About the course
Castle Newnham works in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire to provide you with a course that has a predominantly professional focus. You will undertake placements in two different schools and spend one week in a primary setting during your training. You will be supported throughout by a skilled, energetic and dedicated Geography department team and an experienced mentor.
Each Friday is spent at the University of Bedfordshire alongside other PGCE students.
Interviews take place in the morning at Castle Newnham where you will get the chance to meet the Federation Principal; look around the school; observe a geography lesson and meet the staff and pupils.
In the afternoon, the interviews continue at the University of Bedfordshire.
How school placements work
Over the year you will have two placements. You will spend four days per week in your school placement and Fridays are spent at The University of Bedfordshire with other PGCE trainee teachers.
One of your placements will be at Castle Newnham School.
At Castle Newnham School, we are firmly committed to developing the skills of all our staff and we are the lead school in the training partnership (Schools Direct) with the University of Bedfordshire.
We hold weekly teaching and learning briefings to which all staff make a contribution to ensure we include evidence, research and debate in our practice
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £17,000
- a bursary of £15,000
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 about eligibility for bursaries 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.
Applicants must possess a UK 2:2 Honours degree above or equivalent. At least 50% of the content of the degree must be in the subject in which you are hoping to train.
All entrants to have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (or GCSE A to C) in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
You need to be enthusiastic and dedicated with great subject knowledge and the ability to enthuse pupils.
It is important that your application is presented in an accurate and professional manner. Your personal statement is your opportunity to provide your reasons for wishing to pursue a career in teaching, to mention any additional skills you may have and to reflect on your experiences.
About the training provider
Our partnership includes a group of very successful and growing secondary schools and a number of very well established primary schools. Each school has great experience in supporting trainees and new entrants to the profession and each is staffed by dedicated, ambitious and supportive colleagues. Trainees will find themselves well supported and with access to innovative practice and high-quality professional development.
Why choose the Newnham Partnership?
Our partnership has been built on ambition - for our pupils and for our staff - and this includes our trainees. Our schools are expanding and developing and always keen to recruit the very best new teachers to work with our wonderful pupils.
Our trainees strongly recommend the course on the basis of the training they receive, as well as the feeling of being part of a warm and supportive partnership.
About the accredited body
'Aspirational partnership, inspirational teaching'
Rated in the top 25% of ITT providers by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2017/18, with outstanding employment rates.
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