About the course
Train to enthuse and inspire children aged 5-11 with creative teaching;
*Choose a research specialism from a variety of subjects;
*Join an innovative, school-led programme and learn from specialist tutors and expert practitioners at the cutting edge of developments in education;
*Benefit from high quality training through our excellent partnerships with schools and experience a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes;
*Develop your own interests and receive individual support.
Our PGCE Primary Education with QTS programme is a school-based partnership, combining on-campus study with training in placement schools and settings.
This PGCE will train you to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience and learn the latest approaches and strategies necessary to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
During the programme you will study a breadth of subjects, including all of the National Curriculum subjects. Through a focus on evidence-based research, you will investigate one of the following areas further:
Computing/Technology Enhanced Learning
Special Educational Needs/Disabilities
Learning Outside The Classroom
This PGCE consists of three main elements.
Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development.
Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the Primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences.
Specialism – you will identify a specific focus of personal interest relevant to current issues, initiatives and discussions within your chosen specialism. You will conduct a literature review and develop proposals for school improvement.
We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.
Our aim at interview is to be able to identify the highest quality candidates.
The School Direct Partnership lead for Arch and an Edge Hill Tutor will form the panel for the interview process.
This will include:-
• Your prepared teaching task (in your chosen year group)
• An interview
• Written tasks
• Oral Presentation
All interviews will take place at the Arch Alliance lead school - All Souls' CE primary school.
How school placements work
The Arch Alliance Teaching School is based in Heywood, close to Rochdale, Oldham, Manchester and Bury. As a school direct partnership all of our placement schools are situated in the Rochdale area providing you with the knowledge of a secured teaching placement close to home.
There are 13 schools currently within the partnership offering a wide and diverse range of school contexts for trainees. Schools are carefully selected for trainees based upon their individual knowledge, skills and experiences.
The age range you will be teaching will be primary age 5 to 11 years and you will experience this across two teaching placements at two different schools. One placement will be based within a Key Stage 1 classroom (age 5 to 7) and one placement will be in a Key Stage 2 classroom (age 7 to 11). You will spend a minimum of 12 weeks in each placement school as well as enjoying enhancement opportunities in Early Years, Key Stage 3 and Special Educational Needs provision.
When on placement you will receive the guidance and support from a highly experienced school- based mentor alongside visits from a visiting tutor from Edge Hill University.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
For more details visit edgehill.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding
Financial support information for international students can be found at edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.
To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships
Before the programme commences, you must have:
A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification);
GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in English Language and Mathematics;
GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in Combined Science / Physics / Chemistry / Biology.
You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests
When you apply, you are expected to have:
A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher
Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.
If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University and the Arch Alliance you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.
Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
About the training provider
The Arch Alliance comprises of two outstanding primary teaching schools based in Heywood, Rochdale. All Souls’ Church of England Primary School leads the school direct partnership in conjunction with Edge Hill University.
The Arch Alliance offers a one year School Direct with PGCE route into primary teaching and we are committed to providing quality teachers for our pupils.
With a proven track record in delivering excellent teacher training the Arch Alliance offers a more personalised approach to your school based training. We are a National Teaching School and have an excellent Professional Development Programme which we encourage all trainees to access during their training year. This commitment to your professional development does not end with your PGCE training; we continue to be committed to supporting your teaching career. Our former trainees can access bespoke training as they develop into effective teachers and progress to leadership at all levels, should they so wish.
Our partnership of primary schools provide a diverse range of teaching experiences for our trainees. All of our schools are based in the Rochdale area and their Head Teachers work collaboratively to ensure we have outstanding teachers in our local schools. We currently have thirteen primary schools within our partnership and we are proud to say that six of our schools are Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ proving excellence is at the heart of everything we do.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University.
We encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise you about:
Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study
• Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions
• The benefits of a Student Support Plan
• Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility
• Reasonable adjustments to support your study
• Exam modifications and alternative assessments
• Rights and Responsibilities
• Support whilst on placement (e.g. access and transport)
• Disclosure and Confidentiality
• Rights and Responsibilities
• PEEPs and Emergency Action Plans
One of our priorities is to ensure safe environment for all students. If you have Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or another serious health condition, which may require First Aid, we strongly recommend that you complete one of our Emergency Action Plans. We can discuss this with you when you come to see us.
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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.
Rye Street, Heywood, Greater Manchester OL10 4DF
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