This Primary (5-11 years) course is based in our Training Centre at the Catholic Teaching Alliance Preston Main Site at Our Lady’s Catholic High School, Fulwood.
In line with the ITT core content framework, our School Direct PGCE with QTS programme allows you to engage with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the PGCE award. The PGCE carries 60 credits at Masters Level which could later contribute towards a Master’s Degree in Education (180 credits).
Our programme is run in an academic partnership with the University of Cumbria. Alongside school based training, you will also undertake two 30-credit masters level modules, to gain a PGCE. These modules are practically focused and titled ‘Raising the Achievement of Children’ and ‘High Quality Learning and Teaching’, both are designed to focus on your priorities and interests as you develop your teaching skills. They involve a total of 3 written assessments, one of which is a formative piece to support your academic development. These modules are taught by the University of Cumbria lecturers, who work closely with our school direct programme team, to ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to really inform your teaching and give you a useful toolkit to take forward in your career.
The majority of your training will be delivered in school or at dedicated sessions at your local training hub. You will benefit from the knowledge and experience of practising teachers and headteachers.
When you train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance your placements will be in Catholic schools from our alliance. There are 3 placements in total.
At the start of the course you will be assigned a ‘Home School’ where you will undertake the first two placements: one in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2.
You will spend a great deal of time, other than on placement, in your home school so that you have the opportunity to observe and reflect first hand on quality teaching across all key stages. You will have the chance to involve yourself in school life, develop your ability to manage other people within the classroom and learn essential skills to enable you to confidently plan, deliver and reflect on sequences of lessons across the curriculum.
Your final ‘Extending’ placement will, generally, be in a contrasting setting, in a Key Stage of your choice.
When you train with Catholic Teaching Alliance you will be supported throughout all of your placements by a trained mentor within the school and supported by our Primary Programme Lead who will ensure that you have every support to enable you to achieve success.
You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Catholic Teaching Alliance East Lancashire Primary Hub, Burnley
St John the Baptist RC Primary School, Thames Valley, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 2PZ
Catholic Teaching Alliance Preston Main Site
Our Lady’s Catholic High School, St Anthony’s Drive, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 3SQ
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.
The University of Cumbria can advise on equivalency test providers that they, as the awarding body, will accept. Typically, there are costs involved in sitting equivalency tests.
Passion, professionalism and purpose.
We are looking for people who have an ability to inspire others, a passion to transform young lives and a willingness to learn the profession of teaching from outstanding practitioners.
Inspire others, transform lives, teach.
A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Background clearance check prior to starting the course.
Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course.
We strongly recommend that you obtain some primary school experience in a mainstream UK primary school.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
‘Aspirational training to achieve inspirational teachers with pupils’ learning and well-being at the heart of our partnership’
Our unique approach to fostering a positive environment where each trainee is known to us as an individual remains one of our greatest strengths and one of the main reasons prospective trainees choose us.
The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is underpinned by a shared passion to train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable and dedicated professionals. We aim to deliver the Catholic school leaders of tomorrow. You do not have to be a Catholic to train with us, though you will be expected to uphold the Catholic values of our family of schools. The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is a partnership of over 60 primary, secondary and post 16 establishments based mainly in the Dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool and Salford. The lead school is Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, ‘Outstanding’ in all categories from Ofsted in 2012.
School Direct placements across the partnership ensure that trainees work alongside outstanding practitioners within high performing Catholic schools. We use the best qualified staff with existing expertise to deliver a quality assured training programme to support trainees based upon the Teachers’ Standards. By doing so, we are confident in ensuring quality training at all levels. Typically, 100% of our trainees graduate with Good or Outstanding grades.
All of our interviews usually take place in a local school setting, led by our Primary Programme Lead. You are required to complete three tasks –
Mini teach – You will be informed prior to the interview day about the age of the children and the curriculum area that is the focus. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to plan an age appropriate task, linked to an area of the curriculum, whilst managing the behaviour of a small group. Your rapport with the children will also be observed.
A discussion task that will allow you to demonstrate your awareness of the level of academic required when studying at this level
Interview - The final part of the process is an interview which will allow the interviewers to gauge your ability and potential to complete the course.
We will provide more structured information nearer the time of interview.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
All our students have access to University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our school direct alliance. Much of this university-based support is available online and electronically and so is accessible at a distance.
Library and Student Services (LiSS) at the University of Cumbria supports your learning, teaching and research needs by providing pro-active, academically focused services, innovative learning spaces and modern facilities. LiSS is responsible for libraries, information advice and guidance, careers guidance and employability, enhancement and information, academic skills development, student health and wellbeing, disability services and student development. For more details please refer to www.cumbria.ac.uk/liss.
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