About the course
The University works in partnership with Nene and Ramnoth School / The Elliot Foundation Eastern Region schools to provide a course that has a predominantly professional focus. Students will undertake two placements in contrasting schools.
Students will spend four days per week in their placement schools. Initially students will spend time observing current teachers during their classes. This enables students to become familiar with the school and the teaching practices already used in it. Over the year, as a student's skills and confidence develop, the amount of teaching time will increase.
Teaching / Assessment
Teaching is through lectures, seminars and workshops with opportunities for working independently and collaboratively. There are course assignments but no formal examinations and the continuous assessment of teaching is based on achieving the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) specified in the most recent Government documentation.
Placements will be in Wisbech and surrounding villages, Peterborough and Littleport. We will endeavour to place trainees in schools near to where they live, although this is not always possible. Trainees should be prepared to travel to both their school placements and to training venues.
University of Bedfordshire
Aspirational partnership, inspirational teaching
Rated in the top 25% of ITT providers by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2017/18, with outstanding employment rates
Our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership
We are proud of our excellent reputation in training teachers, which spans over 100 years, and of our strong and effective partnership with over 250 schools across the region. This strong relationship is reinforced by working with a number of School Direct partners in both the primary and secondary phases.
Our ITT Ofsted grades
Grade 2 (Good) for our ITE provision
Grade 1 (Outstanding) for the quality of leadership & management across the partnership for Secondary.
QTS Primary Phase Ofsted Report
“Trainees become highly professional teachers who establish positive and productive relationships, and effectively promote the learning of all pupils”
“Leaders share a very evident passion to ensure that they are constantly improving the provision to produce the best possible teachers”
“There are strong partnerships with schools and local authority colleagues, who express trust in the provider to work with them to produce good teachers”.
Fulfil your teaching aspirations with us.
The University of Bedfordshire is an inclusive and empowering university. Those with specific needs should view disability access information on the University of Bedfordshire website for further details.
The University of Bedfordshire will check all applications to see if the applicants meet the entry criteria. Those who are shortlisted will be invited back for an interview both with the Lead School and the University, which will involve a range of activities (see below) to assess their suitability for teaching. Successful candidates are then informed of the outcome and will receive a formal letter of acceptance.
As part of the interview, applicants will need to take part in a group discussion on a topic provided. We are looking for applicants to participate in the discussion by sharing their own views and being able to discuss and take on board other people's views.
Literacy and numeracy assessments
All applicants invited to interview will be required to undertake a short literacy assessment and a short numeracy assessment to assess your skills in these areas. Please note that these tests are University of Bedfordshire tests and are not NCTL pre-course skills tests.
How school placements work
The School Direct (tuition fee) course is organised to give you an understanding of a range of teaching, learning and education experiences which, in turn, informs your teaching practice. Trainees are prepared to become dynamic and reflective teachers through an on-going analysis of their own knowledge. They will also be encouraged to broaden their skills and knowledge so that they are self-confident, creative and innovative teachers.
The course is full-time with a combination of training, study and time spent in school. These elements will combine to provide you with unique experiences of teaching and education. Trainees will have two school placements and will be supported by Mentors and Professional Tutors. As a trainee, you will be given a phased introduction to teaching. You will spend time observing, helping with group work, sharing classes with teachers, before moving towards teaching independently. As well as teaching, you will be expected to contribute generally to the life of the school.
The course is intensive and you will need to devote an extensive amount of time and effort to develop your teaching skills. Trainees should be prepared for a busy yet enjoyable training year.
We take particular care to ensure that the individual needs of all students are met, and encourage all students to reach their potential in a supportive environment.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Please note that this School Direct course is one year, full-time and unsalaried.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
UK students - can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for PGCE tuition fees. Please see: www.gov.uk/student-finance
International students are not eligible for any extra government funding for the PGCE.
Applicants must possess a UK 2:2 Honours degree above or equivalent in any subject.
Primary course, all entrants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (or GCSE A to C) in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and a science subject.
Applicants whose first language is not English who do not have GCSE 4 (or grade A-C English language) must have a valid IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 6.0 in each area of the test or appropriate equivalent. Please contact the University of Bedfordshire Admissions Team for information on the equivalency tests that are acceptable.
We are looking for those who have:
- commitment to teaching and a desire to be an outstanding teacher
- excellent communication, organisational skills and flexibility in an active and constantly changing environment
- enthusiasm and commitment to working hard, as part of a professional team
- the ability to establish good working relationships with children and staff
- confidence and ability to engage with children
- a desire to work in the Eastern region (Cambridgeshire)
All suitable applicants will be interviewed and any offer of a place will be subject to medical clearance.
It is the duty of all schools to protect vulnerable children and adults. If you are offered a place on the programme, the school will apply for a DBS check for you, as it is a vital entry requirement for the training course.
The form will contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands, or warnings against your name (even where they would generally be considered spent), or will confirm that you have none.
About the training provider
Nene and Ramnoth School, Wisbech is the Lead School with the Eastern Region of the Elliot Foundation Academy Trust. We follow the principles of the Elliot Foundation and provide education for children from the ages of 2 – 11 years old. We are supported by partnership schools from the Elliot Foundation (Eastern Region) and the Wisbech Schools Partnership where your teaching experience will take place. The schools within our partnership for this academic year are:
Alderman Payne Primary School, Parson Drove
Elm Road Primary School, Wisbech
Eyrescroft Primary School, Peterborough
Highlees Primary School, Peterborough
Millfield Primary School, Littleport
Peckover Primary School, Wisbech
Ramnoth Junior School, Wisbech
Together we are committed to providing high quality training, where our trainees spend time in schools, learning from our dedicated and committed teachers. We will provide excellent guidance and support in order to find the right school for each trainee to give good classroom environments to practise and refine your professional skills. . Trainees will have the opportunity to undertake placements that will provide a variety of experiences both academic and pastoral. We will tailor our provision to meet the needs of our trainee teachers to enable them to have the best possible start to their teaching career.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to providing a friendly and accessible service for our trainees. Trainees who have a disability should inform us on their application so that they can be supported through the recruitment process and be considered for placements at appropriate schools, if they are successful at interview.
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