Twynham Learning (School Direct)
Primary (N325)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Poole SCITT
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://www.twynhamlearning.com and www.poolescitt.co.uk

Contents

About the course

Poole SCITT, in partnership with Twynham Learning, offers you a one year course leading to a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) validated by Kingston University in Surrey. The course carries 60 Credits towards a Masters Degree. There will be 4 places available on this Twynham Learning Primary course.

The course is largely school based, with approximately 24 weeks on school placements and 14 weeks on the taught course mainly at the Poole SCITT base. Many of the taught course sessions involve working with children enabling you to successfully link theory and practice.

Tutors, classroom teachers and other educational professionals, experienced in teacher training will run courses, seminars and workshops specially designed to introduce you to the needs of children and the primary curriculum. There will be ample opportunity for peer group discussion and evaluation of your school-based work.

You will undertake studies in all elements of primary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year during two extensive assessed placements in schools or educational settings.

Trainees are guided through their learning by experienced staff and school based mentors, to enable them to gain the skills and confidence to become effective, successful teachers of primary aged children.

A Course Director, with expert knowledge and experience of teacher education will oversee and co-ordinate your training during the course under the direction of the SCITT Management Board. The Board is made up of representatives of the partnership, including head teachers, mentors and trainees.

The course is an ‘all-through general primary course’ and will train you to teach children from 5-11 years in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and substantial school experience will be provided in both.

Your progress will be monitored and assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competence, leading to profile reviews and professional assignments, which will link education/subject theory with your work in the classroom.

After graduating, you will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with ‘M’ Credits validated by Kingston University in Surrey.

Over the last three academic years, 99% of Poole SCITT trainees have obtained jobs immediately after graduating, most of these in the local area.

Interview process

Applicants are selected from applications from UCAS Teacher Training and the DfE application site. You should write a full personal statement giving reasons for wanting to teach and cite any experience of working with children (although strongly recommended, this is not an essential requirement for application). Careful consideration should be made regarding referees. These might be from a University tutor, depending on time lapsed since the degree was taken, and from a school/employment contact. At least one should be from someone who can comment upon your working with children If you meet/expected to meet entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you’ll be invited to attend an interview. Please make it clear if you’re working towards GCSE qualifications and when results will be known. The interview’s your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview session with Literacy and Numeracy testing, group and individual interviews. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the course. More specific details about the interview process will be provided to candidates by email if successful in application, so please provide a valid and regularly monitored email address on application forms.

How school placements work

Poole SCITT currently partners with around 30 Primary schools in the Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset area including the Twynham Learning Partnership.

Participating schools have been selected on their record for providing a quality teaching and learning environment, their strength of commitment to professional development and their previous experience of working with trainees in initial teacher training. The schools have been strongly involved in the writing and development of the course and are also involved in the selection of the trainees, their mentoring and assessment.

All trainees are required to undertake assessed training in both Key Stages 1 and 2 and substantial school experience will be provided in both. Students undertake at least one Block Practice in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2 during the course. Each Block Practice consists of 11 weeks, both in mainstream schools in the Twynham Learning partnership (Christchurch Junior, Stourfield Infant, Stourfield Junior, Twynham Primary). You will work in 2 of these schools. Additionally there will be 2 placement weeks in two different schools which will be non-assessed which may be in other partnership schools. You will be placed in schools that best help you to develop your professional practice. This could be across any of the schools in the Twynham Learning partnership. Please see the Twynham Learning website for a list of these schools. Travelling time for students will be taken into account but this is not always possible.

Your main in-school experience will progress from observing and working alongside your class teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups and later, for the whole class.

Trainees will be assigned a trained mentor within the school who will be responsible for supporting and guiding professional development and ensuring that everyone has the opportunities they need within the school.

Trainees are based at the Poole SCITT centre at Ad Astra Infant School and school experience is within Poole SCITT partner schools and within the Twynham Learning Partnership. Trainees are included in the PGCE cohort of Poole SCITT and Kingston University.

Fees

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

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, a 2:2 or above; GCSE English language, Mathematics and a Science at Grade C or Level 4 or above. ‘A’ Level & BTEC grades will also be considered. It is strongly recommended that, where possible, candidates spend time working (either paid or voluntarily capacity) in a primary school to familiarise themselves with working with children and the demands of the primary classroom. We recommend that potential students familiarise themselves with core curriculum subject knowledge as well as IT techniques in preparation for teacher training

Personal qualities

We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.

Other requirements

All offers made will be subject to Criminal Records Checks, prohibition from teaching checks and medical clearance and where necessary, satisfactory completion of degrees and other minimum qualification requirements. You will be sent more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept an offer.

About the training provider

Twynham Learning is a partnership of schools and other organisations sharing skills and expertise to improve learning and achievement for every child and young person across Bournemouth and beyond.

As a Teaching School, Twynham Learning plays a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where new teachers learn from the best teachers, supported through a culture of coaching and mentoring.

This course combines the excellence of Poole SCITT and Kingston University input alongside the outstanding practices that take place within the Twynham Learning partnership.

About the accredited body

Poole SCITT is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at primary level and has a long history of training teachers.

Ad Astra Infant School, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset is the Taught Course Centre. Some course sessions may take place in the partnership schools. The team are based at Ad Astra Infant School and are responsible for the general direction and day-to-day running of the course.

Validated for PGCE status by Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and the course carries ‘M’ credits towards a Masters.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Your well-being is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. Candidates are given several opportunities to declare any disabilities or additional support required both before and during the course. We support students on an individual basis according to need. Being a small provider, on occasions we may need to seek specialist advice from outside agencies. All candidates successful in obtaining a place will need to be medically cleared as ‘Fit to Teach’ as per DfE initial teacher training requirements. Poole SCITT centre at Ad Astra Infant School is accessible for all as are most of our placement schools.

Contact details

Email
hbscitt@adastra.poole.sch.uk
Telephone
01202 605315
Website
https://www.twynhamlearning.com and www.poolescitt.co.uk
Address
Sherborn Crescent
Poole
Dorset
BH17 8AP

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Christchurch Junior School
Clarendon Road, Dorset, Christchurch, BH23 2AA
Yes 8
Poole SCITT
Sherborn Crescent, Poole, Dorset, BH17 8AP
Yes Y
Stourfield Infant School
Cranleigh Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 5JS
Yes Z
Stourfield Junior School
Stourvale Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 5JG
Yes 9
Twynham Primary School
Marsh Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2NH
Yes Q

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