Northampton School for Boys
Art and Design (2QNG)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Northampton Teacher Training Partnership
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
http://nsb.northants.sch.uk

Contents

About the course

On the NTTP Art & Design course, students will train towards a professional teaching qualification, achieving Qualified Teacher Status. The course requires a study of academic literature and completion of professional assignments, alongside two school based placements. The course is designed to show that trainee teachers demonstrate that they have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. The course is ideal for those who have artistic flair and a passion to share this talent and enthusiasm with young people. Learning in a classroom requires professionalism, organisation, planning, preparation and excellent subject knowledge across the range of disciplines in Art and Design. You will work alongside an experienced team of Art teachers, who have proven ability to ensure achievement for all students. Through the process of observation and team teaching opportunities, the ability to communicate and demonstrate concepts and skills will be developed. You will also have the opportunity to develop a range of lessons and teaching styles that cover the practical delivery and assessment of Art at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, where appropriate. You receive a practice-led, hands on experience. Trainees are supported by a Subject Based Tutor within school, the Professional Tutor of the school, the Lead Subject Mentor from the NTTP SCITT, the Programme Facilitators. Subject Studies and General Professional Study sessions enhance your knowledge of teaching and learning and help to develop your pedagogy. You will spend the majority of your course in the classroom; working with dedicated professionals and fantastic students. This is the best place to learn the art of teaching. Your programme is designed to suit you, with your strengths nurtured and your areas for development targeted, improved upon and monitored. During your placements you will teach pupils in the 11 to 16 age range. You will also experience PSHE and Citizenship delivery when acting as a form tutor.

Subject Studies are delivered as twilight sessions and take place in the first half of the year so that you have the tools to succeed in your school placements. Sessions are delivered by your Lead Subject Mentor and other experienced teachers. A selection of subject studies sessions are as follows: Core Health and Safety Training Managing a practical art room Drawings skill – developing from KS3-5 Watercolour workshop Ceramics – modelling skills in a range of compliant materials Photoshop workshop

Interview process

As with any interview, the key to success is preparation. Make sure you do your research into the course, as well as the issues surrounding education and teaching in general. Policies and practices change quickly, so your knowledge needs to be up to date. The Interview process will entail:

  • Administrative Questions - 10 minutes
  • Presentation - “Why I want to become a teacher” - 5 minutes
  • Presenting a ‘Starter’ of your choice - 5 minutes
  • Interview - 40 minutes
  • Literacy written task - 20 minutes
  • Subject Knowledge Task - 30 minutes
  • Portfolio of work/video for Art and Performing Art subjects

Your interviewers will be looking for you to demonstrate a number of qualities. You should therefore try to tailor your answers and contributions to reflect these qualities. They are:

  • A commitment to and understanding of secondary education and the role of the teacher
  • Good personal, intellectual and communication skills
  • A positive attitude towards children and working with children
  • An enthusiasm for and understanding of your subject (s) and teaching in general.

How school placements work

We have long-established partnerships and rewarding connections with a wide variety of secondary schools across the county. Ideally, you will be required to spend a minimum of 12 weeks in two of our placement schools whilst on the course. You will work closely with our trained school based tutors receiving weekly one-to-one meetings to monitor your progress throughout your first and second placement. To qualify for QTS we will provide trainees with enough time in schools to demonstrate that they have achieved all the Teachers’ Standards. You will train with pupils in the 11 to 16 age range, however in many of our partnership schools there will be the opportunity to experience Post 16 Education too. You will be allocated to your placement school as a result of an initial induction and skills audit conducted early in the course. Your placement school will be identified to meet your needs and therefore may not be your nearest school.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000

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

You must have an Honours Degree at class 1 or 2, relevant to the subject you wish to train for and preferably a minimum of 50% of your degree being in that subject. Your A-Level grades will also be taken into consideration.

It is preferable to have had some experience of working with secondary aged young people If you hold a non UK degree and/or other qualifications, you should check its validation with NARIC (www.naric.co.uk) who will inform you of its UK equivalence.

Personal qualities

You must be flexible, resilient and motivated. Be able to demonstrate a clear enthusiasm for your subject and for teaching as a profession. You must have consistently high standards of professional and personal conduct and show tolerance and respect for the rights of others. You should act with honesty and integrity and be aware that teachers make the education of their students their first concern.

About the training provider

Northampton School for Boys, an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ school (Nov 2014) is the Lead School for our SCITT - Northampton Teacher Training Partnership (NTTP) which is an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ ITE Provider (2018). Your training will be with NTTP, a School-Centred Teacher Training provider based on the school site. We offer a one year full-time Secondary (11-16) teacher training course with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education validated by Newman University. Many of the partnership schools have ex-trainees as members of staff, some of whom work as School Based Tutors for us. The partnership is comprised of schools which offer a wide range of different experiences for our trainees. The vast majority of trainees who successfully achieve both QTS and an academic award, gain employment in local schools, which is a huge strength of the partnership together with an excellent completion and retention rate.
Our Key Strengths are:

  • Trainees professionalism - trainees develop good relationships with staff and pupils encouraging high expectations of the learners.
  • The pivotal role of administrative support - facilitating excellent communication across the partnership that benefits support for and attainment of the trainees.
  • Consistently good quality school placements, providing a range of contrasting experiences and carefully match them to the individual needs of the trainees.
  • The expertise of school-based tutors in coaching the trainee towards improvement
  • Strong shared ethos of pastoral care facilitating swift and effective intervention and support for trainees.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We encourage applications from all spheres of the community regardless of age, race, disability, religion and gender.

We support trainees with a wide variety of needs both during centre-based training and on school placements. The programme is personalised to be supportive and challenging for each trainee. We work closely with Newman University (PGCE Validating body) to ensure that trainee needs are met.

Contact details

Email
jdruker@nsb.northants.sch.uk
Telephone
01604230240
Website
http://nsb.northants.sch.uk
Address
Northampton School for Boys
Billing Road
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN1 5RT

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