St Mary's Catholic School
Mathematics (3D5V)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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://stmarysnewcastle.co.uk/

About the course

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, though we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching and learning. Your degree must be from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. For secondary applicants, if your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you will need to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before applying. Sunderland University offer a range of different full and part time SKE courses.

Interview process

Shortlisting

Course Leaders and Leadership from the alliance of schools will look at application forms and references very closely. Your choice of referees is very important; if possible, select referees who are able to comment on your suitability of becoming a teacher, for example, a teacher from your recent school experience. Once the application has been considered, a shortlist for interview will be agreed.

The Interview Day

St Mary’s School, the Lead school, will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. Interviewing will take place across a number of schools within our alliance including St Mary’s School. The process will involve spending time at the school, having a carousel of interviews, talking to a range of experienced staff about your school experiences and subject knowledge, as well as an opportunity to discuss a lesson you will be expected to plan prior to the interview.

Offers

All offers to train within St Mary’s Teaching School Alliance are conditional to the applicants obtaining: a DBS, professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy, as well as original documentary evidence of degree and GCSE qualifications - which must be provided at interview. You may be required to complete a subject enhancement course (SKE) before your training begins.

Once you have been interviewed, you will be informed that day of the alliance's decision which will be uploaded onto UCAS. Please note that if you are successful, your place will be held with UCAS and CANNOT be offered to any other applicant until you have made your decision.

How school placements work

School Direct is a way for passionate and enthusiastic people to train to become teachers. You will be trained in a highly professional and supportive environment and will develop the skills, knowledge and expertise that will enable you to plan and deliver engaging learning experiences for pupils of all abilities and dispositions.

You will be placed in one of our host schools, where you will complete most of your training. You will begin your training on the first day of term in September. You will attend staff meetings and professional development days and will be treated as a member of staff from the outset. You will spend 4 days a week working and learning alongside teachers in the classroom. Friday is our designated training day. The majority of these training days take place in our schools, with some Fridays throughout the year spent at the university.

You will do two assessed placements. The first assessed placement (AP1) takes place in October/November in a second placement school. The second assessed placement (AP2) takes place in the host school from the end of January until June. Your training will cover 2 consecutive key stages.

You will be required to submit 3 assignments to the university. Assignments will be founded upon educational theory as well as school based action research. In 2 of the assignments you will have the opportunity to demonstrate achievement at level 7, gaining 60 credits towards a Masters degree. You will attend training at the university on a regular basis to prepare you for these assignments and you will have full access to the university library.

Mentoring is a crucial part of our training programme. During your time in school you will work closely with a mentor in order to develop your knowledge and practice. Mentors are carefully selected for their ability to support and train aspiring teachers. You will also be assigned a university academic tutor who will provide guidance for the modular assignments.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £22,000
  • a bursary of £20,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, though we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching and learning. Your degree must be from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. For secondary applicants, if your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you will need to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before applying. Sunderland University offer a range of different full and part time SKE courses.

Personal qualities

We are looking for a dynamic, committed and ambitious trainee teacher with a passion for teaching and learning. You must have a desire to inspire young people in the secondary age range and an ability to share and communicate your enthusiasm for your subject. We would expect you to be well-organised, hard-working, empathetic, approachable and resilient. You need to be willing to evaluate your practice and be able to respond to feedback given. A willingness to co-operate and share ideas during the course is also essential. Finally, we expect you to act and dress professionally at all times.

Other requirements

You will also be required to pass the literacy and numeracy skills tests if you are offered a place, which must be completed before the end of May 2020. Preference will be given to those who have applied for the skills based test prior to application. Original qualification certificates must be provided at interview. Finally, successful applicants will not be permitted to begin their training without being in possession of an Enhanced Criminal Bureau check. Once the offer of a place has been made, forms which need to be completed will be sent out to you.

About the training provider

St Mary’s School Alliance and its partner schools work closely with a number of providers, to provide exceptional support for teachers beginning their careers through the School Direct route into teaching. The St Mary’s School Alliance is an inspirational partnership of 10 placement schools which consists of a number of primary and secondary schools offering an education from Reception up to Year 13 across the Newcastle, North Tyneside and Durham areas.

Our Alliance is led by St Mary’s Teaching School Alliance, a school based in Newcastle upon Tyne. This outstanding school has a rich history and a long standing reputation for academic excellence, and continues to be a central part of the local and regional community. St Mary’s was designated a Teaching School by the National College of Teaching and Leadership in 2017 and, as a school, has a very long and extensive history of successfully training ITT students. St Mary’s, the lead school and many of our partner schools, have been judged outstanding by Ofsted and all placements will be in good and outstanding schools.

All of the schools within our alliance are very experienced in working with trainee teachers and operate with similar teams of staff whose responsibility it is to support and develop trainee teachers and allow them to experience a diverse and varied range of teaching and learning opportunities during their training. You will be placed in a school within our alliance that best meets your needs.

About the accredited body

The Secondary PGCE forms a practical and theoretical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children, including where possible at post-sixteen. The strong emphasis of the course is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry. This process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills and forms the basis for the written work submitted as part of the Master Level element of the programme. This provides a firm practical and theoretical foundation for the professional journey towards becoming an outstanding practitioner.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All Schools within the St Mary's School Alliance are fully accessible. Provision for additional support where needed is provided on site. Please contact Suzanne Fisher on suzanne.fisher@st-marys.newcastle.sch.uk with any specific disability access requirements.

Contact details

Email
sarah.mclaughlin@st-marys.newcastle.sch.uk
Telephone
01912153260
Website
http://stmarysnewcastle.co.uk/
Address
Benton Park Road
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE7 7PE

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: 2KN
  • Training programme code: 3D5V

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Benton Park Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE7 7PE
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