About the course
You will access a one year, full-time, Early Years, school based route to qualification as a Primary Teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a specialist focus on 3-7 years. The PGCE provides a mix of academic and practical learning and the first steps in developing your teaching career pathway. The course will give you the skills to work with children during their most crucial stages of development.
Your school based training will take place in a range of good and outstanding schools and you will experience placements across Coventry and Warwickshire Nursery, Infant and Primary Schools for a minimum of 24 weeks on the job training. You will complete an EYFS placement in your 'home' school and placements of 6 weeks in KS1 and KS2 in a 'host' school. There will also be specialist placement days, for example observing practice in a special school.
The programme involves a pattern of 4 days in placement and one day a week at The University of Warwick.
On completion of the course, successful trainees will have met requirements of the Teacher Standards (2012) and will be able to demonstrate understanding and application of reflective practice and practitioner research. You will be awarded QTS and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) by the University and have gained 60 credits towards a masters level qualification.
The selection process involves various stages across a half day session. You will be asked to lead a small group of children aged 3-4 years for 20 minutes and provide a lesson plan that explains the learning opportunities the children will access. You will be given a further 10 minutes to reflect upon and evaluate the session and make brief notes that we will ask you to present to the interview panel. You will then take part in a 30 minute interview in front of the panel, which will usually consist of three members (comprised of representatives of the Teaching School and University.) You will be given the opportunity to ask any questions at this point regarding the course or the process. Following the interview, you will be asked to complete a short literacy test. You will be notified via DfE of the outcome of the selection process.
How school placements work
The Warwickshire Teaching School Alliance has 11 members and additional strong links with other Warwickshire and Coventry schools. We place trainees in schools that are either good or outstanding and where we are confident you will be supported by experienced and highly professional school mentors. We will always try and place you in schools that suit your circumstances and your training needs. Your host school for the autumn and summer term will be in a nursery school, of which there are 6 in our alliance. Your spring term will be spent at a host school, which will provide you with Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7 years) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11 years) experience. You will be supported by a school mentor during each of these phases to help you meet the course requirements and expectations and provide guidance. Specialist day visits to complement your training will usually take place during the summer term.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Requirements to apply for the course include:
- An undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider (or recognised equivalent.)
- Academic achievement equivalent to grade C in GCSE examinations in English, Maths and a Science subject.
- Applicants must also pass the numeracy and literacy skills test before commencing the course.
- A minimum of 4 weeks classroom experience before you begin teacher training (EYs experience recommended.)
- A certificate of medical fitness (a health questionnaire is provided once you have been offered a place.)
We are seeking trainees who can demonstrate:
- A commitment to teaching and learning and a passion for Early Years.
- An understanding of children as learners.
- Recent experience of working with young children.
- An understanding of educational issues and a clear educational philosophy.
- An ability to establish effective working relationships.
- A good standard of written and spoken English.
- A commitment to progressing and and taking responsibility for your own professional development.
- An understanding of the demands of this school based route, an ability to work under pressure and emotional resilience.
We ask that you have undertaken a minimum requirement of 4 weeks classroom experience before you begin teacher training. While it is not essential to have Early Years Experience, it is recommended that you get some form of classroom experience to support your application.
About the training provider
The Warwickshire Teaching School Alliance, in partnership with Warwick University are committed to providing high quality teacher training experiences that allow a specialism in Early Education to be gained through a PGCE qualification. We provide access to outstanding Primary, Infant and Maintained Nursery Schools across Coventry and Warwickshire who are all highly skilled in supporting teacher training with qualified mentors. You will gain excellent EYs, KS1 and KS2 experience for the foundations of your teaching career. We are a Teaching School with 11 alliance members, including 6 nursery schools. We tap into the expertise of our nursery school members to add additional pedagogical input into your programme and can flexibly respond to your needs through the course to add extra support where required. If you really enjoy working with young children, feel passionate about making a difference in their lives and about teaching, then this course is ideal for you. It will equip you with the skills to work with young children during some of their most crucial stages of development and provide an invaluable foundation for your teaching career.
About the accredited body
We work in partnership with the University of Warwick, which has a long standing national reputation for providing ITT of the highest quality. It has been training teachers for over 50 years and has been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted as a provider of teacher training. Their employment rate into teaching is 95%. You will be taught by highly experienced professionals and supported throughout the academic year with your own link tutor and mentor. They will be able to offer advice and guidance to develop your teaching practice and provide constructive feedback to help you meet your targets along the way.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We aim to provide an accessible, inclusive course which is open to anyone applying with a disability and we will look at each application on merit. We can be flexible to support candidates who have additional needs.
The University of Warwick supports this stance and states that 'our courses attract a diverse range of age groups and backgrounds, creating a welcoming and supportive community, that everyone can feel a part of.'
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