Lawrence Sheriff School Primary (2G8J)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021
Website
http://www.lawrencesheriffschool.net/national-teaching-school/school-direct

Contents

About the course

You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside experienced teachers and colleagues who can offer examples of good practice and provide advice and support during your training. You’ll spend the majority of your training in your host school and will feel part of the school community.

As a guide, you will spend four days a week in your host school and one day a week at Warwick University to develop your subject and professional studies. To broaden your experience, you will complete a full terms placement in a contrasting school, running from after the Christmas break until the Easter holiday.

In order to develop expertise in your chosen subject area, you’ll take three core modules. They’re all designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you’ll need in your successful teaching career:

  • Professional Studies You’ll develop a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. You’ll address central issues of planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management as well as addressing such issues as the safeguarding of children.

  • Subject Studies You’ll cover core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and non-core (Foundation) subjects. Foundation subjects are covered through ‘taster’ sessions for each subject: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography and History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Physical Education (P.E.), Religious Education (R.E.) and PSHE.

  • Professional Practice You’ll take placements in a different setting to broaden your experience. You’ll develop an awareness of your professional development, reflect on progress on school placements and set targets for successful completion of the programme.

We will also ask you to choose a specialism: Early Years, Special Educational Needs, English, Mathematics or Science. The specialism is a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in a critical area of Primary education.

You’ll be assessed in the following three modules:

  • Professional Studies Coursework focusing on a key issue and combining theory with your practice in schools (Master’s level assignment – 5,000 words)

  • Subject Studies Coursework focusing on one aspect of practice in each of the 3 core subjects (Master’s level assignment – 3,000 words); and looking at practice in one strand within your Specialism across a range of contexts (e-presentation – 2,000 words).

  • Professional Practice Meeting the Teachers’ Standards – at a Good or Outstanding level (weekly observations by School Mentor; visits by Link Tutor, and tutorials with Personal Tutor).

School placements

You will be able to apply to your chosen school (known as your host school or training location) where you will spend the majority of your time.

All partner schools are within a reasonable travelling distance and we will try to ensure that for your placement you are placed in a school that is convenient for you.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Moat House Primary School
Deedmore Road, Coventry, CV2 1EQ
No
Stockton Primary School
School Street, Stockton, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8JE
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  1. Degree You must have graduated, or be about to graduate, from a UK Higher Educational Institute or equivalent, with a 2:2 or above honours degree.

  2. GCSEs You’ll need at least Grade C/4 in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Personal qualities

We recommend that you have some experience in mainstream UK schools before applying. Whilst not compulsory, this will give you a flavour for your potential future career, and help you write your application.

Other requirements

Before starting your course you must also pass an occupational health check and a criminal record check.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Lawrence Sheriff School is a National Teaching School and a lead school for School Direct. We work in partnership with a range of schools in the Warwickshire and Coventry area, as well as The University of Warwick and The Cambridge Partnership.

This is the seventh year that we have been involved with the School Direct training programme and we have successfully placed trainees throughout the area, with many former trainees in full-time employment within the partnership.

Interview process

Interviews are held at the partner school you have applied to. We will send you an email to let you know the arrangements, which can vary slightly depending on the school.

The selection process lasts approximately half a day, during which you will attend an interview, conduct a short teaching task (usually about 20-30 minutes) and meet members of the school team you will be working with. There may also be a tour of the school.

Above is the description of the usual selection process. However due to COVID-19 this is subject to change and some aspects may be conducted remotely.

If you are successful at interview, you will be informed via UCAS and the lead school.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have trained professional mentors available to discuss and where possible meet the specific needs of trainees and we can offer support across our range of schools.

Lawrence Sheriff School is an inclusive community which welcomes students, staff and visitors with disabilities.

Partner school accessibility arrangements can be found on their school websites.

Please contact us if you have any specific queries.

Contact this training provider

Email
school.direct@lawrencesheriffschool.com
Telephone
01788 542074
Website
http://www.lawrencesheriffschool.net/national-teaching-school/school-direct
Address
Lawrence Sheriff School
Clifton Road
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV21 3AG

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).

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