About the course
St. Mary's University, Twickenham has been graded by Ofsted to be "Outstanding" for Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes (February 2019). The PGCE Primary programme offers excellent academic and pastoral care for trainees which is reflected in high programme completion rates and levels of students' achievement. A highly successful partnership has been established between the St. Mary's University Institute of Education and Glyndwr University, Wrexham.
The St. Mary's University PGCE Primary programme leading to Qualified Teacher status (QTS) in the primary phase is available at Glyndwr University.
Once we are confident you have met the course entry requirements, we carefully examine your personal statement. This is your opportunity to convince us that you have seriously thought through your journey into teaching in terms of motivation and a genuine understanding of what being a teacher really means. You will almost certainly find it helpful to refer to prior learning and classroom observation experiences and reflect on the implication of what you saw, heard or experienced. It is also your opportunity to connect your prior academic and/or work experiences to the skills and attitudes required for teaching. We want to clearly hear from you some thoughtful consideration of why you believe you will make a great teacher. If you can do this, we will invite you for interview.
On the interview day - we want to get to know you and for you to get to know us and the St. Mary's University PGCE Primary course at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.
How school placements work
You will complete TWO assessed school placements during the PGCE Primary programme (120 days in total). School placements are arranged by Glyndwr University. Every PGCE Primary trainee will complete a school placement in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
During your placements, you will guided from working with small groups of pupils alongside a class teacher towards taking responsibility for whole class teaching.
An experienced teacher acts as mentor during the school placement and contributes to your overall assessment as a new teacher.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University are partners with over 160 schools in England and Wales that support our training programme. During your placements, you will be guided from working with small groups of pupils alongside a class teacher towards taking responsibility for whole class teaching.
The enhancement period - a four-week placement of your choice - could be an SEND, Secondary, Welsh medium, or early years setting in England or Wales. This is a self-assessed placement and is measured against the targets set by you and your Academic Tutor from your first school experience. This is an opportunity to work in schools or educational settings to further enhance your skills in a variety of ways and incorporate one or more of the Standards for Teachers 2012.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Previous degree: 2:2
GCSEs (and equivalents)
A minimum of grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science. GCSE equivalents are offered by St Mary's University.
The Irish equivalent to GCSE is the Irish Leaving Certificate. In order to qualify to apply for the PGCE Primary programme you must already have a C grade or above (at Ordinary level) or a D grade or above (at Higher level) in all three subjects. The Science subject studied must be Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
During the interview and selection process, you will take part in a variety of tasks that will allow you to evidence that you have thought carefully about your motives for becoming a teacher and can demonstrate that you have some emerging capability to reflect on what being a teacher means.
We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching, working with and supporting children and an understanding of the resilience needed for teaching.
At Gyndwr University, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning, can be really insightful and informative.
About the training provider
St. Mary's University is graded "Outstanding" by Ofsted for both Primary and Secondary teacher training. We would love to meet you!.
For further details: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/teacher-training/become-a-teacher.aspx )
Where to find us: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/contact/overview.aspx)
Student Life: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-life/overview.aspx)
Teaching students at St Mary's have very high employment statistics, with many securing jobs in in our partnership schools.
Student feedback and our recent Ofsted report regularly highlights the quality of the pastoral care provided through their training programmes and the support offered by partner schools.
St. Mary's University is situated in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham - a leafy part of Greater London (5 minute walk from Strawberry Hill mainline from London Waterloo) and good local bus links for other central London connections.
Public Transport: https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/contact/overview.aspx
We have recently celebrated 165 years in Education in south west London. St Mary's is London's second largest teacher training course provider, with a significant proportion of our 6,000 students training to teach on primary and secondary initial teacher training courses.
Close partnership between the University and partner schools in all aspects of the course
Educational theory closely related to practical reality of the classroom
Bespoke personal tutor support
Strong focus on subject knowledge development
Support for those with an area of interest in SEND and EAL
High employability rates for PGCE Trainee Teachers
Ongoing support into your NQT year and your career beyond
Ongoing Masters study opportunities at discounted rates
Training with disabilities and other needs
St. Mary's University has a fully supportive and well-resourced Student
Wellbeing service to support trainees with disabilities and other needs.
At interview, we encourage candidates to disclose any additional needs requiring support so that early support can be in place for the PGCE course.
For further information on Disability Access: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-support/wellbeing/dyslexia-and-disability/registering.aspx)
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Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW
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