About the course
The Primary Catholic Partnership has provided teacher training for twenty years. It has a strong reputation for high quality training that enables trainees to enter the professional confidently, feeling thoroughly prepared and ready to enjoy a successful teaching career.
You will follow a school based course leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within a postgraduate teaching apprenticeship. You will be working with experienced teachers guided by a school mentor and a link tutor throughout, with robust quality assurance.
The course content is tailored to ensure the whole Primary subject spectrum is covered and to ensure the best possible training according to individual experience and development needs.
Support on a 1-1 basis will be provided through an in-school mentor, who you will work with daily, as well as a link tutor from PCP, encompassing the full backing of an organisation specialising in teacher training for two decades and with a strong track record of success. The PCP will provide bespoke training whilst the school will provide in-house training sessions delivered by experienced school staff.
Your study will be supported by visits from your PCP tutor to your placement school. You will also receive professional and personal development through training events at the PCP in Southampton for up to 20 days a year.
As well as spending five of your six half-terms in your main placement school, your experience will be complemented by a second placement in the Spring Term in a contrasting school and different Key Stage, providing more learning opportunities.
Being a smaller provider with a wealth of experience means we see you as individuals and support and nurture you accordingly throughout your year. We tailor our training to meet your requirements and to help you to be the best you can be in your training year.
You do not need to be Catholic to train with us. We welcome everyone.
You will need to have passed the Skills Test before entering initial teacher training; any offer you may receive will be based on your passing the Skills Test.
Selection normally takes place at the PCP training centre on a single day. You will usually attend with other applicants.
The day will begin with an introduction from the PCP. You will be given the chance to ask questions about initial teacher training and the training routes offered by the partnership. Our aim will be to help you confirm that you are choosing the most suitable course. During the selection day, you will be asked to give a five minute presentation and be observed undertaking a short teaching task in a partnership school.
You will also take part in a personal interview with two members of the Partnership Board, one of whom is normally a head teacher. You will have the opportunity to ask individual questions and highlight any specific needs you may have.
Your entry qualifications will be checked during the day and there will be formative assessment tasks in English and Mathematics. These will enable us to assess your level of subject knowledge for teaching and begin your personal development plan. If you are accepted on to the course, we may offer you the opportunity to attend a free subject booster day run by one of our specialist tutors before you begin the programme.
After selection day, the PCP will be happy to provide feedback on your performance in specific areas of our tests. You may find the feedback helpful if you have yet to pass the national Professional Skills Tests.
How school placements work
As you will be the employee of a school, you will be based primarily at that school for your main placement.
Your second placement of approximately half a term will be in the Spring Term at a contrasting school in a different Key Stage from your main placement.
We have Hub schools based in Aldershot, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton and Reading where placement may be possible. We also work with schools outside of these areas and with whom your main placement school may already have an established relationship.
In any placement, it is always our aim to meet your personal and professional needs. The choice of so many schools across such a large geographic area enables us to achieve this by placing you carefully.
As this is a Primary course, you will be teaching children from 5-11. You will experience teaching Key Stage 1 children who are aged 5-7 and Key Stage 2 children who are aged 7-11.
The six week placement at an alternative school will give you a view of how other schools run.
Salary will vary based upon the school that you will be based at, but you will be on the Unqualified Teacher pay scale.
You do not need to pay for this course.
Financial support is not available for this course because it comes with a salary.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
An Honours Degree, ideally a 2.2 or above.
You must have achieved a standard equivalent Grade 4 or Grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
If you do not meet the GCSE requirement, you can take an equivalency test.
We recognise the tests offered by Equivalency Testing and you may be able to take them at our training centre.
Applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, who are able to think and work independently and who would enjoy and benefit from training in a school.
Your personal qualities should include:
- A high level of personal motivation to want to become an outstanding teacher;
- Willingness to learn from experience and to receive and act on feedback;
- An analytical mind to better understand and overcome challenges;
- A creative and imaginative outlook to apply different ways of teaching ;
- Good organisational skills;
- A good understanding and liking of young people.
About the training provider
At the Catholic Teaching Schools Alliance we believe the best way to train to be a teacher is in the classroom supported, by a team of experts, trainers and mentors who will support you throughout your day to day experience.
We work with several Catholic and Non Catholic partner schools across the south east, in which students are able to train. Each area is supported by a main training hub as well as the overall support from the main teaching school (St Joseph’s Catholic Primary), to ensure students have access to a wealth of experience and tutelage from all over the south east of England.
Our hubs are based in Aldershot, Basingstoke,Bournemouth, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
The CTSA has a number of training programs available for potential teachers at both Primary and Secondary levels suitable for both Catholic and non-Catholic applicants. Students will be based in one of the Alliance schools most conveniently placed. Our Alliance schools can be found throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Dorset.
We offer the following courses:
- School Direct Primary Tuition Fee
- School Direct Primary Salaried
- Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship Primary
- School Direct Secondary Maths Tuition Fee
- School Direct Secondary Physics Tuition Fee
- School Direct Secondary RE Tuition Fee
About the accredited body
The Primary Catholic Partnership has been a highly successful initial teacher training provider for twenty years offering programmes in the forms of PGCE, School Direct and Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships.
The PCP is rated “Outstanding” by OFSTED, having been so since 2005. Ofsted has commended the partnership for ‘the excellent quality of both the central and school-based training which provides an exceptionally effective balance of academic and practical experiences.’
The PCP has a strong local reputation. Our trainees are in demand and have an impressive record of securing teaching posts.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome all candidates who wish to train to with us and as a Catholic organisation we believe in providing a safe and nurturing environment for all our students.
We operate in several locations throughout the south east and will endeavor to meet your needs when placing you in schools to train, as well as accommodating your professional goals.
You will be placed with a trained mentor who will work with and support you on a daily basis. As a small teaching school we can tailor your training experience to meet your specific personal needs, and we believe in treating each of our students as individuals.
We are committed to supporting our students and helping them to be successful in their chosen career.
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St Bede's Catholic Primary, Popley Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9DX
Corpus Christi, Catholic Primary School, St James Square, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset BH5 2BX
Bridge Road, Aldershot GU11 3DD
St Paul's Primary School, Bourne Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth PO6 4JD
St Paul's Primary School, City Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 4SZ
Springhill Catholic Primary, Milton Road, Southampton SO15 2HX
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