Fairfax Academy
English (F399)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT)
Financial support
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
https://theoaks.org.uk/

About the course

The OAKS Partnership School Direct English course attracts Trainee Teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds. You may be a recent graduate in English (or in a degree with a substantial element of English Literature and/or Language – minimum of 40% of your degree) or you may have worked in a range of occupations prior to commencing the course which will have provided you with an opportunity to develop your subject knowledge and wider experience of education and work. Whatever your background, you will have a love of language and an enthusiasm for literature and a passion for conveying this to pupils and students.

English is a core subject but that apart, it is a multifaceted, fascinating and potentially contentious subject which allows considerable scope for the autonomy and personal qualities of the individual teacher. These facts are recognised in the course which encourages you to question the nature of the subject, to explore priorities and to develop constructive means for meeting the needs and interests of your pupils. You will consider the results of recent and relevant research and meet tried and tested teaching and learning strategies and programmes but, as importantly, you will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and strategies. Themes and sessions include:

  • English in the Classroom
  • Approaches to poetry
  • Teaching ‘unseen’ texts for GCSE English Language
  • Approaches to Writing and Assessing Writing
  • Writing schemes of learning for a class text
  • Pupil Workshops

While the course aims to help you meet the Teachers’ Standards which qualify you to teach, it also has wider horizons which encompass the Induction (Newly Qualified Teacher) Year and the early years of teaching. Many of our ex-Trainee Teachers progress rapidly through the profession so we provide you with an appropriate foundation in knowledge, skills and understanding for meeting the teaching, administrative and management demands which lie ahead.

These sessions are delivered by English Subject Experts at The OAKS at Keele and in schools, therefore you are required to travel to Stoke for the delivery of some of these sessions.

To sum up, the course aims to help you become a competent, professional and, above all, creative teacher, capable of developing the imaginations and abilities of the young people with whom you have the privilege of working

Interview process

Our selection process is a two way process where you can find out if the OAKS is the training programme for you and we can decide if you can potentially become a good/outstanding secondary teacher. We always carry out our interviews in one of our partnership schools, where you will be expected to teach either a class or a small group of their students for 15 minutes. The students give us feedback on your lesson, which we share with you during a formal interview. This focuses on your lesson, your subject knowledge and your commitment to teach. There are also written tasks for you to complete; these include a written subject specific activity and a generic writing task. The whole process should take no more than half a day at the school. You are interviewed by partnership school staff and OAKS tutors, who will talk through the programme and school placements. There will always be plenty of time for you to ask questions and the decision as to whether you are accepted on to the course is usually made on the same day (this may vary depending on the subject/time of year).

We want the interview to be a very positive experience for you. Please arrive promptly and formal dress is expected. We look forward to meeting you!

How school placements work

We will send you to two secondary schools where you will receive an 11-16 experience; the length of time spent in both of these placements is the same. Hopefully they will give you two very different experiences; one maybe in a small town or rural setting the other could be in an inner city. We make sure that you also receive a pre and post phase enhancement so you will be placed in a primary school for one week and gain experience in a post-16 environment (possibly in one of your secondary placements). We are very proud of our alternative education placements that we arrange for you on our programme. Hopefully you will gain experience in an EAL school, pupil referral unit (PRU), special school and maybe an independent school.

Travel to and from your placements is always a key concern and we make every effort to make sure that you can easily commute to your schools. We have a very large partnership in over five counties; one will have schools close to you. We guarantee that you will never have to travel more than 75 minutes. In fact, most of our trainees travel well under an hour to their teaching experiences. When we visit our EAL schools we put on mini buses so nothing could be simpler.

Many of you will have applied to one of our 5 hubs (geographical zones); this usually dictates the schools that you will be placed in. Through evaluations all of our partnership schools are deemed to be at least "very good training experiences" for our trainee teachers. We train and then monitor all of our school based mentors and the quality of our school’s provision annually; so rest assured that you will have a good teaching experience with us at the OAKS.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

With The OAKS there is a pre-course fee which covers

  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Fitness to teach health assessment
  • Purchasing of Bristol Guide - Handbook for Educational Professionals (reduced cost from The OAKS)
  • Residential trip

In 2019/20 the total price for the above was £115, at this moment in time we are unable to confirm the price for 2020/21, but do not foresee this increasing dramatically.

