About the course
Our 38-week, full-time School Direct PGCE Primary programme will prepare you to become a general class teacher. You’ll be working with children to motivate, inspire and challenge them in their learning.
The programme comprises of 120 placement days in schools and taught sessions at UEA. Our course will help you to gain a thorough understanding of how schools work and fully prepare you for first teaching post after successful completion of the training programme.
For your school placements, you will be placed in schools in our Endeavour Teaching School Alliance School Direct Partnership, led by our local hub Gunton Primary Academy (http://www.schoolswire.org/public/gunton0019.html.nocache)
You will have two main school placements in contrasting schools within our partnership, in different age ranges, based on your chosen training pathway. The schools within our partnership are part the REAch2 Multi-Academy Trust, the largest Primary only Trust in the country. This means we can provide unrivalled career development in the primary age range. Find out more about our schools at www.reach2.org
Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.
Find out more about our School Direct courses and the Primary PGCE programme at UEA
Interviews are part of the formal selection process. You will need to present yourself well, come prepared, and dress smartly. Your interview day will include:
- An introductory talk
- An individual interview
- A written task
- Participating in a presentation
We want to see your potential and so will aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible during the interview process. You will be interviewed by representatives from UEA as well as from our partner schools. If you have named a specific partner school on your application, usually a member of staff from that school will be involved in your interview.
How school placements work
UEA’s School Direct PGCE Primary programme includes 120 days of teaching practice spread across all three school terms.
You’ll gain experience from two main school placements within our School Direct partnership and teach primarily in two age bands within your chosen age range specialism. The placements are in contrasting schools to give you a breadth of school- experience.
During the two placements, you will learn to put ideas and theory into practice. When you are at placement at schools in the Endeavour Teaching School Alliance partnership you will be well-supported. We provide thorough training to our mentors and aim to make you feel like part of the school community right from the start. It is our aim that when you train in one of our schools, you will stay with us after successful completion of the course.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Before application submission, you’ll need:
- A GCSE pass at grade C/4 or equivalent in English language, Mathematics and in a natural Science subject (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a combination of these)
- IELTS 6.5 overall (a minimum of 6 in each component) or equivalent, if your first language isn't English
Before beginning the course, you’ll need to have achieved a good honours degree or equivalent. A degree classification of 2:2 or above is preferred. All degree subjects are considered.
NB: Further degree requirements may apply. Find out more within the Essential Information sectionof each Primary PGCE courses
Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.
Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.
Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.
Applicants must also obtain:
- An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
- A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.
About the training provider
The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) is a national partnership which works on a local scale. We are passionate about nurturing talented individuals to become the primary school teachers our children need. Our 'Lead School' is Tidemill Academy, an Outstanding Primary school in the heart of London.
Our alliance has 34 schools working in local partnerships. These are led by an Ofsted Good or Outstanding 'hub' school and are currently located in the East and West Midlands, London, Harlow and Lowestoft. Our teacher training is delivered through the local hub school partnership and with a local University or SCITT provider.
Our School Direct trainees are successful; since 2013, 100% received a good or outstanding grading at the end of the course, with 75% securing an outstanding grade in 2019. We provide comprehensive training to our School Direct mentors to enable you to get the best possible support. This is complemented by the practical training you will receive from us, led by current classroom practitioners and experts in their field. Previous trainees have 'loved our on the job training' and the 'strong relationships' they built with our team. 100% of our trainees would recommend training with us.
No matter which partner school you apply to, you will be a valued member of staff and part of our school community. You will have personalised support from an experienced class mentor, a senior leader and our Teaching School hub lead as well as benefit from a comprehensive training programme led by expert practitioners.
About the accredited body
UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK’s premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training. The School’s research has made a difference in schools across the country, influencing approaches to managing classroom behaviour, understanding students' motivation, and creating effective communities for learning.
All of our PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. UEA’s expertise, together with our partner schools, means you'll be well-supported throughout your PGCE, both during your time on placement and on campus.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We have a strong commitment to equality and inclusion and we seek to offer a first class education to all students, including students with disabilities. All of our sites are wheelchair accessible and we undertake all reasonable adjustments necessary to ensure inclusion of all disabilities.
We are committed to our Equality Policy in respect of serving students and employing staff. Within this policy we will endeavour to ensure that disabled students and staff receive the same standards of service as others. We will not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of disability.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Burrsville Infant Academy
Craigfield Avenue , Clacton-On-Sea CO15 4HR
Gunton Primary Academy
Gainsborough Drive, Lowestoft NR32 4LX
Phoenix St. Peter Academy
Enstone Road, Lowestoft NR33 0NE
St Margaret's Primary Academy
Church Road , Lowestoft NR32 4JF
The Limes Primary Academy
Lime Avenue, Oulton, Lowestoft NR32 3BQ
Support and advice
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