Bradgate Education Partnership (BEP) School Direct Primary (5-11) (2MJH)

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

Accredited body
Leicester & Leicestershire 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
https://bepschools.org/

Contents

Course summary

On this unsalaried OFSTED School Direct course, you will be part of a cohort all specialising in teaching KS1 and KS2 pupils. Training sessions for the cohort take place in schools, in bespoke training rooms. Sessions are dynamic and engaging and each trainee will quickly become known as a unique individual so SCITT trainers and management can mould training and select placements to fit each individual’s needs, working exactly as skilled teachers do with their pupils. This is a key strength of our programmes, making the training personalised so that every trainee is both challenged and supported at every step of their journey to becoming the teacher they want to be.

The SCITT trainers are all leading experts in their fields, charismatic and passionate about making a difference in children’s lives. They include excellent practitioners from partner schools and consultants working to raise standards within primary schools within the region.

Central training includes days spent working with exceptional teachers and their pupils, in exceptional partnership schools, so all trainees are exposed to best practice in teaching the curriculum creatively and effectively. We want future pupils to love learning and our future teachers to love teaching!

Good subject knowledge underpins effective teaching, and the quality and depth of our central training is a key reason why so many of our teachers have risen rapidly to senior management roles in schools. Headteachers, SCITT trained teachers and trainees are unanimous is stating that the course structure is an ideal balance of theory and practice.

An integral part of the courses is a full University of Leicester PGCE, with Masters Level credits.  Trainees are asked to complete the equivalent of two 5000 word assignments within this internationally recognised PGCE award.

Click HERE for more information about the course design and timetables.

The best way to get to know if our course is the right one for you is to come and meet us. Sign up on our website for a free information event or call us on 0116 254 3187 or admin@leics-scitt.co.uk for advice, support or information.

School placements

The BEP and SCITT partnership know trainees can only reach their potential if given exceptional support in placements. Teaching is about relationships; and the relationship between a trainee and their class teacher on placement is vitally important.  The trust and loyalty of headteachers and teachers in our partner schools, built up over the last 15 years, is a key strength of our training.

The consistently high quality of support on 3 contrasting school placements, from dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, underpins the course’s success. This maximises opportunities for each trainee to learn from best practice in different settings.

As a trainee on this programme, you will a be part of the BEP [https://bepschools.org/]. Two of your placements will therefore be in a BEP partnership school in Leicestershire. Placements are carefully matched to each individual trainee’s development needs and SCITT management also take into account the fact that trainees may be using public transport to reach placement schools. Trainees with children are always thought about carefully so as to best support them as they juggle teaching demands with their own childcare arrangements.

Trainees spend their time split across placement schools in all 3 terms. The teaching load is phased in from 40% of the timetable at the end of the autumn placement to 80% of the time table in the final weeks of summer term.

Ofsted reported that “Placement schools are very carefully allocated to provide trainees with teaching experiences across the whole 5-11 age range in a variety of settings. This is an outstanding feature of the training.”

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 science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for talented, creative individuals, with a passion for teaching across a wide range of subjects within the primary curriculum. Good communication skills are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 

Teachers in schools know that teaching demands stamina and perseverance. We look for applicants with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of teaching. 

We aim to recruit a range of good role models representative of the local population, particularly from minority ethnic communities and men. We also encourage LSAs and career changers.

Other requirements

A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such it is important applicants make this commitment based on a first hand understanding of the pressures and rewards of working in a British primary school in the twenty first century. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of one week’s relevant and recent experience in a primary school. We feel this is advantageous to demonstrate your understanding of teaching and learning in your interview.   

Applicants will need to pass health and DBS police checks and have the physical and mental fitness to teach. 

Fees and financial support

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

This is an unsalaried course

About the training provider

The Merton Primary School is the lead school for the School Direct route at STEP Teaching School Alliance (TSA). Our programme is delivered by Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT (L&L SCITT) providing trainees with invaluable classroom experience enabling them to become effective and confident primary teachers. STEP is an innovative alliance of primary and secondary schools working across Leicester, Leicestershire and surrounding areas. As a diverse partnership of schools in rural and urban settings we work collaboratively to improve outcomes for our children. We provide high quality, inspirational opportunities to develop and enthuse existing teachers and those new to teaching. We work in close partnership with the L&L SCITT, an Outstanding ITT provider, in the design of this School Direct programme. STEP trainees on this route benefit from following the full SCITT training programme. All school placements are in SCITT partner schools with at least one being in a STEP school. The L&L SCITT has been consistently rated by Ofsted as Outstanding since 2009. In the most recent `Good Teacher Training Guide’ the SCITT is in the top five ITT providers nationally, being the top primary provider in the East Midlands. Trainees gain an internationally recognised PGCE, worth 60 Masters level credits, awarded by the University of Leicester, alongside QTS. Many students that have completed the STEP School Direct programme go on to gain employment in one of our schools. They benefit from access to our high quality NQT and professional development programmes, providing continued support throughout their career.

Interview process

As part of our selection process all candidates will be asked to complete written audits in English and mathematics (this does not affect your place on the course).  The written audits assess whether each candidate’s personal subject knowledge in English and mathematics is sufficient to form a secure base to underpin high quality teaching of these subjects in the primary school.

Audit Information and Preparation Advice

The interview process will also take place in our partner schools and will involve a combination of tasks including:

  • a presentation, connected to current educational issues;

  • a task working with a small group of 3-7 or 5-11 pupils;

  • a formal interview;

  • a reading task.

Each part of the selection procedure will be graded to agreed criteria. The interview questions will be largely based on elements that will contribute to the Teachers’ Standards. Equal opportunities procedures will be followed to ensure that the selection procedures are open, fair and assessments are to agreed criteria.

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

Education and training providers have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to anticipate the adjustments that disabled students may need. The SCITT is committed to actively promoting equal opportunities in employment and to encouraging participation by disabled people in public life.

If you would describe yourself as having a disability, in accordance with the Equality Act (2010), and need any adjustments made to promote equality of opportunity, please contact us, as soon as possible, so we can discuss your requirements. The best place for you to do this is on your UCAS form. However, you can also do it at any time during your studies, either by telling a member of SCITT Management.

As we are partnered with the University of Leicester, our students can access the Student Support Services offered. The AccessAbility Centre offers support and advice for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties as well as working with students who have sensory disabilities, mobility difficulties; mental health conditions and autism. The Centre offers study skills support.

The AccessAbility Centre

Contact this training provider

Email
admin@leics-scitt.co.uk
Telephone
0116 254 3187
Website
https://bepschools.org/
Address
Bradgate Education Partnership
Merton Primary School, Cherry Avenue
Syston, Leicestershire
East Midlands
LE7 2PT

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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