About the course
By choosing to train as a teacher of five to 11-year-olds with London Metropolitan University, you'll be joining a powerful partnership of diverse teachers and schools. Our emphasis is on urban, multicultural environments, which is ideal if you want to teach in a city setting. You'll undertake school placements of 11 and 13 weeks, giving you hands-on practical experience.
Our trainees achieve highly, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course, and 96% obtaining employment, many in their placement schools. Exciting and challenging, this is the perfect preparation for your career in teaching. As well as being able to teach five to 11-year-olds, you'll also be able to work in an early years setting.
The course has two modules designed to help you develop an understanding of your future role as a primary school teacher. This structure gives you room to develop your classroom practice as well as examine the underlying principles and values around educational issues.
The Curriculum Studies module introduces you to the issues of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You'll address the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum and learn how to teach core subjects including English, Mathematics and Science.
The Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module includes your two extended school placements of 11 and 13 weeks. There are clear links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), giving you a responsible framework for meeting the needs of all the children you'll teach.
Throughout your school placements, our school-based mentors and university tutors will support you in in the classroom. The latter will also teach your university sessions, ensuring there is continuity of support throughout your training. By working in both environments, you have the chance to reflect on the links between your own teaching theory and practice.
With its educational links and high-quality teaching, this course is highly rated by Ofsted, who praised the 'inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support trainees receive, which enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.' (Ofsted 2016)
For further information, please see the (London Metropolitan University website)https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgce-primary-5-11---pgce/
All applications to London Met teacher training programmes and those offered in conjunction by our School Direct partners are handled at our Admissions Office based at our Holloway Road site. Once received, your application will be checked and assessed to confirm your suitability.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to choose a suitable interview date from our Eventbrite listings. All interviews are held at the Holloway site and are approximately two weeks apart. If you've applied to multiple routes of the same course offered by London Met (ie directly to London Met and also to one of our partner schools for the same subject) you only need to attend one interview.
Once you're interviewed we will normally confirm the decision through UCAS within one week. If you're offered a place we will additionally email you to confirm how to meet any conditions of your offer.
If you're unsuccessful at any stage the decision will be communicated through UCAS. We do try to indicate a reason in UCAS why we have not been able to offer a place.
If you have any queries relating to your application you should contact the Admissions Office at London Met, even if you applied to a named school for a course accredited by London Met.
How school placements work
Placements for all teacher training routes offered/accredited by London Met are arranged by the University. We have a very broad range of partner schools, located across the whole of London, though most are across North London.
Trainees undertake two placements, SEA and SEB, in two different schools, adding up to a legal minimum of 120 days in school. Once you've met the conditions of your offer we will send you a placement form so that we have sufficient information about where you're based, modes of transport you use and other information to arrange placements that are appropriate for you.
Your placements are not necessarily in the school that you've applied to but may be in partner schools attached to that school.
The minimum entry requirements are as follows:
*UK degree (normally grade 2.2 or equivalent),
*GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent),
*GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent),
*GCSE Science grade C or above (or equivalent),
*Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate
*LMU Health Check and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach
*Literacy and Numeracy tests. These are university-based tests, which you will be asked to undertake at interview.
If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.
We are looking for dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring trainees. As a teacher you will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your work and your specialism. You will have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people's lives and futures.
- are able to express why you want to teach.
- have visited a local school in order to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised.
- have participated on the School Experience Programme.
- can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement.
The interview process will include a series of tasks aimed at assessing your ability and appropriateness for the course. This will include a presentation to other applicants, an individual interview and a series of online and hand-written tasks.
Trainees are subject to enhanced DBS checks and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.
Please note, if you receive an offer, we will need to see originals of documents, qualification certificates etc. before you are able to enrol on the course. It is usually possible to order duplicates if these are lost.
About the training provider
London Met provides an excellent platform to develop your career as a teacher. We offer innovative, inspiring courses delivered by knowledgeable industry professionals, with employment and completion rates well above the national average. Many students are offered employment in their placement schools.
Our recent Ofsted report (2016) acknowledged the "inclusive, welcoming and open ethos", and said that the "culture created by leaders combined with the tailored and personalised, pastoral support that trainees receive enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment."
We offer a range of PGCE subjects at Primary and Secondary levels. We have also teamed up with partner schools and teaching school alliances across London and beyond to offer PGCE School Direct places and the employment-based Teacher Apprenticeships.
Existing teachers with sufficient experience and support in their current school may consider the Assessment Only route to QTS.
Read further details on all these options on the https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/teacher-training-ite/(London Met website.)
University sessions are taught on our Holloway Road campus, which is easily accessible, with excellent public transport links.
“The strong moral imperative, instilled by leaders with passion in their work, permeates all aspects of the partnership. Leaders attract local trainees, who in turn work and learn within the locality, and act as strong role models for the children and young people they teach.”
Training with disabilities and other needs
We aim to be inclusive in our practice and welcome applications from everyone. We can offer support both at interview stage and once students have enrolled. London Met has a dedicated service to support students with disabilities, long-term medical or mental health conditions or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia.
Follow the link to our https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/services-and-facilities/disability-support/(DDS Service) to find out more.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
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