About the course
Training begins in your 'Home School' where you will be based for two terms. Here you will develop an understanding of how schools are organised, understanding how teachers foster a positive learning environment right from the start. You will spend much more time in school compared to a conventional PGCE programme. Initially, you will begin with 40 - 50% time in class, observing and teaching. This increases over the year, and by the end of your practice in the Summer Term, you will be teaching 70% or more, in readiness for your new teaching post in September!
Weekly observations and discussions with your mentor form part of your ongoing assessment, with additional visits from a Professional Visiting Tutor each term, offering an added layer of support. There are several staff involved in assessing you, including school-based Teacher Training Coordinators, Mentors, Professional Visiting Tutors, the Primary Lead all of whom support you in reflecting on your progress and setting manageable goals. General Professional Studies are interwoven with your school-based practice, allowing you to embed theory into your weekly practice. These sessions are delivered by current practitioners, experts in their specialism, identified from Headteachers within our alliance. This ensures that trainees have the skillsets desirable to our schools, as described by one of our Federation Heads: "We recently interviewed several trainees from a range of providers for an Early Years post. The quality of the trainees from Exeter Consortium, in terms of depth of knowledge, practical experiences and their ability to articulate their learning was outstanding. All in all, it was clear that the course is significantly strong in preparing teachers for entry into the profession."
You will complete three assignments towards completion of the PGCE with Bath Spa University, rated Outstanding for ITT, who visit us at our Exeter site. Bath Spa also provide regular tutorials. Built into our programme is a focus on wellbeing for trainees, with personal 1:1 support as needed. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive your QTS from the Department for Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Level 7). The qualification we offer is a PGCE with SWTT (accredited by Bath Spa University). This route to the PGCE will provide you with an exciting programme designed by us, which addresses your individual needs and which is based exclusively in local schools.
Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the office by 'phone or email and are welcome to meet informally with an adviser before submitting an application. Interviews are held in one of our schools by the Headteacher (or Deputy)and one of our advisers, and include:
- A welcome and introduction
with a tour of the school
- A short teaching experience (prepared in advance)
- A brief and fun group task
- An informal interview
We are committed to making interviews as stress-free as possible - recognising how challenging they can be! We find that candidates do really enjoy the event, finding out more about us and our programmes in a relaxed and informal setting. One applicant said "The interview process for the Exeter Consortium PGCE was such an enjoyable day. We were welcomed with tea and coffee, and given a moment to meet everyone before the day begun. It was a great mix of interview combined with a workshop, and it's that kind of organisation that made me feel the most comfortable. It was an opportunity for me to show my best without showing off. The overall feeling of the day was that Exeter Consortium wanted to meet ME for the skills that I had and not just another candidate to recruit."
All candidates are offered feedback as soon as possible following the interview. Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course.
How school placements work
There is a mixture of schools and settings within our Consortium, with 6 secondary schools, around 50 primaries, 2 special schools and 1 FE College across the city. You will be placed within one of our Primary Schools, with age ranges of 4-11, or one of our nurseries, which range from age 2-5. Some of our schools also have nursery provision on site. Each trainee will be placed in a 'home' school where they will be for the whole of the Autumn and Summer Terms, and a contrasting school for the Spring Term where they will gain experience of an opposite key stage. If desired, we can give you a taster experience of a secondary school also. Exeter is relatively compact and trainees can easily engage with all of the schools across the city conveniently, without having to make long journeys. We make every effort to try to place trainees within schools that are accessible for their circumstances.
Trainees come together as a cohort for the taught elements of the course each week, and the practical, school based learning dovetails into the academic course. The Consortium and its schools have an enviable track record in CPD and staff development and value the opportunity to prepare the next generation of outstanding teachers for their schools. The aim for us is to provide the best possible educational outcomes for all of Exeter's children. Many of the teachers are excellent practitioners, keen to share their expertise with future colleagues. The outstanding success of teacher training in Exeter is clear affirmation of their vision and hard work!
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- Graduate Status or equivalent
- Passes at GCSE in English, Maths and Science at grade C
We are looking for candidates who have what we think it takes to become good or outstanding Teachers. There are particular qualities that such teachers possess:
- a passion for teaching
- an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
- an engaging and approachable nature
- strong organisational skills
- good interpersonal skills
- creativity and innovation
- an exciting approach to learning
- the ability to reflect on practice
- a positive and professional outlook
We are keen to recruit applicants who can demonstrate such qualities - together with the determination to succeed.
- Recent experience in a maintained school, in the appropriate phase. We can help you to arrange this if necessary
- Successful completion of professional skills tests
in numeracy and literacy
- A satisfactory DBS enhanced check
About the training provider
Exeter Consortium is a successful partnership of schools around Exeter, created by the schools themselves. We deliver a high quality, school-based programme, devised in collaboration with our headteachers. Central to our programme is pastoral support, with our personal touch being highly rated.
We offer a rich experience, having a contrasting mixture of schools for placements, consisting of a range of secondaries, around 50 primaries, a special school and FE College. The primaries offer great diversity, from schools of less than 100 pupils to rolls of more than 600, and from urban sites to surrounding small villages.
We demonstrate consistently high employment rates of above 95% over the last 4 years and are recognised by our headteachers as providing well-trained NQTs - nearly 100% achieve an outstanding grade.
The major benefit of this route is that the Trainee has the opportunity, right from the start, to join an effective school and build practical experience. Trainees come together as a cohort for the taught elements of the course each week, which is delivered by Senior Leaders in Education and other excellent, current practitioners. A strong and supportive peer group develops, and life-long friendships are forged.
The Primary (3-7 and 5-11) and Secondary PGCE programmes are offered in partnership with SWTT and Bath Spa University, an Ofsted rated Outstanding provider for ITT, who deliver the Masters element of the courses on site, here in Exeter.
One of our great strengths is our ability to personalise the programme and provide 1:1 support for trainees.
About the accredited provider
South West Teacher Training is based at West Exe School, part of the successful Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. Situated in Exeter, they place trainees in a partnership of schools across Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal schools throughout Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. They match individuals to schools that suit their skills and location. They work with Bath Spa University who provide our PGCE, an Ofsted rated Outstanding provider. They offer a balanced programme of academic excellence alongside school-based training. Trainee well-being is at the heart of their vision for creating resilient teachers.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We believe in creating a supportive environment for all. We provide confidential information, guidance and support to students who have a specific learning difficulty or disability, or a medical condition.
All successful applicants to the programme will be taken through an occupational health check, so that we can then create an access plan to best support them. We will work with all applicants to make adaptations to support their access to the programme. For example, this can include using coloured paper and slides for students with dyslexia, considering the best placement schools to support students with accessibility issues and other disabilities.
We have built wellbeing training into our programme as we believe this is important for all our trainees.
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