Primary with Teaching London: LDBS SCITT

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
September 2019
Website
http://www.teachinglondon.org/

About the course

You will attend centre-based training in Kilburn one day per week, with additional visits to alternative schools. Taught sessions are wide-ranging and thorough, ensuring that you have the confidence and competence to plan and teach creatively to meet the needs of all pupils. Tutors are experts in their field, offering informative and practical sessions which you can immediately apply to your own classroom practice. Sessions include:

  • Subject knowledge and related pedagogy
  • Child development
  • Theories of learning
  • Assessment and Planning
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Academic Studies for the PGCE
  • Developing a working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum (NC)
  • Voice coaching and classroom presence

You also have two focus weeks:

  • ‘SEND Week’: developing increasing awareness of aspects of SEND and how to provide an inclusive learning environment
  • ‘Creative Curriculum Week’: exploring creative and imaginative approaches to teaching, which maximise cross curricular links and contextualise learning

You spend 4 days per week in your base school. A second, 6 week, placement is undertaken in a contrasting setting and age phase. There is also the opportunity to apply for an enhancement placement in a SEND setting.

You will be observed teaching each week and targets set by your school based Mentor. You will also be visited by a Teaching London Link Tutor, and keep teaching files and evidence of your progress. You take on increasing responsibility for planning and teaching, up to 80% by the Summer Term. To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards is assessed at 6 review points across the year.

To be awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you need to pass two written assignments at Master’s Level. Classroom-based research for the first assignment is carried out during the Autumn Term and submitted at the beginning of Spring. Classroom-based research for the second assignment is carried out during the Spring 2 term and submitted at the beginning of Summer. There is also a presentation for this assignment in Spring.

Interview process

Successful candidates will be invited to interview at one of our schools. Interviews are conducted by the Headteachers of the school and a representative of Teaching London.

The interview:

  • You will be required to plan and teach a short lesson for a given topic and selected age group. You will be observed to assess your potential for working with children.
  • You will also be required to undertake a formal Interview with the panel
  • You will complete maths and English tasks.

All elements of the interview process are used to establish candidates’ suitability and potential for ITT. Outcomes for successful candidates are used to inform initial targets in preparation for their training year.

How school placements work

Candidates will be placed in one of our schools within the partnership. Second placements are selected by Teaching London to ensure that you have experience of a contrasting age phase and setting. We aim to ensure that trainees do not have to travel for longer than an hour to their placement schools.

Trainees will have two placements in EYFS and KS1 in mainstream schools, with the possible option of an enhancement placement in an SEND setting. Trainees spend the Autumn term, Spring 2 and the Summer term in their base school. Trainees spend Spring 1 in their second placement school (6 weeks).

Fees

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

This is a tuition fee based (unsalaried) route, and so trainees are responsible for paying the £9,250 tuition fee. Trainees are generally eligible for maintenance and tuition fee loans, but this should be clarified with Student Finance. You will also be eligible for other benefits such as student travel/oyster card, student discounts and exemption from paying council tax.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants must have the following academic qualifications prior to starting a teacher training programme:

  • GCSEs or equivalent in English, maths and science at Grade 4-7 (formally A*-C)
  • Bachelor degree
  • Pass in both the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests

A NARIC letter of comparability must be provided for any academic qualifications that have been achieved overseas.

Whilst it is not an essential requirement, we highly recommend candidates have at least 2 weeks experience in a school prior to interview, demonstrating that they have first-hand experience of being a teacher.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become Outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
  • Have a positive outlook
  • Are patient and adaptable
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Are friendly and approachable
  • Are passionate about teaching
  • Are creative and imaginative
  • Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
  • Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be made a conditional offer, based on them meeting at least the following standard conditions:

  • a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • a satisfactory Criminal Record Check abroad for relevant countries where the applicant has spent more than 4 weeks travelling or working abroad
  • a satisfactory “Fitness to teach check”

If you are not a British national, you must ensure via UK Visas and Immigration that you are eligible to work and study in the UK and, if necessary, have applied for and received any required visas, permits and documentation before training begins.

About the training provider

An Outstanding provider (Ofsted: 2017), Teaching London: LDBS SCITT puts pupils at the heart of your training. The depth and breadth of our programme enables you to gain the confidence and competence to develop into a highly skilled, responsive and effective teacher. Exciting, interactive and rigorous centre-based sessions will inform and support your classroom practice, led by inspiring and experienced tutors. Your growth as a reflective practitioner is underpinned by the PGCE element, routed in school-based and current research. We are committed to your wellbeing during your training and support your future, with 100% of trainees gaining employment in the profession over the past 6 years.

Teaching London has been training teachers for over 20 years and we are highly effective in our role, with 76% of trainees graded as Outstanding at the end of their training in 2017-18.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The well-being of our trainees is paramount, which is why you will be automatically enrolled into the Employee Assistance Programme with the Education Support Partnership. This provides 24/7 individual support and counselling, in addition to our in-house advice and support.

We have experience in supporting trainees with a diagnosis of dyslexia and are able to offer specialist support on the course.

Our centre has a degree of step-free access, but as our building was a Victorian school, we are unable to fully accommodate wheelchair access. We are always willing to discuss, and where possible, adapt to meet individual needs.

Contact details

Email
admin@teachinglondon.org
Telephone
020 79321126
Website
http://www.teachinglondon.org/
Address
Teaching London: LDBS SCITT
2 West End Lane
Camden
London

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: L59
  • Training programme code: 2C3T

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
Main Site 2 West End Lane, Camden, London NW6 4NT

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