Robert Bloomfield Academy Primary (2CYH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership
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.bedsscitt.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

The School Direct Primary training course operates over one school academic year and is a full time programme. All PGCE tuition fee trainees will be in school for the equivalent of four days per week increasing to five days per week in the final term. This course is offered through the Lead Schools of St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School, Bedford and Robert Bloomfield Academy Shefford.

During the training year, applicants will be allocated a trained mentor within the appropriate age phase to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week complementary placement.

Applicants will also be required to attend the twice weekly taught course sessions which underpin the practical, school based element of the training. These are the Professional Studies course which aims to connect theory and practice and addresses the Standards for QTS and will involve assessment via the successful of completion of assignments & Reflective Journals. Additionally, all trainees will attend the Subject Application course which will be delivered by specialists in the relevant Primary age group and will address subject knowledge and appropriate pedagogical approaches and which will cover the curriculum requirements for the Core and Foundation subjects.

School placements

As part of the training programme, all applicants will have two school placements which will enable them to teach across two consecutive age ranges focusing on KS1 & 2.These will take the form of a main school placement in a Lower, Primary or Middle school and a shorter complementary placement. During the training year, applicants will be allocated a dedicated mentor within the appropriate age phase to oversee their training and development in both their main school placement and also in their six week second placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

A* Equivalency Equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants. We would encourage applicants to familarise themselves with the Teacher Standards and the Primary National Curriculum - as well as the current issues effecting education and schools. Additionally, we are looking for applicants with excellent communication skills and who can demonstrate commitment, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in working with young people.

Other requirements

In line with current safeguarding practice, we (or the employing school) will carry out a number of pre-employment checks, including taking up references and a DBS Clearance check for all trainees prior to the start of the course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership works in collaboration with Robert Bloomfield Academy (BEST Teaching School) - appears as Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership on UCAS - and St Thomas More Catholic School (INSPIRIT Teaching School) offering high quality school based training at over 50 partnership schools. All courses operate over one year and are full time resulting in QTS and academic recognition in the form of a PGCE award (worth 60 Masters Credits) validated by The University of Buckingham. Trainees will work with experienced teachers as their mentor and will meet weekly with their subject leader for Subject Application lectures. Professional Studies lectures will also be weekly. These lectures will address the Standards for QTS and Subject Knowledge for Teaching and will involve assessment through assignments.

What’s in it for you? Why choose us?? High quality school based training alongside qualified teachers; Excellent employment prospects and a rewarding career - we employ the vast majority of our trainees in our Partnership schools across Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire; A solid framework of support - always someone to talk to; Placement in a school tailored to meet your needs - your situation will always be taken into account.

Interview process

Applications received by The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership are subject to initial shortlisting by the Programme Manager. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend an interview which consists of a written task, a practical classroom focussed exercise as well as basic literacy & numeracy testing. Successful candidates are then informed of the outcome within two working days of the interview date.

Where the application is for a Schools Direct Salaried training place - applicants may be required to attend a second interview with their placement school

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have accommodated many trainees over the years with various disabilities and other needs - Dyslexia is one we often come across. With the help of the various disability assessments provided we always have a clear picture of the needs of every individual at the start of their training and can then tailor our lectures to ensure that we address these needs. Being a relatively small provider this is never a problem and we are always available to discuss any issues moving forward. The Office Manager meets every week with trainees when they attend Professional Studies so there is always an opportunity to check well-being.

Contact this training provider

Email
cathy@bedsscitt.org.uk
Telephone
01462 817445
Website
https://www.bedsscitt.org.uk/
Address
Pix Brook Academy
Arlesey Road
Stotfold
Herts
SG5 4HB

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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