About the course
This PGCE course prepares you to teach children in the 3 to 11 age range as a general primary teacher. It is a very practical course with a significant amount of time spent in schools, mostly working with teachers and pupils, the remaining time is spent on directed study, with partnership training in the University and school.
This course includes both school-based experiences and sessions at the university with a strong focus on integrating theory and practice. At least 120 days will be based in schools. School placements are carefully structured to ensure the gradual development of your confidence as an effective teacher through building up experiences working with university-based mentors and school-based mentors. It is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining study at either postgraduate or professional level with practical training to meet the Teachers’ Standards. The goal is that you should become a reflective practitioner – a teacher who thinks about their experiences and learns from them in order to improve their practice.
The focus of this course is on teaching and learning to support children and on the importance of your professional role. To this end you will be prepared to teach the relevant curriculum for your chosen age range. You’ll carry out a series of school-based and directed study tasks which link the theory to practice and provide a focus for reflection. You will be supported in your learning by university tutors, school teachers, school-based mentors and your peers. Practical teaching is introduced gradually, allowing you to build confidence and skills in a structured way.
There is a strong emphasis on linking theory and practice and the academic modules support you in developing your practice.
Once shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend one of our schools. The interview requires applicants to undertake a series of individual tasks. The interview tasks include; an assessment of classroom proficiency and teaching potential through a teaching activity, a formal panel interview and completion of written skills tests in numeracy and literacy.
The purpose of the day is for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. Once the interview has taken place the panel will discuss how they can best support you in becoming an outstanding teacher and which one of our schools are best placed to help you achieve.
How school placements work
You will spend a significant part of the year in partner schools and other educational settings gaining rich and varied experiences, during this time you will work with the support of a school mentor to evidence your progress towards meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Working with peers, tutors and school-based colleagues, you will develop your abilities to promote effective learning among 3-11 year olds. You will also have opportunities to gain experience of the key stages before and after the ones in which you will qualify.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The minimum qualifications needed are:
• 2nd class degree or higher
• GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English, Mathematics and a Science, or equivalent
Applicants must show enthusiasm and confidence for the subject, a commitment to teaching and possess a genuine desire to enhance the learning experiences of all young people. Applicants must have the ability to work effectively as a member of a team, show good interpersonal skills and have a sense of humour. Good communication and organisational skills are essential.
Please note that prior School-based experience is not a statutory requirement for applicants but such school-based experience is of course welcomed and encouraged.
About the training provider
Charter TSA is an alliance of schools, and other partners, led by Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, who are working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. The School Direct teacher training route is led by Charter TSA, working in partnership with local schools and Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU).
The School Direct teacher training programme with Charter TSA is an excellent opportunity for graduates and career changers to join the teaching profession. School Direct is a route into teaching that places school-led training at the heart of the experience.
The Charter TSA programme is primary and secondary age focused with a 3-11 and 11-18 pathway. On our School Direct teacher training programme, you’ll be given in-depth experience in the classroom. You will be based in one of the schools in the partnership and you’ll also be taught by BGU, attending lectures and seminars to bolster your hands-on experience with theories. In addition, away from the classroom, you’ll receive practical training sessions from SLEs, experienced teachers and the team at Charter TSA.
We recommend that you train to teach with Charter TSA as we provide opportunities for varied placements in great schools, we have a strong partnership with BGU, a university recognised for teaching excellence and we offer a wide range of experts to provide practical help and support.
About the accredited body
The accredited provider for the Charter TSA School Direct programme is Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU). The teaching at BGU has been awarded the highest possible rating in the first ever Government-led Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment, a rating awarded to only the top 26% of universities in the UK. BGU was praised specifically for their “personalised approach with high quality support” and the outstanding support that is available which ensures “that students from all backgrounds achieve excellent outcomes”. BGU also provide excellent employability prospects with over 97% of students securing work or further study within 6 months of graduating.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Charter TSA believe that teachers with disabilities and other needs, make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. The schools that we work with value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying.
At Charter TSA we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. We understand the principles of the act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity. In advancing equality of opportunity we aim to remove or minimise any disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics, we aim to meet the needs of employees with certain protected characteristics where these are different from the needs of other staff, we encourage staff with certain protected characteristics to participate in school life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
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West Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 5AD
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