West Essex SCITT (St John’s C of E Primary School) Primary (R050)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
West Essex 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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.westessexscitt.co.uk/

Contents

Course summary

This course is a School Direct Training Programme (fee funded/unsalaried) leading to the award of QTS and PGCE.

This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. It enables those who have a degree to combine teacher training with learning on the job. The course delivers the curriculum (ITT core content framework) alongside the practical experience of being in a classroom. Trainees are assessed against the Teachers Standards prior to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Additional assignments are required to be awarded the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

Trainees applying for a place on this course should be aware that the workload and academic assignments are greater than that of QTS only courses, that can be applied for. Suitability for this course will be discussed in more detail at interview.

The majority of our partnership schools are in the Epping Forest and Harlow areas and are accessible by Central Line Tube, Overground or major bus routes.

This course will be based in one school for the majority of the training period with a second placement in a contrast school setting. Trainees will spend 80% of their time in schools. The remaining 20% will be delivered through weekly training days. These will be held on a Wednesday, predominantly in the training room at The Alderton Junior School in Loughton, Essex, IG10 3HE.

Those on the PGCE course will have additional training sessions and assignments, they will be delivered and validated by a University.

Our Teacher Educators and Tutors are leading practitioners that attend training and meet regularly to further develop their skills in supporting trainees. Trainees will attend training and implement this into their practice. They will write reflectively on a weekly training plan and these will form the majority of the evidence alongside weekly observations conducted by the Teacher Educator. Termly reviews and professional learning conversations will ensure that trainees are on track to meet the Teachers’ Standards and be awarded QTS on completion of the course.

School Direct requires a commitment of 5 days a week for 10 months from September to July. Trainees are expected to participate fully in the everyday life of the schools in which they train and, therefore, attendance at occasional evening or extra-curricular events will be expected.

Further information can be found on our website http://www.westessexscitt.co.uk/School-Direct-ITT

School placements

The School Direct training programme path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. It enables those who have finished a degree, to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job, focusing on the core content framework, Teachers’ Standards and leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The award of the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is validated by the University of Derby.

We work closely with over 20 schools across Epping, Waltham Abbey, Abridge, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Harlow. We also have new schools joining us on a regular basis.

We will do everything we can to help find a school that is best suited to your needs.

Trainees will train in their main placement school from September to July. There will be a short contrast placement which takes place after Christmas and lasts 5 weeks.

Following the interview, we will make suggestions of the schools suitable for your requirements and support you in making contact with these schools, in order for you to arrange a visit.

A list of our partner schools is available on our website: http://www.westessexscitt.co.uk/Partner-Schools/

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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.

If you require any further information, please contact Susan Marbe by email at smarbe@efspt.org

Personal qualities

We are looking for outstanding candidates who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching. Applicants must possess:

. a love of children and education

. good personal skills

. good levels of communication

. enthusiasm and be hard working

. desire to be the best that they can be

Other requirements

Applicants who are successful at interview, are offered a conditional place. These are subject to:

Satisfactory references and satisfactory medical assessment. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and National and Local Terms and Conditions of Employment.

It is the duty of all schools to protect vulnerable children and adults. If you are offered a place on the programme, a DBS check is a vital entry requirement for this training programme.

Online searches may form a part of our recruitment process

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

St. John’s CE Primary School is the Lead School for West Essex SCITT.

The Department of Education accredits Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust (EFSPT), operating as West Essex SCITT for the delivery of initial teacher training (ITT).

At EFSPT, St John’s CE Primary School and across our partnership schools, we believe that teaching is an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. Our vision is to offer the highest standard of education for all, both in our local community and the wider area.

St John’s CE Primary School is located in Buckhurst Hill, on the edge of Epping Forest, which is London’s largest open space of approximately 6,000 acres. The forest is of national and international conservation importance, with two thirds designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, providing a great place to work and live. St. John’s CE Primary School is close to Buckhurst Hill station on the Central Line with a 20 minute access to central London.

We pride ourselves on having a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and vision with the next generation of teachers.

Many of our School Direct trainees go on to secure full-time teaching positions within EFSPT. https://www.efspt.org/

We work in collaboration with Saffron Teaching School Hub https://www.saffronteachingschoolhub.net/

Please visit the West Essex SCITT website, shown below, for more information: http://www.westessexscitt.co.uk/School-Direct-ITT

About the accredited body

The Department of Education accredits Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust (EFSPT), operating as West Essex SCITT for the delivery of initial teacher training (ITT)

West Essex SCITT is an Outstanding Provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training - Ofsted 2018

Interview process

We will be using online video conferencing to recruit. Interviews will be offered and conducted using ZOOM

The selection process is as follows:

  • You will be invited to conduct a 10 minute presentation. You will be asked to prepare a maths activity and deliver it as though you are presenting it to a group of Primary aged pupils. This will be followed by a more formal 30 minute interview

  • Candidates who are considered to have sufficient proficiency in English and Maths will be considered suitable for the programme and will then be asked to make contact with and visit partner schools in order to confirm their main placement school.

Online searches may form a part of our recruitment process Candidates who are successful at interview and have secured a placement in a partner school, are offered a conditional place. These are subject to: Satisfactory references and satisfactory medical assessment. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and National and Local Terms and Conditions of Employment.

It is the duty of all schools to protect vulnerable children and adults. If you are offered a place on the programme, a DBS check is a vital entry requirement for this training programme.

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

As a provider we are very aware of supporting our trainees and their individual needs. We see our trainees weekly at the training sessions and their well-being is a priority. The School Based Educators, ITT co-ordinators and Professional Tutors are there to support the trainees and monitor their progress and well-being. We include sessions on resilience and well-being, both of which are very important to us.. We take well-being very seriously. Our trainees have access to the Wellbeing Services offered by the Schools Advisory Service (SAS).

If you would like to discuss how we support candidates with disabilities and other needs, please contact Susan Marbe by email for further information at: smarbe@efspt.org

Contact this training provider

Email
smarbe@efspt.org
Telephone
020 3325 2809
Website
http://www.westessexscitt.co.uk/
Address
West Essex SCITT
Office Address - St. John's CE Primary School
High Road
Buckhurst Hill, Essex
IG9 5RX

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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