The Heath Consortium Drama (2N5X)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022
Website
http://www.theheathschool.org.uk

Contents

About the course

The Heath Consortium Drama PGCE course, offered in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University, is taught by experienced and friendly staff, who were all successful teachers and maintain strong links with schools. You will join a community of students at Education Building, Maryland St, L1 9DE for University – based sessions.

Our student teachers normally spend 4 days in school and Fridays at the University. Throughout the year 10 days of training take place, delivered by The Heath Consortium with some additional days at LJMU. Student teachers spend the majority of time (at least 120 days) in schools.

The Drama programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident Drama teacher. School – led sessions will develop your understanding in key areas related to our school context.University lead lectures and seminars will develop your confidence in a range of relevant issues; classroom and behaviour management; meeting individual needs and inclusion; planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. We want you to develop into an inclusive and reflective teacher, with the skills, energy and resilience needed to make a real difference in schools.

In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. This aspect of assessment is largely undertaken by our school-based mentors. School mentors and LJMU colleagues are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through 2 Modules. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete one essay, in two parts which asks you to reflect on your practice,

School placements

Your school-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by well- trained mentors. We have found that being in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and get to know staff, pupils and your subject mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. Our School Direct programme is supported by LJMU, a member of LJMU staff is attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support all trainees and their mentors.

All trainees are entitled to weekly review and feedback meetings with their mentors and to tutorials with LJMU staff. This “wraparound” care ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally.

In addition to the time spent in a Home School, you will also undertake an alternative placement of roughly 6 weeks in a contrasting school between January and February. This placement has an explicit focus on diversity and inclusion. Additional experiences are also often provided for instance through visits to Special Schools and to Primary Schools. Although The Heath Consortium programmes focus on 11-16 experience, many trainees also gain experience of Post 16 planning and teaching during their school experience.

School experience is structured in Phases, beginning with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence, taking on greater responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Culcheth High School
Warrington Road, Culcheth, Warrington, WA3 5HH
Yes
Main Site
The Heath School, Clifton Road, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4SY
Yes
Ormiston Chadwick Academy
Liverpool Road, Widnes, WA8 7HU
Yes
St Anselm’s College
Manor Hill, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH43 1U
Yes
The Heath School
Clifton Road, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4SY
Yes
The Prescot School
Knowsley Park Lane, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 3NB
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have a passion for their chosen subject and wish to share their passion with young people. You should have a genuine belief that education transforms life chances and want to make a positive difference to young people and to their communities. At interview we hope to see your enthusiasm along with evidence of some experiences which have informed your decision to become a teacher. A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is helpful prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants.

Other requirements

You will also be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.

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 £14,000

There are a range of ways in which you can arrange to pay your course fees, including in monthly instalments.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

Financial support if you’re from outside of the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Hardship bursaries may be available for some students, depending on individual circumstances.

A contribution towards travel to school placements may be made in some circumstances.

About the training provider

The Heath Consortium is a network of schools across Halton, Wirral, Liverpool and Cheshire. We have been a School Direct provider since this route began, as such we have expertise and a successful history of effective Initial Teacher Education with high employment rates and student satisfaction.

Our aim is to train outstanding, reflective primary and secondary teachers to ensure that you are fully equipped for your NQT year and to ensure that the young people in our region, and beyond, receive the best education possible.

On successful completion of the course you will receive Qualified Teacher Status with a PGCE with 60 Masters level credits.

If you choose to train to teach with The Heath Consortium you will enjoy:

  • Training days delivered by highly skilled, current practitioners who are Specialist Leaders of Education. Training is research based and reflects the needs of our trainees. It is designed to have an immediate impact on improving the quality of your classroom practice.
  • Excellent support from well trained subject and school mentors who will provide quality feedback to enable you to make rapid progress.
  • Bespoke training and placements in a range of primary, secondary and special schools across the Greater Merseyside region.
  • Commitment to supporting you to find your first teaching position.

The Heath Consortium is committed to supporting trainees to fulfil their potential during this challenging and rewarding year, in preparation for a successful teaching career.

About the accredited body

Our accredited body, Liverpool John Moores University has an established reputation for high quality Teacher Training. The LJMU Partnership’s 2019 OFSTED inspection outcomes were the best on Merseyside with Primary provision graded Outstanding and Secondary programmes judged to be Good. Our Partnership with LJMU ensures that our teachers develop a deep and research-informed understanding of subjects, the curriculum, learners and learning. The Postgraduate Award from LJMU is co-designed to ensure that teaching and assignments are embedded in classroom practice. There is significant academic and pastoral support from LJMU, whose staff also visit our students and their mentors on placement

Interview process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a interview.

The day will consist of: (interview arrangements are subject to change, dependent on the current Covid-19 restrictions, we will advise accordingly.)

  • A panel interview
  • A short 20 - 30 minutes teaching task to a small group of Year 7 students (you will need to prepare and provide a lesson plan for this.)
  • A short literacy test

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

The Heath Consortium with LJMU is committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer. The Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you’ll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: disability@ljmu.ac.uk Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165. If you need an Individual Student Learning Plan (ISLP) which sets out the type of support you may need and who is responsible for ensuring your support is in place, this will be put in place by an LJMU Disability Adviser once you have met to discuss your needs. Once finalised, your plan will be sent to you via email. As soon as you have agreed the ISLP it will be sent to your Disability Coordinator and then, with your agreement, passed on to the relevant academic and support staff. All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at your home school and LJMU. As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with our Occupational Health Unit. This is designed to ensure that arrangements are in place, from the outset, to support any students who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments to be made.

Contact this training provider

Email
jdooley@heathschool.org.uk
Telephone
01928 576664
Website
http://www.theheathschool.org.uk
Address
The Heath School
Clifton Road
Runcorn
Cheshire
WA7 4SY

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).

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