English with AIM Alliance Schools Accredited provider: Middlesex University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time with salary
Financial support
Salary
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.aimallianceschools.org

About the course

You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach English effectively.

What will you gain?

In addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to teach English, you will also be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children's learning through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering an effective, all-round curriculum.

Interview process

The subject leader will be interviewing at the 'host' school along with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. You will also be asked to provide a practice lesson on a subject related topic and sample literacy and numeracy tests.

The tests provide a benchmark for the skills tests you will be asked to take once you have received an offer of a place.

One interview will take place at the school and then a further interview will take place with the university.

How school placements work

When you are training with us you will train for the 1st and 3rd term within your 'host' school and then experience another school within the Alliance in the 2nd term.

Our lead mentor will visit you within your second setting to ensure you are supported throughout this time along with a mentor being provided every step of the way at the school.

This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then be able to learn your new skills and experience back at your host school.

Salary

Your salary will be calculated using the Unqualified teachers' pay scale for your host school.

Fees for the course are paid directly by the school to the university from the Department for Education Grant they receive.

Financial support

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

A relevant honours degree from a British university with a minimum 2.2 or equivalent overseas degree supported by a recent NARIC certificate.

Maths and English at Grade C or higher or equivalent (supported by a recent NARIC certificate for overseas students)

For GCSEs, an equivalent qualification from Equivalency Testing Ltd is acceptable, but not any other provider.

Personal qualities

Above all else we want to see that you like and can interact appropriately with children and young people. We want to see that you:

• like people and can interact with them appropriately

• are determined, trustworthy and resilient

• show patience and kindness to others, and don’t harbour grudges

• can engage peoples’ attention, and adapt to situations as they unfold

You need to be very clear about why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession.

Other requirements

You will need to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy. To prepare for and book your tests, visit the DFE’s website at: http://sta.education.gov.uk/ (you won’t be able to book your tests until you have applied for a course).

You must complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire. Further details will be sent to you on your offer.

About the training provider

Aim Alliance Schools is a collaborative Alliance of 20 schools made up of both Primary and Secondary Schools. London Academy is the lead school for School Direct within the Alliance. We train and develop teachers in north London, working in partnership with Middlesex University and Hertfordshire University.

We provide experienced mentors within the classroom and Lead Phase mentors provide additional support through out the year. We are small (a cohort of 20 this year) but concentrate on quality with 100% pass rate of our cohort last year. Our schools work closely together in partnership with our universities to ensure you receive a quality, tailored programme of learning and support.

You can find out lots of information from our Aim Alliance Schools website (https://www.aimallianceschools.org).

About the accredited provider

We have worked with Middlesex University for over 6 years delivering quality teacher training. We always find the university responsive and supportive with any concerns or issues students have. We are fortunate that the contacts at the University have remained the same for a number of years and therefore we have developed an excellent track record in working closely with them. Our Lead Primary Mentor is the Chair of the School Direct Partnership group.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Aim Alliance Schools is always willing to support applications from candidates with disabilities. The Alliance will try to accommodate all trainees with disabilities and other needs. Individual needs will be assessed on application and our lead phase mentors will discuss with individuals how their needs can be supported.

Contact details

Email
a.phillips@londonacademy.org.uk
Telephone
07834 808621
Website
http://www.aimallianceschools.org
Address
London Academy
Spur Road
Edgware
Middlesex

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: 2FR
  • Training programme code: 35X7

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
A London Academy Spur Road, Edgware, London HA8 8DE

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