About the course
Our School Direct route leads to the award of a Masters level Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Assignments are moderated and graded by Subject Leaders, Professional Tutors and Newman University staff. There are two main assignment tasks – each about 4,000 words, submitted in January and May. These studies must include show how practice and research combine to provide a framework within which you teach, refer to practical pedagogy in the classroom, research of academic literature and both reflection and evaluation. Educational studies are assessed by Professional Tutors and subject to moderation and review. A secure pass at M level is the minimum requirement for the award of PGCE.
As with all School Direct Unsalaried places there is an intention, but no absolute guarantee, that you will be employed in your training school or if not, then a school within the partnership.
Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, Maths, Science and ICT. The Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 course (3-7) includes a specialist study of the early years foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms and children’s centres. School placements will be completed in relevant age phases. You will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children.
You will be offered a series of learning experiences linking different perspectives on primary teaching to the development of your professional skills in the classroom. Tutors are involved in both Newman-based learning and in supporting the professional development of students in our school(s). Assessment of the PGCE Primary programme combines course assignments and professional practice in school.
How school placements work
There are four schools, in addition to Prince Albert, involved in our Schools Direct partnership. Two of these schools are part of the Prince Albert Community Trust. These are: Heathfield Primary School in Handsworth, Birmingham and Highfield Junior and Infant School in Saltley, Birmingham.
Heathfield Primary is a vibrant and friendly two form entry school, which is approximately 3 miles from Prince Albert. Their expectations are high, both in work and behaviour and they do their utmost to ensure a world class education is given to each and every one of their children. They are currently in the top 5% in the country with their end of Key Stage 2 results.
Highfield Junior and Infant School is a large, four-form entry primary school. It is approximately 5 miles from Prince Albert and serves a highly diverse community. It is innovative in its approach to teaching and learning and has an incredibly friendly staff and atmosphere.
The two schools in the partnership that are outside of the Trust are: Harper Bell Seventh-day Adventist School in central Birmingham (approximately 3.5 miles from prince Albert) and Beeches Infant School in Great Bar, Birmingham (approximately 3.5 miles from Prince Albert).
The diverse group of schools in our partnership mean that our students will be able to experience the full breadth of primary school life and work with a variety of communities across Birmingham, adding depth to their learning.
Key Features of the Placements
• Trainees start on a 50% teaching commitment in term 1, increasing to 70% by term 3.
• 6-week second school placement; (usually undertaken in the second half of the Spring Term)
• Lesson Observations: 1 per week (minimum); Mentor meetings: 1 per week; 6 review points through the year
• Assignments: 2 x 4000 words: Contemporary, Creative and Innovative Practice in the Core Curriculum; Assessment of pupils’ work: purposes and practice
• Regular University tutor observations/visits to support schools and trainees’ development.
• Trainees complete reflective E-portfolio (Mahara)
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Schools work with Newman University in the process of interviewing and selecting candidates but all applicants must meet the standard entry requirements. You should be a graduate, with a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. This should be of a 2:2 or above, and in some cases, a 2:1 might be preferred.
You must also possess a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science.
In addition, it is expected that you have, or have undertaken, undertaken some school experience and a good understanding of issues in education.
In addition to the minimum entry requirements, our Partnership applies the following selection criteria in order to judge whether an applicant may be offered a place on the course:
a) The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English.
b) Some practical, recent school-based experience.
c) Details of appropriate referees who will provide confirmation of the applicant's suitability for teaching.
d) The ability to cope with the demands and rigours of the profession.
e) Evidence of appropriate levels of commitment and motivation for successful study, including the intellectual capacity for academic study at Master's level.
About the training provider
At the Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) we believe fundamentally in the power of education to transform lives. We also believe that in order to provide the best possible education for our pupils, we must provide exceptional professional learning and development for our staff. We offer a comprehensive package of support for colleagues at all levels from trainees through to those in senior leadership. Our Schools Direct programme provides trainees the opportunity to work with experienced and highly developed teachers from across the trust.
The PACT is made up of 4 schools in Birmingham. The lead school, Prince Albert Primary was graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2015. Prince Albert Primary is an innovative, forward thinking school that aims to provide pupils with a range of enriching learning experiences alongside academic success. Prince Albert school has recently been awarded ‘Inclusion Centre of Excellence’ status. This award reflects the excellent inclusive practice that characterises all of the schools in the trust. Our schools work very closely together, sharing staff expertise, resources and above all a shared vision and ethos. We place great emphasis on both pupil and staff well-being.
At our Trust, we understand that for many of our children education is their only opportunity for real social mobility. We have exceptionally high expectations for them building their resilience and imbuing in them a passion for learning. We are looking for applicants who will inspire and motivate our children and share our passion for changing lives for the better.
Training with disabilities and other needs
At the Prince Albert Community Trust, we are committed to a fully inclusive Schools Direct programme, ensuring that candidates with disabilities and other needs are fully supported. We would consider the needs of each individual and make whatever reasonable adjustments that are needed to ensure that each applicant can fully access the programme. For example, we would ensure that our accessibility plans reflect the changing needs as they become known. In addition to this, we would conduct personal accessibility audits to ensure that students are working in suitable and safe environments.
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