Mathematics with Exeter Consortium Accredited provider: South West Teacher Training

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.exeterconsortium.com

About the course

Recent changes to GCSE Mathematics subject content and assessment objectives emphasise the key areas of mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding: fluency; problem solving; reasoning and comprehension and communication skills. Learners of mathematics will use these skills to develop models of real life situations and to understand how their assumptions determine the efficacy of their models. Learners need to be able to relate the mathematics they do to their own lives as well as to a wider society.

The aim of the course is to prepare you to be able to provide sufficient challenge to meet the needs of the most able whilst at the same time making mathematics accessible to those who need the most help. Over the course of two contrasting school placements, our trainees learn to:

• Use a range of teaching resources and approaches that provide challenge to inspire and motivate mathematics learners of all abilities.

• Develop confidence and a positive attitude to mathematics in all learners.

• Monitor and assess the progress of learners and provide timely intervention and support where necessary.

• Develop into a strong, critically reflective, classroom practitioner, who will go on to participate in, and influence the future development of Mathematics Education.

Our Maths trainees are highly sought after and many of our schools request trainees when they are looking to appoint new Maths teachers in the near future.

Interview process

Successful applicants will be invited to a Selection Day at our lead school, West Exe School. On that day we will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Our Selection Day asks candidates to teach a sample lesson episode, undertake a panel interview and complete a subject knowledge assessment. Candidates will also take a tour of lead school and learn more about our partnership.

Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they feel like a part of the South West Teacher Training community.

How school placements work

South West Teacher Training has a wide partnership of fifteen placement schools in Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal communities across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. This enables us to place trainees within easy travelling distance of home - we feel this is important to ensure trainee well-being and resilience. It's unusual for our trainees to spend more than thirty minutes travelling to placement.

When placing our trainees, we consider their location but we also make an effort to ensure a good match in ethos between the trainee and their host school. It's important too that trainees experience two contrasting placements to enable them to really discover the kind of school culture that suits them best.

As a school-centred route, we pride ourselves on ensuring our trainees spend as much time in school as possible. After a week's Induction, trainees complete three days of experience in a Primary school and then begin the first of two placements in an 11-16 or 11-18 setting. This quick immersion into school life, integrated with training sessions at our training base, ensures trainees are able to swiftly start teaching under expert guidance, with time to reflect built into the programme.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000
International students £9,000

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £22,000
  • a bursary of £20,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Graduate Status or equivalent (2:2 minimum)
  • Passes at GCSE in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above
  • Successful completion of professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy

Personal qualities

We will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • a range of experience of school settings or working with young people
  • a professional demeanour
  • resilience and creativity
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Other requirements

Safeguarding is important at South West Teacher Training and all candidates must satisfy relevant pre-employment checks.

A place to train with us will involve contact with vulnerable groups (children

and young people) and is therefore exempt from the

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to an

Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This

exemption means that applicants for this post are required to

declare all criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and bindovers

both spent and unspent in their application regardless of

the passage of time.

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.

Contact details

Email
louise@exeterconsortium.com
Telephone
01392 927171
Website
http://www.exeterconsortium.com
Address
c/o West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road
Exeter
Devon

Apply

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: 1QX
  • Training programme code: 332X

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Exwick Lane, Exwick, Exeter EX4 2FB

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