Primary with SAF Initial Teacher Training

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.saf.org.uk/saf-pilgrim-partnership/

About the course

Trainees on the SCITT route will be in a classroom supported by experienced colleagues. You will also be appointed a mentor with whom you will meet at least once a week for a meeting.

The course is full time with a series of training sessions and workshops covering all aspects of teaching the Primary curriculum subjects, which compliments the in school experience provided. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners who work in our excellent partner schools to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of effectively teaching lessons in a primary school.

As part of the programme trainees will have placements in two contrasting schools and as the year progresses they will spend more and more time in school so that by the summer term they are spending most of their time in school. Trainees will have focus days to enhance your expertise and understanding of SEND. You will also spend some time in a special school.

A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees' subject knowledge and ability to teach, as recorded within the portfolio, culminates in a rigorous assessment of the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). As an accredited provider, the partnership recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Some trainees will also be able to study for a PGCE alongside the QTS, this is dependent on the qualification criteria being met.

Interview process

Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview. The interview will take place at a partner school and involve staff from both SAF Pilgrim Partnership and one or more partner schools.

Please note that the venue of your interview has no bearing on the school you will be placed in should you be successful.

Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare for the interview.

How school placements work

Trainees will have two school placements in addition to other placement visits during the programme and will be supported by mentors and the Pilgrim team, trainees will also spend time in a special school.

The focus of your training can be in either Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 1 and 2. Successful candidates can discuss this with the training provider. You may wish to focus your training on a specific subject i.e. PE, languages, mathematics, or SEND. Please contact the office for further information.

Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account where they live.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Candidates are required to have:

  • GCSE or equivalent qualification, at Grade C/level 4 or above in English, mathematics and science
  • A lower second class degree, or above or equivalent. We would also consider a third class degree for candidates who demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching
  • Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy

Overseas qualifications should be verified by NARIC

Personal qualities

SAF Pilgrim Partnership, as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with students. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.

As a minimum, the provider would like candidates to have completed some classroom observation or have some experience of working with students in a teaching/leading role before making an application but this is not compulsory. Candidates should be aware of contemporary issues in education.

Other requirements

  • Declaration of any convictions declared on your UCAS application
  • An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
  • A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required following an offer of a place
  • Satisfactory clearance for registration

About the training provider

If you are considering teacher training on a one year course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with a PGCE, SAF Pilgrim Partnership as part of Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF) may be the provider for you. We pride ourselves in being able to offer a personalised training programme with a journey that begins as soon as you contact us. We will guide you all the way, from 'just thinking about teaching', getting your first job, to offering you advice and guidance about your continuing career development.

We offer a variety of training programmes to suit individual needs. This includes the School Direct - salaried and tuition fee routes and the SCITT route. If you are interested in working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), we work with a number of Special Schools.

With us, you will be choosing a provider with a proven track record for producing outstanding teachers for schools within our partnership which covers Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes and beyond.

Trainee experiences are designed to meet individual needs from the start of the course, encouraging trainees to progress quickly and effectively into proficient teachers.

Our courses are highly effective in nurturing the talents of future generations of outstanding teachers. We believe in fostering reflective, self-assured trainees who are confident in questioning and rationalising their progress and ability as teachers.

Trainees will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment, and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for teaching.

Training with disabilities and other needs

SAF Pilgrim Partnership is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

What do we mean by disability?

The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.

Contact details

Email
JAtkin@saf.org.uk
Telephone
01234 827145
Website
http://www.saf.org.uk/saf-pilgrim-partnership/
Address
Lincroft Academy
Station Road
Oakley
Bedfordshire

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: P57
  • Training programme code: 2LLG

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

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