The Swaledale Alliance Mathematics (T548)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Red Kite Teacher Training
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.swaledalealliance.org/itt

Contents

About the course

When you love everything about Maths, you’re already well on your way to becoming an inspiring Maths teacher!

The Red Kite Secondary Maths course will build on your subject knowledge and give you the skills you need to teach Maths at GCSE and A Level.

Our specialist Maths teachers have years of experience and strategies to use in the classroom. They’ll work with you to plan your lessons to make sure you’re answering the BIG questions and using key words, so students become familiar with them and what is expected of them in response.

You’ll be able to look for evidence of learning, offer constructive feedback and use questioning for depth of understanding.

Misconceptions and errors can be golden opportunities – learn how to use them to your advantage!

As well as the Red Kite Hub Days, as a Maths Trainee you will also have extra days based at the regional Maths Hub at Harrogate Grammar School.

School placements

We have a big partnership of schools, meaning our trainees have flexibility when it comes to placements. Our trainees can also benefit from the placements our partners can offer, which can vary from rural settings to the buzz of the city.

When allocating main placements, we consider trainee preferences, transport and location. Our dedicated team work hard to organise placements early, giving you as much time as possible to make arrangements.

All trainees undertake two main placements. The first placement runs from the first day of the Autumn Term until December. The second placement, in a contrasting school environment, runs from January until late June.

Trainees will also take part in mini placements across the year, which give trainees a unique opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts. The wider Red Kite Partnership offers increased opportunities for trainees to experience a range of schools as part of their training programme, if that is a particular interest to a trainee.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants should be qualified to degree level, 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a predicated 2:2 or above).

Applicants should have a degree relevant to Maths. We consider related A-Level qualifications where your degree is not directly related for our Maths course.

All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O’level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.

Personal qualities

  • Passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people
  • Independent, resilient and adaptable
  • Friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people
  • Enthusiastic about their subject and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge
  • Creative and imaginative
  • Good organisational skills and excellent time management skills
  • Reflective and strive to improve their own practice
  • High standards of spoken and written English
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude
  • Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach

Other requirements

Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is not essential, however, it will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange experience within a school. Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination conducted by Red Kite’s preferred supplier. Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions. Candidates are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will have these checks conducted at the expense of Red Kite.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000 To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Mathematics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject. You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one. Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid. You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance. Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Bursary information will be announced soon. Many Trainees apply for student finance in order to pay their fees with a Tuition Fee Loan and have access to Maintenance Loan. Additional financial support may be available if you’re a parent or have a disability. Red Kite offers a monthly payment schedule for those planning to self-finance or for those paying their fees with a bursary.

About the training provider

Set in an idyllic part of North Yorkshire, the Swaledale Alliance comprises of 56 member schools. These schools range from small ‘Dales Village Primary settings to large schools in Darlington and the community of Catterick Garrison serving the Armed Forces, as well as St Francis Xavier Secondary Richmond.

We are committed to providing a high-quality School Direct training environment and developing teachers for the future. We work with two outstanding providers, High Force Education at Barnard Castle and Red kite Teacher Training in North Yorkshire and Leeds, ‘Train where you Live’ concept, to provide a wide range of school environments.

With this distinct range of schools, trainees have the opportunity to experience a variety of settings. The quality of training is fully supported by Specialist Leaders of Education(SLEs) who provide training and mentorship for candidates throughout our courses, along with highly skilled Professional tutors.

On completion of training many candidates successfully secure teaching posts within Alliance schools and continue to develop as practitioners through our highly regarded CPD programmes.

Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School, located close to Richmond, the Lead school for the Alliance, works in partnership with High Force Education in the north of our region.

Working with Red Kite Teacher Training, Alverton Community Primary is our primary training venue in the south of our region. St Francis Xavier School, Richmond is the training venue for our secondary courses, offering subject specific training with a blended approach of centralised training and virtual access to the wider community of trainees.

About the accredited body

Red Kite’s ‘Train Where You Live’ concept is aimed at bringing teacher training to you, wherever you live in our region.

Partnerships with providers across the region mean that wherever you train, you’ll be part of the same Red Kite programme and receive the same high-class teacher training. The only provider working with the University of Leeds, and from September 2021 your learning experience with them will be blended to allow you to work remotely wherever you live.

With our wide range of courses, which now includes Part-Time options, there’s something for everyone regardless of where you live.

Interview process

For the foreseeable future, interviews will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams. Interviews are conducted by representatives from Red Kite Teacher Training and partnership schools. Preparation for the interview will include:

  • Workload prioritisation activity
  • Plan for a pupil activity You will be given the opportunity to meet current trainees and course leaders. When it is possible to access schools freely, we shall ask that you conduct a pupil activity and complete a written English test.

Training with disabilities and other needs

High Force is committed to equality of opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or socio-economic circumstances. For specific information and guidance on support, provision available and/or facilities for trainees with learning difficulties or disabilities, please contact the ITT Deputy Director on 01833 630487. We produce a separate Disability Statement, outlining facilities for disabled learners. This is available on request. We will do all we can to support you so that your dream of becoming a primary school teacher can come true.

Red Kite Teacher Training is committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective Trainees in its admissions, in all aspects of teaching and assessment and in its provision of trainee services.

If you have a disability or special need please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make arrangements where necessary.

Every year we train a number of Trainees with special needs such as dyslexia and we have strategies in place to support these Trainees alongside a SEND and Wellness Lead who will offer additional support when required.

Contact details

Email
aofford@swaledalealliance.org
Telephone
01748 818195
Website
http://www.swaledalealliance.org/itt
Address
Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School
Brompton Park
Brompton-on-Swale, Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL10 7JW

Support and advice

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