About the course
PG Cert Teaching with QTS - School Direct Tuition Fee route
The School Direct Tuition Fee programme provides the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, which can be used towards a master's degree in the future. This will enable you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching, as you develop in to a critically reflective practitioner. The primary School Direct programme is aligned with the PGCert Teaching qualification.
As a school-led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your host school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs, by utilising the resources of this school and the BTSA’s partners. You will be assigned a mentor from the staff of your host school. Our mentors are outstanding teachers with a wealth of experience including but not limited to coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills.
Middlesex University is the linked provider for the Brent Teaching School Alliance. The university will provide access to their extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.
The Middlesex School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University.
These may include sessions which:
• Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist areas of the curriculum.
• Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.
You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach effectively.
You will also be assigned a university tutor who will help to create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through, visits to school and guidance with assignments.
Completing the course will lead to the award of PG Certificate in Teaching and QTS.
You will attend an interview at the BTSA’s lead school; a subsequent interview may take place with the University.
You will be asked to engage in a short activity with a class of children to assess your interaction and communication skills with young people.
At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be assessed including your subject knowledge for teaching and competency in the fundamental skills of English and maths. If any shortfall is identified, you may be required to complete some additional work to secure the appropriate level of competency before being accepted on the programme. During the programme, your competency in these areas will be assessed and developed to ensure you reach the required level.
How school placements work
Your training will be predominantly based at the host school, with the exception of a second placement at another primary school within the BTSA for approx. 6 weeks in the second term.
Through an initial programme of observations and research you will become familiar with the organisation and working of the school and department (pupil groups and pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, and assessment).
You will be allocated an experienced mentor to guide you from the first day of your training. Your teaching timetable will reflect your trainee status and will give you plenty of time to shadow and observe, to plan and prepare and to read and research current theory and practice.
Your practical learning will be enhanced by your attendance at Middlesex University for central training sessions where you will also be allocated a tutor to oversee both your academic studies and the development of your classroom practice.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Applicants are required to have a second-class honours degree 2:2 or above. In addition to GCSEs at grade C or 4, or equivalent in English, mathematics and science.
We accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or other appropriately accredited providers approved by the ITT team at Middlesex. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills or IELTS.
At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be assessed including your subject knowledge for teaching and competency in the fundamental skills of English and Maths.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who demonstrate their passion and enthusiasm for teaching and have a desire to share this with young people.
You should be highly motivated, able to adapt and have the resilience to work well under pressure. Ideal candidates will be organised and demonstrate good inter-personal skills.
Trainees should have the ability to reflect critically on their own practice and progress.
All applicants will be expected to have gained some experience in a classroom, ideally prior to interview.
Teacher Training providers have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children at risk of harm. All applicants will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.
If you have lived, worked or travelled in another country for three months or longer in the last ten years, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant country/countries.
Please see; www.mdx.ac.uk
About the training provider
If you want an interesting career where you can really make a difference to the lives of young people, train to be a teacher with the Brent Teaching School Alliance.
The Brent Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) is a strong partnership of primary and secondary schools working with Middlesex University to provide high quality teacher training among our mainly 'outstanding' establishments. Our vision is to train and develop the next generation of outstanding teachers.
We have been successful providers of initial teacher training for many years. The consortium of schools involved have a high level of expertise and strong commitment to delivering excellent quality training. We enable our student teachers to realise their full potential. A high percentage of our students gain full employment within their placement school or within the Alliance, once qualified.
You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management strategies and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
The Brent Teaching School Alliance can provide a broad range of experiences and developmental opportunities within a multi-culturally diverse population, which enriches the experience of teaching within this unique community.
School Direct is a school-led route offering you a way to qualify as a teacher (QTS) while based mainly in a school.
About the accredited body
Middlesex has an extensive history of delivering leading education courses ensures that you will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors.
All School Direct(SD) programmes provide the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, which can be used later towards a Masters award. This will enable you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching, as you develop into a critically reflective practitioner.
The programmes are closely aligned to the PGCE routes, meaning you will benefit from a range of high-quality central training, delivered by research-leaders and academics, who are widely published across disciplines.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The BTSA is fully inclusive.
Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application form so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.
Trainees with a disability or other needs will be offered additional support with reasonable adjustments made to accommodate their individual circumstances.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Brent Teaching School Alliance Main Site Primary
Byron Court Primary School, Spencer Road, Wembley, Middlesex HA0 3SF
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