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Wren Academy Primary (2VR3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Teaching London: LDBS 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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.wrenacademy.org/

Contents

Course summary

You will attend centre-based training in Kilburn one day per week, with additional visits to alternative schools. Taught sessions are wide-ranging and thorough, ensuring that you have the confidence and competence to plan and teach creatively to meet the needs of all pupils. Tutors are experts in their field, offering informative and practical sessions which you can immediately apply to your own classroom practice. Sessions include:

  • Subject knowledge and related pedagogy
  • Child development
  • Theories of learning
  • Assessment and Planning
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Academic Studies for the PGCE
  • Developing a working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum (NC)
  • Voice coaching and classroom presence

You also have two focus weeks:

  • ‘SEND Week’: developing increasing awareness of aspects of SEND and how to provide an inclusive learning environment
  • ‘Creative Curriculum Week’: exploring creative and imaginative approaches to teaching, which maximise cross curricular links and contextualise learning

You spend 4 days per week in your base school. A second, 6 week, placement is undertaken in a contrasting setting and age phase. There is also the opportunity to apply for an enhancement placement in a SEND setting.

You will be observed teaching each week and targets set by your school based Mentor. You will also be visited by a Teaching London Link Tutor, and keep teaching files and evidence of your progress. You take on increasing responsibility for planning and teaching, up to 80% by the Summer Term. To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards is assessed at 6 review points across the year.

To be awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you need to pass two written assignments at Master’s Level. Classroom-based research for the first assignment is carried out during the Autumn Term and submitted at the beginning of Spring. Classroom-based research for the second assignment is carried out during the Spring 2 term and submitted at the beginning of Summer. There is also a presentation for this assignment in Spring.

School placements

Candidates apply to the Lead school but you could be placed in any of the schools within that partnership, in negotiation between you and the School. Second placements are selected by the Lead school and Teaching London to ensure that you have experience of a contrasting age phase and setting. We aim to ensure that trainees do not have to travel for longer than an hour to their placement schools.

You select the age range you would like to teach; either Early Years 3-7 Years, with placements in EYFS and KS1, or General Primary 5-11 years, which will require placements in KS1 and KS2.

Trainees will have two placements in mainstream schools, with the possible option of an enhancement placement in an SEND setting. Trainees spend the Autumn term, Spring 2 and the Summer term in their base school. Trainees spend Spring 1 in their second placement school (6 weeks).

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
All Saints CofE Primary
116 Oakleigh Road North, London, N20 9EZ
Yes
Christ Church Primary
Byng Road, London, EN5 4NS
Yes
Holy Trinity CofE Primary
Eagans Close, London, N2 8GA
Yes
Millbrook Park Primary
School House Lane, London, NW7 1JF
Yes
Monken Hadley CofE Primary
Camlet Way, Monken Hadley, Hertfordshire, EN4 0NJ
Yes
St John’s CofE Primary
Swan Lane, London, N20 0PL
Yes
St Mary’s Church of England Primary
Littlegrove , East Barnet, Herts, EN4 8SR
Yes
St Mary’s CofE Primary
Dollis Park, London, N3 1BT
Yes
St Paul’s CofE
52 The Ridgeway, London, NW7 1QU
Yes
The Orion Primary School
Grahame Park Way, London, NW7 2AL
Yes
Trent CofE Primary
Church Way, Barnet, EN4 9JH
Yes
Wessex Gardens
Golders Green, London, NW11 9RR
Yes
Wren Academy
Hilton Avenue, London, N12 9HB
Yes

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.

Candidates can choose the provider they use to achieve their GCSE Equivalency qualification. A couple of examples are https://astarequivalency.co.uk/ and https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become Outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
  • Have a positive outlook
  • Are patient and adaptable
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Are friendly and approachable
  • Are passionate about teaching
  • Are creative and imaginative
  • Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
  • Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be made a conditional offer, based on them meeting at least the following standard conditions:

  • a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • a satisfactory Criminal Record Check abroad for relevant countries where the applicant has spent more than 4 weeks travelling or working abroad
  • a satisfactory “Fitness to teach check”

If you are not a British national, you must ensure via UK Visas and Immigration that you are eligible to work and study in the UK and, if necessary, have received any required visas or permits before training begins.

Fees and financial support

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

Trainees are responsible for paying the £9,000 tuition fee for the course. Trainees are generally eligible for maintenance and tuition fee loans, but this should be clarified with Student Finance. In addition, you will also be eligible for other benefits such as student travel/oyster card, student discounts and exemption from paying council tax.

About the training provider

Our success is underpinned by a close and inclusive community with a strong Christian ethos. Wren Academy is an all-through academy (3-18) where everybody matters and each individual is celebrated for all their gifts and talents. It is important to us that all children make the best progress possible, regardless of their academic starting point, and this is reflected by exceptional academic success. The social dimension to education matters as much to us as academic achievement. We want our students to be happy, confident and secure so that they can make the most of all the opportunities they are given. The relationships between staff and students, and between students themselves, are excellent. Our ethos enable children to flourish in a disciplined yet caring environment which balances responsibilities and privileges. Trainee teachers are equally encouraged and flourish here.

Interview process

Successful candidates will be invited to interview online. Interviews are conducted by the Headteachers of the school and a representative of Teaching London.

An online interview will consist of the following:

  • A three/four minute (pre-recorded) video of applicant sharing a children’s book/story
  • A four minute teaching session
  • A formal interview
  • A written English task

All elements of the interview process are used to establish candidates’ suitability and potential for ITT. A conditional offer will be made following a successful interview.

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

Wren Academy is fully accessible for people with physical disabilities. Although the academy is large, movement between buildings is helped by automated doors and ramps instead of steps. Doorways are wide and wheelchair users are able to access each classroom. Within each building there is a lift. Staff with a physical disabilities have priority parking on site. We are happy to discuss and accommodate any further access requirements required.

Teaching London: LDBS SCITT has a degree of step-free access, but as the building was a Victorian school, we are unable to fully accommodate wheelchair access. We are always willing to discuss, and where possible, adapt to meet individual needs.

The well-being of our trainees is paramount, which is why you will be automatically enrolled into the Employee Assistance Programme with the Education Support Partnership. This provides 24/7 individual support and counselling, in addition to our in-house advice and support.

We also have experience in supporting trainees with a diagnosis of dyslexia and are able to offer specialist support on the course.

Contact this training provider

Email
admin@teachinglondon.org
Telephone
02079321126
Website
http://www.wrenacademy.org/
Address
Hilton Avenue
London
N12 9HB

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).

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