About the course
The School Direct PGCE (non-salaried) programme is a full time, one year programme taught over three terms. It starts at the beginning of September, and follows school term dates. We provide training in the following consecutive age ranges :
- Foundation Stage (3-5 years)
- Key Stage 1 (5- 7 years)
- Lower Key Stage 2 (7-9 years)
- Upper Key Stage 2 (9-11 years)
The School Direct PGCE programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the academic award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), comprising of 60 M Level credits. The programme is currently validated by Goldsmiths University.
Trainees on the programme complete two assignments which are assessed at level 7 (M level) in addition to school based tasks, which are assessed against the Teachers' Standards (DfE 2012).
Distinctive features of this course:
We have a strong commitment to Equal Opportunities and promote this with the utmost importance. Inclusion is a key feature and strength of our programmes and we are committed to training teachers who will value and build on the linguistic, religious and cultural diversity that children in East London communities bring to school and who in turn, will prepare all children for life in a diverse society.
*Small scale action research project - trainees choose an area of inclusion that they are interested in (in previous years this has included gender, the use of pupil premium, the role of TAs) to research through a critical evaluation of literature and practical research in the classroom.
- Trainees are mainly based in one school, where they will develop a close working relationship with the staff, pupils and parents.
- We have a balance of centre-based training in theory and practice with extended school placements where trainees can put this learning into practice
- Focus on preparing trainees for teaching children with diverse needs (for example pupils with English as an Additional Language or SEN; higher attaining pupils, vulnerable or Looked After Children)
- Our trainees reflect the diversity of the local school communities
- We have high expectations of our trainees - both academically and in their classroom practice
- We have a great commitment to equal opportunities, including raising attainment for all and closing the gap
- A particular focus on teaching reading (including systematic synthetic phonics); early maths; assessment and P.E
When scrutinising your personal statement we are particularly looking for evidence of:
- Recent, relevant experience
- Reflection on school experience that shows what you have learnt from this experience
- Understanding of the demands of the PGCE and the teaching profession
- Excellent written English
The second stage of the selection process is the selection day. This will involve the following activities:
- Observation and reflection: You will watch a teacher working with a class of children (This may be in the form of a short video). You will be asked to reflect on your observations and prepare a response to specific questions.
- Teach a skill: In order to assess your potential to teach, including the ability to present information clearly, and to reflect on your performance in order to improve, you will be asked to carry out a short teaching activity..
- Interview: You will be asked a series of questions designed to assess your potential, this will include questions designed to assess your personal skills and qualities.
- Maths test: Following the interview, you will be asked to complete a maths test similar to the QTS skills test. The result of the test will not affect the outcome of the interview, but we will use this as a benchmark to assess what further support you may need.
How school placements work
Placements for this route will be in either Early Years and Key Stage 1; Key Stage 1 and 2 or Upper and Lower Key Stage 2 (you are given the option to choose your preference).
We work in partnership with over 40 schools in Newham and the surrounding boroughs. We aim to place our trainees in a school that is within 30 minutes commute by public transport. Due to our expansive partnership schools are never too far away.
Trainees will spend their time training in a minimum of 2 different schools. Currently trainees spend their first term at their employing school, they will then go to another school for half a term in Spring (different age range) and return to their employing school in the Summer.
Trainees spend most of their time in school. 4 days are spent in school and 1 day, usually a Friday, is spent at SCITTELS for training.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
A first degree (2.2 or above) from a recognised UK higher education institution (or equivalent overseas qualification- see website for further details)
GCSE Grade C/4 or higher (or equivalent) in English, Mathematics and Science (see website for further details)
Please note, we are willing to accept pending qualifications, but the results of pending qualifications and all other outstanding conditions should usually be met by 1st May 2019.
- The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English (both written and orally)
- A commitment to teach and a motivation to learn (you need to demonstrate that you are a quick learner and can meet the professional demands of the programme)
- Well developed personal qualities and skills such as self-organisation, resilience and reflectiveness
- A commitment to equal opportunities
- Evidence that you can meet the academic demands of the programme (Your first reference would usually be provided by a tutor from the university where you completed your first degree or further qualification)
Have passed the professional skills tests (you may apply before you have passed the skills tests but we would expect you to book them as soon as possible, and to have passed them by the deadline set as part of your offer)
At least two weeks recent school experience of working with children in educational settings in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.
About the training provider
Colegrave Primary School is situated in Stratford, East London in the London Borough of Newham, on the edge of the 2012 Olympic Site. It is well served by road, underground and rail links.
The school is committed to promoting equality and diversity and inclusive practices. In addition to the usual range of pupils with special needs, we have resourced provision for up to 14 pupils (2 per year group) with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. The last OFSTED inspection was in June 2017 when the school was categorised overall as 'Outstanding'.
Colegrave Primary School is the lead school for the Colegrave School Direct programmes. SCITTELS (School Centred Initial Teacher Training in East London Schools) is the accredited teacher training provider. Colegrave and SCITTELS work in partnership to deliver the programme. SCITTELS is graded Outstanding by Ofsted, who described us as having 'the best possible training'. This is a view shared by current and ex-trainees, employers and partnership schools.
We pride ourselves in developing strong relationships with individual trainees and schools. This means we are able to provide personalised training that meets the individual needs of each of our trainees.
The SCITTELS programme prepares trainees for teaching in diverse, urban environments. While the training programme covers all aspects of a teacher's role, Inclusion and Behaviour Management are particular strengths. The skills you learn on the SCITTELS School Direct programme will prepare you for teaching whether you choose to stay in East London or move elsewhere.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Colegrave Primary School and SCITT in East London schools welcomes applications from trainees with disabilities. Colegrave Primary School and many of our partnership schools are equipped with disabled access and facilities.
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