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Sharing Excellence Partnership Dunraven School Streatham Psychology (35WD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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
14 to 19
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

In partnership with e-Qualitas we offer highly personalised school based training that is carefully structured to enable trainees to take control of their own development, and become outstanding teachers.

Trainees work closely with experienced teachers, first of all observing and team teaching, then teaching independently, as their skills and confidence grow. Study is based on the distance learning resources on the e-Qualitas virtual learning environment (VLE). Trainees attend up to ten training days run by e-Qualitas, mostly held in a venue in central London, the rest of the time they are based in school. Trainees have access to an extensive programme of in-school training led by expert practitioners.

The course content is organised into six modules, the first three of which may be worked on concurrently.

Training Module 1A: Lesson planning. How to plan lessons well, including choosing the most appropriate teaching and learning strategies. Training Module 1B: Behaviour. How to manage pupils during lessons, and motivating them towards learning. Training Module 1C: Assessment. How to assess pupils’ learning in each subject, and use assessment information when planning and teaching lessons. Training Module 2: Meeting needs of different groups of pupils. How to ensure that all groups of pupils do as well as possible e.g. those who speak English as an additional language, high attaining pupils, those with special educational needs. Training Module 3: The wider context of teaching and learning in schools today. Barriers to learning i.e. why some pupils do not do as well as they should, and how teachers can make a difference to this. Training Module 4: Effective Subject teaching. Bringing everything together, how to teach really effectively. This builds on all the earlier training in how to teach effectively, and involves an in-depth study of an aspect of subject teaching.

Assessment Your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards is assessed formally at four points: when you start, after 10 working weeks, 20 working weeks and at the end of the training period. These assessments are carried out jointly by trainees, school staff and e-Q tutors. There are two formal assignments marked by e-Qualitas tutors: an essay exploring aspects of meeting the needs of different groups of pupils (linked to Training Module 2), and a subject-related essay (linked to Training Module 4).

School placements

After an initial visit by an e-Qualitas tutor, a training plan is written identifying training needs and this becomes the basis of the training experience.

During school placements, trainees benefit from working alongside experienced teachers. Trainees have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors. They begin with a light teaching timetable which is gradually increased as they become more skilled and confident.

The main focus of this training programme is classroom practice and the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to ensure that pupils make excellent progress in their learning. Trainees are supported by both a school based mentor and a tutor working in close partnership to support them. They are experienced and skilled in classroom observation, giving feedback and setting targets for development. Trainees have full support in developing their behaviour management skills throughout the year. Placements will be in Key Stage Key Stage 4 and 5 with some opportunity to experience Key Stage 3 and the primary curriculum. Trainees have a seven week second placement in a contrasting school, usually another local partnership school, to enhance their experience by giving them the opportunity to plan, teach and assess in a different context.

School Direct trainees are expected to become fully involved in the life of the school to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the profession.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • A degree classification of a 2.2 or above, usually at least 50% in the subject to be taught and a real aptitude for teaching.
  • Grade C/ level 4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or recognised equivalent, by the time the programme begins.
  • Applicants will be required to produce original certificates at interview.
  • Evidence of meeting the required standard in Fundamental Proficiencies (maths and English)

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about teaching their subject and have the potential to become outstanding teachers. Applicants need to show evidence of time management skills, commitment and personal resilience needed to undertake school based teacher training. Ability to work effectively with young people and understand the urban state school environment is essential. Confident self-presentation, good communication skills and the ability to inspire and enthuse young people are also important.

Other requirements

Overseas qualifications must be checked for UK equivalence by NARIC.

Offers are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure list check.

Applicants must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for mental and physical health in order to be eligible.

Applicants for salaried positions must provide a CV including full employment history.

We recommend that you attend one of our Recruitment Information Events to find out more about this training programme and how to apply.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £8,000.

The fee is £6,000 + VAT, plus £2,000 paid to the school for your training. The school may opt to waive the £2,000 fee.

The full amount can be borrowed via student finance, including VAT and the disbursement.

