Oakham Alliance
Primary (24M4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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.

Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

About the training provider

Oakham Alliance offers trainee teachers the unique opportunity to work and learn in a range of exciting and innovative primary schools within Sandwell. The alliance offers cultural and socio-economic diversity within its range of settings

All schools share a common ethos and approach to pedagogy, ensuring that pupils become confident learners achieving the highest standards possible with a core focus on:

• Learning and Teaching policies built around the principles of AfL.

• Children as learners and their all-round development at the heart of all schools

• The quality of learner experience rather than coverage

• Pedagogy which views knowledge as something constructed by children not merely transmitted by teachers.

The lead school, Oakham Primary, is outstanding and along with the other good schools, has a proven track record of local school improvement. We have an established background of working in partnership with University of Wolverhampton (UoW), local authorities and importantly, each other.

Within the alliance we have many members of staff who provide support in other schools:

• OfSTED trained inspectors

• Head Teacher consultants

• Former LA advisors and consultants• Specialist Leaders of Education

• Local Leaders of Education

• Advanced Skills Teachers

We are passionate about developing future leaders and believe that School Direct offers an unrivalled opportunity for trainees to learn and develop in our vibrant schools. By working in our schools, trainees will experience a range of contrasting experiences that will make you highly sought-after in the current job market.

About the accredited body

Our excellent partnership with the UoW means that students will receive high-quality support. This will continue into your NQT year and throughout your career. Staff are expert at meeting your needs and will ensure you receive outstanding CPD.

The U0W is one of the Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education. Tutors are experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.

Ofsted say:

'particularly effective in developing highly professional teachers with the skills to reflect critically on the quality of their teaching in order to improve it'

'excellent reputation'

Employment rates are high'


Training with disabilities and other needs

In line with Sandwell Council Equality in Employment policy, we are committed to ensuring a quality of opportunity for all.

Support for Students (UoW) can include:

◾General Study skills support, including tutorials and general workshops, through the University Learning Centres.

◾Apps Anywhere – access to specialist software.

◾Audio-visual lecture capture – a number of taught sessions are captured.

Additional Support:

Depending on your individual needs, you may be eligible for additional support provided by the University. The Student Support and Wellbeing Team can talk to you about additional support that may be available.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

You may be eligible to receive additional funding known as the Disabled Students’ Allowances to help cover the costs of any additional support you may need to access your university course. DSA funding is available for eligible students and can help with costs for specialist equipment, Non-Medical Helpers and other disability-related costs associated with studying.

The Sign Language Society at UoW has been running since 2008 and this is where you get to meet current Deaf students as well as other Deaf people who are both local and from all over the UK along with Deaf students who have already graduated - you can also meet BSL Interpreting and Deaf Studies students there too. We usually meet at The Royal London Pub, every Thursday evening from 7pm to 11pm - feel free to pop in at any time to meet us.

For more information please email: SLS@wlv.ac.uk or see: our facebook page

Contact details

Darbys Hill Road
West Midlands
B69 1SG


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