The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub Primary (with Art and Design) (AT40)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023
Website
https://www.goldenthreadtsh.co.uk/

Contents

Course summary

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education foregrounds evidence informed practice. Centre-based sessions are, whenever possible led by school -based colleagues in one of our teaching classrooms, either at Keele University (ST5 5BG) or Seabridge Primary School (ST5 3PJ). All our classrooms are set up for young children to be taught within it as well as yourselves. The rooms are fully equipped and you will have access to an extensive set of resources to support all curriculum areas within early years, primary and special needs education.

Whilst our programme trains you to become a General Primary Practitioner, we also offer specialisms. Our specialisms include, Early Years (PGCE with QTS), English and the Performing Arts, Geography and History, Mathematics (specialism NOT specialist), Physical Education, Science and Art and Design.

Our Art and Design specialism will allow you to explore the Visual Arts through a variety of creative and practical opportunities. We are ambitious that these will help to inspire, motivate and develop your knowledge, skills and understanding. We recognise the importance of personal expression, cultural understanding, problem solving, risk taking and thinking creatively and critically. We invite you to investigate the many disciplines within art, craft and design and how they have shaped our history and future.

You will explore, participate, experiment, and plan for art and design, so as to enable pupils in the primary phase to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. You will have a wealth of opportunity to develop your pedagogical and professional knowledge of Art and Design. Your practice will be informed by research evidence and practical application with a view to becoming an Art curriculum leader in the future.

School placements

We work closely with our partnership schools. You will be able to benefit from placements in two of these settings; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering your pupils an appropriately high quality curriculum, one that both engages and excites them.

Placement schools are carefully selected for you and may involve some travel. Across the course we endeavour to minimise travel, though you may have to travel for up to an hour from your home address – note that we do not pay travel expenses.

During the ‘Foundation Phase’ you attend the SCITT for two days and your school for three days. The Foundation Phase is a gradual introduction into teaching and learning. You will then build up to a teaching commitment of 50% of a class timetable. Individual timetables will vary, but in terms of proportions, the following is a guide. Approximately 25% English, 25% maths, 25% science and 25% foundation subjects (preferably including your specialism, if appropriate).

Your second placement is undertaken in a different school, following successful completion of your first placement. During this final placement, you will benefit from being ‘in class’ 75% of the time, 60% will involve you in leading the teaching and 10% - 15% can be team teaching and/or small group work.

In your final weeks your percentage teaching time will increase to be equivalent to the expectations of an Early Career Teacher so that you are truly job ready. In these final few weeks there may be the opportunity for you to undertake an enrichment placement that enables you to develop a particular aspect of your teaching.

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 contact KNSTE for information about equivalency tests, which are currently available through Birmingham City University(BCU). The cost of taking an equivalency test is set by BCU and will be borne by the applicant.

Personal qualities

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education seeks candidates who are passionate about the transformative power of education and who are reflective and resilient people. We value candidates who are well-organised and who relate well to others. A strong feature of the course is the collaborative community that forms between the trainees and between our schools. Your peers will form a bedrock of support as you realise your ambition to become an excellent and informed Early Career Teacher. We are able to offer support, in addition to that provided by your Appropriate Body in your first year of teaching.

Other requirements

  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory.
  • A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the SCITT partnership.
  • Prior experience is not required but can be beneficial to you in helping you to decide whether teaching is for you. If you would welcome such an opportunity do get in touch with us or look out for our Back to School days.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.

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.

About the accredited body

KNSTE is an outstanding provider (2017) who works in close partnership with their school clusters. The programme is designed and managed by local headteachers and senior school leaders. They are relentless in pursing excellence in teaching so that the pupils in our school communities benefit from passionate and effective teaching. Evidence is used to inform and challenge school-based practice for the benefit of all. In this way your school and SCITT sessions are intertwined. We have been thrilled to employ previous trainees and are delighted that KNSTE has sustained its high recruitment, retention and employment rates

Interview process

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education co-ordinates recruitment across the partnership. Initially we review your Teacher Training application to ensure that you meet our entry requirements and that your personal statement reflects the capabilities and experiences that we are looking for.

If your application meets these stringent criteria then you will be invited to an interview day which will take place online and then in one of our partnership schools. You will be hosted by both a member of the SCITT team and a senior school-based colleague. During the afternoon interview session you will be invited to teach a 15 minute learning sequence to a class that relates to your specialism or pathway.

We recognise that this is a demanding process. It is one that involves considerable commitment from you. Our experience suggests that this rigorous process enables us to best match applicants to the places available.

Ours is an intense, high quality programme and we need to both assure ourselves, and give you the confidence, that you are best placed to make the most of the opportunities that we have on offer. As a former trainee said, “The course gives you amazing learning opportunities. The staff really help you to gain an understanding of all aspects of teaching, and with the wider elements of school life”. This is something that we pride ourselves in.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

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 teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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