About the course
The course is full time and runs from September until the beginning of July.
All trainees must demonstrate that they can fully meet each of the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the course. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst on teaching placements, and through a series of 3 short assignments. Detailed portfolios of evidence are submitted 3 times during the year to demonstrate how trainees are meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Following the first 2 submissions, trainees receive feedback on their progress.
The PGCE is accredited by University of Sunderland and assessed through 2 written assignments. The 2 PGCE training modules will be held at The Work Place in Newton Aycliffe.
If a trainee does not meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status, but has passed the 2 PGCE modules, the credits can still be used towards a MA programme.
The first thing we look at is your application form and your references to decide whether or not we should invite you for interview. It is, therefore, important to include all the relevant information on the form to help us make this decision.
If you are invited to interview and have a disability, please let the Course Administrator know in advance if there are any special arrangements that should be made for the interview process, for example large print copies of documentation, additional time for reading or wheelchair access to the interview rooms.
You will be sent information about a 15 minute subject specific teaching task. The activity should be devised to be appropriate for a group of Year 10 (14 - 15) students. The interview panel will then ask you several questions to establish your motivation for wanting to teach in your chosen subject area and some administration questions. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the course. After the teaching task and formal interview, you will have a timed written and numeracy activity to complete.
The formal interview panel will be made up of a subject specialist and Teaching School Leads.
How school placements work
The course is made up of General Professional Studies sessions, the Subject Specialism Programme and PGCE modules. It will also involve 3 teaching placements; the first runs from September until December. The second placement (in a different school) runs from January until March. For Placement 3 you return to your host school from April until July.
Placement 2 schools are selected to provide you with a different experience from that of your host school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Physics 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.
Financial support from the training provider
Bursaries are available depending on the subject in which you are training to teach.
Please contact Acklam Grange Teaching school for more information.
GCSE or equivalent in English and Mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent)
Relevant subject related degree
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About the training provider
Acklam Grange School, in association with Durham SCITT, is a large, 11-16 urban, multi-cultural secondary school with first class facilities in campus-style buildings all on one site. We offer all our teachers, support staff and trainees a nationally acclaimed professional development programme (AGS Inspire), together with a nationally recognised staff well-being package supported by a serving NHS practitioner. Our school results since 2016 have seen us as one of the top performing schools in the country.
Trainees will undertake 2 placements, 1 diagnostic and an extended placement at Acklam Grange School. You will be allocated a mentor in both schools as well as being assigned a Subject Specialist by Durham SCITT. The training will offer relevant, practical, up-to-date guidance for the classroom, whilst encouraging trainees to become reflective practitioners committed to improving teaching and learning in schools. Trainees who successfully complete the course will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). As an integral part of the course, there is an opportunity to study 2 Masters' level modules which lead to a PGCE and can be used as credits towards an MA.
The majority of your time will be spent at Acklam Grange School where there will be a comprehensive training programme, supplemented by training at Durham SCITT. Other features of the course will include; an enhancement course with the opportunity to visit an SEN school as well as a school for autistic students. Subject knowledge training will be delivered through Durham SCITT's SSP programme.
About the accredited body
Durham SCITT offers the opportunity to train to teach a range of subjects in both the 11-16 and the 14-19 age range. Even where the courses are designated 11-16 trainees will have the opportunity to gain some 16-19 experience.
As a trainee at Durham SCITT, you will have access to first-class training facilities. In June 2008, we moved to a purpose built vocational learning centre called The Work Place which is in Newton Aycliffe.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Durham SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief, or socio-economic class. Trainees will need good communication skills, determination to succeed, commitment to working hard and the ability to work with others. Developing excellent interpersonal skills will enable trainees to effectively support the learning of groups of young people from diverse backgrounds. We are looking for people who strive to improve and who are committed to their own professional development.
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Lodore Grove, Middlesbrough TS5 8PB
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