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Catholic Schools’ Partnership Modern Languages (French with Spanish) (2HDY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
King’s College London (University of London)
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://catholicteachingalliance.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2018 student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.

This course aims to prepare students to:

  • become effective secondary school teachers
  • become knowledgeable subject specialists who can progress to take on responsibilities in curriculum development
  • become good classroom managers
  • become successful form tutors and collaborative colleagues.

The course encourages learning through critical reflection, making connections between the theory and practice of teaching, and continuing to self-evaluate and improve throughout a teaching career.

We work to enable students to teach pupils to think, and to interpret pupils’ understanding, building their subsequent teaching on this.

Programme description This is a high-quality course (graded outstanding by Ofsted) that focuses on developing the subject knowledge that will enable all trainees to teach two Modern Foreign Languages with confidence in secondary schools. The course is skills-based, research-focused and developmental, aimed at promoting teaching skills based on a reasoned and elective methodology that integrates formative assessment practices, class management issues, technology awareness and research findings.

Students sometimes work with native speaker linguists from the Strand campus to develop linguistic competence and pedagogical awareness in a unique programme. Hispanists, Germanists and those with main French work with each other, sometimes working in language specific groups. There is a varied programme of tutor inputs, seminars, workshops and student presentations with considerable collaborative learning. Students are also required to undertake research and other independent learning tasks including data-collection from the classroom.

The ERASMUS programme enabling students to do part of their School Experience abroad is also a unique feature of this course available, although not guaranteed, for a small number of students who meet the requirements.

Course Information

School placements

All School Direct trainees start at their chosen school during the first week of the autumn term before attending university sessions the following week. School term dates will be confirmed once your have accepted an offer.

Around half of the 38 schools within the Catholic Teaching Alliance are able to offer training placements. Those who are able to support the main placement are listed for each respective course.

Candidates tend to 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.

At the point of application please select your first choice of school. Once your application has passed our vetting process you will be invited to interview at KCL and if successful at this stage this will be followed by an interview at the school.

We offer an ABA placement route with King’s College London. This involves one long placement with a 6-week placement at another school within the CTA in the spring term before you return to your original school for the remainder of the course.

At the start of the academic year we will contact all registered trainees to confirm the area 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.

Should you have any questions relating to the placement structure, please do not hesitate to email c.barclay@catholicteachingalliance.org.uk for more information.

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
No
St Michael’s Catholic College
Llewellyn Street, Bermondsey, London, SE16 4UN
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You will need one of the following: a) a degree in two languages (minimum 2.1) b) a degree in the first foreign language plus an associated subject area (minimum 2.1) with the second foreign language up to at least A level or equivalent c) licence or Matrise in Languages or other European equivalencies

An example of b) is French with Business Studies or European Studies.

All applicants must possess a grade C/ grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent).

Personal qualities

You should aim to demonstrate the following:

  • conceptual understanding of secondary school-based MFL teaching and learning
  • competence and certification in two foreign languages (French, German, Spanish), the main language at degree level and the second language to at least B2 level.
  • ability to think and reason clearly
  • clarity and accuracy of written and spoken communication
  • ability to interact with pupils and colleagues
  • strong motivation to teach
  • ability to recognise own shortcomings
  • flexibility of mind and potential necessary to improve.
  • ability to present ideas clearly and at an appropriate level.

Other requirements

All applicants for teacher training programmes must pass the Department for Education’s Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests prior to commencing their teacher training course.

The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Candidates offered a place on a PGCE course will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. This must be completed before you register on the programme.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,800

Tuition fees: Tuition fee loans are available for those who meet the Government’s criteria for this scheme. Further information is available at GOV.UK

Government Training Bursaries: Please note training bursaries are only available to students who have been classified as Home/EU for fee purposes.

About the training provider

The Catholic Teaching Alliance (CTA) is a strong and growing alliance of 38 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, Lewisham, Bromley, Bexleyheath and Chatham. 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 both Primary Salaried and 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 NQT 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 CTA Co-ordinator, Clare Barclay via email - c.barclay@catholicteachingalliance.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 interview, applicants will be asked to discuss their observations of time spent in a Secondary School MFL department (where this has taken place) as well as to share their vision of learning.

Applicants will be asked to consider and then to present their ideas for teaching a grammatical structure or a lexical item selected previously prepared for the interview, in a micro-teaching format.

Oral and written competence will be tested. Applicants whose mother tongue is French, German, or Spanish will need to have an excellent command of spoken and written English. This will also be tested.

Presentation In your presentation that comprises a 5-minute teaching slot we will be looking for:

  • effective age-appropriate use of the target language:
  • ability to present concepts at a school level;
  • engagement with the audience;
  • use of simple resources (e.g. visual aids. NB: No Powerpoints due to time constraints);
  • understanding of the subject you wish to teach;
  • an effective lesson shape for your 5-minute micro-teaching slot
  • confidence.

Writing In your writing we will be looking for:

  • ability to express yourself clearly;
  • accurate grammar and spelling.

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@catholicteachingalliance.org.uk
Telephone
020 7237 6432 ext. 713
Website
http://catholicteachingalliance.org.uk/
Address
St Michael's Catholic College
Llewellyn Street
Bermondsey
London
SE16 4UN

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