The Swaledale Alliance Primary (7-11) Full time (Y134)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Red Kite Teacher Training
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
7 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.swaledalealliance.org/itt

Contents

Course summary

As a primary teacher, you will prepare children for life, academically and emotionally. You’ll encourage them to be curious about the world around them, inspiring a love of learning and empowering them to reach their full potential.

At Red Kite, we offer two school-based primary routes Primary School Direct and Primary SCITT. Both based in our unrivalled partner schools network that spreads across West and North Yorkshire and both provide you with the experience and confidence to begin teaching as soon as you are qualified.

The course is multi-layered, involving:

  • Red Kite professional development days

  • School placements

  • University lectures

  • Twilight sessions

  • Conferences, tutorials and mini-placements focussed on Barriers to Learning, Special Educational Needs, Adult Mental Health, Behaviour, English as an Additional Language and Employment.

  • Reading, research and reflections

Our trainee success rate shows it’s a combination that will make you highly employable at the end of the course.

You will spend a full 24 weeks on in-school placements, meaning you get to properly immerse yourself in school life with both pupils and colleagues. You’ll also start in school on the first day of term and get to see first-hand how teachers interact with each other and form new relationships.

Your two in-school placements run alongside university sessions as part of our exclusive partnership with the University of Leeds. You’ll get to spend eight days during your training year working with the prestigious School of Education there, learning from some of the country’s leading educational researchers.

Subject knowledge is supported by expert colleagues from across the partnership of schools as well as sessions delivered by curriculum hubs within our area. This includes the Computing hub, STEM learning hub, the English hub and the Maths hub.

You’ll enjoy working with many inspirational teachers from across the partnership, showing you how they continuously strive to improve practice in the classroom, and enable progression across the full range of Primary year groups. You’ll also develop inspirational and innovative techniques to enthuse and engage young people.

On successful completion you will receive recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from Red Kite Teacher Training and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Leeds.

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.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Alverton Community Primary School - Partnership Training Venue
Alverton Community Primary School, Mount Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1RB
Yes
Applegarth Primary School - Associate School
Applegarth Primary School, Upwell Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8FQ
Yes
Appleton Wiske - Associate School
Front Street, Appleton Wiske, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 2AA
Yes
Brompton Community Primary - Associate School
Cockpit Hill, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 2RQ
Yes
Mill Hill Community Primary - Associate School
Crosby road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1AE
Yes
Romanby Primary - Associate School
The Close, Romanby, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8BL
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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in science.

We will accept an equivalency test for Science but require full GCSE at grade C or above for 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 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

We are unable to support Tier Two visas

Financial support from the training provider

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 is available if you’re a parent or have a disability.

Red Kite offers a monthly payment schedule for those planning to self-finance.

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.

We are committed to providing a high-quality School Direct training environment and developing teachers for the future. We work with Red kite Teacher Training covering North Yorkshire and Leeds to ‘Train where you Live’ and provide a wide range of school environments.

With our distinct range of schools, trainees have the opportunity to experience a variety of settings. The quality of training is fully supported by expert practitioners 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.

Working with Red Kite Teacher Training, all of our courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE (worth 60 masters credits) awarded by the School of Education at the University of Leeds.

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

Interviews are conducted in one of our partnership schools. A mutually convenient location and date will be agreed for the selection morning.

You will be invited into a class to allow the teacher to observe how you interact with pupils and engage in their learning. You will also be interviewed by partnership representatives and a member of the Red Kite Teacher Training team.

In advance of the interview, you will be asked to prepare a pupil activity for discussion at your interview and to complete a workload prioritisation task.

You will be given the opportunity to find out more about training to teach with Red Kite Teacher Training and to meet current trainees, where available.

In exceptional circumstances, the selection process will be held virtually using MS Teams. For example, candidates applying from abroad or national restrictions on visits to schools.

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

Red Kite believe that the teachers we train are important role models – both in their schools and in the wider community – and that they should reflect the diversity around them and help create a culture that promotes and celebrates inclusion in all its forms.

In response to this, we have built up a network of ‘Diversity Champions’, whose role it is to promote conscious inclusion and ensure that every one of our trainees, whatever their personal circumstances, feel welcomed, supported and valued.

Over years we have worked with a number of individual trainees to tackle specific barriers they have faced including, working with trainees with mobility issues, supporting trainees with autism and making course adjustments for trainees with dyslexia.

Our commitment to diversity in all its forms is evidenced by the fact that 15% of our trainees report having some form of disability.

Contact this training provider

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

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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