The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub Biology (2K22)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.goldenthreadtsh.co.uk/

Contents

About the course

This programme aims to ‘develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative’. The Secondary Initial Teacher Education Programme (School Direct) at the university has been designed to be both academic and vocational and provides challenging expectations of you as a student teacher to create a teaching and learning environment which will engage your interest and motivation. The broad aims of the main curriculum component of the programme are to:

  • develop your subject knowledge and teach you how to put that knowledge into practice (pedagogy) in order to thrive in the culture of our schools;
  • enable you to become a highly motivated, outstanding effective, creative and reflective practitioner;
  • prepare you for a career in teaching that will prove to be successful and rewarding;
  • develop in you a commitment to and enthusiasm for continuing professional and personal development;
  • provide you with sufficient information, experience and opportunity in order that you might achieve the National Teacher Standards to enable you to be recommended for QTS and gain your PGCE with 60 masters credits.

School placements

Your School Direct Programme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant in-school training. You will be given the opportunity to spend the majority of your time on ‘teaching practice’ at high quality school placements from across our consortium. You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by consortium schools and our HEI partners. In school, you will be supported by a dedicated and trained mentor, as well as a professional tutor, who are school-based experienced staff. You will also have University based tutors.
Your training lasts for one academic year (September-July). Training through our consortium will also provide you with opportunities to develop your educational and professional studies through school-based sessions that include:

  • Use of data and reporting; Liaison with parents
  • Behaviour – sanction and reward
  • G&T (more able) and PP students
  • SEN / EAL, including the new SEN Code of Practice
  • Pastoral care
  • Differentiation
  • Assessment for Learning and Success Criteria
  • Pedagogy – planning and assessment

Your main placement will run from September to December. You will attend your second placement school from January until February half term and will then return to your main placement for the remainder of the programme.

We currently work with over 16 partner secondary and primary schools.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Biddulph High School
Conway Road, Knypersley, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST8 7AR
Yes
Chesterton Community Sports College
Castle Street, Chesterton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST5 7LP
Yes
Denstone College
College Road, Denstone, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 5HN
Yes
St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy
St Margaret Ward, Little Chell Lane, Tunstall, Staffordshire, ST6 6LZ
Yes
The Discovery Academy
Discovery Drive, Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST2 0GA
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented, hardworking candidates who have the qualities and personal skills suited to a career in teaching alongside the drive and ambition to make it happen. Qualities we are looking for include:

  • A friendly and approachable manner
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization and time management
  • Excellent subject knowledge
  • A passion for your subject, drive and enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Imagination and the ability to be innovative
  • Evaluative nature being able to reflect on your performance
  • Leadership
  • A commitment to learning

Other requirements

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded. To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Please note, it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We are a consortium of secondary and primary schools across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Through our links with our university partners, we offer an innovative approach to your development as a teacher; a number of our school based colleagues lead sessions at the University, enabling you to benefit from the strengths that both the university and our schools bring to your teacher education programme. All our schools share our vision to develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative. We seek to develop your talents and attributes in relation to secondary pedagogy. This will enable you to not only meet the competencies required by the Teacher’s Standards, but to exceed them. The Golden Thread TSH Consortium of schools is part of the wider University partnership of secondary schools comprises a mixture of faith schools (Catholic and Church of England), as well as local authority and academy settings. You will be able to benefit from placements in 2 school settings; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering children a broad and balanced curriculum, one that both engages and excites them. It is a privilege for us to be working in a diverse region with exceptional teachers. We respect the cultures and backgrounds of the young people in our settings. In particular, we value the transformative role that a high quality secondary educational experience has, it enables young people to become informed, empowered and engaged and improving the outcomes for all.

Interview process

As a Lead School we will work together with our universities in order to shortlist suitable candidates. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. In addition to a formal interview, you will be asked to undertake an observed task working with pupils. If Covid restrictions are in place, you will have a virtual interview with classroom-based scenarios to discuss relating to teaching and learning, behaviour and other elements of education. Literacy and numeracy skills will be assessed through the university and TSH in line with the DfE’s requirements.

Personal Statement Use your personal statement to tell us why you wish to become a teacher. You should also tell us about your experience within schools and what insights you have gained into high quality teaching and learning. You should refer to any reading you have undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching indicating what you have learnt from this. If you already have links with a supporting school, please include this within your statement.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.

Contact this training provider

Email
LBU@painsley.staffs.sch.uk
Telephone
01538 493777
Website
https://www.goldenthreadtsh.co.uk/
Address
Painsley Catholic College - Sixth Form
Attlee Road
Cheadle
Stoke-on-Trent
ST10 1LL

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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