About the course
The postgraduate teaching apprenticeship is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) route that combines paid work with on- and off-the-job training, qualifications, and progression. It allows candidates to train to become qualified teachers.
PTSA will provide 20% of the apprentice’s timetable in off-the-job training, designed to build up skills, knowledge and competence in the classroom.
Having completed the training, apprentices must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours contained within the Teachers’ standards. Apprentices will work towards attaining qualified teacher status (QTS). They will need to meet the apprenticeship standard and will need to pass an end-point assessment as required for all apprenticeships. The end goal is to become a qualified teacher.
Schools will employ the apprentice as an unqualified teacher, and from December 2020 the apprentice will be able to lead their own classes, as long as there is sufficient ‘distance supervision’ in place.
Teaching Schools such as PTSA and Teacher Training providers in the South West are in the process of reviewing and forming their course offers for 2020-21 and beyond, in response to a Department of Education system review.
We want to give successful PTSA applicants added security, should training providers merge to form a larger regional hub. Therefore all PTSA School Direct offers for 2020-21 will be guaranteed by Marjon University, and a place on the appropriate PGCE programme protected should you choose to accept.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.
How school placements work
Apprentices will be placed in a Plymouth School.
The host school placement is the school where you will work for most of the academic year.
You will have a Class Teacher and a PTSA school-based Mentor in school to support you.
You will have a second placement for one term to gain teaching experience in a complementary school.
The programme follows the academic year in the Host School. That is, it will begin in June 2020 and finish when the school year ends in July 2021.
Schools will employ an apprentice as an unqualified teacher,
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Minimum 2:2 Undergraduate Qualification
Maths, English and Science GCSE Grade A-C
About the training provider
The Plymouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) is an inclusive teaching school serving the schools of Plymouth and the region. The PTSA benefits from a mature ‘blended’ model of delivery alongside Plymouth Local Authority and Plymouth Learning Partnership Community Interest Company (PLP CiC). The two lead schools are High View Primary and Prince Rock Primary (Learning Academies Trust).
In addition to our inclusive values, we also seek to promote collaboration and evidence-informed practice. These values underpin our work. Evidence of this can be seen in the 50 schools that contribute to our teaching school alliance, our unique approach to CPD, and the wide-variety of collaborative partnerships and programmes that we offer.
We benefit from working alongside our partners in the Plymouth Local Authority, Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth University. We also collaborate with our regional teaching school neighbours and access expertise at a national level.
We believe in a practitioner-led and school-led system and help facilitate this at all levels. We also strive to have training and support available to all educational professionals regardless of where they are in their career, from trainee teachers to CEOs.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Training with disabilities and other needs can be supported.
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:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Douglass House, Douglass Road, Plymouth, Devon PL3 6NP
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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