Catholic Schools’ Partnership English (2HDJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

Why should I join the CSP?

We believe that the single most significant factor of a child’s success in school is the quality of their teachers. The Catholic Schools’ Partnership is, therefore, dedicated to developing staff with high expectations and a clear understanding of how to create a learning environment in which their students can flourish. Our focus is on developing teaching and learning through innovative ideas, creativity and intelligent collaboration. Our strong and supportive network is based on the shared values of our schools and colleges.

We at the CSP are passionate about developing a generation of outstanding teachers and want to provide as much support as we can to ensure committed, enthusiastic and capable people make it on to our teacher training scheme. We offer excellent teacher training in partnership with St Mary’s University, with all courses resulting in a PGCE qualification.

We run an extensive CPD programme including two Early Career Conferences in the autumn and summer terms and School Study Visits in the spring term, providing networking opportunities and the chance to observe teaching in other schools within the partnership, in line with both your university studies and personal areas of development. Opportunities for school-based research and reflection, along with the sharing of outstanding expertise within a business-like model form the heart of our work.

An induction programme will be provided in school to supplement your university provision. The weekly sessions will cover a range of topics relevant to your training, including safeguarding; lesson planning, marking, and pastoral aspects such as the role of a form tutor. You will be fully involved in the life of the school attending parents’ evenings and participating in school trips.

About the University Course

Courses last for one full academic year and involve two placements. Successful completion leads to a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course covers all aspects of English, with an emphasis on practical activities for use in school. There is a strong emphasis on planning for the whole ability range to ensure that all pupils make progress with a focus on the impact of literacy, EAL and SEN on Secondary English teaching and learning.

English at St Mary’s University

You will attend university training days with other School Direct and PGCE students. On the Tuition Fee routes you will carry out academic assignments leading to the award of 60 masters level credits.

School placements

Trainees will attend university for a number of weeks prior to their school placement. However, all successful applicants will be invited to attend an induction day at their chosen school in the summer term prior to starting the course.

University sessions are delivered in blocks at the start of each term. Trainees attend approximately 40 university days. As with all PGCE courses, you will be expected to attend all of the specified university sessions. The course runs from September to June and trainees will spend 120 days in school over the course of the year.

We offer an ABA placement structure and you will spend January to March in the spring term in a contrasting school. You will be allocated a Subject Mentor and Professional Co-ordinating Mentor in each school and both placements will be hosted in Catholic Schools.

Around half of the schools within the Catholic Schools’ Partnership offer training placements. Those who are able to support the main placement are listed for each course.

At the start of the training year we will contact all registered trainees to confirm where you are living and to ask about the type of school that you would like to be placed in for your second placement. Where possible, we will try to accommodate your request and placements are arranged with a maximum commuting distance of 1 hour 15 minutes based upon the address provided. Travel time is usually significantly less than this.

We are able to offer contrasting placements in single-sex or mixed schools and in schools with sixth forms where your main placement school is 11-16. Where you have completed a placement in a single-sex school your second placement will be in a mixed school or a school with students of the opposite sex.

Your tutor from St Mary’s will visit you in school on a regular basis and liaise with your school mentor regarding your training and development. Your university tutor will carry out your final assessment in school against the national Teachers’ Standards.

Additional information can be obtained from C.Barclay the CSP Co-ordinator c.barclay@catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bonus Pastor Catholic College
Winlaton Road, Bromley, BR1 5PZ
Yes
Sacred Heart Catholic School
Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0RP
Yes
St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School
Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7QB
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

English PGCE applicants are expected to have a good degree in English (2:2 or above) or a related subject.

Additional requirement information

Your degree should have a significant proportion of the subject you wish to teach. Subject knowledge enhancement courses may be set as a condition in some cases, particularly when the degree is not clearly ‘in line’ with the subject you are applying to.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in maths.

GCSE equivalencies are required regardless of any higher qualification in a related subject. An individual with an A Level or Undergraduate degree in Mathematics, English or Science also requires the appropriate GCSEs to undertake a teacher training programme. The Institute of Education offers GCSE equivalency tests in Eng¬lish, Mathematics and Science. A pass in one of these equivalency tests is considered to be of the same standard as a GCSE C grade or Level 4 in the revised GCSE structure. Exams will be sat under exam conditions. Examiners decisions are final and no appeals will be considered.

