Lawrence Sheriff School Primary (2G8J)

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

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.tshub.co.uk/page/?title=Initial+Teacher+Training+%28ITT%29&pid=11

Contents

Course summary

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
Paddox Primary School
Fareham avenue, rugby, warwickshire, cv225hs
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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Equivalence tests will only be offered in specific circumstances. Please contact cte.admissions@warwick.ac.uk for more information.

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 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £24,630

Additional costs incurred during your PGCE training year: Travel

Trainees are required to pay for their travel to and from their base school and placement schools, either using private and public transport. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of extra travelling time to and from your placement school – possibly over an hour by car or significantly longer by public transport, although we make every reasonable effort to minimise your journey times.

About the training provider

Lawrence Sheriff School is a Teaching School Hub 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 ninth 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.

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

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 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
tshub@lawrencesheriffschool.com
Telephone
01788 542074
Website
https://www.tshub.co.uk/page/?title=Initial+Teacher+Training+%28ITT%29&pid=11
Address
Lawrence Sheriff School
Clifton Road
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV21 3AG

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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