Sheringham Primary Teaching School Alliance
Primary (27MJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Suffolk and Norfolk Primary 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
http://sheringhamprimary.norfolk.sch.uk

Contents

About the course

We offer specialisms in General Primary, General Primary with Mathematics, Early Years and Special Needs. We provide a unique opportunity across Norfolk and Suffolk for trainees to immerse themselves in a diverse range of teaching and training experiences which by the final term are highly personalised. The training comprises of 3 placements in 2 contrasting schools over the course of the year combined with approximately 55 days in centre training. The centre based training is provided by expert trainers, many of whom are still serving teachers. It covers all National Curriculum subjects and key aspects of primary education such as behaviour management, SEND and assessment. Trainees also have sessions focused on the two assignments and one presentation which contribute to their PGCE qualification (including 60 credits at M Level). All trainees have a personal tutor who is committed to supporting each trainee over their training year. This includes weekly email contact, visits to observe teaching and end of term progress interviews.

Interview process

The Tuition SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with partnership school head teachers. You will be invited to a task day where you will undertake a short written activity to gauge your fundamental English skills and a group task focused on interpersonal skills.
This will be followed by an interview that will begin with you giving a short presentation.

How school placements work

We have access to the SCITT partnership of over 250 schools. This is well-established and we have clear and strong working relationships with a range of primary schools across Suffolk and Norfolk. We go to great lengths, through quality assurance and our local knowledge, to ensure that all placements are of a high standard. Trainees are supported by school mentors who are enthusiastic, committed and well-trained individuals. Trainees spend approximately 26 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the main placement school in the autumn and summer terms, with the spring term in a contrasting school. The distance to school placements will vary. These take into account the trainee’s home address, whether they have their own transport and the placement that the school is able to offer. Our policy is to endeavour to keep journey times to school to a maximum of 50 minutes each way.

Fees

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

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

GCSEs GCSE English, Mathematic and Science Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not accepted as equivalents. Degree A UK first degree (or equivalent). Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points) If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. Please note that the responsibility is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.

Personal qualities

We are looking for committed, resilient individuals who are ready to undertake an exciting but rigorous training year. We are interested in people who are passionate and enthusiastic about children’s learning and have a desire to promote the best outcomes for all children. You need to be open to constructive feedback and see it as a tool to help you to achieve your potential by the end of the year. You must be organised and self-motivated as although you will be well supported, you also need to be focused on the commitment involved within this training year.

Other requirements

  • Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course. This is paid for by Primary SCITT. It is expected that you join the update service (£13 per year at a cost to you).
  • Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. Primary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. The initial screening is paid for by Primary SCITT, trainees may be asked to contribute towards further costs.
  • You may require a certificate of good conduct if you have lived overseas in the past five years.

About the training provider

We are a large Primary School situated in North Norfolk but our alliance spreads throughout the county and we have trainees placed across the region from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth and from Cromer to Thetford with everywhere in between!

We have been involved with school direct for a number of years and are very experienced and knowledgeable in this field; we work closely with our providers to ensure high standards of training are achieved.

Once recruited we allocate schools from our alliance partners to individuals based on location and age range required. Successful applicants all know where their main school placements will be in July.

About the accredited body

The Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT programme is a personalised, relational and ethical training provider. Primary SCITT has very high attainment and employment outcomes for trainees. On average 95% of trainees are employed in local schools by the end of their training year.
Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a range of experience in schools as classroom practitioners and often headteachers or members of senior leadership teams, so have a wealth of experience to share with trainees. The Primary SCITT course is a highly personalised course which offers a wide range of opportunities to trainees.

Training with disabilities and other needs

SCITT: We support all trainees based on their individual needs. Working with our providers this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments. All of our providers have full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools. UEA: UEA operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities.

All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire. If this reveals any additional needs, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments at the University and in school placements

[Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA’s Wellbeing Service]https://portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service/wellbeing

Contact details

Email
rcarter2nrq@nsix.org.uk
Telephone
01263 823848
Website
http://sheringhamprimary.norfolk.sch.uk
Address
Cooper Road
Off Holway Road
Sheringham
Norfolk
NR26 8UH

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