About the course
A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and be enrolled on a Masters Programme with the University of Derby for the award of PGCE. Training is majority school-based with some centre-based training. Training occurs at various locations across Essex so we take into account your home address to try to keep travelling time to a minimum. You will receive training on the general aspects of successful teaching and training around teaching your specific subject in secondary.
In school you will work closely with a subject specific mentor and the ITT co-ordinator, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have an external tutor who works for Essex Teacher Training, who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards.
The PGCE is delivered locally in Essex by the University of Derby and comprises 3 assignments, which are spread across the course of the year.
Trainees will have access to an online e-portfolio system and online resources along with face to face training sessions. These along with the excellent support from in-school mentors and tutors from Essex Teacher Training, will mean you will feel fully prepared for working in the classroom. Your teaching load will start small and increase gradually as the year progresses. The rate at which this increases will be decided by you and your tutors and take into account any prior experience.
Assessment is via observations of you teaching, reflective pieces of writing and specific tasks relating to the different Teachers' Standards.
This programme is also offered as Physical Education with an EBacc subject. You will be required to teach the EBacc subject at Key stage 3 only. Even though you are required to teach an EBacc subject your assessment against the Teachers' Standards will be in Physical Education only.
The Eastwood Academy, the lead school in the EPAT obtained outstanding results in 2018 from both an attainment and progress perspective and the best in the Academy's history.
- headline figures include:
95% 9-4 in Mathematics.
89% 9-4 in English.
88% 9-4 in English and Mathematics.
EBacc APS of 4.76.
Attainment 8 (A8) of 53.96.
Progress 8 (P8) of +0.74.
Your interview will be conducted across three phases:
Phase 1 - Interview and presentation
Phase 2 - second interview in your potential placement school
Phase 3 - lesson observation
How school placements work
Trainees will complete training in two different schools during the course of the year. Typically trainees spend the autumn term in their host school and then go to a second placement school during the first part of the Spring term and then return to their host school for the remainder of the year. Trainees are in school 4 days a week and attend training on the 5th day.
The programme covers the secondary age range 11-16. You will be required to teach at both KS3 and KS4 and will have the opportunity to teach KS5 but it is not a requirement.
Successful applicants will be placed in one of our partner schools.
The Eastwood Academy
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
A first degree at classification 2:2 or above. A first degree comprises 300 HE credits of which 60 must be at Level 6 of QCF. If your degree is from a non-UK university you will need to approach NARIC to gain an equivalence certificate.
GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 in English and maths.
If wishing to follow the Physical Education with EBacc programme the following additional A Level requirement applies:
A Level or equivalent at grade C in the EBacc subject you wish to offer.
We are looking for high quality graduates with a passion for learning who are committed to transforming the lives of young people through education.
About the training provider
Eastwood Park Academy Trust (EPAT)
The Eastwood Academy is an 'Outstanding' Secondary School - the Lead School in The Eastwood Park Academy Trust (EPAT). In conjunction with Essex Teacher Training, we provide trainee teacher positions across a local network of schools in the Southend area.
The following schools work within our partnership:
The Eastwood Academy - Secondary School
Bournemouth Park - Primary School
Leigh North Primary - Primary School
Kingsdown Primary - Primary School
Thorpedene Primary - Primary School
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Eastwood Park are a supportive, cohesive partnership that provide bespoke support for candidates with disabilities and other needs.
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Rayleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 5UU
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