Caludon Castle School
PGCE with QTS full time with salary
- Accredited body
- The University of Warwick
- Financial support
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
- 8 October 2019
- Date course starts
- August 2020
About the course
School Direct programmes contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for your chosen specialism. Some of these take place at the placement school and some at the University of Warwick.
Trainees then take what they have learned in the training room directly into the classroom where they put it into practice under the supervision and guidance of mentors and fellow colleagues who will provide support, feedback and key guidance to ensure that all trainees make the required progress. Professional Studies sessions, based at Caludon Castle School, are facilitated by leading practitioners who have a track record of excellence in teaching. Topics covered include:
Behaviour for learning
Outstanding lesson planning
Using ICT to enhance learning and teaching
Literacy and numeracy
There is a broad curriculum at KS3 and KS4, focussing on:
maintaining subject knowledge in Physics delivering excellence in general science and specialist Physics lessons
good laboratory practice
planning for and setting up practical lessons
making the most of STEM
inspiring learners to become tomorrow’s Physicists
supporting literacy and numeracy in Physics lessons
designing and supporting learning outside the classroom
linking Physics to the wider curriculum
post-16 Physics teaching
Trainees will have experience in at least two secondary or primary schools (depending on phase) and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in school life, participating in extra-curricular activities, parent meetings, and cross-curricular events. Trainees, also get the chance to spend some time working with educational needs,
All programmes lead to QTS and PGCE status, including the award of 60 CATS credits towards Masters accreditation, upon meeting the assessment criteria, specified by the University of Warwick.
If shortlisted for selection, applicants will be invited to an interview day, where they will be involved in a range of activities, including teaching a short lesson to students, undertaking a literacy exercise, and undergoing a panel interview. All applicants offered a place will subsequently be required to produce a clear enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service and to pass the ‘Fitness to Teach’ requirements laid down by the Department for Education, before taking up their place on the course.
How school placements work
Successful School Direct candidates will complete their Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE11-18) with the University of Warwick, allowing them to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as gaining 90 CATs points towards their Masters. Practical, school-based training will take place at the lead school. The School Direct programme will involve candidates being supported in and engaged with the schools from the beginning of September 2020, developing relevant professional skills and learning from the wealth of experience that exists both within the schools and the university. High quality support will be available at all times from the schools and the university to help candidates on their journey towards becoming outstanding classroom practitioners. At the end of the training year, there is an expectation that schools will do all that they can to assist the training teacher with securing a teaching position.
Unqualified pay scale commences from £17,681 per annum plus uplift with effect from 1 September 2019 yet to be confirmed.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Selection criteria are broad and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. Candidates must have at least 5 GCSE’s at C grade or better, including a C grade in English and Maths, Science for Primary as well. We prefer at least a high second-class UK honours degree (or its equivalent) for all subjects although a 2.2 is acceptable. All applicants are advised that at least 50% of their degree should focus on the relevant subject, but if a candidate wishes to teach in a subject different from their degree, then they must undertake a SKE.
Applicants need to have a passion for teaching and show a sincere professional interest in working with children. Applicants need to be in good health. Applicants are required to show a commitment to their subject, as well as a desire to train in a school-based environment. They are encouraged to highlight in particular any prior teaching experience in their application.
About the training provider
A National Teaching School and the lead school in the Coventry East Alliance, we comprise secondary and primary schools in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Applying for a School Direct place through us will guarantee an exceptional teacher training experience, either at Caludon Castle School or at one of our other successful partner schools. Caludon Castle is a very good school with an excellent record of teacher training: in 2018-2019, we trained approximately 20 potential teachers, through both the PGCE and School Direct routes, all achieving at least a ‘good’ grade by the end of their training year, with the majority being graded as outstanding. All of our trainee teachers have always been able to secure jobs in teaching by the end of their training years.
Our partner provider, The University of Warwick, confirm the Alliance is ‘outstanding’.
“outstanding training provision for all trainees.
Practical, school-based training takes place at the lead school and within the Alliance. We offer placements across all subject areas. Trainees are supported by experienced Subject Mentors: experts in their academic fields.
“The feedback on placements is very positive, providing excellent training experiences for the trainees.” Director of Teacher Education, Warwick University
School Direct programmes in schools contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for the chosen specialism.
Trainees will have a complementary experience in at least two secondary or primary schools, immersing themselves in school life. Trainees, also, spend time gaining experience in Special Education within their own schools.
About the accredited body
The University of Warwick is our accrediting body. Ofsted has rated the university as an “Outstanding” provider of teacher training, and part of the Russell Group, whose members represent outstanding teaching and learning experience. 94% of trainees are awarded good or outstanding grades.
Warwick’s employment rate into teaching is 95%.
Upon completing this course, you gain 90 credits at master’s level for the MA in Professional Education. This allows you to fast-track to stage two of a master’s degree, quickly progressing your professional development.
You will be supported by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school mentors.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The staff at Castle Phoenix Trust are committed to ensuring that all students and teachers develop their full potential. Therefore we aim to provide a caring and supportive environment for all of our students and staff and are committed to the active promotion of Equal Opportunities.
The school wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and 2005) and the Equality Act 2010 and the Children and Families Act 2014. We are committed to ensuring that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, are treated fairly. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that disabled students and other disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged.
This Disability Statement supports Castle Phoenix Trust’s drive towards inclusive learning.
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