Sherbourne Fields School
English (4R01)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
Financial support

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
August 2020


About the course

This is a recently created opportunity in response to the school’s planned expansion.

Corley Centre is a secondary special school for children with complex social and communication difficulties. A significant number of students have an autism diagnosis. Student attainment covers the full National Curriculum and GCSE/vocational range.

The school has recent success both in teacher training and subsequent NQT support. Our 2018 Schools Direct Trainee was award the Warwick University Ann Barnes Memorial Prize for Inspirational Teaching.

We are seeking a trainee English teacher to join an outstanding English department led by two English specialists, both senior leaders; one with whole school responsibility for Teaching and Learning and the other for Curriculum and Accreditation. With two specialist English Teaching Assistants in addition, the opportunities for professional development within this department are vast. Training opportunities will involve all key stages and the full ability range; from Year 7 nurture classes to Entry Level Functional Skills and GCSE English Language and Literature in KS4 and Post 16.

Attainment on entry to Corley Centre typically covers the full range of academic ability with the majority of students progressing, in Key Stage 4, to GCSE English Language and for the more able, English Literature. We aim for 100% of students to leave Corley Centre with a Functional Skills English qualification, ranging from Entry Level to Level 2.

Numerous opportunities exist within the English Department to become involved in the extra curricular life of the school, such as our Debate Mate Team and Library, as well as Creative Writing Club. Students are often keen to introduce new lunchtime activities; Drama is an area requiring further development and the ability to re-introduce this would be an advantage.

All our staff have a pastoral as well as a teaching role and the trainee will become fully immersed in the pastoral life of the school. There are numerous ways in which teaching and learning staff support our pastoral programme, from specific interventions to 1-1 support and there will be many opportunities for a trainee teacher to be involved in this vital aspect of our work.

Teaching at Corley Centre is as much to do with developing our students’ personal potential, as it is their academic. These two go hand in hand, as we know that in order to reach their academic potential, our students need to feel safe, valued and confident to take risks and stretch their abilities.

Interview process

Interview process

  • Application forms are considered by both Corley Centre and the University of Warwick.
  • All successful applicants will have an interview at both Corley Centre and the University of Warwick. The Corley Centre interview will consist of: o a written task to assess understanding of a relevant issue and a candidate’s standard of written English o an interview with a group of students o the leading of a short teaching and learning activity (pre-provided) with a small group of students o a formal interview
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate: o professionalism o commitment o high level interpersonal skills o a realistic understanding of the pressures of the course and the profession o some awareness of Corley Centre and the needs of its students o creativity o organisational skills o ability to remain calm when under pressure with a measured response to challenging events o ability to listen to and act upon constructive advice and self-reflect to improve practice Contact Details: o ability to listen to and act upon constructive advice and self-reflect to improve practice Contact Details:
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  • Telephone: 01676 540218
  • Website:
  • Address: Church Lane, Corley, Warwickshire, CV78AZ How to Apply: Register with UCAS: Apply on the UCAS website Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

How school placements work

Support will be provided throughout the year from a range of trainee teacher coaches, with direct support and guidance from our two English specialists.


Salary will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale along with 1 SEN point.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.




  • A UK 2:2 Degree in English or similar
  • A GCSE Grade C/5 in English
  • A GCSE Grade C/4 in Mathematics
  • It is a requirement that applicants have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.

Personal qualities

  • Recognition that the job of the teacher is first and foremost that of teaching and that the understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and learning is fundamentally essential
  • A solid knowledge of the academic subjects of English Language and English Literature, with full commitment to further developing this subject knowledge base
  • An interest in and some understanding of special educational needs
  • An interest in and some understanding of autism education
  • Ability and willingness to self-reflect and work collaboratively with others to improve own performance
  • Interested in involvement in the extra-curricular life of the school.

Contact details

Sherbourne Fields School
Rowington CloseCoventry
West Midlands


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