About the course
Trainees will complete a total of 180 days of training; 120 days will be in the classroom observing and building up to whole class teaching as soon as possible. The aim of school direct as opposed to the conventional PGCE is that trainees are more quickly immersed in the practicalities of teaching resulting in a more confident and competent teacher. This is a school-based PGCE with more time spent in developing classroom practice than a traditional PGCE programme. Training is delivered across the alliance by practising professionals
There will be 30 days of professional studies based around wider educational issues such as Behaviour Management, SEND and Assessment. These will be delivered on a rotation basis by highly experienced teachers from schools in our partnership. This ensures you are developing an understanding clearly based on classroom practice and how educational theory sits within this. In addition there will be subject-based tuition in your chosen secondary subject. Some of this will be achieved locally, but there may be a number of days where trainees will have to attend university based sessions.
There will be three university based assignments throughout the year. Access to the university resources and virtual learning will ensure you have access to wider educational texts and journals to support your work. You can gain up to 60 masters level credits through completion of this course as this is a PGCE with QTS. This means your qualification is internationally recognised.
Applicants need to have a 2:2 or a higher classification. Where this is in an unrelated subject to Biology, the applicant should demonstrate a breadth of practical experience in a related field or job area. Candidates should have at least one of their A levels in a related Biology subject.
We are looking for candidates who have an empathy and understanding of the demands of teaching in the classroom. They should enjoy working with young people and see teaching as a wider professional vocation. Confidence in front of a classroom of teenagers is essential and we would encourage all applicants to gain some voluntary observation experience before applying. As part of the interview process you will be required to teach part of a lesson so we can gauge your clarity of explanations as well as how you engage with our young people
We will receive your application via UCAS and this will be reviewed by senior colleagues from the Salop Teaching School Alliance and our University partner. We will look at your experience and qualification relevancy and will invite you to interview if your application meets our criteria. The application should be supported by two professional references.
If successful, you will be invited to interview at school which will involve a mini-teach activity, subject knowledge and literacy test and a formal interview. The programme will be sent to you in advance and you will have 7 days to respond to the invitation.
If an offer of a place is made, it will either be unconditional or conditional based upon your successful completion of your degree, if you are still at university, or on the basis of passing your skills tests, gaining more experience observing in a secondary school or completion of a subject knowledge enhancement course.
How school placements work
The first school-based learning will begin in schools from October to January. There will also be a primary placement where key issues of transition and key stage 2 teaching can be observed. The second placement will begin in a contrasting school from February to July with the percentage of whole class teaching increasing to 75% of a full teaching timetable as confidence grows. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience of Key Stage 5 teaching and learning.
Please note with your school placements, you could be placed at any school in the alliance within the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin area. You will need to take into consideration travel time and distances that may be involved.
In both placements, you will have a subject-based mentor, a school professional tutor and a university based tutor as well as an alliance based School Direct team to support you throughout your PGCE programme.
You will be placed in departments who will be able to offer you the best support and guidance and with mentors who are willing to share their wealth of knowledge and experience to support your progression as a teaching practitioner.
Some of our partner schools have sixth forms so you will gain experience of KS5 teaching. If your placement schools do not have a sixth form, we will ensure that you gain this experience by arranging a short placement in Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.
We will endeavour to take personal circumstances into consideration when allocating your placement school, but please be aware that you may have to travel up to 45 minutes for your school based learning.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 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
You are eligible to apply for any grants, bursaries or loans that are available to assist with the course fees and living expenses.
Applicants must have 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above (or equivalent) at the point of application one ideally being in the subject they wish to teach including a Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Maths.
Applicants should have at least three A levels. An A level in the subject they wish to teach will be useful.
2:2 degree or higher classification
All applicants must pass the DfE skills tests before commencing training. These need to be completed at a registered centre and can be passed before interview or as a condition of your place.
We are looking for candidates who have an empathy and understanding of the demands of teaching in the secondary classroom. You should enjoy working with young people and see teaching as a wider professional duty. As part of the interview process you will be required to teach part of a lesson so we can gauge your clarity of explanations as well as how you engage with our young people.
We are looking for the highest quality graduates who may well bring further work-related experience from previous careers which can help to strengthen the application.
We are looking for applicants who are able to commit the time needed to the training programme which will include academic assignments and study. We would like candidates who want to be involved in the wider pastoral and extra-curricular life of our schools and who can give the time to this during their training year. Trainees own transport would be advantageous so you can easily access your school placements as you may be placed up to 45 minutes travelling distance from home.
A full DBS check will be undertaken
About the training provider
The Salop Teaching School Alliance is a Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin based partnership of successful and outstanding schools working in collaboration with both local authorities.
Our vision is to deliver an outstanding school-centred PGCE programme based in local schools. Trainees and graduates studying with us will be exposed to the highest quality teaching and learning strategies delivered by leading practitioners building on the latest educational research and national developments.
Our unique combination of secondary schools and sixth form colleges will ensure that all trainees experience teaching in a variety of contexts and key stages, thus making them more appealing to future employers.
About the accredited provider
We work alongside the University of Chester to deliver the subject specific areas of the programme. The University Centre Shrewsbury is currently working with the University of Chester, so some elements of the course will be delivered at the University of Shrewsbury building in Shrewsbury. The University of Chester has been training teachers for over 175 years, but, whilst it is one of the oldest higher education institutes in the country, it is also one of the most forward-thinking successful and innovative universities receiving an Ofsted outstanding grading in 2016 and has a reputation for the quality of its training.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Priory School, the lead school in the teaching school alliance, has disabled access to all parts of its site and buildings. This is the case for some of our partner schools, but not all and applicants may want to bear this in mind when applying to us.
The disability and inclusion team at the University of Chester provides confidential information, advice and guidance to disabled students. This includes students with specific learning differences, long-standing health conditions, mental health difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and sensory impairment. Staff will support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning
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