Geography with Berkshire Teaching Alliance Accredited provider: Oxford Brookes University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Scholarship, 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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk/

About the course

Your training programme with BTA is rooted in learning how to teach and manage behaviour effectively in your classroom. The BTA programme will give you the tools you need to do the job well so that you can meet the needs of all your students. Our central training will boost your already strong subject knowledge in your chosen area(s) and ensure that you understand children's developmental stages and how this influences the way children and young people learn. Our training programme is both practical and innovative, making full use of evidence based teaching strategies to help you progress rapidly.

We begin with a series of induction days so that you can meet your fellow trainees and be introduced to key components of your training. You'll be allocated a 'host teacher' (teacher tutor) who will have a leading role in coaching and training you on your journey to gaining QTS. Your 'teacher tutor' will be highly experienced and specifically trained to undertake this important role with you.

You will be placed at Denefield School in Reading, graded by Ofsted as a Good school with Outstanding features and a partner secondary school for your second placement. You will be trained in teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of a diverse body of young people with ages ranging from 11-19 and you will have regular training visits to both our partner primaries and special school.

We will provide you with a bespoke training package which utilises the expertise across all of our alliance's secondary colleagues. This combined with best practice from our partner primary and special schools will ensure that you develop a wide understanding and knowledge of both teaching and child development.

We will combine the outstanding practice of our teaching experts with extensive current research bases to ensure that you develop the skills and attributes necessary to be a great teacher. Your career teaching children in a secondary school starts now and will be varied, exciting and rewarding. We believe that all of our students deserve a high quality learning experience and we strive to enable the potential of all of our children by always expecting the best.

Through our partner Oxford Brookes University, you will gain QTS to teach in a mainstream secondary school, with the option to gain PGCE as a qualification. For more details regarding course content, please see our website: (www.denefield.org.uk) or visit (www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk)

Interview process

Your Application

In your application you will need to demonstrate your suitability to join this route into teaching and your passion for educating children and young people.Our partner Oxford Brookes University checks all applications to confirm that entry requirements are met.

Those shortlisted will be invited for a selection process.

You will be required to:

  • Deliver a short presentation to a selection panel
  • Complete a handwritten task
  • Lead a learning task with a group or class of pupils
  • Attend an interview

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • A passion to educate children of all abilities
  • Confidence, presence and an ability to engage children
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Clear commitment to working as part of a professional team
  • Skills to think critically and accept and act on guidance and advice for development
  • Commitment to excellence in education
  • Ability to meet the demands of the training programme
  • Some knowledge of current educational issues and evidence of classroom experience

References and checks

We require a minimum of two references: your current employer OR an academic reference if you have left higher education within the last 5 years.

You will be required to:

  • Provide original certificates or certified copies of your relevant qualifications.
  • Provide proof of identification: valid passport/EU identity card OR driving licence photo card.
  • Undertake an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with children and young people.

How school placements work

During your course, you have a longer placement in your host school and a second placement in another secondary mainstream school, in a contrasting age range, for approximately six weeks. You will spend time in our lead special school to learn and develop your skills in the field of SEND. You will have the opportunity to spend time in our lead primary school. In this way you will see first-hand how children and young people develop, as well as learning directly from a broad range of our staff in all three settings.

We plan a customised, personal training plan for each trainee to run alongside our overall training programme. You’ll spend the majority of the time learning from your teacher tutor in your host school but we make sure that there are lots of opportunities for you to see other experienced teachers in action and to attend our central training, where we give your subject knowledge and confidence a boost. You’ll have time to meet up with your fellow trainees.

Choosing BTA as your training provider means that you will:

  • become part of a community committed to achieving the best for every young person we care for.
  • enjoy excellent facilities in which to learn, supporting your development as a practitioner.
  • have opportunities to take part in a wide variety of professional development activities
  • work with the highly regarded Oxford Brookes University as our partner HEI provider.
  • have the option to gain either Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) or a Post Graduate Certificate of Education
  • by the end of your training, assume a leading role in planning and delivering learning, although you will not have sole responsibility for learners until you gain QTS.
  • have a trained teacher tutor guiding your learning and providing support and continuity across placements
  • benefit from placements in contrasting settings and phases; developing your skills to a high level to become an effective teacher.
  • learn how to reflect critically on your practice enabling you to meet the needs of learners effectively and progress quickly in your career.

