Primary with The Acorn Teaching School Accredited provider: Chiltern Training Group

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.theacornteachingschool.co.uk/

About the course

You will be based in school and treated as a member of the teaching staff right at the start of the new school term in September. On Fridays weekly academic and professional lectures take place in our lead school Challney High School for Boys in Luton.

Classroom Practice will form part of your central training where we will take you through aspects of classroom focused learning that will impact on your practical delivery in school.

Professional Practice sessions are centrally delivered where professional aspects to teaching are taught. Sessions are led by excellent and proven staff from partner schools and a variety of other education experts and will provide an induction into the major dimensions of the education debate and foster a whole school/whole curriculum perspective on the role of the teacher.

Subject Practice strand focuses on learning how to teach subject content to pupils and to improve their subject knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence. Sessions are led by expert practitioners. The format includes workshops, seminars, learning through case studies and practical work. These sessions are run weekly after school.

The PGCE content for trainees who have opted to take the PGCE academic award will be run on the assignment focus areas. These will be useful to all trainees as the learning can be applied to teaching practice in general. Some sessions will be specifically about writing at level 7 and PGCE specific details. Three assignments are set across the year in November, March and May.

Interview process

Our interview process is completed in two stages.

Stage 1 consists of a group session where you will be asked to undertake a short presentation, a written task and an initial interview.

If you are successful at Stage 1 you will be invited to attend a formal interview with the Headteacher of your main placement school. You will also be asked to demonstrate your teaching abilities and deliver a short learning task to a class of children.

How school placements work

Schools placements are arranged for you. We work with over 25 lower , primary and middle schools across Luton and central Bedfordshire as well as the Luton Sixth Form College.

Our course is 40 weeks long. The Autumn Term is spent in your base school with a contrasting school placement in the Spring Term. You will then return to your base school for the Summer Term to complete the course. During this time you will have the opportunity to gain transitional experience across Early Years and Secondary as well as days in special schools.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Honours degree 2:2 or above related to the subject you wish to teach
  • GCSE Mathematics Level 4 or above
  • GCSE English Language Level 4 or above
  • GCSE Science Level 4 or above

(GCSE Grade 'C' or above in the old system)

Personal qualities

• A passion for working with children

• Confidence

• Patience

• Compassion

• Understanding

• Enthusiasm

• A sense of humour

• Dedication to excellence

• Strong command of English both orally and written

• The ability to communicate in a range of different ways

Other requirements

• QTS Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy

• Enhanced DBS Clearance

Contact details

Email
office@larkrise.com
Telephone
01582607852
Website
http://www.theacornteachingschool.co.uk/
Address
The Acorn Teaching School
C/O Lark Rise Academy
Cartmel Drive, Dunstable
Bedfordshire

Apply

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: 21M
  • Training programme code: 2ZSB

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Cartmel Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 3PT

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