About the course
Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2018 student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.
The special features of the PGCE science programmes at King’s are:
- Separate groups for each of the four science specialisms: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physics with Mathematics. These focus on how to teach your specialist subject to the age range 11-18.
- Sessions designed to help you teach science topics which are outside your science subject specialism. These are designed to help you contribute to science programmes at Key Stage 3 and 4.
- 'Science Pedagogy' sessions where you work in mixed groups of science students on topics like scientific enquiry, formative assessment, use of discussion in science lessons and cognitive acceleration through science education. These classes are often taught by people who are at the forefront of research about innovative teaching strategies. The Science Education research group at King's is the largest in the UK and has a strong national and international reputation. This allows us to feed new ideas into the PGCE programme and creates a dynamic and forward-looking course.
- The course is set in the context of a friendly department with a strong commitment to our students.
The selection process will involve an interview, a group task and a short piece of writing.
Interview/ group task
In interview and group task we will be looking for:
- evidence that you have a commitment to working with young people;
- ability to explain clearly and to think on your feet;
- evidence of good interpersonal skills;
- knowledge of school level science in each of biology, chemistry and physics;
- familiarity with the realities of teaching science in secondary schools;
- awareness of current educational issues;
- commitment to equal opportunities;
- ability to work well in a group dynamic.
In your writing we will be looking for:
- ability to express yourself clearly;
- accurate grammar and spelling
How school placements work
You will have two different school placements during the course. Both placements will be at one of the lead school's (Beal High School) partner schools, most of which are in the London Borough of Redbridge.
We try to ensure that all trainees have a reasonable journey to school and to ensure that you have a balanced teaching experience including the full secondary age (11-18) and ability range.
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 Chemistry 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 UK honours degree or international equivalent, preferably 2:1 honours or above, in Science relevant to the subject specialism chosen for the PGCE.
All applicants must possess a grade C/ grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent).
We are looking for people with:
- commitment to teaching;
- good communication skills (oral and written);
- good interpersonal skills;
- good knowledge of science in the specialist science chosen and potential to teach this up to A level;
- a good knowledge of science in most of the areas of the National Curriculum for Science and potential to develop competence to contribute to a science programme up to age 16 (Key Stage 4);
- an ability to explain science clearly;
- potential to manage young people effectively;
- awareness of current educational issues;
- commitment to equal opportunities.
All applicants for teacher training programmes must pass the Department for Education’s Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests prior to commencing their teacher training course.
The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Candidates offered a place on a PGCE course will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. This must be completed before you register on the programme.
About the training provider
North East London Teaching Alliance (NELTA) is a large teaching school alliance of 20 schools. Beal High School is the lead school.
We are passionate about developing the next generation of teachers and school leaders. Teachers and leaders who will ensure an outstanding educational future for all pupils irrespective of background or ability.
Working with our alliance you can expect:
- Guidance from an experienced school based mentor and provider tutor
- Very well established support programmes
- Access to a wide network of schools including community secondary, primary, independent, grammar and special education
- Professional development opportunities beyond your training year focused on outstanding teaching and leadership
NELTA, which spans Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Newham and beyond, we offer opportunities to work in a range of different socio-economic areas. Working in a partnership which includes independent schools, boys' and girls' grammar schools, faith schools, comprehensive schools and special schools means you will have access to a broad range of training experiences which will give you the opportunity to you develop your practice in a variety of different settings.
We offer teacher training places for both the tuition fee and salaried routes to Qualified Teacher Status.
For tuition fee routes routes we work with King’s College London, UCL and NELTA as our accredited providers.
For our salaried route the accredited provider is NELTA (the operating name of teacher training provided by the Beacon Multi-Academy Trust)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to supporting equal opportunities and disability access.
We have accommodated trainees in the past with a range of disabilities including mental health conditions, dyslexia and physical impairments.
Disability access in schools varies according to the specific training location. Please check with the relevant accredited provider or email us to discuss your needs NELTA.
At UCL School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here:-
UCL Student Support
King's offer information, advice and guidance to current and prospective disabled students about support that may help them to engage with their studies. When we refer to the term “disability” we also include long-term medical or mental health conditions and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).
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||Beal High School, Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford, Essex IG4 5LP
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