This salaried PGCE course prepares you to teach children in the 5 to 11 age range as a general primary teacher. It is a very practical course with around two-thirds of the time spent in schools, mostly working with teachers and pupils, and around one third spent on directed study, with partnership training in the University and school.
This full-time course includes both school-based experience and sessions at the university with a strong focus on integrating theory and practice. At least 120 days will be based in schools. School placements are carefully structured to ensure the gradual development of your confidence as an effective teacher through building up experiences working with university-based mentors and school-based mentors.
It is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining study at either postgraduate or professional level with practical training to meet the Teachers’ Standards. The goal is that you should become a reflective practitioner – a teacher who thinks about their experiences and learns from them in order to improve their practice.
The course will include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, tutorials, school-based training and will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The university-based sessions are very much a starting point for the training undertaken in schools through observation and working alongside experienced teachers.
We work with Primary Schools across the region and you will have the opportunity to experience Special school settings as well. You will become part of the team allowing you to train alongside experienced and specialist teachers.
You will spend the majority of your course in one of our partner schools, supported by experienced and supportive staff, one of whom will be assigned as your host mentor. You will undertake a second contrasting placement in another of our partner schools in the first half of the Spring Term.
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.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with children, with a desire to share that with children of all abilities.
We also want our teachers to be able to effectively meet the learning needs of pupils who may have a diverse range of educational needs.
Experience of working with children of this age range would be very helpful, particularly if in a school setting through previous employment or voluntary work.
Experience is not required however, we recommend that you gain some experience in order for you to become aware of what a career in teaching entails.
A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) will need to be completed. This is a requirement before commencement on the course.
The host school will pay the salary which will be at least the bottom of the unqualified teachers’ pay scales.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Josie Thirkell Institute of Education offers teacher training across the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region
We are a values driven alliance and we believe relationships do make a difference. Through School Direct, we recruit, nurture and develop new and exciting talent to the profession as part of our drive to promote outstanding teaching and learning in our schools.
Our Alliance comprises of a range of Primary, Secondary and Special School partners including PRU provisions. Therefore, we can offer you a wide and contrasting range of teaching and training opportunities. We are committed to ensuring that your training experience provides you with tailored support, thereby maximising your chances for success. Many of our trainees have gone on to secure employment in our schools.
We aim to better meet the social and academic learning needs of our students, thereby enhancing and improving their life chances in society and the world of work.
About the accredited body
Exceed SCITT is part of Exceed Academies Trust in Bradford and is an accredited provider of Qualified
Teacher Status, we hold an Ofsted rating of Outstanding, a recognition of the quality training we
provide. We work closely with our School Direct partners in Bradford, Keighley and Leeds. Our
unique programme maximises the time spent in school and access to tutors with up to date
professional practice and expertise drawn from their work in schools. We have an excellent track
record of supporting trainees in completing the programme for QTS and gaining employment as a
Newly Qualified Teacher
Our recruitment process is shared across the partner schools within Josie Thirkell Institute of Education.
There is an initial selection process based on how applicants meet the qualifications and experience criteria. Should you pass this ‘initial sift’ successfully, then it is likely you will be called to interview.
Interviews take place in our partner schools and the panel may include representatives from Josie Thirkell and Senior Leaders from our partner schools.
The interview process is designed to enable you to show the extent to which you have the potential to become a great teacher. The interview will consist of a range of tasks designed to test your knowledge and skills in order for you to become an effective teacher.
We will inform you in advance about any pre-interview guidance for the other activities as required.
During the interview, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to staff and children and ask questions. Although please be aware if successful you may not be placed in the school in which the interviews are taking place. However, we do organise pre-visits to designated placement schools further into the process.
You’ll need the right to work 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
Disability Support at interview:
If you have a sensory or physical disability, dyslexia, a mental health or medical condition, please let us know if you need some support during the selection process. We recommend you contact both ourselves and University Admissions within three days of receiving an invite to interview so we can arrange (for example) extra time in order to complete reading or written tasks if required; a sign language interpreter; a note taker; materials in a different format; wheelchair access. We will try to accommodate your requests so that you can fully participate in the interview without any disadvantage.
All training venues and schools must meet statutory requirements for access, but individual needs will be accommodated wherever possible.
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