The Training Centre by Aspire Primary (28ZZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Cambridge 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.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://westhertsteachingschool.org.uk/ITT/tabid/91/Default.aspx

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About the course

Trainees on the School Direct tuition fee route will be in a classroom working with experienced colleagues. You will also be appointed a mentor with whom you will meet at least once a week. The mentor and class teacher are often the same person.

The course is full time with weekly training sessions and workshops (mainly on a Monday) covering all aspects of teaching the primary curriculum, which compliments the in-school training experience provided. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners who will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching and learning effectively in a primary school.

Subject to COVID-19 Government Regulations:- As part of the programme trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. As the year progresses they will spend an increasing amount of time in school and by the summer term will be based at their placement school full time. Trainees will spend some time in a special school and have focus days to enhance their expertise and understanding of SEND.

A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees’ professional understanding and subject knowledge (as specified in the Core Content Framework) alongside your ability to teach culminates in a rigorous summative assessment against the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). The Pilgrim Partnership, working with The Cambridge Partnership as the accredited provider, recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees will also study for a PGCE alongside QTS.

Trainees will be required to pay tuition fees and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans.

School placements

Subject to COVID-19 Government Regulations:- Trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. These placements could vary from nursery to year 6 dependent upon the age range of training. In addition trainees will spend some time in a special school.

Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account their geographical location and individual needs.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

The Pilgrim Partnership will accept equivalent GCSE qualifications in English, maths and science by a recognised third party. As an exam will incur a cost please contact us to make sure the awarding body is acceptable.

Personal qualities

Aspire and The Pilgrim Partnership, working with The Cambridge Partnership as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with students. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.

Candidates should also be aware of contemporary issues in education.

Other requirements

  • Declaration of any convictions
  • An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
  • A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required following an offer of a place
  • Satisfactory clearance for registration

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Training Centre by Aspire is committed to training our next generation of outstanding teachers. Led by two outstanding academies in Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon, we are supported by an alliance of over 70 Primary and Secondary schools, within the county of Hertfordshire.

We are working in collaboration with our Training Provider, The Pilgrim Partnership and our accredited body The Cambridge Partnership.

One of the many advantages of training to be a teacher with us is the personalised programme of training and support we offer. All trainee teachers work alongside an experienced mentor and tutors who can guide them skilfully through their training year.

Interview process

Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview.

Please note:- During the COVID-19 pandemic interviews will take place online using Teams until further notice.

Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare.

Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare.

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

Aspire and The Pilgrim Partnership is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

What do we mean by disability? The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.

Contact this training provider

Email
ksinclair@aspireacademies.org.uk
Telephone
01442 406545
Website
http://westhertsteachingschool.org.uk/ITT/tabid/91/Default.aspx
Address
High Street
Bovingdon
Hertfordshire
HP3 0HL

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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