Geography with Red Kite Teacher Training

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.redkitealliance.co.uk/teacher_training

About the course

The SCITT Geography course aims to give trainees the skills to teach Geography in our constantly changing world. The course is delivered in a practical way with a clear focus of improving Geography subject knowledge in Physical and Human Geography as helps to identify specific teaching and learning strategies to match the needs of all pupils. The course seeks to demonstrate the overlaps between Physical and Human topics. As the new examination specifications involve linear assessment, we consider how the subject content can be reviewed and revisited.

The training emphasizes the importance of effective assessment, feedback and pupil reflection in promoting pupil progress.

There is a key focus on delivering various skills, data presentation and statistical techniques which are important in Geography teaching and learning in all Key Stages. The course also examines the progression from KS2 to KS3 in Geography as well as post-16 teaching in Geography. Aspects of fieldwork and the Non-examined. Assessment aspects of A Level Geography are also included in the course.

The course reflects on the ways in which Geography can contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils as well as a consideration of approaching more controversial issues facing the world today. Trainees are encouraged to identify their training needs so particular aspects of the curriculum can be covered during the sessions.

Trainees will also look at different approaches to Geography subject pedagogy and evaluate the choices they make regarding their teaching practice.

Trainees are taught the knowledge and skills to meet the Teachers’ Standards by working with outstanding practising teachers. Our active sessions model effective teaching so Trainees gain practical advice not just the underpinning theory.

Our high level of collaboration between our schools supports communication, transition between placements and networking for job opportunities. Our bespoke training and very high levels of support help them to make rapid progress and to develop confidence.

Trainees spend approximately 130 days in schools, dependent on their chosen course. Most of their time is spent in contrasting main placement schools and a variety of mini placements during which they learn about national priority areas and benefit from seeing leading practice in action.

Our cohesive course enables Trainees to work “smartly” e.g. 3 or 4 academic assignments draw on practical work in schools, all handed in straight after school holidays and all completed by Easter so they can focus on teaching.

Interview process

Our interviews are all held in Red Kite partnership schools. You will be interviewed by a panel School Leaders and RKTT course directors.

The interview will consist of all or some of the following:

• Activity with pupils

• Formal interview

• Written English test – piece of writing to assess written fluency and spelling, punctuation and grammar

• Workload prioritisation activity

• Opportunity to meet current trainees

• Opportunity to meet course leaders and ask questions about the training

You will only be asked to attend one selection day and candidates are informed of the outcome within 48 hours.

How school placements work

Our school placements take place in 15 schools across Leeds, Harrogate and South Craven. All trainees undertake two main placements of approximately 60 days each. The first placement runs from the first day of the Autumn Term until January. The second placement, in a contrasting school environment, runs from February until late June. Trainees will also take part in four mini placements, which give trainees a unique opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts.

When allocating main placements, we take into account trainee preferences, transport and location.

Fees

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

Red Kite Teacher Training fees are £9250 for 2019/20 courses

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

Many Trainees choose to apply for student finance is order to pay their fees with a tuition fee loan.

Those who are eligible for a bursary can choose to use their bursary to pay in monthly instalments of £925 from October to July.

You can also self-finance using our monthly payment schedule

Requirements

Qualifications

• Applicants should be qualified to degree level, 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a predicated 2:2 or above).

• Secondary applicants should have a degree relevant to the subject they want to teach. We consider related A-Level qualifications where your degree is not directly related for our Maths and Physics courses.

• All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O'level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.

*or international equivalent

Personal qualities

• Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people

• Are independent, resilient and adaptable

• Are friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people

• Are enthusiastic about their subject(s) and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge

• Are creative and imaginative

• Have good organisational skills and excellent time management skills

• Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice

• Have high standards of spoken and written English

• Demonstrate a professional attitude

• Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach

Other requirements

Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is preferred and will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange school experience.

Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination: relevant forms are issued to trainees accepted for the course

Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions.

Candidates are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will be given instructions about obtaining this when they are offered a place.

About the training provider

Red Kite Teacher Training is a partnership of around 40 Primary, Secondary and Special schools based in and around Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton.

We tailor our School Centred Initial Teacher Training courses to individual needs so even though our Trainees are in the classroom from day one, they will only be teaching when they and their progress leader feel you are ready to do so. This approach gives our Trainees the best possible start to their teaching career. By being part of your placement school from day one they will be viewed as a colleague rather than a student during their placements.

Our courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommended by Red Kite and a PGCE (worth 60 masters credits) awarded by the University of Leeds. All our Trainees have access to student facilities and support at the University of Leeds, including sports facilities, accommodation services, learning resources and student support services.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Red Kite Teacher Training is committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective Trainees in its admissions, in all aspects of teaching and assessment and in its provision of trainee services.

If you have a disability or special need please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make arrangements where necessary.

Every year we train a number of Trainees with special needs such as dyslexia and we have strategies in place to support these Trainees alongside a SEND and Wellness Lead who will offer additional support when required.

Contact details

Email
TeacherTraining@redkitealliance.co.uk
Telephone
01423 535646
Website
http://www.redkitealliance.co.uk/teacher_training
Address
Harrogate Grammar School
Arthurs Avenue
Harrogate
North Yorkshire

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: 2B9
  • Training programme code: 2VXY

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 Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate HG2 0DZ

Advice and support

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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