AIM Primary Alliance Primary (273P)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chester
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
https://www.broomfieldsjunior.co.uk/warrington/primary/broomfields/staging/pages/ourschool/schoolsdirect2/schooldirect-warringtonwireprimaryalliance

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About the course

School Direct is an innovative Initial Teacher Training programme offering an outstanding, in school, experience with the highest and most rigorous expectations and intended outcomes.

The AIM Primary Alliance comprises of eleven primary partner schools with a proven, long-standing, track record in training the outstanding teachers of tomorrow. Our commitment is to create confident, creative and innovative classroom practitioners who share and embrace our aspiration to excellence.

Working closely with our university partner in a supportive and complementary relationship, we will offer all our successful applicants a school-based programme, in a range of schools and contexts, with a clear focus upon enhanced employability and leadership capacity. The AIM Primary Alliance School Direct partnership programme will lead to the award of QTS status and a PGCE including credits towards Masters-level accreditation.

Throughout the school year there are three school based placements: Key Stage 1, lower Key Stage 2 and upper Key Stage 2. The school-based programme is assessed at three review points, ensuring that there is support at each stage of the learning journey.

We are looking to recruit outstanding graduates with a passion for working with young people with the commitment to make a difference each and every day.

School placements

During the teaching year there are three school based placements: Key Stage 1 and lower and upper Key Stage 2. These placements are planned for the year during a meeting with all school leaders within the alliance.

All of the AIM Primary Alliance schools are within Warrington, ensuring travel is kept to a minimum. The wishes of the trainees are also considered during the planning of these placements, so that the very best match can be made with the trainees and the eleven partner schools.

Within each placement, there will be a professional and a class based mentor who will meet with you weekly to discuss your progress and support you in your areas for development.

You will be allocated a University Link Tutor who works alongside the schools in ensuring your progression against the Teacher Standards.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit outstanding graduates with a passion for working with young people with the commitment to make a difference each and every day.

We are keen to hear about your experience in education, alongside other personal interests that could be brought into the classroom environment to benefit the children.

Other requirements

A minimum of a two week work experience placement/voluntary work within a primary school. DBS checks will be required prior to the course commencing.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £11,450

About the training provider

School Direct is an innovative approach to Initial Teacher Training and a fantastic opportunity for aspiring teachers to learn ‘on the job’, within high performing schools across Warrington.

Experienced teachers and mentors guide trainees through a bespoke training experience with access to wide and varied opportunities.

The AIM Primary Alliance, Warrington, comprises of eleven primary partner schools with a proven, track record in training the outstanding teachers of tomorrow. Our commitment is to develop confident, creative and innovative classroom practitioners who share and embrace our aspiration to excellence.

We will offer all our successful applicants a school-based programme, in a range of schools and contexts, with a clear focus upon enhanced employability and leadership capacity. The AIM Primary Alliance School Direct partnership programme will lead to the award of QTS status and a PGCE including credits towards Masters-level accreditation.

Our School Direct programme maximises the time you will spend in the classroom allowing you to fully embrace the day-to-day life of a school and maximise the opportunities that our partnership schools will offer you.

If you are interested in enhancing the experiences of our young students and share our commitment to excellence, then contact us now.

Interview process

Admissions Process:

Forms are carefully screened to select applicants for interview. Primary School Leaders within the alliance will consider how much recent experience candidates have had in primary schools, academic qualifications including predictions, personal qualities and suitability for teaching, and additional interests or experiences. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Offers of places cannot be made until an interview has taken place.

Interview Process:

Applicants invited to attend an interview will complete a number of activities on the day. Typically, applicants will be asked to carry out a teaching activity with a small group of children, complete a series of school based tasks and have an individual interview with head teachers or leaders from various schools within the alliance. Please note that you will certainly be asked about your experience of working with children and your knowledge of how primary schools operate. The interviewers will be trying to find out about your commitment to teaching and whether you have properly considered what a career as a primary teacher will involve. You may bring along any evidence of your work with children in school, such as portfolios of work or letters from head teachers, to discuss with your interviewers. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions about the programme. All relevant information regarding the day is forwarded in good time to those applicants invited for interview.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Specialist staff on both the Chester and Warrington campuses support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. This includes students with disabilities, specific learning differences, long standing health conditions, mental health conditions, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and sensory impairments.

Disability and Inclusion want to ensure all students benefit fully from university life and achieve their learning potential. Specialist staff on both the Chester and Warrington campuses support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. This may include creation of an Inclusion Plan.

We are aware that students can be reluctant to disclose a disability because they fear that it might negatively affect their application or result in them being treated differently by the University.

Please ensure that you detail any needs on your application form so that support can be put in place.

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Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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