Southend High School for Girls
Chemistry (22MJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Essex and Thames SCITT
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.southendscitt.co.uk

Contents

About the course

During the programme you will spend at least 120 days in schools and around 40 days in centre-based training. Our training is designed by a highly qualified team of senior teachers and leading academics and is primarily based in school.

Training at the Centres The training days include sessions in Subject Studies, SEND and inclusion, children’s mental health, behaviour and voice. Our training takes place in our training centres and in some of the very best secondary schools in Southend. The programme also gives you access to all Canterbury Christ Church University facilities.

“NQTs…demonstrate strong subject knowledge and great enthusiasm for their subject, which lead to very confident performances in the classroom.” Ofsted

Training in School Evidence shows that the best learning comes from training alongside the highest quality teachers, and with us, you benefit from a significant amount of real school experience as you work alongside the best teachers in our area. During the year you will have practical classroom experience in at least two differing schools.

Specialisms We offer free additional training in Special Educational Needs and Disability and Leadership. All trainees are offered the opportunity to gain a sports coaching qualification during the year.

Assessment Throughout the programme you will be regularly assessed by both school mentors and your SCITT-based tutors.

Academic work You also have the opportunity to study for a PGCE by submitting one written assignment, one written research project and a written assignment with presentation.

Support You will be assigned your own tutor, who will meet with you regularly, a subject tutor and a school mentor whose role it is to train and support you in school. You will also have access to an extended support network of experienced teachers and mentors throughout your course.

‘The partnership (has) a well-deserved reputation for training…that local schools are keen to employ’ Ofsted

By the end of the year you will:

  • Have an excellent understanding of the National Curriculum along with the requirements for assessment and relevant examination specifications

  • Be able to plan and prepare for lessons and set students’ learning objectives with confidence

  • Have strong classroom management skills

  • Know how to address personalise learning to ensure that all pupils are included and can achieve their potential

Interview process

Applications must be clearly written and provide evidence of a strong desire to be a teacher, a passion for your subject and an interest in pupil’s learning.

Successful applicants will be called for interview once your applications is received from UCAS. If you have applied and have not heard back from us just give our office a ring (01268 570215) so that we can check on the progress of your application.

The interview process is divided into two parts: the formal SCITT interview and a school-based interview.

Part 1: The interview typically starts at 9.30 until 1.00 depending on the number of candidates. The process gives applicants a chance to demonstrate all the necessary qualities and skills needed to be a successful teacher.

At the start of the day you will meet other candidates and have a chance to ask SCITT staff any questions.

You will be asked to: Participate in an interview with senior members of SCITT staff Give a short presentation Observe an experienced teacher and write about what you have seen;

It is important that you come to interviews fully prepared so that we are able to assess your suitability to train.

Successful applicants at part 1 will be notified within 2 working days and offered a school-based interview.

Part Two: You will be asked to: Deliver a 30 minute lesson in your chosen subject. This will be observed by up to two experienced teachers and feedback given.

How school placements work

We pride ourselves on being the preferred teacher training provider for the majority of secondary schools in Southend. The breadth of the partnership ensures that we are able to offer a diverse range of training opportunities, learning from leading edge practitioners and experts. Most of our schools are located near public transport and within easy reach for non-drivers. You can see our current list of schools on our website http://southendscitt.org

Placements We do our very best to match you with a school as near to where you live as possible. We take your personal circumstances into account and aim to ensure that no trainee has to travel for more than an hour to reach their schools. You will train in at least 2 schools. We will ensure that you are offered experience in a range of socio-economic settings.

What will you do in school? Working alongside experienced teachers, you will be supported to take on a slowly increasing teaching role. You will build up from observing to co-teaching and working with small groups to teaching whole classes by the end of the final term. A school-based mentor and your subject tutor will provide high quality mentoring and pastoral support throughout your placements.

“School-based training is the key feature leading to trainees’ success. NQTs reported that they were well supported with regular and protected time with their mentors.” Ofsted

Beyond the programme We are thrilled and proud to say, that a staggering 100% of our trainees looking for jobs are recruited into teaching posts at the end of their training. Our school-based support extends into the NQT year with social events, a comprehensive NQT training programme and access to 1:1 support from SCITT staff as required.

