Notre Dame High School, Norwich Physics (28GT)

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

Accredited body
Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT
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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.ndhs.org.uk/

Contents

Course summary

On this course you will achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters’ credits and Qualified Teacher Status. In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will be assessed against all parts of the Teachers’ Standards as you accumulate the evidence across the ten-month training programme. Additionally, to gain your PGCE there are three Masters’ level assignments to write during your training and they help to link theory to the practice of what you are teaching in the classroom.

In collaboration with our partnership schools, development of a trainee’s subject knowledge is a key feature of our training programme, and we create many opportunities for trainees to develop their subject knowledge. Not only in school from your school-based mentors but also from our subject knowledge trainers the majority of whom are practising teachers. They will share their extensive knowledge and expertise about how to teach their subject to secondary school students.

Centre based training takes place in venues in either Norwich or Ipswich and this is approximately in six one-week blocks throughout the year and in addition there are at least six subject knowledge days to attend which are mainly delivered in partnership schools. All this information about venues and dates of training for the whole year will be provided to you at induction at the end of August so you can make the appropriate travel arrangements.

Centre based training is delivered by a range of classroom practitioners and experts in specific areas e.g. SEND, headteachers and local and national consultants. You have your first placement in one school for the autumn term; spring term is spent in a second school and then you return to the first placement school for the summer term until the end of June. This placement structure provides you with a breadth of experiences to help inform your choice of the type of school you wish to work in as an Early Career Teacher.

As part of our commitment to you, we will provide you with your own copies of a number of books by educationalists such as Tom Sherrington which will help to understand the evidence-based approach to teaching and learning.

School placements

We endeavour to keep travelling time to school to a minimum so we will take into account your home address when allocating a school ensuring you have a high-quality school placement, as well as personal circumstances and transport arrangements. Most trainees train in subjects within the 11-16 age range but there is also the opportunity to train in the 14-19 age phase in specific subjects.

Partnership schools’ role in the recruitment process means that all school placement arrangements are in place by July, ready for you to attend your placement school on the first day of term in September.

During each school placement you will work alongside a school based subject mentor who will be based in your department and will help to support and develop your teaching expertise in the classroom. In addition, you will also have two SCITT Tutors (a Personal Tutor and a Subject Tutor) who will visit you in school and help to guide you with your teaching but also provide extensive pastoral support where needed. With one of your SCITT Tutors, you will have weekly email contact so a close working relationship can be built to help support you during your training year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in physics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We do not offer equivalency tests.

Visit bcu.ac.uk or Equivalency Testing for more information.

Personal qualities

Successful trainees have a passion for their subject which they wish to pass onto students. Trainees should be motivated, well-organised and demonstrate resilience. Trainees should be reflective, able to take and respond positively to feedback about their progress during their training year and value being part of a team. We are looking for trainees who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.

Other requirements

  • Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course. This check is paid for by Secondary SCITT. There is an expectation that you will join the update service for £13 per year at a cost to you.

  • Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. Secondary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. The initial screening is paid for by Secondary SCITT, if further investigation is required, trainees may be asked to contribute towards the cost.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Notre Dame High School, a high-achieving Catholic school in Norfolk in partnership with the Suffolk & Norfolk Secondary SCITT Tuition PGCE programme, has an excellent local reputation for providing training of the highest quality.

We are a large high school & sixth form, which can offer a range of subjects, with a very special, warm and welcoming ethos, which is recognised by all who visit.

Interview process

After your application is shortlisted by our subject specialists, you will be invited to a Selection & Recruitment session. This consists of a formal interview with a series of questions which ask you to demonstrate your subject knowledge and general knowledge of secondary schools. You will complete a subject knowledge assessment, group activities with other trainees and complete a written task.

As a SCITT, we value the role our partnership schools play in the recruitment process as it is a key feature of our ‘personalised and relational’ offer to trainees and schools.

Therefore, if you are successful at our Selection & Recruitment session you will be offered a place on the course and invited to a school placement interview in one of our partnership schools, local to you, and this interview will be organised by SCITT. This will give you the opportunity to observe the ethos and context of your potential placement school before your placement. The interview will usually take only ½ day and will give you the opportunity to engage and interact with students at your prospective placement 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, 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

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs. All successful application complete a ‘Fit to Teach’ screening process managed by our occupational health provider. This will make us aware of any specific adaptations that you may require in order to be successful in your training year.

We have a highly developed programme to support trainee well-being. We know that teaching can be stressful (as it can be rewarding) and our aim is to get the right balance of skills knowing that the skills and tools you will gain will help support your wellbeing and mental health throughout your training and into your career as a teacher

Please contact us to discuss any access requirements.

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk
Telephone
01473265077
Website
https://www.ndhs.org.uk/
Address
Notre Dame High School
Surrey Street
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 3PB

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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