About the course
The Blackpool Teaching School Alliance offers 2 School Direct courses both leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS.
● Primary with SEND
Our School Direct programmes are so successful because they immerse you into life in a Primary or Special School. This is a full time course where you will become part of the staff team, observing, supporting and team teaching alongside highly skilled practitioners. You experience first-hand the wider professional responsibilities of a teacher as you become involved in after school clubs, CPD events and a range of whole school events. Students will spend 3 days per week in their host schools when not on placement.
Alongside this you will receive 1 day per week of high quality training around pedagogy and practice delivered by practicing teachers.
Opportunities for trainees to work or study collaboratively will be a focus of our training programme. Our programme also provides opportunities to attend relevant conferences and CPD events as well as team building activities across the year.
Students will be allocated to a host school for the year and will then complete assessed placements in different mainstream schools. Students will have a mentor in their host school and also when on placement. Further support is also available through the University Partnership Lead and the Programme Partnership Lead.
Our Primary PGCE with QTS programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. During this course you will undertake two 30-credit masters level modules to gain a PGCE. These modules are practically focused and titled ‘Raising the Achievement of Children’ and ‘High Quality Learning and Teaching’. Both are designed to focus on your priorities and interests as you develop your teaching skills. They involve a total of 3 written assessments, one of which is a formative piece to support your academic development. The modules are taught by University of Cumbria lecturers who ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to inform your teaching and provide a toolkit to take forward in your career. This collaborative approach to teacher training ensures that students have access to both excellent school-based practice and well-regarded academic input which has been planned to create a coherent and valuable learning experience. This training is delivered by the University of Cumbria within an alliance school based in Blackpool.
Blackpool Teaching School Alliance works in conjunction with the University of Cumbria to select suitable candidates to take through to our interview process. This will include initial safeguarding checks and whether candidates meet minimum entry requirements.
If selected for interview you will be invited to attend for an interview at one of the School Direct Alliance schools. The interview will consist of a written element, a mini teach and a formal interview.
How school placements work
There are 3 formal assessed placements as part of the programme.
-4 weeks placement in the autumn term( Beginning)
-5 week placement in the spring term(Developing)
-10 week placement in the summer term(Extending)
You will be required to teach in 2 different age phases and in a minimum of 2 different school settings.
Students undertaking our Primary Programme will be hosted in a mainstream school and undertake a minimum of 2 placements within mainstream schools. However a popular feature of our Primary programme is the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement and/or an experiential placement in a special school setting whilst being hosted in a mainstream setting.
Host and placement schools are allocated following a discussion around where a student lives, ability to travel and specific needs which might impact on the placement. All placements are sources by the BTSA. Students are not expected to find their own placements.
Students are supported through their placements by a mentor. There are a number of observations carried out followed by reflective feedback and evaluation. All students work with their mentor to set targets against the teaching standards throughout their placement.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Fees for this course are set at £9250.
Graduates should have a minimum 2:2 degree but preferably a 2:1 or higher. They also need GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.
Students will also be required to successfully complete the skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching, someone who enjoys a challenge and who puts children and their needs first.Ideally you should have some experience of working with children or young people in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
About the training provider
The BTSA deliver inclusive school based training via our School Direct Programme.
Blackpool is a special yet challenging place to teach. Our vision is to train the next generation of outstanding Blackpool teachers to give the children of Blackpool the best possible start in life.
We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching, enjoys a challenge and puts children and their needs first.
We offer 2 courses both leading to a PGCE with QTS
Primary with SEND
Our programmes immerse you into life in school. You become part of the team, observing, supporting and team teaching alongside highly skilled practitioners. You experience first-hand the wider professional responsibilities of a teacher as you become involved in a range of whole school events.
Alongside this you receive high quality training around pedagogy and practice delivered by practicing teachers and study the PGCE L7 modules delivered by the University of Cumbria.
There are 3 placements as part of the programme. You will be required to teach in 2 different age phases and in a minimum of 2 different school settings.
Students undertaking the Primary with SEND programme will be hosted in an SEND setting and can undertake up to 2 placements in a Special School with the additional placement in mainstream.
Students undertaking our Primary Programme will be hosted in a mainstream school and undertake a minimum of 2 placements within mainstream schools with the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement and/or an experiential placement in a special school.
About the accredited body
This programme is being run in conjunction with the University of Cumbria.
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As this is a School Direct Programme, additional student facilities e.g. library access and Student Support Services, will be provided by The University of Cumbria.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All students receive the appropriate level of support according to their needs. We are a fully inclusive programme and all locations are fully accessible.
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