Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance Primary (2MGS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chichester
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://ps-ta.net/

Contents

About the course

We are an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Provider and have been delivering excellent teacher training for the past 11 years. Our excellence in training leads to our School Direct trainees successfully passing the course and gaining employment. Training in school and learning ‘on the job’ alongside experienced teachers is the best way to gain first-hand experience of teaching. Your training year will be underpinned with regular theory sessions and pedagogy delivered both at our dedicated alliance training centre and with our partner University. Typically you will be based in school four days a week and attend training on day five. Our strong track record results in 100% of our trainees gain employment in schools. If you want to gain hands on experience then our School Direct teacher training route is for you. Our high-quality training and mentoring is at the heart of what we do. We will support you to become a confident, knowledgeable and skilled practitioner by providing excellent learning experiences matched by our support and guidance. Training in one of our alliance schools, gives you the opportunity to work with experienced teachers and mentors. We believe it is important that trainees feel part of the school environment from Day 1 so we host our interviews in school with senior members of staff. This is an opportunity to meet the staff and feel part of their community before you officially start in September. https://ps-ta.net/

School placements

As we interview in school you will know your placement school early on. The advantage is that you will feel part of their community and can visit school before you start to meet your mentor and pupils.

We work with over 40 primary and secondary schools in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. When shortlisting for interview we select you based on your geographical area, skills and experience. The interview stage is an opportunity to select applicants who show great potential to teach.

You will spend the autumn and summer term in your host school and then in the spring term you will spend a minimum of 6 weeks in a different Key Stage or setting.

Our School Direct route has the advantage of 38 weeks in school so you experience the full academic year cycle which prepares you for your Early Career Teaching (ECT). Generally you will spend four days in school and one day in training (with some block training days at the university).

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 follow this link for the equivalency testing company. Cost for these will be covered by the applicant. https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

Personal qualities

We are looking for confident, enthusiastic, ambitious and talented graduates who are passionate about improving educational outcomes for children of all abilities. You should have some experience working with young people within the age group you wish to teach. This may be as little as a few days school experience or other work or voluntary work with young people. If you are a career changer then we know you will have many transferrable skills to share in the classroom. Most importantly you need to be a good communicator and someone who enjoys encouraging young people to learn.

Other requirements

You need to be a competent user of ICT. Disclosure and Barring Service We have a duty to protect children and ensure that they are not put at risk. Successful completion of an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the DBS. This is free once you have enrolled.

Medical Fitness Teaching is physically and mentally demanding and there are fitness requirements set by the DfE for applicants to initial teacher training programmes. Successful candidates will be sent a relevant health questionnaire to complete. Your GP may charge a fee.

Fees and financial support

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

You may be eligible for some funding to support your training.

There are two types of funding available for primary teacher training and depending on your circumstances you may receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan and additional financial support if you are a parent or have a disability.

About the training provider

We are an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Provider and have been delivering excellent teacher training for the past 11 years. Our excellence in training leads to our School Direct trainees successfully passing the course and gaining employment. Training in school and learning ‘on the job’ alongside experienced teachers is the best way to gain first-hand experience of teaching. Your training year will be underpinned with regular theory sessions and pedagogy delivered both at our dedicated alliance training centre and, for secondary, University. Typically you will be based in school four days a week and attend training on day five. This is a full-time PGCE course; you will spend 80% of your time in local schools and 20% in training centre.
Our strong track record results in 100% of our trainees gain employment in schools. If you want to gain hands on experience then our School Direct teacher training route is for you. Our high-quality training and mentoring is at the heart of what we do. We will support you to become a confident, knowledgeable and skilled practitioner by providing excellent learning experiences matched by our support and guidance. Training in one of our alliance schools, gives you the opportunity to work with experienced teachers and mentors. We believe it is important that trainees feel part of the school environment from Day 1 so we host our interviews in school with senior members of staff. This is an opportunity to meet the staff and feel part of their community before you start. https://ps-ta.net/

Interview process

Your application is important to us and we will carefully consider you for interview. You will be interviewed by us and one of our alliance schools so you can meet the team and/or department from the beginning.

Interview day includes: Written task, group discussion, micro teach, interview and a short teaching session.

You will be given at least one week’s notice to prepare for your interview. We appreciate that you will feel a little nervous and we take that into account. We look for your potential to teach and how you will engage with and interact with pupils. Feedback from applicants shows that they really value our interview days. As we interview with partner schools you will know your placement school early on. The advantage of this is that you will feel part of their community and can visit school before you start.

We work with over 40 primary and secondary schools in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. When shortlisting for interview we select you based on your geographical area, skills and experience. The interview stage is an opportunity to select applicants who show great potential to teach.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

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

Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools on both the classroom and in shaping the wider culture. If you have a disability then that shouldn’t dissuade you from school. The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN). It is helpful to let us know your requirements so we can consider your placement and any reasonable adjustments that may need to be considered. All partners within the alliance are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities.

Contact this training provider

Email
lynn.nicholls@ps-ta.net
Telephone
02392893702
Website
https://ps-ta.net/
Address
Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, Cowper Road
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 5LD

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).

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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