Unity Schools Partnership
English (3D7Y)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network SCITT
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
Website
http://www.ctsnscitt.info
Vacancies
No

About the course

As a school based provider of initial teacher training, the CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. All the tutors on the course are expert, practising teachers, and from the beginning of the course, trainees will spend four days a week (Monday – Thursday) in school, and attend Core Training on Fridays, either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. Whilst in school, trainees will have some teaching, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing experienced teachers; working with students in smaller groups, or in one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment & planning; reading, writing & research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee will have a dedicated subject specialist mentor, with whom training is planned and evaluated at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. Most of the Core Training on Fridays will look at issues in learning & teaching common to all trainees, but there are also regular (approx. monthly) subject afternoons to look at more subject specific pedagogy. In addition, each trainee will be assigned to one of the senior tutor team to oversee all aspects of the ITT year. The senior tutor team act as personal tutors throughout the course. This course leads to the awards of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus PGCE (subject to validation). Further details from the CTSN website

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Interview process

At interview you will usually be asked to teach a small group of students, most probably in Key Stage 3. In addition there will be a short written task and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.

How school placements work

We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from the their home address. You will spend the first term in one school and then, after Christmas, you would move to a different school for the rest of the placement. This will allow you to build significant relationships in this extended placement.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

£9,000, often covered with a student loan. For many subjects generous training bursaries are also available. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 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.

Financial support from the training provider

As a trainee in a 'high priority subject', Unity Schools Partnership will offer a one year NQT contract for those trainees who achieve 'Outstanding' on completion of the course.

Requirements

Qualifications

In common with all initial teacher training courses, you would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Usually, at least 50% of your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach. However, applicants who have a degree in a non-related subject but have significant work experience relevant to the subject they wish to teach may also be considered. Also, you would need to have a GCSE Mathematic and English (Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent .

Personal qualities

We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.

Other requirements

*A pass mark for the professional skills test in numeracy and literacy prior to starting the course;

*Fully Enhanced DBS

*Classroom Experience is desirable but not essential

About the training provider

Can you remember a truly brilliant teacher from school who made a real difference to your life? As a teacher you can use your knowledge and passion for your subject to help children unlock capabilities and talents that they didn’t even know they had.

Unity Schools Partnership is a partnership of schools located on the Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire borders. We share the same values, face similar issues and are geographically close enough to support and challenge each other.

We train the Best Teachers in Suffolk and for Suffolk. If you gain 'Outstanding' when you qualify with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) we will offer you a NQT contract within the Unity Schools Partnership.

About the accredited body

CTSN SCITT offers school-centred teacher training across the Eastern Region:

  • All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the core training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds;
  • Wide range of placement schools
  • Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
  • All tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
  • salaried routes available, leading to QTS
  • other routes will lead to QTS plus PGCE (*subject to validation).

Please see ctsn.scitt.info for more information.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability. Full details are on the Department for Education website.

All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in our training. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you have an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.

Contact details

Email
hmain@sbtalliance.co.uk
Telephone
01787 314 317
Website
http://www.ctsnscitt.info
Address
UNITY Schools Partnership
Suffolk Borders Teaching Alliance
Wells Hall Road
Sudbury
CO10 0NH

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