLF.
You will be asked to prepare a teaching activity and will spend a short time in a school being observed interacting with the children.
You will be given a title and asked to prepare and deliver a short presentation based on that subject on the day. You will be given the time and resources to enable you to present to the interview panel.
In addition, you will have a formal interview with questions that will help us get to know you, find out about your experiences and values around education.
There will be no tests on the interview day but you will be required to pass the Maths and English skills tests before any offer becomes unconditional.
How school placements work
Bristol is an exciting, creative and diverse city to study in. Our partner schools are all situated in Bristol and offer the opportunity to learn in a rich and culturally diverse environment. This experience will support you in teaching children with English as an Additional Language (EAL), learning about different cultures and beliefs as well as challenging the assumptions and judgements that we might make about groups of people. This holistic approach will hold you in good stead to teach in a range of schools as an NQT and beyond.
We have built up strong partnerships with all of our schools many of which we have worked closely with over the last five years. They consist of Nursery, Infant and Primary Schools.
We are committed to inclusion and take into consideration many factors when organising your school placements including; distance from home to school, access to transport, preferred Key Stage where possible, ethos of individual schools, individual family circumstances, disability and additional learning needs. The PGCE route is an intense year so we are committed to accommodating your needs as much as we can to ease unnecessary challenges.
During the year’s training you will have two placements. Most of the year will be spent in your home school, with about nine weeks spent in another placement teaching another key stage.
Over the year you will teach in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 3 - 5 year olds and Key Stage 1 (KS1) 5-7 year olds.
To begin with you will be in school for a minimum of three days a week which increases over the year from four to five days, enabling you to become more involved in the life of the school.
This is a highly successful pattern enabling you to make links between theory and practice.
You should be a graduate (holding UK Degree or equivalent recognised qualification).
Degrees of 2:2 or above.
You will need Grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths and Science.
It is a requirement that all relevant QTS skills tests in English and Maths are successfully completed prior to commencement of training.
You need to demonstrate that you have experience in working with young children (3-7 years old) in any capacity for a minimum of two weeks.This could be volunteering or paid employment e.g Schools, Nurseries, Crèche facilities, Play Group, Forest Schools or Adventure Playgrounds.
What we need from you:
- Enthusiasm and passion about teaching in the Early Years
- High levels of motivation
- An open minded approach with enthusiasm to acquire new knowledge about how children develop and learn
- Totally committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for children and families
- Able to take responsibility for your own personal and professional development
- Interested in becoming a reflective practitioner.
If this describes you we can’t’ wait to meet you!
About the training provider
The Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium is a Teaching School led by St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre. We are an outstanding Centre and specialise in high quality Early Years Education from 3-7 years.
Please visit our website to find out more about our inspiring learning community at St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre.
We are proud of the fact that we are one of few Teaching School specialising in Early Years in the country. We have a well-established track record in Initial Teacher Education (ITT) with high levels of success in recruitment.
The Head Teacher and lead of the Teaching School is a National Leader in Education (NLE). The Teaching School provides courses for leaders, teachers/practitioners, and parents/carers that have a lasting impact on raising achievement in Bristol and beyond. All courses are facilitated by Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) and Lead Teachers.
We work in close partnership with Cabot Learning Federation (CLF), who are a well-established Bristol-based Primary and Secondary School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). Our work together as a collaborative partnership has unequivocal high standards and builds on active research and evidence-based practice. We hold the learner firmly at the heart of all our learning, provide challenges for reflection and develop emotionally and culturally intelligent leadership at all levels as well as having great expertise in narrowing the gap in outcomes and achievement for both children and families.
About the accredited provider
QTS is recommended by Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) and the PGCE is accredited by (UWE)
The CLF SCITT is your chosen accredited provider for QTS. They have a bespoke arrangement with UWE for the PGCE award. Only a Higher Education Institute (HEI) can offer this academic qualification and it is distinct from the assessment of practical teaching and professional standards that lead to QTS.
The PGCE comprises 60 Masters' level credits demonstrated through two modules. As a salaried student you an choose to buy the PGCE in addition to QTS. The University would provide the teaching and assessment.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We understand that everyone is unique and we are committed to providing a course that is accessible to all and ensure that we adapt our provision accordingly.
We work in close partnership with the Accessibility and Disability Adviser and you will be able to access support from your employing school, as a member of their staff. We can direct you to appropriate support services. We have an understanding of different learning needs and have a flexible and inclusive approach.
We believe that well-being and a good level of mental health is at the heart of successful learning and therefore offer a high level of care and professional support throughout this intensive year.
Your School Mentor and Academic/ Personal Tutor are there to get to know you, your individual needs and offer additional support and strategies to help you along your individual learning journey to achieve your goal.
We are committed to supporting students who are working with Dyslexia and related learning needs, refining our approaches to suit individual people. This has resulted in highly creative, talented students, completing the course at a high standard and securing teaching posts.
We have accommodated students with physical disabilities, through careful consideration of suitable placements and working with appropriate agencies.
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