Darlington West Park Partnership Primary (35JQ)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Sunderland
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.westparkacademy.org.uk/page/?title=Teacher+Training&pid=2193

Contents

Course summary

PGCE School Direct is a school led course where your colleagues in school will develop your training programme supported by the University of Sunderland.

West Park Partnership is a commitment to ensuring that all learners within our partnership schools and wider partners have access to bespoke learning pathways enabling them to succeed. This ethos applies to our children and young people as well as out trainees, teachers and support staff as learners. We work closely with the University of Sunderland, the partnership schools and our own strategic partners to provide continuity of experiences to ensure judgements and training reaches the required standards.

Training as a PGCE School Direct student ensures that you will be in your host school from your first day of the school year and will have the opportunity to spend the year being part of an accomplished and experienced school staff team working within the wider curriculum. You will complete an additional placement in the spring term in one of our contrasting partner schools.

You will study at the University of Sunderland for around fifteen days during your full training year. The University will provide support with your education assignments and practice based research led by a Primary programme leader who has a clear understanding of the importance of school led training and how best to guide you through your learning journey. The expertise of staff within the University will complement the support and skills of school based colleagues throughout your training year, with School Liaison Tutors supporting your host school to ensure that you receive high quality training in a supportive learning environment. University academic staff will ensure that you have access to expert training for academic writing and enquiry at Master’s Level.

In this case West Park Academy (W) is the lead school for the partnership and as a Lead School we help to advertise School Direct vacancies for our host schools. The Darlington primary schools in the partnership are West Park Primary School (W), Red Hall Primary (R) Reid Street Primary (S), Skerne Park Primary (K) and George Dent Nursery School (G).

You will pay a tuition fee for your course and you may be eligible to apply for tax-free government scholarships on offer.

If you would like to make any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact: Emma Farrow e.farrow@westparkacademy.org.uk (Lead School Mentor) Visit https://www.westparkacademy.org.uk/page/?title=Teacher+Training&pid=2193

School placements

All the schools in our partnership are primary schools. The Darlington primary schools in the partnership are West Park Primary School (W), Red Hall Primary (R) Reid Street Primary (S), Skerne Park Primary (K) and George Dent Nursery School (G).

You will select to specialise in an age range , either 3-7 or 7-11 and the host school that you are applying for will be one of two placement schools where you will be placed throughout the year to develop this specialism.

The school you are initially placed in is your host school where you will remain the majority of the year. You will complete an alternative placement in on of our contrasting partnership school for 1/2 a term. The placements will be arranged by the partnership.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
George Dent Nursery School
Elms Rd,, Darlington, DL3 7PY
Yes
Main Site
Alderman Leach Drive, Darlington, DL2 2GF
Yes
Red Hall Primary School
Headingley Crescent, Darlington, DL1 2ST
Yes
Reid Street Primary School
Reid Street, Darlington, DL3 6EX
Yes
Skerne Park Primary
The Coleridge Centre, , , Coleridge Gardens, Darlington, Durham, DL1 5AJ
Yes
West Park Academy
Alderman Leach Drive, Darlington, DL2 2GF
Yes
Wynard Primary School
Redwood Drive, Wynyard, Billingham, Teesside, TS22 5SE
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Please check with the Partnership which tests will be accepted.

Personal qualities

Trainees should be able to: Demonstrate a passion for working with children and inspiring learning. Develop excellent professional relationships across the school community based on mutual respect. Take initiative in a range of school contexts and accept responsibility for accessing training opportunities in school. Use reflection and evaluation to adapt their teaching, drawing on a wide range of practical and creative strategies. Exhibit passion and desire to become an outstanding teacher. Work effectively as a team member, bringing fresh ideas as well as acknowledging the importance of learning from more experienced colleagues.

Other requirements

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

West Park Darlington Partnership is a commitment to ensuring that all learners within our partnership schools have access to bespoke learning pathways enabling them to succeed. This ethos applies to our children and young people as well as our trainees, teachers and support staff as learners. We work closely with the University of Sunderland, the partnership schools and our own strategic partners to provide continuity of experiences to ensure judgements and training reaches the required standards.

Training as a PGCE School Direct student ensures that you will be in your host school from your first day that your school opens in September and will have the opportunity to spend the year being part of an accomplished and experienced school staff team working within the wider curriculum. You will complete an additional placement in the spring term in one of our contrasting partner schools. You will study at the University of Sunderland for around fifteen days during your full training year.

West Park Academy (W) is the lead school for the partnership and as a Lead School we help to advertise School Direct vacancies for our host schools. The Darlington primary schools in the partnership are West Park Primary School (W), Red Hall Primary (R) Reid Street Primary (S), Skerne Park Primary (K) and George Dent Nursery School (G). The school which you are applying for will be one of two placement schools where you will be placed throughout the year.

About the accredited body

We are proud to work in Partnership with the University of Sunderland. The University has successfully trained teachers for over 100 years making a difference in educating the next generation of learners. Through our partnership with the University our Trainee Teachers benefit from the support of our Primary Tutor Team who are experts in their subject fields and related pedagogies. The School of Education is world leading in research according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. Trainees are allocated a Personal Tutor from the university who will work with their School Mentor to give academic, pastoral and placement support.

Interview process

If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an interview at a school within the Training Partnership. The interview will allow you to demonstrate your understanding and practice. This may include: giving a brief presentation on a topic chosen by the school, reading a story to young children or teaching a short episode to a designated class. There will be a maths and English task which we will use to assess your basic skills. Every interview will finish with a formal interview, where the school and University will explore your motivation for wanting to enter the teaching profession and your understanding of the role and responsibilities of teachers.

The interview is a chance for you to show your personality and motivation behind your decision to teach, and what knowledge and transferable skills you will bring with you to your training.

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 follow the University of Sunderland Diversity Statement: “We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability. “ The University of Sunderland Disability Support Team provides advice, information and guidance to students with a disability; students with mental illness or mental health difficulties; students with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia. On application please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries: Website: Disability Services Email: disability.support@sunderland.ac.uk Tel: 0191 515 2952

Contact this training provider

Email
e.farrow@westparkacademy.org.uk
Telephone
01325 380792
Website
https://www.westparkacademy.org.uk/page/?title=Teacher+Training&pid=2193
Address
Alderman Leach Drive
Darlington
Durham
DL2 2GF

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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