Newport Junior School
Primary (2NXZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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://www.alderwood.hants.sch.uk

Contents

About the course

This School Direct training programme will be delivered by Alderwood School (formerly Newport Junior School) in conjunction with the University of Winchester. Partner schools are: St. Michael’s Infant and Junior Schools, Talavera Infant and Junior Schools, Park Primary and Wellington Primary – all schools in Aldershot. The University of Winchester is its own examining and awarding body and has responsibility for setting assessments, moderating standards in accordance with regulations, quality assurance procedures and receiving feedback from all stakeholders. The University, in conjunction with the school, can offer either QTS or PCGE qualifications. Fees charged by the University of Winchester will be £9000. Trainees may apply for a student loan in order to finance the course. This is a non-salaried route. Trainees must complete a minimum of 120 days on school placements. School placements must be carried out at 2 different schools and in 2 consecutive age phases. Infant and junior schools close to each other present an ideal opportunity for trainees to complete their training at linked sites. Where schools are all-through primary, links will be made with other local schools. Each trainee will be assigned an experienced link tutor from Alderwood School who will guide and support them throughout the training. We prefer a minimum of an upper second class degree. However, we would be willing to consider a lower classification of degree for applicants if other qualifications and / or experience is strong. All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and Science.

Interview process

The selection of candidates for interview is guided by DfE Initial Teacher Training (ITT) requirements. In calling candidates to interview, the University has expressed an initial satisfaction with their academic achievement and potential to successfully complete the School Direct route into training. Candidates will need to provide evidence of their qualifications to date and of their identity. Interviews are carried out at either Alderwood School or one of the linked partner schools. There would usually be a representative from the University of Winchester on the panel, along with 2 headteachers from the partner schools. There is usually one interview, at which candidates are required to teach a group of pupils, undertake a written English task and a Maths task, and answer questions in a formal interview. The English task provides an opportunity to assess candidates’ ability to communicate using Standard English and their ability to read with understanding. The Maths task gives candidates the opportunity to demonstrate that they can apply basic maths skills to a range of problems. The whole interview process usually lasts around 3 hours.

How school placements work

Trainees must complete a minimum of 120 days on school placements. School placements must be carried out at 2 different schools and in 2 consecutive age phases. Infant and junior schools close to each other present an ideal opportunity for trainees to complete their training at linked sites. Where schools are all-through primary, links will be made with other local schools. Each trainee will be assigned an experienced link tutor from Alderwood School who will guide and support them throughout the training.

Fees

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

Fees charged by the University of Winchester will be £9000. Trainees may apply for a student loan in order to finance the course. This is a non-salaried route.

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

We prefer a minimum of an upper second class degree. However, we would be willing to consider a lower classification of degree for applicants if other qualifications and / or experience is strong. All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and Science.

Personal qualities

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • understanding of what constitutes excellence in primary education;
  • theoretical knowledge of excellent and innovative practice;
  • good communication skills;
  • enthusiasm, high expectations and a high level of commitment;
  • ability to listen and to understand the whole personal development of children;
  • empathy with children.

About the training provider

Alderwood School is an outstanding all-through 4-16 school. We formed in April 2017 following the amalgamation of Belle Vue Infant, Newport Junior and The Connaught Schools. Since then, our school has gone from strength to strength, offering a high standard of education for pupils in the surrounding area and we achieved an OFSTED ‘good’ rating in January 2020. We work very closely with our excellent partner schools: St Michael’s Infant and Junior Schools, Talavera Infant and Junior Schools, Park Primary and Wellington Primary. All schools in the partnership have a strong culture of high quality staff development and we have an excellent track record with NQTs and trainee teachers. Our schools are exciting and challenging places to work in. Our staff are highly motivated, committed and enthusiastic and there is a great team spirit within and between all the Aldershot schools. We can offer at least one School Direct training place in each school for September 2020 and are seeking to recruit ambitious trainees with high expectations.

Training with disabilities and other needs

There is support available for candidates with disabilities and other needs. This can be arranged through the University of Winchester or through the individual schools in the partnership. Accessibility varies between locations and it is best to contact the Lead School to discuss this in advance to ensure that we can get the right match for each candidate.

Contact details

Email
c.desausmarez@alderwood.hants.sch.uk
Telephone
01252323494
Website
http://www.alderwood.hants.sch.uk
Address
Belle Vue Road
Aldershot
Hampshire
GU12 4RZ

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Alderwood School
Belle Vue Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU12 4RZ
Yes A
Main Site
Belle Vue Road, Aldershot, GU12 4PW
Yes -
Park Primary School
Gloucester Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 3SL
Yes I
St Michael’s CE Infant School
Park Road, Aldershot, GU11 3PU
Yes C
St Michael’s CE Junior School
Church Lane East, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 3SS
Yes D
Talavera Infant School
Gun Hill, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 1RG
Yes G
Talavera Junior School
Gun Hill, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 1RG
Yes H
Wellington Community Primary School
Alexandra Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 1QJ
Yes E

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