The de Ferrers Trust Primary (2YNY)

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

Accredited body
The University of Nottingham
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023
Website
http://www.deferrers.com
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Course summary

Following an induction at the University, you will start at your placement school at the beginning of their academic year. This will involve observing lessons and familiarising yourself with school campuses, alongside policies and procedures. In mid-September you will spend a block of time at the University working as part of a cohort of beginning teachers preparing for the year ahead.

From late September you will spend most of your time in your placement school with regular days returning to the University to further reflect on, and develop, your practice. During the first term you undertake a variety of tasks and observations and are gradually introduced to teaching your phase. You work closely with your school-based mentors and with your tutor who visits you in school.

You return to the University either side of your Christmas break. In this block of time you work with your peers, reflecting on your experiences in school and preparing for the next term.

During the spring term you complete a placement in a second school that promotes collaborative learning and broadens your experience.

During your placements post-Christmas you will return for several University-based days that focus on a wide range of professional development issues and allow for contact with peers and tutors.

As part of the programme you will undertake a school-based inquiry project where, working with others, you will formulate and develop a research project on an area of interest.

School placements

Your main placement will be in your selected school. You will start at your placement school at the beginning of their academic year. During your time on placement you will become part of your school’s community and work professionally as a member of a team. University days are spread across the year.

During the spring term you complete a five week placement in a second school that promotes collaborative learning and broadens your experience.

You will experience teaching students from age 5 to 11 during your placements.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Eton Park Junior: A de Ferrers Trust Academy
Masefield Crescent, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2SG
No
Horninglow Primary: A de Ferrers Trust Academy
Horninglow Road North, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0SW
No
Lansdowne: A de Ferrers Trust Academy
Goodman Street, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2RE
No
Richard Wakefield CofE (VC) Primary School
Burton Street, Tutbury, Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9NR
No

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 or maths.

We are able to offer an equivalency test to University of Nottingham School Direct PGCE offer holders only.

You are only able to take the equivalency test once.

There is no charge to take the test.

We do not accept any other equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

A desire to teach and work with young people

Effective communication skills

Determination to succeed

A readiness to listen and share

A flexible approach to learning and teaching

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The de Ferrers Trust is a mixed multi-academy trust based in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. The trust currently consists of seven schools (three secondaries: The de Ferrers Academy, The Pingle Academy and Granville Academy, and four primaries: Eton Park Junior, Horninglow Primary, Lansdowne Infants and Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy). The trust educates approximately 5000 children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19 and employs 600 members of staff. The Trust exists to ensure that all the children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background.

Within the Trust we have received both national and international recognition for the work we are currently doing on transforming teaching and learning through the use of Apple technology. The de Ferrers Academy is an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) and trainees from within the Trust will be provided with outstanding opportunities to access and develop their teaching in modern, forward thinking Academies. The de Ferrers Trust has a vision that all students within our care will eventually have access to a 1:1 iPad scheme.

Teacher training within The de Ferrers Trust affords a wide range of experiences. Our teacher training experience ensures that you receive the highest quality of training and support at school and Trust level.

Throughout your training at The de Ferrers Trust you will be working with a dedicated, hard-working team and you can expect a fully comprehensive induction and support programme.

Interview process

There is a two stage process for the School Direct course.

The University of Nottingham screens your application and decides whether to offer you an interview. Some of the interviews may be online, but usually, the university will invite people to the School of Education.

When being interviewed at the University, there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. They will be keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria that will be used at interview to decide whether or not you are suitable for a place on the course are:

  • an awareness of current educational issues;
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling;
  • an open and enquiring mind;
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
  • motivation and commitment to teaching students of all levels of ability;
  • maturity and self confidence;

If you are successful at interview at The University of Nottingham, there will then be a school based interview. This will include:

  • professional discussion
  • a formal interview
  • a student panel
  • the opportunity to virtually tour the campus

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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 do not discriminate any candidate who has any form of disability. If successful we would make the necessary adjustments to facilitate employees to be able to carry out their role, examples such as:

  • lessons on the ground floor
  • support of appointments with external agencies
  • use of sound field system

Applicants should be aware that the de Ferrers Academy is a split site Academy and to access all of the required teaching experience to achieve QTS, inter-site travel is necessary during the school day.

We have staff who have a variety of disabilities, all these staff receive support through HR.

Contact this training provider

Email
bparker.pingle@deferrerstrust.com
Telephone
01283 247700
Website
http://www.deferrers.com
Address
St Marys drive
Burton on trent
Burton-on-Trent
Staffordshire
DE13 0LL

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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