Fees

The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Our fees for the course are £9,250

You could be eligible for either: a scholarship a bursary To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in a related subject. You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one. Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid. You may also be eligible for a loan while you study. Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

An honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a university in Great Britain or Overseas, or an ordinary degree with 300 credits, of which 60 must be at level 6, or a qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree. 50% of the degree must be relevant to the subject taught; if the degree does not link closely, A level in that subject and Subject Knowledge Enhancement course is required. GCSEs at level C (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English. The ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken English. A demonstrable passion for your chosen subject.

Personal qualities

We would like to hear from you if you are:

Keen to become an outstanding teacher; Passionate about your subject; Have a strong knowledge and understanding of subject you wish to teach. Creative and imaginative; Keen to open the minds of young people to achieve their fullest potential; Able to work collaboratively; Prepared to innovate and take risks: Prepared to learn from research; Prepared to work hard to develop your skills and your understanding of how pupils learn; Committed to providing a positive nurturing learning environment.

Other requirements

Although not compulsory, we recommend candidates complete recent school based experience in a UK secondary school. Don’t worry if you don’t have any contacts in school, our schools are happy to provide an opportunity to gain experience with them.

Once you have accepted your offer we will make an application for an enhanced DBS check. All offers will be subject to this being completed successfully.

All candidates are required to make a fitness to teach declaration to Occupational Health.

About the training provider

We are a large dynamic partnership of schools and two SCITTs with many years of experience behind us. Our excellent training is supported by expert practitioners in more good and outstanding schools throughout Southend. Our sole purpose is to provide outstanding education for the young people of Southend and beyond by training excellent teachers. Due to the outstanding reputation we hold locally for the provision of rigorous and effective training 100% of our trainees gain employment each year, often within partner schools.

Programmes The course takes one academic year to complete, full time. Not only will you gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by training with us, but you will also receive professional training in educational theory leading to a PGCE award with masters level credits (validated by Canterbury Christ Church University). As a result, you will begin your teaching career with excellent practical teaching skills and a deep understanding of the underpinning educational theory enabling you to work effectively. All elements of the programme are delivered in partnership with Essex and Thames SCITT (www.etpscitt.co.uk) and are taught by experienced, practising teachers.

“The range of high-quality training experiences gives trainees an effective introduction to the role of the teacher.’ Ofsted.

Support We pride ourselves on offering bespoke support and guidance during your training through your Tutors and School-Based Mentors and we continue this into your first year of teaching with our NQT support team.

Visit http://southendscitt.org to read more about our courses.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We strive to understand, appreciate and value the differences in individuals; we aim to make people feel valued and supported so they achieve their full potential. We value diversity and encourage applications for places from disabled trainees. Many trainees with a wide range of disabilities have successfully completed our courses; many leave us to go on and become outstanding teachers. Each year we recruit trainees with a wide range of additional needs and we regularly work in partnership with other agencies to ensure we provide everyone with the best possible support. We employ a specialist in Occupational Health, and working together, we can accommodate the needs of any applicant we feel has the potential to become a good teacher and therefore an asset to our schools.
We accept trainees every year with dyslexia and/or dyspraxia and have a number of specialist mentors who can provide bespoke advice and guidance. All trainees with disabilities will have allocated sessions with a centre-based tutor who can ensure that any reasonable adjustments are made to your training. We pride ourselves on our approach to trainee wellbeing. We work extensively with other services to ensure that we provide you with the best possible support. We offer coaching and access to counselling services. All our staff are trained mental health first aiders. Taught sessions include mindfulness, stress management and resilience training. If you think your disability means you need additional support, or wish to discuss any aspect of access in more detail email office@etpscitt.co.uk

Contact details

Email
office@etpscitt.co.uk
Telephone
01268 570215
Website
http://www.southendscitt.co.uk
Address
Southend Secondary SCITT
Southend-on-Sea, Essex

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