  • English: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Maths: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Science - Combined science: 1 hour 30 minutes

If you are applying to study at St Mary’s the cost of our GCSE equivalency test for is £85. This is payable when you book your test. A second payment is required if you need to re-sit the test. Your result will be emailed to you within three weeks of taking your test. You are allowed one resit for a failed test. Should you fail both tests you will be required to undertake a full GCSE qualification. Find out more here

Personal qualities

We are looking for individuals who have the capacity to develop into outstanding teachers. This requires a combination of personal and academic skills.

You should demonstrate awareness of what good teaching entails and show a desire to teach.

There are three main attributes required for teaching: 1) Subject Knowledge - you need to show that you have a specialist understanding. 2) An ability to communicate with an audience. Your class will be your audience and the relationship and command of this group is crucial. 3) Good Interpersonal Skills - you need to demonstrate that you can work well with others.

Other requirements

  • Two appropriate references (from an academic tutor or line manager) supporting your suitability for teaching.
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Physical and mental fitness to teach.

School observation St Mary’s University 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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,500

International Applicants - Please note:

Whilst we are happy to accept applications from international candidates, all of our courses are for the School Direct Tuition Fee route and no financial incentives are available. In addition to the International Student Course Fees, all applicants must have sufficient funds in place to cover all living costs (accommodation, travel, food etc.). As such, only candidates with personal funds in the region of £40,000 are encouraged to apply. International students are not eligible for any form of government loan or grant.

About the training provider

The Catholic Schools’ Partnership (CSP) is a strong and growing group of schools. It is a cross-phase partnership from primary, through to secondary and sixth form colleges. Our partner schools are based throughout South-East London and Kent covering Southwark, Greenwich Lewisham, Bromley and Bexleyheath. This diversity in type of school and location gives a richness to our shared work. Our shared vision is Growing Teachers, Growing Learners, Growing Schools.

Our schools have a long history of Initial Teacher Education and have offered School Direct places since the initiative began. We have selected several universities that match our ethos. By carefully selecting the right universities to work with we are able to offer you an excellent start to your career in education.

We offer Primary Tuition Fee School Direct places and are able to provide training in a range of secondary subjects. Some subjects are available with a choice of provider.

We run an extensive CPD programme for trainees and most secure an ECT position within the group of schools. We also provide flexibility as your career progresses, with opportunities to move between schools.

We would encourage applicants to contact us to arrange a school tour prior to application and we are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please contact the CSP Co-ordinator, Clare Barclay via email - c.barclay@catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk for more information or visit our website here to find out more about our schools and the career opportunities that we are able to offer.

Interview process

At the CSP we are looking for candidates who can support our shared vision: Growing Teachers, Growing Learners, Growing Schools.

When applying please select your preferred school. All applications are vetted upon receipt. Once your application has passed this process you will be invited to attend an interview.

You will be interviewed at the university in the first instance. The day will consist of a formal interview and a number of tasks. Further details of the requirements will be provided if you are invited to interview.

Successful applicants are invited to tour their chosen school. You will have the opportunity to spend some time observing classes, meeting with members of the department and getting to know the school. For some subjects a short interview will be conducted at the school.

You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions about the Catholic School’s Partnership, School and the School Direct Programme at one of the interview dates and where possible the CSP Co-ordinator will attend the university interview day.

After interview, the University and the Lead School will jointly reach a final decision regarding any offer.

Candidates usually apply to schools that are located close to where they live and we are happy to arrange tours and an observation day in your preferred school prior to application.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All School Direct trainees must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.

The activities that a teacher must be able to perform are set out in the Education (Health Standards) (England) Regulations 2003.

We welcome applications from people with additional needs and disabilities. Successful applicants will be asked to complete a fitness questionnaire prior to commencing the programme.

Within our group of schools, we are able to provide support for a range of disabilities and other needs and are usually able to arrange appropriate school placements and additional support as required. We have trained applicants with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments, as well as students with mental health issues. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided or wish to discuss your own requirements further, please contact the CSP Co-ordinator, Clare Barclay, c.barclay@catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk.

For further information on the support provided by our university partners please see the links below.

Goldsmiths University Disability Service

King’s College London Disability Access:

St Mary’s University Student Services

University College London School Direct students can access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. You can find more information here

We also strongly welcome applications from members of black and minority ethnic communities, as we are keen to ensure the teaching workforce is more representative of London’s diverse population.

Contact this training provider

Email
c.barclay@catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk
Telephone
0207 232 4569
Website
http://catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk/
Address
St Michael's Catholic College
Llewellyn Street
Bermondsey
London
SE16 4UN

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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