Catholic Schools’ Partnership Primary (2HFJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Goldsmiths, University of London
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
5 to 11
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.

Goldsmiths University

The School Direct Primary programme (PGCE + QTS) has three distinct modules. These are:

  • School Experience
  • Studies and Professional Issues in Education
  • Curriculum Studies

School Experience

You will spend approximately 6 weeks of the programme in University. In this time, you will have mix of lectures and small group seminars to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of the subjects you will be teaching in the primary classroom. Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.

The Primary School Direct Programme is taught and assessed at Masters Level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme, you will also leave with level 7 credits equivalent to one-third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.

Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)

The SPIRE module focuses upon issues that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In sessions you will be asked to: consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you will choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply.

Curriculum Studies

For students following a School Direct pathway this module will focus specifically upon Learning Theory and will ask students to reflect upon the impact that research in this area has on the policy and practice of their school.

The Primary School Direct Programme with the Catholic Schools’ Partnership offers training for the 5-11 age group (with placement in Key Stages 1 and 2).

Primary School Direct at Goldsmiths

School placements

School Direct trainees start at their chosen school during the first week of the autumn term. Term dates will be confirmed upon acceptance of an offer.

All Primary trainees will spend approximately 6 weeks in university. As with all PGCE courses you will be expected to attend all of the specified university sessions.

We offer an ABA placement structure with Goldsmiths and you will spend 6 weeks in the spring term in a contrasting school. You will be allocated a 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.

Your tutor from Goldsmiths 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
St Fidelis Catholic Primary School
Bexley Road, Erith, Kent, DA8 3HQ
Yes
St Joseph’s Primary (George Row)
George Row, Bermondsey, Southwark, London, SE16 4UP
Yes
St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School
Ruskin Avenue, Welling, Kent, DA16 3QG
Yes
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
Sheldon Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 4PH
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Please note that at the point of application you should already have two out of the three required GCSEs/Equivalencies. If you only have one of the three required subjects then you will be required to pass one equivalency test prior to application.

Details of the equivalency tests that Goldsmiths will accept can be found here

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants that understand the nature of working in an urban setting and a have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with children. You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.

Other requirements

Satisfactory occupational health check from your GP, plus the return of completed self-declaration of suitability form. Please refer to the Fitness to Train section of the Goldsmiths website for further information on the required checks.

Prior school experience is no longer a requirement but Goldsmiths recommend that you spend some time in a primary school to ensure that you are fully aware that the profession is right for you.

Providing original certificates of academic qualifications to the admissions office.

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 £17,370

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 an interview at the location to which you have applied.

The interview day will include a tour of the school and a formal interview, which is usually conducted by the Head Teacher or a Senior Leader and the CSP Co-ordinator (where available). Some time may also be spent in a class completing a short task with a group of pupils where a school can arrange this.

We follow the Enhanced route for School Direct with Goldsmiths University with all of the interview tasks being conducted in school. A member of the teaching team from Goldsmiths may also attend. You will be asked to complete a number of tasks including a numeracy and a literacy task. Further details will be provided if you are invited to interview.

You will have the opportunity to ask any questions about the Catholic Schools’ Partnership, School and the School Direct Programme at interview.

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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