Windsor Teaching Alliance
Business Studies (2PP5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead SCITT
Financial support
Bursary or 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

Course Content

The Training Programme consists of three modules; Planning for Progression, Comparative Study and Understanding the Professional Role. Trainees divide their time between school placements and central training.

Trainees are employed by the schools and can teach up to a 90% timetable. However, schools will ensure support and mentorship is clearly in place to help build up to this.

Central training takes place once a week in school training rooms throughout the Alliance. This training is carried out by Local Authority and SCITT Advisers, Headteachers/Leading Practitioners and Bucks New University lecturers. Training covers subject knowledge and generic elements of teaching such as Behaviour Management, Inclusion and Assessment.

Assessment

Trainees will be assessed for QTS passing with Outstanding, Good etc. This will be assessed through teaching observations and a portfolio of evidence related to the Teaching Standards.

The PG Cert is assessed pass/fail through the three modules:

Module 1 - Planning for Progression (Terms 1 & 2)

Individual presentation 30%

Assignment - pupil development study 3000 words 70%

Module 2 - Comparative Study (Terms 3 & 4)

Assignment - comparative study 4000 words 100%

Module 3 - Understanding the Professional Role (Terms 5 & 6)

Group Presentation 30%

Assignment - Reflective account and portfolio of evidence 70%

Interview process

Application Forms

Applicants will need to demonstrate any relevant experience of working with children or within education.

Applicants will need to show their passion and dedication to entering the teaching profession.

Applicants will need to explain any other relevant or transferable skills and experiences.

Applicants need to show an awareness of current educational practice.

Selection

All schools within the consortium are involved in shortlisting, interviewing and selecting the trainees.

Headteachers are looking for the main key areas highlighted in the application section.

Interviews

Interviews will take place within an Alliance school by a panel of Headteachers and will involve a whole class teaching activity, a presentation and a written task.

Applicants selected for interview will be required to complete the Borough Equal Opportunities and Disclosure proforma.

Applicants successful following interview will be required to undergo an on line Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before going into school.

How school placements work

Trainees are based in a Lead School for four days a week for five terms. There is also a six week second school placement in a contrasting environment.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £6,000
EU students £6,000

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Degree

It is preferred that applicants have a degree level of 2:1 or above in the subject they are applying to teach.

GCSE Requirements

Applicants are required to have English and Maths GCSE grade C or above or equivalency before applying.

Personal qualities

Attributes

We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with children, has a thirst for learning and is showing an insight into current educational practices. We also seek individuals with a strong subject knowledge in their chosen field.

We would like to see evidence of any organisational and communication skills from previous employment as well as a commitment to the programme.

Other requirements

It is desirable to have spent some time in schools to learn more about education in practice. We are also interested in individuals' other attributes, knowledge or transferable skills related to working with young people or within education eg. youth centre, scout/guide group, church or voluntary organisation.

About the training provider

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) has been a successful Initial Teacher Training provider of salaried route for both secondary and primary trainees since 2002.

RBWM SCITT work in partnership with Bucks New University (BNU) based in High Wycombe. Trainees graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Practice (PG Cert) this is 60 Masters credits equivalent to a third of a Masters.

The RBWM SCITT works with the Windsor Teaching Alliance of First Schools, Middle Schools and Upper Schools.

We also have a history of working with Independent Schools and welcome applications from this sector. There are also places available to work with Schools in other neighbouring Local Authorities.

Since 2009 100% of trainees have gained QTS and 100% have gained employment. In 2017-2018 100% of trainees gained employment in The Royal Borough or surrounding areas.

RBWM SCITT is based within the Early Years and Childcare Advisory Service at Maidenhead Town Hall, giving us excellent access to a wide range of expertise, including Strategic School Leadership, Educational Advisers and Consultants. RBWM Initial Teacher

About the accredited body

Training was inspected by Ofsted in May 2013 and was graded Good in all areas:

'The Partnership has a clear vision for excellence that translates as a strong desire to develop excellent teachers and future leaders for its own schools' (Ofsted May 2013) 'The excellent knowledge local authority tutors have about local schools, and the very close relationship between the Local Authority and schools in the Partnership, which provide a very strong context for training teachers' (Ofsted May 2013).

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability Access

All schools within the local authority have an accessiblity plan ensuring access for all sites.

Having worked with dyslexic trainees in the past we are able to provide for their individual needs following appropriate assessments.

Contact details

Email
hynel001@windsorgirls.net
Telephone
01753795155
Address
Imperial Road
Windsor
SL4 3RT

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: 23R
  • Training programme code: 2PP5

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Windsor Girls School, Imperial Road, Windsor SL4 3RT
Yes -

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