About the course
Our Early Years PGCE Primary (3–7 years) course is designed to develop teaching and learning through immersive school-based experience and reflective practice, organised into three stages: you will receive teaching from university academic staff at Leeds Trinity campus for 2 days per week as well as training under the direction of St. Mary’s Teaching School.
We have a number of Specialist Leaders in Education who will support and contribute to the School Direct programme, thus enabling a bespoke programme tailored to student’s needs. In addition to this, students are supported by a Lead Mentor and outstanding practitioners.
The school-centred nature of the training programme means you will be based in two different primary schools for the majority of the academic year. Your school placements will provide a variety of training experiences, building your confidence and classroom excellence and equipping you for the reality of your NQT year.
The selection process is led by Senior Leaders across our partnership with a real investment and focus on 'growing our own' teachers of the future.
If you are called to interview you will be asked to plan and deliver a short teaching task to the age phase you have applied to.
You will also complete a 20 minute intervew process assessing your understanding of the Primary Curriculum and working with children.
If you are offered a place you will also be required to complete the relevant National Skills Tests before the course commences.
How school placements work
We currently have 15 partner schools that are listed on our Teaching School website, all of which are Outstanding or Good. Eraly Years Trainees will be placed in years groups from Nursery up to Year 2 in Key Stage 1.
Trainees complete 3 placements across 2 schools. Stage 1 is completed in a 'Host School' where trainnes are fully supported in teaching Core areas over a period of 7 weeks. Serial visits to the school are made in the build up in preparation of this.
Stage 2 and 3 are completed at a 'Home School'. Stage 2 is 10 weeks long where trainees progressively begin to teach a broader Early Years curriculum.
Stage 3 is 10 weeks long, where trainees develop independence and confidence across all of the Teaching Standards, showcasing school readiness for their NQT year. Stage 3 is completed in a trainees preferred year group in order to build upon existing strengths.
Consideration of individual and geographical needs are always taken into account when allocating placement schools. We pride ourselves on this and consider it one of the contributing factors to the excellent outcomes and successes of the training program.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,250 in 2017–18. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.
You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.
UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability
A degree in the subject area or a degree with a substantial portion relevant to National Curriculum programmes and examination syllabuses in that subject area.
GCSE English, mathematics and science at Grade C or above (or equivalent)
Successful completion of the Professional Skills tests for literacy and numeracy
St. Mary's Teaching School Alliance are committed to creating teachers of the future. We are seeking individuals who are genuienely passionate about shaping and making a difference to young lives and have:
Expert communication skills
Superior listening skills
Deep knowledge and a creative mind
The ability to build caring relationships with childern
Friendliness, compassion and uhnderstanding
Excellent preparation and organisation skills
Strong work ethic
High expectations for all
Meet the ‘national requirements’ (degree, GCSEs, DBS check, health clearance)
Have good subject knowledge at degree level
Have some subject curriculum knowledge
Have a good understanding of what teachers do
Usually some experience in a school or schools
Often have (other) experience with children
About the training provider
St. Mary’s Teaching school is an inspirational partnership that is currently in its fifth year of providing high quality Teacher Training holding a track record of 100% employment rate. Currently 69% of trainees are retained in our Teaching School Alliance and Diocese.
Our Teaching School Alliance covers a wide geographical area, working with a number of good and outstanding schools across Leeds and North Yorkshire. Furthermore we are part of the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust, which is a group of voluntary academies working together. All schools that we are in partnership with are in a variety of settings providing varied and exciting training opportunities.
We provide high-quality training, mentoring and coaching in a supportive
and caring environment. The teachers inour alliance are outstanding practitioners with exemplary behaviour managementskills who are eager to share their skills,knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. Our Teaching School is aspirational and aims to support and train outstanding teachers of the future, with a real focus on the quality of teaching and learning. Working closely with the National College for Teaching and Learning we are up to date, lead and share research that shapes and develops the future of education. Our investment in training
teachers extends beyond Initial Teacher Training as many of our trainees
continue to complete our NQT and RQT programmes. Not only that, we are committed to the continued professional development of teachers into middle leadership and beyond.
About the accredited body
Leeds Trinity University has an established reputation, regionally and nationally, of being one of the UK's leading providers of teacher training courses. Our outstanding courses are taught by a highly experienced team that understands the learning needs of children, from the early years of 0–5 years, right through to primary education of 5–11 years. According to the latest National College for Teaching and Leadership figures 99% of our recent Primary Education graduates are working in teaching positions.
Training with disabilities and other needs
St. Mary's in partnership with Leeds Trinity are committed to enabling you to achieve your full potential. We work to ensure that the educational opportunities we provide are inclusive for all students. We recognise the diversity of our population as a strength, and value the way that differences can contribute to a richer, creative and more productive environment.
We value the individual contribution of people irrespective of sex or gender, pregnancy/maternity, transgender status, marital/civil partnership status, sexual orientation, age, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief.
Our Training Program environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all students are recognised and valued. We create a learning environment for every trainee that promotes dignity and respect to all and welcome applicants from all backgrounds and needs.
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Broadgate Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5AB
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