Consortium Multi Academy Trust
Primary (39QF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
https://consortiumacademy.co.uk/suffolk/primary/consortium-mat/site/pages/cpdtraining

About the course

We offer specialisms in General Primary, General Primary with Mathematics, Early Years, Special Needs or Key Stage 2. We provide a unique opportunity across Norfolk and Suffolk for trainees to immerse themselves in a diverse range of teaching and training experiences which by the final term are highly personalised.

The training comprises of 3 placements in 2 contrasting schools over the course of the year combined with 66 days in centre training.

The centre based training is provided by expert trainers, many of whom are still serving teachers. It covers all National Curriculum subjects and key aspects of primary education such as behaviour management, SEND and assessment. Trainees also have sessions focused on the two assignments and one presentation which contribute to their PGCE qualification (including 60 credits at M Level).

All trainees have a personal tutor who is committed to supporting each trainee over their training year. This includes weekly email contact, visits to observe teaching and end of term progress interviews. Ofsted 2013 commented on the ‘very high-quality pastoral and academic support for trainees which results in outstanding outcomes’. "

Interview process

The Primary Tuition SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with their partnership school head teachers. At Consortium Academy Debbie Thomas leads the interview process for both tuition and salaried routes. You will lead a 10-minute teaching activity in a partnership school. If this this is successful, you will be invited to attend a task day.

At the task day you will undertake some short written tests and some interpersonal tasks. This will be followed by an interview.

How school placements work

Our partnership of over 150 schools is well-established and we have clear and strong working relationships with a range of primary schools across Suffolk and Norfolk and into Cambridgeshire. We go to great lengths through quality assurance and our local knowledge to ensure that all placements are of a high standard. Trainees are supported by school mentors who are enthusiastic, committed and well-trained individuals.

Trainees spend approximately 26 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the main placement school in the autumn and summer terms, with at least 6 weeks in the spring term in a contrasting school.

The distance to school placements will vary. These take into account the trainee’s home address, whether they have their own transport and the placement that the school is able to offer. Our policy is to endeavour to keep journey times to school to a maximum of 50 minutes each way.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

GCSEs

GCSE English, Mathematic and Science Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not accepted as equivalents.

Degree

A UK first degree (or equivalent). Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points)

If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees.

Please note that the responsibility is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.

Personal qualities

We are looking for committed, resilient individuals who are ready to undertake an exciting but rigorous training year. We are interested in people who are passionate and enthusiastic about children's learning and have a desire to promote the best outcomes for children of all abilities. You need to be open to constructive feedback and see it as a tool to help you to achieve your potential by the end of the year. You must be organised and self-motivated as although there is lots of support, you also need to be focused on the commitment involved within this training year.

Other requirements

A satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training. Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT will arrange this.

If an applicant has lived overseas for more than six months in the past five years in line with safer recruitment practice they will be required to provide a certificate of good conduct from that country.

Applicants must pass the professional skills tests for literacy and numeracy before the start of the course.

About the training provider

The Consortium MAT fundamental aim is to enhance the position of rural community primary schools in the heart of our communities. We recognised that for our small schools to remain vibrant and viable – closer integration and collaborative working is necessary to ensure that our curriculum is exciting, provision is full and the outcomes for pupils are exceptional.

We exist to support our schools, communities and children not as a business but as a mutual co-operative of professionals. Where our schools share financial, physical and intellectual resources, pooling them at the appropriate level with the primary aim to secure better outcomes for our pupils.

We do not think in straight lines, we have broken free of the local authority concept of school provision; we are risk takers while always remembering that every action that we take is for the sole purpose to adding value to the core offer to our pupils and ensuring that they receive the exceptional education that they deserve.

Consortium offers collaboration, not prescription. We offer choice, not decisions made for you. Consortium was founded on the principle of delegated responsibility.

Every school is an exceptional school, every school receives effective support, every school is in an effective partnership.

At Consortium, we demand the best opportunities for our children and the broadest possible curriculum for them to gain experiences, skills and attitudes that will support their future developments.

About the accredited body

Do you want to get into schools early and start to practice teaching as soon as possible?

Do you want to be part of a very supportive cohort of trainees who receive personal support from committed, experienced and enthusiastic tutors?

Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried has an excellent reputation for providing high quality training and support for all trainees. In 2018, 72% of trainees graduated with a grade of ‘outstanding’. The course offers a PGCE with 60 Masters Level credits as well as QTS.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.

Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT has full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.

Contact details

Email
d.thomas@consortiumacademy.org
Telephone
01986835670
Website
https://consortiumacademy.co.uk/suffolk/primary/consortium-mat/site/pages/cpdtraining
Address
The Consortium Multi Academy trust
27 Norwich Road
Halesworth
Suffolk
IP19 8BX

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 2J7
  • Training programme code: 39QF

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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Sycamore Drive, Rendlesham, Woodbridge IP12 2GF
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