About the course
The PGCE (QTS) programme has been designed to:
• Promote Reflection: to develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience.
• Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: to be rights respecting and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.
• Celebrate Creativity: to take informed risks and use imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.
• Develop Confidence and Engagement: to participate fully in steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.
The School Direct PGCE (QTS) programme has three distinct modules. These are:
• School Experience
• Studies and Professional Issues in Education
• Curriculum Studies
You will spend approximately 6 weeks of the programme in University. In this time you will have mix of lectures and small group seminars to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of the subjects you will be teaching in the primary classroom. Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.
The Primary PGCE (QTS) Programme is taught and assessed at Masters Level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme, you will also leave with level 7 credits equivalent to one third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
The SPIRE module focuses upon issues that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In sessions you will be asked to: consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you will choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply.
For students following a School Direct pathway this module will focus specifically upon Learning Theory and will ask students to reflect upon the impact that research in this area has on the policy and practice of their school.
Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short-listing criteria will be invited to an Interview Day.
The selection process will usually involve:
*A classroom-based task
*Time with staff/departments
*A formal interview
*A written task
How school placements work
You will spend the majority of time in your main placement school but will also be required to carry out a 2nd placement at another school which is usually for a period of 6 weeks.
Your 2nd placement will provide you with an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast different approaches to all aspects of teaching.
Your salary will be unqualified teachers pay scale point 1 (£19,893).
There are no fees for this course.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
*GCSE Level 4 (Grade C) or above (or recognised equivalents) in English Language, Mathematics, and a science subject (including Combined Science)
*undergraduate honours degree, usually a 2:1 or above
Ideally this degree will be related to primary education. It could, for example, be in English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, PE, Child Development, Educational Studies or Early Childhood Education.
The PGCE (Primary) is also open to you if you you have an A-level in one of these subjects in addition to a degree or you studied one of these subjects as part of your degree.
We are looking for inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their school phase and/or subject specialism and have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people's lives and futures.
*Have passed the DfE's Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy
*Satisfactory clearance from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
*Completion of Fitness to Train requirements full details can be found https://www.gold.ac.uk/fitness-to-train/
*Minimum of 3 years work experience (within any field)
About the training provider
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is the largest academy trust in the country with a national network of over 60 academies across England.
In joining the Trust in your training year you will have the opportunity to make a transformational impact in communities you work within.
Whatever your area of expertise, if you have the right skills and outlook, AET is an excellent place to develop your career.
To make your next move a career-defining opportunity choose to train with us.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us and the accrediting provider know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Academies Enterprise Trust: Noel Park Primary School
Gladstone Avenue, London N22 6LH
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