LiFE MAT and Partners School Direct Physical education (C724)

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

Accredited body
Loughborough University
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.lifemultiacademytrust.org.uk/schooldirect/
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Course summary

Loughborough University is ranked 2nd in the top ten of higher education institutions in the ‘Good Teacher Training Guide 2017’ and has been ranked Top 10 for the past five years. Our courses have been highly rated in Ofsted inspections and Loughborough has been assessed as a category ‘A’ provider, representing ‘outstanding’ provision, three consecutive times since 2005.

The Loughborough PGCE course trains individuals to teach the 11-18 age range. It is formally registered with the Department for Education as an 11-16 QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) course with post-16 enhancement. In effect, this means that all individuals on the PGCE course will experience teaching the 11-16 curriculum as well as post-16, and will be qualified to take up teaching posts in all secondary schools covering the 11-18 age range.

The Loughborough PGCE has been designed by university staff and teachers from schools, and is intended to set you on the path to becoming a well informed and reflective professional. The heart of the course is the development of your teaching competences. The course lasts 36 weeks and will give you teaching experience in two different secondary schools. Two thirds of the course is spent in schools where you will have the support and guidance of experienced teachers. For the rest of the time, you will work in the university with tutors and teachers who prepare you for your school experience, and guide you in making the important links between the theoretical and practical components of the course.

Our course will help you to:

learn how to teach and relate to young people in a variety of learning situations; develop the ability to plan sequences of lessons, and to teach and manage pupils effectively; gain the confidence and competence to undertake your full role as a teacher within a secondary school; develop sufficient knowledge and understanding of educational issues to be able to contribute effectively to the highest standards of teaching and learning, and to whole school improvement.

Alongside teaching experience in schools, you will undertake two other elements within the course:

1.Subject Methods courses in which you learn to teach your chosen subject (Physical Education or Mathematics). 2.General Professional Studies through which you come to understand the framework of the education system and how to contribute professionally to the wider role of the teacher responsible for the personal, social and health education of pupils.

School placements

LiFE MAT and Partners School Direct is a wonderful group of nine schools serving many areas of the north and west parts of Leicestershire. Placements school will be within the LiFE MAT and Partners. These schools are judged good or outstanding by Ofsted in at least one area of the areas of inspection and it has been noted that they are schools where students want to learn. The placements are discussed with the trainee and based on partners’ capacity and the availability of experienced staff to act as mentors.

Students have two placements in contrasting schools within the partnership and access to 11-19 age range and key stages 3-5.

The placements are referred to as ‘Phase 1’ and ‘Phase 2’ placements

Phase 1 Your first placement is the ‘Phase 1’ placement. After induction you will then spend about 10 weeks in this school.

Phase 2 During your ‘Phase 2’ placement you will spend about 12 weeks in your second placement school.

In your placement schools, your subject teaching will be closely monitored and supported by a mentor in the faculty. A senior member of staff, the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) co-ordinator, holds overall responsibility in school for the training of trainee teachers, including tutorials and the provision of opportunities for professional development and whole school concerns - such as the importance and use of technology in the classroom to facilitate learning and reduce workload.

Throughout the year there will be opportunities for LiFE MAT and Partners School Direct trainees to come together to share their experiences and good practice in our CPD days, while on placements. This enriches the experience and builds vital collaboration between trainees and subject areas.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Ashby School
Nottingham Road, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leics, LE65 1DT
No
Bosworth Academy
Leicester Lane, Desford, Leicestershire, LE9 9JL
No
Brookvale Groby Learning Campus
Ratby Road, Groby, Leicester, LE6 0FP
No
Countesthorpe Academy
Winchester Road, Countesthorpe, Leics, LE8 5PR
No
Ibstock Community College
Central Avenue, Ibstock, Leics, LE67 6NE
No
Ivanhoe College
North Street, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leics, LE65 1HX
No
Main Site
Leicester Lane, Desford, Leicestershire, LE9 9JL
No
Saint Martins Catholic Academy
Stoke Golding, nuneaton, Warcs, CV13 6HT
No
South Charnwood High School
Broad Lane, Markfield, Leicestershire, LE67 9TB
No
The Winstanley School
Kings Way North, Braunstone Town, Leicester, LE3 3BD
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in physical education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are seeking to recruit highly motivated and inspiring individuals who are excited about the School Direct PGCE and have: a genuine commitment to teaching excellent communication skills ability to form good and effective relationships reflective qualities emotional resilience awareness of current educational issues energy and a sense of humour! experience in educational related settings, or wider experience of working with children or young people any particular outstanding/subject specific skills

Please use your personal statement to highlight these qualities and give us a clear picture of why you want to teach.

Other requirements

Teaching is an intellectually demanding career that requires an ability to analyse and reflect upon experiences. This is likely to be demonstrated in our selection process by applicants expanding on their previous experiences in school settings and displaying a capacity to structure thoughts; to raise and answer related questions both in discussion and in writing.

You are required to satisfy this University that you are physically and mentally ‘fit to teach’ before embarking on the course.

You are required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify your suitability for working with young people.

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 £18,500

About the training provider

LiFE MAT and Partners School Direct is a unique partnership of 9 Secondary and 4 Primary schools in Leicestershire with access to 11-19 provision.

We offer a range of experiences where you will develop your potential as a teacher.

Our vision is:

  • To develop outstanding teachers of the future and guide them on a career path within our partnership schools.

  • To enhance and support trainees’ professional development.

  • To provide our trainees with outstanding support and development in a positive and caring environment.

We offer you:

  • An expectation that successful graduates of this programme will be considered for employment in our partnership of schools

  • The maximum possible amount of time working with students and developing the skills to become an outstanding teacher.

  • The earliest possible opportunity to get into classrooms and make a difference to students.

  • Access to the opportunities provided by the LiFE MAT. - which includes 6 of our partnership schools.

Our partnership of schools allows us to be small enough to care and know each trainee really well so that we can identify needs and target support. We encourage our trainees and staff to identify aspirational improvement goals in a supportive workplace culture. Our goal is to create life-long educators who are passionate about the profession and committed to young people.

Interview process

You will be expected to attend an interview, which will be led by Loughborough University and have representatives from LiFE MAT and Partners School Direct.

The interview at Loughborough University will comprise of: Group discussion Written test Individual interview

You will need to bring the following with you to the interview: Photo ID (Passport/Driving Licence) Original Degree Certificate (if available) Original Maths GCSE Certificate Original English GCSE Certificate

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

Wheelchair access is available on our sites. Please let us know if you have any specific requirements that would support you during your training.

Contact this training provider

Email
schooldirect@lifemultiacademytrust.org.uk
Telephone
01455 822841
Website
https://www.lifemultiacademytrust.org.uk/schooldirect/
Address
Bosworth Academy
Leicester Lane
Desford
Leicestershire
LE9 9JL

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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