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Catholic Schools’ Partnership Religious Education (2YCW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College 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
11 to 16
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

Why should I join the CTA? We believe that the single most significant factor of a child’s success in school is the quality of their teachers. The Catholic Teaching Alliance 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 CTA 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 UCL, 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 Catholic Teaching Alliance, 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 UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.

The PGCE is a 60-credit, Masters-level course and students must pass the two M-level modules and demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards.

School Direct at UCL

You will attend university training days at UCL Institute of Education alongside students recruited via other routes and other School Direct partnerships. On the Tuition Fee routes you will carry out academic assignments leading to the award of masters level credits.

All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

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.

University sessions start the following week and will be offered in a number of blocks at the start of each term in addition to one day a week. As with all PGCE courses you will be expected to attend all university sessions. The course runs from September to June and trainees will spend 120 days in school over the course of the year and 43 days at university.

UCL offer an AB placement structure. The academic year will be split equally between two schools and you will spend 12 weeks in one school and 13 weeks in another. 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 38 schools within the Catholic Teaching Alliance offer training placements. Those who are able to support the main placement are listed for each respective 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 the Institute of Education will visit you in school on a regular basis and liaise with your school mentor regarding your training and development. Your Institute tutor will carry out your final assessment in school against the national Teachers’ Standards.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

First Degree A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A levels - No specific subjects required.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/ 5 or above. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via www.equivalencytesting.com and achieving at least a grade 5. We do not accept “applied” or “additional” GCSE subjects, or BTEC, functional skills or Access qualifications.

UCL Religious Education

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

Reference Candidates completing their degree, or who have recently left university, should provide an academic reference from a tutor at their university. Candidates who have been working for a number of years should provide a reference from their current or most recent employer.

UCL recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview. However, we understand that this isn’t always possible, as such, some applicants who have experience of working with children and young people, at sports clubs, youth groups and voluntary work are asked to make reference to these activities in their application.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

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 the CTA 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 submitted on UCAS 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 panel interview. Some time will also be spent in a class with the Head of Department where a school can arrange this. If you are successful at this point a recommendation will be make to UCL.

If you are successful at the school interview you will be invited to a second-stage interview at UCL Institute of Education. At your interview day you will take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and may also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take a self-guided campus tour.

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.

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

Support and advice

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