South Bromsgrove Teacher Training Partnership Primary (T907)

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

Accredited body
University of Worcester
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://www.southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk/Our-School/Initial-Teacher-Training

Contents

Course summary

This programme is based on a shared vision for educational excellence between Worcester University, Bromsgrove Primary Alliance and South Bromsgrove Teacher Training Partnership. Trainees on the programme benefit from working with strong practitioners in schools and at University. The school based elements of the programme allow trainees opportunities to spend time in school and to make links between their observations and experiences and the taught programme in University. In school trainees will be provided with a variety of opportunities to observe best practice which addresses the trainees’ development needs.

School placements will be completed in relevant age phases. You will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. Trainees are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs. You are assessed through regular lesson observations with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection on your progress. Our School Direct PGCE course maximises your experience in classrooms, but also takes advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of University tutors.

You will benefit from regular University tutor visits and training at Worcester University, focused on pedagogy, professional studies and support with academic writing. Our partnership with the University will support you in completing two Master’s Level assignments of 4000 words each, plus subject audits in English, Maths and Science, leading to the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) These assignments show how practice and research combine to provide a framework within which you teach, refer to practical pedagogy in the classroom, research of academic literature and both reflection and evaluation. Assessment of the PGCE Primary programme therefore combines course assignments and professional practice in school, aimed at enhancing your early career prospects and enabling you to be the best teacher you can be.

School placements

BPA works with a wide range of schools, offering opportunities to train in schools with a range of different catchments, contexts and sizes, enabling a broad learning experience. Alliance schools vary from small rural village schools to large inner city schools and include first, middle and primary schools.

All schools within the alliance have a proven track record of providing highly effective professional development, with a strong focus on teaching and learning.

Candidates will have two placements throughout the year. The main one will be for the majority of the year in the same class, in the same school. The second placement will be shorter and in a different school and a different key stage, providing candidates with a varied experience.

Placement schools in the alliance are:

  • Charford First School. This is a large 3 form entry first school in Bromsgrove, taking children up to Year 4, with a large Early Years department with nurseries for 2 year olds, rising 3s and 3 year olds.
  • Blackwell First School. This is a small one form entry first school in the village of Blackwell, with 150 children on roll, taking children up to Year 4. The school also has a forest school nursery.
  • Catshill First School. This is a 2 form entry first school in Bromsgrove, taking children up to Year 4. It also has a Nursery.
  • Anderton Park Primary School . This is a large multicultural school in Birmingham, taking children up to Year 6. There is also a Nursery on site.
  • Franche Primary School. This is a large 4 form entry school in Kidderminster, taking children from 3 months to 11 years.
  • Westacre Middle School - This is a large 5 form entry middle deemed primary in Droitwich Spa, taking children from Year 5 to Year 7. As a middle deemed primary, children benefit from a class-based model with a primary-trained class teacher, alongside use of modern, specialist facilities.
  • Chawson First School. This is a large 2-3 form entry first school, taking children up to Year 4. We have a Pre-school onsite taking children from 3 years old.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Anderton Park Primary School
Dennis Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 8BL
Yes
Blackwell First School
St Catherine’s Road, Blackwell, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 1BN
Yes
Catshill First School
Gibb Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0JP
Yes
Charford First School
Charford Road, Charford, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3NH
Yes
Eaton Valley Primary School
Dagger Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4BU
Yes
Franche Primary School
Chestnut Grove, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 5QB
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates that have a genuine passion for teaching, with a commitment to the value of education for all children. Candidates should also value the whole child and the communities in which they live.

Other requirements

Applicants will be required to undergo a medical questionnaire and an enhanced DBS check prior to commencement of the course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,800

Funding is available to help you train to teach. You can apply for a:

  • tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 to cover your teacher training, so you do not need to pay course fees upfront
  • maintenance loan of up to £12,667 to help with living costs

You can still apply for a tuition fee and a maintenance loan if you already have a student loan.

You will only have to make loan repayments once you’re earning. Your repayments will not increase if you already have a student loan and take an additional loan for teacher training.

About the training provider

South Bromsgrove High Teacher Training Partnership provides a high quality, school-based learning opportunity. ‘South’ is an outstanding school (Ofsted 2012/13) where students enjoy learning in a way which stimulates their imagination and creativity. We maintain high standards of achievement, offer a broad and relevant curriculum, and place great emphasis on high quality learning experiences in lessons.

The unique aspect of our School Direct training programmes is that delivery is shared across schools from our wider alliance, who have specific areas of expertise. This allows insight into First, Middle, High and Special Schools and a broader understanding of education and pedagogy.

All schools in our partnership are highly committed to the training of teachers in a school based environment with access to high quality support from Higher Education Institutions. South Bromsgrove TTP has experienced subject and professional mentors who are involved in the planning and development of the School Direct courses. Every trainee is assigned a Professional and Subject Mentor who will be experienced in mentoring, coaching and giving feedback. You will meet with your mentor regularly, to review and set targets related to the teacher standards.

Interview process

We review all applications to assess eligibility and potential suitability for the programme to which a candidate is applying. We recruit and fill places from October, so do not delay in submitting your application.

We work with University of Worcester to co-ordinate the recruitment process and hold interviews on a regular basis. Interviews will be held at Charford First School, where possible, with representatives from Worcester University and BPA. Where this is not possible, interviews will be held virtually.

These interviews will help us to assess your suitability for the course applied for and to work with you to discuss school placement requirements.

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

South Bromsgrove Teacher Training Partnership recognises that teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools, both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos. We value diversity and the unique contribution that all staff and trainees bring. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities or specific educational needs and we are committed to fulfilling our duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all trainees can access all aspects of our training provision. We also work closely with our accredited providers to ensure that support mechanisms are in place for emerging needs of trainees throughout the course.

Specific support might include:

  • Training materials produced in advance or made available online;
  • Specific print requirements, such as large print / coloured paper;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Wheelchair access to relevant training / classrooms;
  • Designated quiet working areas.

It is a trainee’s choice whether or not they disclose disabilities to us, but we would encourage you to do so in order that we can support you fully in completing your training.

Contact this training provider

Email
training@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk
Telephone
01527 962021
Website
https://www.southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk/Our-School/Initial-Teacher-Training
Address
South Bromsgrove High School
Charford Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B60 3NL

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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