Brine Leas School
Design and technology (U570)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://theoaks.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

The Design and Technology course will enable you to use your skills to nurture students creativity and turn their ideas into reality. You’ll be teaching a subject which gives students opportunities to develop their practical and personal skills.

D&T covers a number of subject specialisms and encompasses the teaching of designing, making, and evaluative skills in interesting and challenging ways. It involves working with a range of materials and processes in different subject specialist areas. These areas develop specialist technical knowledge as well as life skills and include Food and Nutrition, Textile Design, Graphic Design, Resistant Materials, and Systems and Control. You are expected to specialise in two of the above at KS4 and develop skills in a range of the subject areas across KS3.

You will specialise in the subject area you studied in your degree (such as Food, Textiles or Product design) and during the course add an additional subject area to focus your training on for KS4. Learning practical skills across all subject areas, and gain subject and curriculum knowledge across all subjects in KS3. You will learn how to undertake risk assessments for activities to provide a safe learning environment and will work in both practical and classroom environments and develop the necessary skills needed to support, challenge and motivate all students.

The course is often tailored to the areas of weakness identified by trainees at the start of the course. However, typically the training includes:

o Technology in the classroom and national curriculum o Assessment opportunities in the classroom, differentiation and progression o Risk assessment and H&S o Planning for practical lessons and classroom management o Skills and technique workshops for KS3 o Building teaching resources for KS3 o Core Technology for KS4 and exam specifications o The Design Process and links across Technology o Delivery of NEA’s (coursework) KS4 o Specialist knowledge and technique development KS4/KS5

All aspects of the subject are addressed during the course, including meeting the requirements of the NC and national initiatives such as Assessment for Learning and literacy. With focused study of D&T at post-16 you will not only be equipped to teach pupils and students in the 11-16 age range but will have opportunities to gain experience of teaching at the 16-19 level.

These sessions are delivered by a D&T Subject Expert in school, therefore you are required to travel to Stafford for the delivery of these sessions.

Interview process

Our selection process is a two way process where you can find out if the OAKS is the training programme for you and we can decide if you can potentially become a good/outstanding secondary teacher. We always carry out our interviews in one of our partnership schools, where you will be expected to teach either a class or a small group of their students for 15 minutes. The students give us feedback on your lesson, which we share with you during a formal interview. This focuses on your lesson, your subject knowledge and your commitment to teach. There are also written tasks for you to complete; these include a written subject specific activity and a generic writing task. The whole process should take no more than half a day at the school. You are interviewed by partnership school staff and OAKS tutors, who will talk through the programme and school placements. There will always be plenty of time for you to ask questions and the decision as to whether you are accepted on to the course is usually made on the same day (this may vary depending on the subject/time of year).

We want the interview to be a very positive experience for you. Please arrive promptly and formal dress is expected. We look forward to meeting you!

How school placements work

We will send you to two secondary schools where you will receive an 11-16 experience; the time spent in both of these placements is the same. Hopefully they will give you two very different experiences; one maybe in a small town or rural setting the other could be inner city. We make sure that you also receive a pre and post phase enhancement so you will be placed in a primary school for one week and gain experience in a post-16 environment (possibly in one of your secondary placements). We are very proud of our alternative education placements that we arrange for you on our programme. Hopefully you will gain experience in an EAL school, pupil referral unit (PRU), special school and maybe an independent school.

Travel to and from your placements is always a key concern and we make every effort to make sure that you can easily commute to your schools. We have a very large partnership in over five counties; one will have schools close to you. We guarantee that you will never have to travel more than 75 minutes. In fact, most of our trainees travel well under an hour to their teaching experiences. When we visit our EAL schools we put on mini buses so nothing could be simpler.

Many of you will have applied to one of our 5 hubs (geographical zones); this usually dictates the schools that you will be placed in. Through evaluations all of our partnership schools are deemed to be at least “very good training experiences” for our trainee teachers. We train and then monitor all of our school based mentors and the quality of our school’s provision annually; so rest assured that you will have a good teaching experience with us at the OAKS.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

With The OAKS there is a pre-course fee which covers

  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Fitness to teach
  • Purchasing of Bristol Guide (reduced cost from The OAKS)
  • Residential trip.

In 2019/20 the total price for the above was £115, at this moment in time we are unable to confirm the price for 2020/21, but do not foresee this increasing dramatically.

There is also a possibility of undertaking a First Aid course and / or a P4C (Philosophy for Children) course, these are optional and may incur an additional fee.

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

Entry to the programme is conditional on the following: o achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent); o passes at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent) o successful completion of The OAKS internal tests in Literacy and Numeracy (please note these replace the online Professional Skills tests which were withdrawn in October 2019);

Personal qualities

  • Highly motivated individuals who want to make a positive contribution to the education of young people.
  • Trainees who are passionate about their own specialism subject, with very good subject knowledge.
  • Who are able to inspire their learners and create an environment where everyone wants to succeed.
  • Candidates that show enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in the all aspects of the training course.
  • Robust, resilient applicants who want to make a difference in the classroom.
  • People who want to become good or outstanding classroom practitioners, with a desire to improve themselves and their student’s.

Other requirements

  • a medical report which is deemed satisfactory;
  • a completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the The OAKS;
  • a successful completion of a minimum of 10 days teaching experience in a secondary school/college during the last two years. This could be either before or after selection (undertaking this before the selection process commences will strengthen your application).

About the training provider

Brine Leas School is an outstanding school who are committed to teaching future professionals. We work within a Hub of schools, within the East Cheshire region, these are: Brine Leas School, Alsager School, Congleton High School, Shavington Academy and St Thomas More School.

Programme Data from last year 94% successfully completed the programme 90% trainees gained employment 100% of the cohort achieved ‘outstanding’ or’ good’ 96% rated our teacher training programme as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’

We work closely with The OAKS as our accredited provider this is a genuine partnership between our hub of schools, The OAKS and Keele University, which ensures relevant and up to date training. The OAKS and the Brine Leas Hub of schools believes that we are an extremely caring and friendly organisation and will, at all times, provide help, encouragement and support, whenever it is needed. At the end of the programme you will obtain QTS from The OAKS and a PGCE Academic Award from Keele University.

You are important to us and many support structures are in place for this challenging, but very rewarding course. It is our aim to produce highly motivated, creative, successful and reflective teachers. Such teachers, we know, will be in great demand both in the local region and nationally.

You will be placed in two placements, where you will put theory into practice. In addition, The OAKS also gives you the opportunity to observe teaching in alternative educational settings such as EAL, PRU, Special and Independent Schools.

About the accredited body

The OAKS is an Ofsted Outstanding (2016) and innovative SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme) which links Keele University and OAT (Ormiston Academies Trust) with a long established partnership of schools in five local authorities: Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire, Birmingham and Cheshire.

The OAKS course is based in the beautiful green campus of Keele University and all trainees will qualify with a Keele University PGCE and QTS from The OAKS.

Our programme was rated 17th out of over 200 Teacher Training providers across the country in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have a dedicated support tutor, who supports our trainees with disability or any other need. It is important to state that they do not assess your teaching performance, this gives you the opportunity to speak honestly about your needs, but also enables the support tutor to have the freedom to help you and visit you; whether you are in placement school or here at The OAKS. This includes signposting through to developing individualised learning plans, which may extend beyond the course date to enable you to successfully complete the programme.

Contact details

Email
k.a.pickin@keele.ac.uk
Telephone
+441782733130
Website
https://theoaks.org.uk/
Address
Audlem Road
Nantwich
Cheshire
CW5 7DY

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