About the course
Anyone already in education will tell you that teaching is one of the toughest jobs out there. It's also one of the most rewarding. To make sure you’re a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century, we have devised a vibrant programme informed by research and constantly reviewed to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education. The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 5-11 and is structured around taught modules based at Poole SCITT and placement modules based in schools (mainstream and special) and other educational settings. You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings. Our PGCE in Primary with SEND specialism is significantly enhanced with aspects of Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) delivered by specialist teachers from Linwood School. The programme content is delivered through a series of non-assessed and assessed school based placements. These placements are in both mainstream primary and special school settings. Trainees are guided through their learning by experienced staff and school based mentors, to enable them to gain the skills and confidence to become effective, successful teachers of primary aged children, especially those with SEND. The programme is designed for trainee teachers wishing to enter the profession in either mainstream or special school settings. Placements will take place in Poole SCITT and Linwood Teaching School Alliance partner schools in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.
Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Applicants are selected from UCAS Teacher Training applications. You should write a full personal statement giving reasons for wanting to teach. You should cite any experience of working with children (although strongly recommended, this is not an essential requirement for application).
Careful consideration should be made as to referees. At least one of your references should be from someone who can comment upon your working with children.
If you meet or are expected to meet entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you'll be invited to attend an interview. Please make it clear on applications if you are working towards GCSE qualifications and when results will be known.
The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an assessment session (usually 1 full day) with Literacy and Numeracy testing, group and individual interviews and will involve working with children in the classroom as well as reading a story to a class of children. The assessments will take place at the Poole SCITT base at Ad Astra Infant School. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the course.
More specific details about the assessment days will be provided to candidates by email if successful in application, so please provide a valid and regularly monitored email address on application forms.
How school placements work
Trainees are based at the Poole SCITT centre at Ad Astra Infant School and school experience is within partner schools within Poole SCITT and the Linwood Teaching School Alliance, which include primary mainstream and other local special schools. Trainees are included in the PGCE cohort of Poole SCITT and Kingston University. The course consists of two placements: one in a mainstream school and another in a special school local to Linwood School to enhance your SEND knowledge and practices.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, a 2:2 or above; GCSE English language, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 or above.
'A' Level & BTEC grades will also be considered.
It is strongly recommended that candidates spend time working (either paid or in a voluntarily capacity) in a primary school to familiarise themselves with working with children and the demands of the primary classroom.
We recommend that potential students familiarise themselves with core curriculum subject knowledge as well as IT techniques in preparation for teacher training
We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.
All offers made will be subject to Criminal Records Checks and medical clearance and where necessary, satisfactory completion of degrees and other minimum qualification requirements. You will be sent more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept an offer.
About the training provider
The Linwood Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of schools and other organisations sharing skills and expertise to improve learning and achievement for every child and young person across Bournemouth and beyond. As a Teaching School Alliance Linwood Teaching School plays a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where new teachers learn from the best teachers, supported through a culture of coaching and mentoring.
This course combines the excellence of Poole SCITT and Kingston University input alongside the outstanding practices that take place within the Linwood Teaching School Alliance.
About the accredited body
Poole SCITT is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers.
Ad Astra Infant School, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset is the Taught Course Centre. A considerable number of course sessions take place in the partnership schools. The team are based at Ad Astra Infant School and are responsible for the general direction and day-to-day running of the course
Validated for PGCE status by Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and the course carries 'M' credits towards a Masters.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Your well-being is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. Candidates are given several opportunities to declare any disabilities or additional support required both before and during the course. We then support students on an individual basis according to need. Being a small provider, on occasions we may need to seek specialist advice from outside agencies.
All candidates successful in obtaining a place will need to be medically cleared as 'Fit to Teach' as per DfE initial teacher training requirements.
Poole SCITT centre at Ad Astra Infant School is accessible for all as are most of our placement schools.
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.
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Ad Astra Infant School, Sherborn Crescent, Poole, Dorset BH17 8AP
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