Trainees can opt into a PGCE with Leeds Beckett University for £1,800.

Financial support from the training provider

The school may opt to waive the £2,000 fee.

About the training provider

Dunraven’s Teaching School, the Sharing Excellence Partnership, offers school based teacher training of the highest standard with our primary and secondary school partners and accrediting providers, University of Roehampton and e-Qualitas. Dunraven has a well established reputation for effective staff development and long-standing programmes for developing teachers, including traditional ITT routes, Teach First, and School Direct. We offer support and professional guidance in making a transition from support roles in school into teacher training and employment.

We promote ‘Excellence for All’ by recruiting and training high calibre teachers for local schools. All our trainees have gone on to successful employment, mostly within our Partnership. The majority of our School Direct trainees have been formally assessed as ‘Outstanding’ by the time they complete their training.

Dunraven is part of the South Lambeth Schools’ Partnership working with ten local primary schools and SL6, a post-16 collaboration with local secondary schools, which provides a wide range of training and development opportunities for our trainees. A significant building programme means the school now has purpose-built facilities.

Our School Direct training partnership is a strong local network of Lambeth primary and secondary schools. It includes Corpus Christi Roman Catholic, Crown Lane, Dunraven, Sunnyhill, Goldfinch, Julian’s, St Andrew’s Catholic and Van Gogh Primary Schools. Secondary partners are the The Elm Green School, Trinity Academy, St Mary’s High School and City Heights Academy. Dunraven School, all-through from 4-18, offers training in both primary and secondary phases.

Sharing Excellence Partnership

About the accredited body

In partnership with e-Qualitas we offer flexible training that is well structured and personalised to meet individual needs and give trainees the best opportunity to become outstanding teachers.

Modules. 1.Lesson planning.

  1. Behaviour.
  2. Assessment. 4.Meeting needs of different pupils. 5.Barriers to learning. 6.Effective subject teaching.

The programme leads to QTS and trainees can opt into a PGCE with Leeds Beckett University for £1,800.

The tuition fee funded route fee is £6,000 + VAT, plus £2,000 which is a disbursement to be paid to the school for your training.

The maximum student loan is £6,000 for teacher training with e-Qualitas.

Interview process

Applicants are welcome to contact us via the address below to send a CV in advance of applying, or to ask questions about our schools, our training programmes or the application process.

If you have applied, meet the entry requirements and demonstrate the skills needed for school based teacher training you will be invited to an interview including the following activities: a short classroom based activity, an interview with heads or School Direct leads from our partner schools, and tasks to assess Fundamental Proficiencies (formerly Professional Skills Tests) set by the training provider.

Most of our interviews are held at Dunraven School. If you have applied for a placement in a different school you would be expected to visit it either before or after the interview.

You are required to produce photographic ID, original examination certificates and to complete a request for information regarding health and suitability for teaching. Offers are subject to completion of a health check and Enhanced Disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service prior to enrolment.

Find out more about our training programmes and how to apply, including recruitment information events via the following link.

Dunraven Sharing Excellence Partnership

E-mail contact for queries:

Training with disabilities and other needs

All our training programmes are bespoke and tailored to meet individual needs, reflecting applicants’ skills and experience and any health or disability requirements. Where possible we collaborate with our training providers to adapt training provision to support trainees with disabilities and other needs.

Feedback from previous trainees suggests high levels of satisfaction with the support we offer them, carefully co-ordinated between school and training provider. We recognise that teaching is a rewarding but demanding career and that there are times when even the best trainees will face challenges. We promote trainee well-being and resilience to enable them to make a long-term commitment to the teaching profession and this is at the heart of our training provision.

The University of Roehampton offers an extensive range of student support and well-being services. There is a strong tutorial support system in the School of Education and during school placements. Trainees can apply for a Statement of Adjustment to ensure their needs are met. Dyslexia Services offer support for specific learning difference (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

University of Roehampton

Contact this training provider

94-98 Leigham Court Road
SW16 2QB

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