Primary (5-11) with Springboard Accredited provider: Leeds Beckett University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
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.shireoak.org/about1-c5zx

About the course

If you are planning to train as a primary school teacher and want to combine the academic rigour and grounding of a university course with the real-life hands on practice of working in schools, then the School Direct route might well be for you. It is particularly suited for candidates with relevant experience of working with children who are wishing to find teaching jobs for autumn in the local area. Our graduates are very successful at finding jobs in Leeds due to the quality of the course, school links in the area and the track record of Leeds Beckett University, our higher education partner.

The Springboard Cluster is situated in north Leeds primary schools including Little London, Brudenell, Kirkstall Valley, Kirkstall St Stephens, Burley St Matthias, Brodetsky, Spring Bank and Weetwood. It is led by Shire Oak Primary School in Headingley. One advantage of the Springboard Cluster is the diversity of its members and therefore the contrasting teaching experiences that student teachers benefit from on their two placements and on our enhancement days. We have small schools, three form entry schools, schools with high numbers of EAL speakers, schools with a very varied socio-economic profile and different cultural backgrounds. All are schools that are committed to meeting the needs of their young learners and supporting the next generation of teachers to do the same. Each school has an experienced tutor/mentor as well as supportive classroom teachers.

During the year School Direct trainees learn about all aspects of primary education whilst based in at least two of our cluster schools. Learning at university is supplemented by enhancement days that are led by expert practitioners from our cluster of schools. These include (but are not limited to) topics such as phonics, EAL, computing, planning, assessment and behaviour. Link tutors from the university effectively support student teachers throughout the year and work closely in partnership with our cluster.

Trainee teachers build up their teaching time throughout the year, spending a minimum of 120 days in school during the year. This depth of practice helps graduates to become credible, effective and employable class teachers. Students are given time to work with their class-based tutor (the class teacher) as well as with their school-based mentor who guides the student’s professional development and liaises closely with the university.

Interview process

Candidates will be invited to interview at the lead school where they will be asked to lead a learning activity with some children, check their maths and English and have a formal interview. The interviews are conducted by mentors from the cluster schools and a representative from the university.

How school placements work

School placements are in local primary schools all under 3 miles away. You will spend time in two primary schools, one of which will be your home or lead school.

Typically you will have one KS1 and one KS2 practice.

You will spend a minimum of 120 days in school.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

This was the rate for 2018/2019. The rate for 2019/2020 has not yet been set so this is an indicative amount only.

Financial support

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

Financial advice and support may be available through Leeds Beckett University.

Requirements

Qualifications

English, maths and science GCSEs. (Equivalency tests are accepted but must be completed at the point of application.) By the start of the course applicants must have a degree.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are sure they want to teach because of the volunteering, paid and voluntary work they have already undertaken.

About the training provider

If you are planning to train as a primary school teacher and want to combine the academic rigour and grounding of a university course with the real-life hands on practice of working in schools, then the School Direct route might well be for you. It is particularly suited for candidates with relevant experience of working with children who are wishing to find teaching jobs for autumn 2020 in the local area, as our schools prioritise recruitment from the Springboard Cluster and recommend their students to other schools in the local area. Our graduates are very successful at finding jobs in Leeds due to the quality of the course, school links in the area and the track record of Leeds Beckett University, our higher education partner.

The Springboard Cluster is situated in north Leeds primary schools. It is led by Shire Oak Primary School in Headingley. One advantage of the Springboard Cluster is the diversity of its members and therefore the contrasting teaching experiences that student teachers benefit from on their two placements and on our enhancement days. We have small schools, three form entry schools, schools with high numbers of EAL speakers, schools with a very varied socio-economic profile and different cultural backgrounds. All are schools that are committed to meeting the needs of their young learners and supporting the next generation of teachers to do the same. Each school has an experienced tutor/mentor as well as supportive classroom teachers.

About the accredited provider

Leeds Beckett University have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England and are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the DfE of their excellent provision.

On campus close to the cluster trainees study in their new Carnegie Teacher Education Building which includes spaces which mimic real-life nursery and primary school settings. All the classrooms have been designed to model primary and early-years learning environments, which allows our students to investigate the impact of environment on learning, teaching and assessment.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Although you do not have to disclose any disabilities to us, if you do it can help us to support you fully. This could include choosing mentors with the right experience to help you, adjusting your working hours and finding placements in the most accessible buildings or asking schools to make reasonable adjustments to their environment.

Contact details

Email
janead@shireoak.leeds.sch.uk
Telephone
01132755890
Website
http://www.shireoak.org/about1-c5zx
Address
Springboard Cluster at Shire Oak PS
Wood Lane, Headingley
Leeds
West Yorkshire

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: 2HX
  • Training programme code: 3B28

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
- Main Site Wood Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 2DT

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