Primary with Dorridge Alliance Accredited provider: The University of Warwick

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
August 2019
Website
http://www.dorridge.solihull.sch.uk

About the course

We are offering a year long, School-Led (non-salaried School Direct Training) Primary PGCE with QTS that trains you to teach the whole Primary curriculum. In addition, you will be asked to choose a specialism: Early Years, Special Educational Needs, English, Mathematics or Science. The specialism is a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in a key area in Primary Education. You do not need any previous background in your chosen specialism.

Qualifications

You should be a graduate, with a 2:2 degree or above. You must also possess a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science . If you have an overseas qualification, we will check this qualification with NARIC. In addition, it is expected that you have, or have undertaken, some school experience and a good understanding of current issues in education. You will be required to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to entry.

The course

There are 3 elements to the course, designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you will need to pursue a successful teaching career:

Professional Studies- understanding what factors lead to successful learning. Course work will be assessed.

Subject Studies- covers subject knowledge in a wide range of subjects, core (Mathematics, English and Science) and foundation (Arts, Humanities etc). Course work will be assessed.

Professional Practice- the majority of the course will be spent in schools. You will complete 3 main placements: 2 at a base school and 1 complimentary school. This will give you experience across both Key Stage 1 and 2. 1 day a week will be spent at University. Ability to meet the Teachers' Standards will be assessed.

Upon completion of the course, you gain 90 credits at master's level. This allows you to fast- track to stage two of a masters degree at The University of Warwick.

Whilst on placement, you will be invited to attend Alliance training days. These will supplement your professional and subject studies offered by the University. They will be led by outstanding professionals from our Alliance schools and tailored to support your individual needs.

Trainees will be required to pay University fees- currently £9250. Bursaries are available. DfE for more information.

Interview process

The Lead School (Dorridge Primary) will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. The interview process will take a half day and will take place in the school that you have applied to train to teach in. Full details of the interview process will be sent to applicants at least a week in advance of the interview date. The interview will include a short teaching activity, or mini-lesson, which lasts between 20 – 30 minutes. Applicants will be informed about the topic for the teaching activity and the age group/ability of the pupils. You will also be expected to research a contemporary issue in education that interests you and be prepared to write for thirty minutes about it; you will need to outline a range of opinions/arguments and explain your own opinion/response. Following this you will sit a formal interview which again will last approximately 30 minutes. This will be led by the Lead Professional Mentor from the Alliance and School Mentor from the school you have applied to.

How school placements work

There are 6 schools in the Dorridge Alliance. All unique in our own way, we share a passion to improve outcomes for young people with the child central to all that we do.

Five schools are based in Solihull and one in Birmingham. Pupils who attend come from a range of backgrounds, providing you with a varied experience. You will be working with pupils aged 3-11, offering EYFS, KS1 and KS2 experience.

Your school based learning will commence early in the Autumn Term in your Base School before joining your complimentary school in the Spring Term for 5 weeks. You will return to the Base School for the Summer Term and the remainder of your school experience.

You will spend 4 days a week on placement with the fifth day at University.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Trainees will be required to pay University fees- currently £9250.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

You should be a graduate, with a 2:2 degree or above. You must also possess a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science . If you have an overseas qualification, we will check this qualification with NARIC.

Personal qualities

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their passion for teaching and desire to support pupils in reaching their full potential. You will need to be hard-working, driven, well-organised, resourceful and reflective. A sense of humour and ability to see the bright side is also key. You will be a team player.

Previous experience of working with children is desirable.

About the training provider

With over 15 years experience training teachers of the future, we are delighted to be launching the Dorridge Alliance. We are a new ITT provider consisting of 6 good and outstanding schools in partnership with Warwick University, an Ofsted outstanding ITT provider.

To complement the university led training, the Dorridge Alliance will provide a bespoke series of CPD sessions tailored to meet your needs, designed to ensure you are NQT ready for September 2020. These sessions will be led by outstanding practitioners and lead professionals from our alliance schools. We will guide and support you through the course, with each school providing an in house mentor as well as your university mentor. Our Lead Professional Mentor and Quality Assurance Leads will work alongside each of our schools to ensure you become the very best teacher you can be.

About the accredited provider

The University of Warwick has been training teachers for over 50 years. 98% of trainees complete their courses with 94% being awarded good or outstanding. Employment rate into teaching is 95% .

You will be guided by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school mentors who have national reputations for the quality of their training.

Sophie PGCE Alumni (RQT) : 'I got the first job I applied for. I was told a few months after starting that the reputation from the University of Warwick alone had been enough to secure the job (luckily they were also impressed by my teaching!)'.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our courses attract a diverse range of age groups and backgrounds, creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community, that everyone can feel a part of. Arrangements can be made to support applicants with particular needs.

Applicants will need to be able to travel independently between the University Campus in Coventry and to the training schools in Solihull and Birmingham Local Authorities.

Contact details

Email
s21gthelwell@dorridge.solihull.sch.uk
Telephone
01564772836
Website
http://www.dorridge.solihull.sch.uk
Address
Dorridge Primary School
Station Road, Dorridge
Solihull
West Midlands

Apply

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

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

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

  • Training provider code: 2KX
  • Training programme code: 39ML

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
B Balsall Common Primary 139 Balsall St East,, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7FS
- Main Site Station Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands B93 8EU
G George Fentham Endowed School Fentham Road, Hampton In Arden, Solihull B92 0AY
D Damson Wood Infant School Stockwell Rise, Solihull B92 9LX
L Lady Katherine Leveson Primary Fen End Road West, Temple Balsall, Knowle, Solihull B93 0AN.

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