There is also a possibility of undertaking a First Aid course and / or a P4C (Philosophy for Children) course, these are optional and may incur an additional fee.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

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

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Entry to the programme is conditional on the following:

1) achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) where at least 40% of the credits gained directly relate to the subject you wish to teach;

2) passes at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent)

3) successful completion of The OAKS internal tests in Literacy and Numeracy (please note these replace the online Professional Skills tests which were withdrawn in October 2019);

Personal qualities

  • Highly motivated individuals who want to make a positive contribution to the education of young people.
  • Trainees who are passionate about their own specialism subject, with very good subject knowledge.
  • Trainees who are able to inspire their learners and create an environment where everyone wants to succeed.
  • Candidates who show enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in all aspects of the training course.
  • Robust, resilient applicants who want to make a difference in the classroom.
  • People who want to become good or outstanding classroom practitioners, with a desire to improve themselves and their students.

Other requirements

1) a medical report which is deemed satisfactory;

2) a completed DBS Enhanced Disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by The OAKS;

3) successful completion of a minimum of 10 days teaching experience in a secondary school/college during the last two years. This could be either before or after selection (undertaking this before the selection process commences will strengthen your application).

About the training provider

Fairfax Academy is a popular 11-18 comprehensive school in Sutton Coldfield. Fairfax Academy’s values are built around hard work and opportunity; we believe that every child attending Fairfax will have the chance to thrive in an atmosphere where high expectations meet endless possibilities. The Academy’s staff are knowledgeable and skilled and ensure that every child, regardless of starting point, is supported to optimize his/her academic achievements. The Academy aims to promote a sense of pride in students, through students taking personal responsibility in delivering excellence! We are Fairfax and we are proud of it!

Achieving excellence in teaching and learning is at the forefront of all professional development at Fairfax. All teachers and support staff have the opportunity to develop their profession, through coaching, mentoring, targeted CPD and training. We are pleased to be in partnership with The OAKS to deliver Initial Teacher Training to the teachers of tomorrow.

We work with a hub of schools across the West Midlands region which are: George Salter Academy in West Bromwich; Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath; Ormiston NEW Academy in Wolverhampton; Ormiston Sandwell Academy in Oldbury; Ormiston Shelfield Academy in Walsall; Ormiston SWB Academy in Bilston; Tenbury High Ormiston Academy in Tenbury Wells; Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in Birmingham

Programme Data from last year:-

*94% of trainees successfully completed the programme

*90% of our trainees gained employment

*100% of the cohort achieved ‘outstanding’ or’ good’

*96% of our trainees rated our teacher training programme as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have a dedicated Support Tutor, who supports our trainees with a disability or any other need. It is important to state that they do not assess your teaching performance. This gives you the opportunity to speak honestly about your needs, but also enables the Support Tutor to have the freedom to help you and visit you; whether you are in placement school or here at The OAKS. This support includes signposting to services who can help you, through to developing individualised learning plans which may extend beyond the course date to enable you to successfully complete the programme.

Contact details

Email
c.j.brown@keele.ac.uk
Telephone
01782 733830
Website
https://theoaks.org.uk/
Address
Room CBA 0.028
Chancellor's Building, Keele University,
Newcastle-Under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 5BG

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: 9J3
  • Training programme code: F399

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
Fairfax Academy
Fairfax Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B75 7JT
Yes 8
George Salter Academy
Davey Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 9UW
Yes B
Ormiston Forge Academy
Wrights Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 6QU
Yes G
Ormiston NEW Academy
Marsh Lane, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 6SE
Yes V
Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy
Broad Way, Pelsall, Walsall, West Midlands WS4 1BW
Yes Y
Ormiston SWB Academy
Dudley Street, Bilston , West Midlands WV14 0LN
Yes J
Tenbury High Ormiston Academy
Oldwood Road, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8XA
Yes K

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