About the course
This course is part of the Inspire Northamptonshire School Direct route. Throughout the PGCE primary programme you will develop your subject knowledge across the primary National Curriculum and gain a deeper understanding of how young children learn. The theory, underpinning pedagogy, will be taught to you at the Waterside Campus at the University of Northampton. You will study 2 modules - Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies. Your University based study will be in blocks of 2-3 weeks across the year.
Inspire will arrange your school experience and support you through this. Teaching practice is organised as four school placements which are usually arranged in two different primary school settings. You will gradually increase your teaching commitment as the year progresses, taking increased responsibility for leading the class. We aim to give our students choice about their preferred location for professional training. In the Autumn term you will learn in School One; in the Spring term, School Two and finally returning to School One for the Summer term. Occasionally, students elect to take a placement in a different school for the Summer term. Inspire also enriches your University based learning, at the Inspire Development Centre based in Lamport. We provide you with additional training in the following areas:
- Personal resilience for teaching and wellbeing
- Mindfulness in Schools
- Philosophy for Children
- Learning Behaviours and metacognition
- Supporting vulnerable groups
- Effective deployment of support staff
As well as qualifying with QTS and a PGCE, you will also qualify as a Teacher of Mindfulness and a teacher of Philosophy for Children.
For the purpose of assessment, you will be required to complete four assignments, two in each level 7 module. These are spread out across the year. Your learning will be supported by highly experienced tutors and mentors and the University's contemporary site hosts excellent library resources.
Our partner, The University of Northampton is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and Inspire is a highly successful Teaching School with an alliance of over 45 primary schools. Together, we will help you to become the teacher that you wish to be and to inspire minds and change lives.
For this route into teaching you will be required to attend one interview. Following submission of your application through UCAS, you may be invited to attend an interview at the Waterside Campus based in Northampton. A teacher from Inspire, or one of our partnership schools, and a member of staff from the University will explore your commitment to teaching and your awareness of current educational contexts. The purpose of this interview is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your enthusiasm for your chosen career and for us to consider your communication and interpersonal skills. You are not expected to demonstrate an extensive knowledge of teaching practices at this early stage.
School experience is not a requirement of this course but to help you to prepare for interview, it is advisable that you arrange to spend some time in a primary school setting.
We are an inclusive organisation and no applicant will be prejudiced as a result of any disability. Reasonable adjustments will be made to mitigate unfair discrimination. Any candidate with a disability is actively encouraged to identify and request support for actual or potential circumstances.
To be eligible for selection you will need to hold an honours degree from a UK University at 2:1 or a First. Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they can evidence a lot of professional exerience working with children. You will need to bring your certificates to interview.
How school placements work
All of Inspire schools are Early Years or Primary settings; this means that we can offer you vast expertise in your chosen route into teaching and excellent training opportunities into your career. We know and understand primary practice. We are also priviledged to have access to a wealth of teachers who have already transformed the lives of many children; they can help you to do the same. Having so many varied primary schools within our alliance means that we can offer you a range of contexts to support your interests and professional development needs.
We make every attempt to accommodate the needs of our students when determining placements. If sucessful at interview, we will follow up with a meeting to ask you about your preferences in terms of location, type of schools and Key Stage. Our promise to you is that we will make every attempt to meet your needs. Our stress reduction training is in place to support you while you build your resilience for teaching.
You will complete a placement in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two at two different schools. The longer placement will be in the first school as most students return to this in the Summer term. You are also given the opportunity to arrange a self-organised placement, for a week, so that you can explore some career options or experience an alternative phase.
The school placements begin in September and end in June. The placements are supported by periods based at the University so that you can develop your knowledge of the theory that you will apply in practice.
Our aim is to develop inspirational and reflective teachers who learn their craft through supportive training opportunities. For this reason, you will be guided, in school, by experienced mentors who engage in a training programme themselves so that they are better able to support you.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
A 2:1 or First in any degree from a UK University. Inspire will consider candidates with a 2:2 if they can demonstate extensive experience of working with children.
We seek people who genuniely like, and believe in, children. People who want the best for them, setting high expectations irrespective of their start in life. People who are not afraid to make a change in themselves, and continue to learn, if that is what is needed to make things better for children.
Thank for considering Inspire Northamptonshire as a possible provider to help you to enter, what we believe to be, the most rewarding profession in the world. We hope that you will join us, but wherever you train, we wish you every success for your bright future!
To be accepted onto Teacher Training your must pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
A DBS and Disqualification by Association and Prohibition checks will be undertaken.
Relevant work experience with children will also be considered.
A sense of humour is helpful.
About the training provider
- A contemporary setting
- Resources and future focused approaches for 21 century learners
- ‘Change Maker’ skills for 100% employability
- Teacher researcher skills integrated into all aspect of your training
- A learning experience for you which models ways that you can teach
- Support for your wellbeing and resilience for teaching
- As well as QTS and PGCE, you qualify as a teacher of Philosophy for
Children and Mindfulness
Training through 'Inspire Northamptonshire' provides you with the opportunity to join a growing network of schools committed to providing excellence for 21st century learners. Innovative practice is at the heart of our work and research and development is a key feature of our practice. Working with a family of primary schools stretching across Northamptonshire means that you can make choices about the kind of school that you would like to learn in.
Joining the Inspire network, who partner with the University of Northampton, you will study in a brand new, contemporary setting. You will achieve an internationally recognised qualification as well as a teacher of Mindfulness and Philosophy for Children. You can also elect to complete credits towards a Masters Degree.
As your personal wellbeing is of the upmost importance to us, we provide you with intensive support, and professional enrichment, for the duration of your training.
Professional networks across the Teaching School alliance are in place to ensure that those new to the profession are supported well into their career and, eventually, into leadership.
About the accredited body
Inspire has extensive expertise in early years and primary education - all of our schools provide education for this age range of children. Our partner, The University of Northampton, has over 40 years of successful experience in Initial Teacher training and is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. The outstanding resources available to you through the university mean that, together, we provide you with the skills and knowledge to ensure that you get great start in your teaching career.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Support is offered for applicants with a declared need. Our partner, The University of Northampton, hosts individual meeting with trainees throughout the year. These meetings are facilitated by the Head of Initial Teacher Training and the Programme Leader to discuss needs and to signpost support.
Through 'Inspire Northamptonshire', you will embark on a stress reduction training course. You will also have access to experienced mentors. Our previous students speak very highly of the support that we offer to safeguard their wellbeing and mental health. We have always guided any student who initially found their training year challenging so that they were able to complete the course. Here are some of the comments from recent trainees about their experience with Inspire:
"Kind, caring and holistic - thank you."
"A great start to my career as a teacher."
"It's been a very positive experience and I have felt supported and valued."
"Powerful, motivating and Inspiring."
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University of Northampton Waterside Campus
University Drive, Northampton NN1 5PH
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