Fees

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

£9250 for PGCE and QTS

£7250 for QTS only

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

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

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Geography: Fee based training (bursaries of approx £26,000 are available for suitable candidates)

Requirements

Qualifications

2:1 degree is desirable. 2:2 degree will be considered

Grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths

Pass grade in the Professional Skills Tests

Ability to communicate clearly in both spoken and written English

Excellent subject knowledge. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses may be offered to the right candidate to support gaps in knowledge or a transition to teaching

Evidence of classroom experience is desirable, but not essential

Personal qualities

You will have:

  • A passion to educate children of all abilities
  • Confidence, presence and an ability to engage children
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A clear commitment to working as part of a professional team
  • Skills to think critically and accept and act on guidance and advice for development

*Commitment to excellence in education

  • Ability to meet the demands of the training programme
  • Some knowledge of current educational issues and evidence of classroom experience

Other requirements

We require a minimum of two references: one should be your current employer OR an academic reference if you have left higher education within the last 5 years.

You will be required to:

  • Provide original certificates or certified copies of your relevant qualifications.
  • Provide proof of identification: valid passport/EU identity card OR driving licence photo card.
  • Undertake an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with children and young people.

During the selection process your ability to communicate clearly, engage with an audience and interact with children and young people will also be assessed.

About the training provider

Berkshire Teaching Alliance (BTA) is a large and growing successful Schools Direct Provider in the Reading and West Berkshire area. We have both salaried and fee-based training places available in our primary and secondary programmes.

Across our alliance of schools who offer a range of subject specialisms including Maths, we have a proven track record of successfully training, and employing, teachers. We’ve utilised all the expertise in our schools to create our own unique ITT programme.

Our lead school is an outstanding cross-phase special school and all of our partner schools are rated as outstanding or good. We passionately believe in a 'grow your own' philosophy. When you train with BTA, highly rated recently by Ofsted, we believe that we are investing in your development and we have a strong track record of employing our trainees. We see you as our future - future teachers, future colleagues; future school leaders.

Your training programme with BTA is rooted in learning how to teach and manage behaviour effectively. Our central training will boost your already strong subject knowledge in your chosen area(s) and ensure that you understand children's developmental stages and how this influences the way children and young people learn. Our training programme is both practical and innovative, making full use of evidence based teaching strategies to help you progress rapidly. Uniquely, with BTA, you can experience teaching across several educational contexts and phases, preparing you for success in primary contact@berkshhireteachingalliance.co.uk, or secondary mainstream denefield.org.uk or special school settings brookfieldsschool.org

About the accredited provider

For trainees wishing to gain PGCE, the prestigious higher education provider, Oxford Brookes University (OBU) will deliver your training flexibly over ten days during your training year with us. OBU are highly rated by Ofsted and have a proven track record in successful in teacher training.

The PGCE module will be assessed by Oxford Brookes University.

Ongoing assessment of trainees for QTS will be conducted by the host school, verified and moderated by external assessors from Oxford Brookes University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As an employer with a passion for ensuring all pupils and staff are treated in accordance with the Equalities Act 2010, you will find a provider who ensures equal access to opportunity through high quality resources, training materials, placements and course work.

We offer a comfortable accessible training facility, parking on site and strong pastoral support.

All our training schools are located around the M4 corridor, close to Reading and Newbury with good rail links.

BTA’s strong moral compass underpins everything that we do. We believe that every student, regardless of ability or background, can succeed. If you feel this way too, then our programme will be the right one for you.

Contact details

Email
supton@brookfields.w-berks.sch.uk
Telephone
01189 421382
Website
http://www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk/
Address
Berkshire Teaching Alliance
Brookfields School
Sage Road
Tilehurst

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: 26M
  • Training programme code: 2PGD

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 Berkshire Teaching Alliance RG31 6SW

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