About the course
The course leads to a PGCE QTS qualification.
The PGCE prepares you to teach across the 11–19 age range, helping you develop the professional skills and attitudes to teach in schools and colleges, as part of both A Level and GCSE courses. You would attend a range of lectures and workshops over one academic year with other secondary teacher trainees, including those relating to teaching and assessing, classroom management, child protection.
At school, through an initial programme of observations, you will become familiar with the workings of the school and department (student groups, pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, and assessment).
You will be treated like a member of staff and with your school mentors, you will feel supported as you become ready to teach. Our mentors are excellent, experienced teachers who undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills.
You will attend one interview at Marling School with the Subject Lead and a representative from Gitep.
How school placements work
We are a partnership of 4 secondary schools; Marling School, Stroud, Stroud High School, Stroud, Cheltenham Bournside School and Severn Vale School, Quedgeley. The training year involves two school placements and one day a week training with Gitep in Cheltenham.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 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.
You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1 degree although we may consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a passion and aptitude for teaching and learning.
You will also need GCSE English grade 4 or above (grade C) and GCSE Maths grade 4 or above (grade C).
About the training provider
CETA is an inspirational place to work and learn. It provides a high quality school based learning opportunity for trainee teachers in partnership with the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership (GITEP) University of Bristol and Bath Spa University. We have a strong track record of working with trainee teachers for many years and fully embrace the energy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to a school community. Within our alliance there are four secondary schools, with Marling School being the lead school, working collaboratively to provide support, challenge and a diverse and exciting experience for our trainees.
Students across the partnership are well-motivated and are at the heart of everything we do. In CETA we believe that our staff are the most valuable resource and therefore they have access to on-going training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners and they are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
About the accredited body
GITEP SCITT (school centred initial teacher training provider), is proud to have been placed in the top ten of all secondary School-Centred Initial Teacher Training providers in the country in The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.The guide pointed out that “teachers trained in schools are more likely to become teachers than those trained in universities” and that, new teachers who have trained with us have a very positive experience, as noted in Ofsted’s inspection report in November 2015 in which they were rated ‘outstanding’.
The GITEP PGCE is awarded by the University of Bristol.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Marling School is committed to Equality and Diversity. All schools that we place trainees in have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring that ensure trainees of all abilities are suitably catered for and supported. Where trainees have had specific needs in the past, we have taken a bespoke approach to ensure there are no barriers to learning experienced.
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