Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance Primary (SEND) (F848)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Exceed SCITT
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
14 December 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://positiveregardtsa.co.uk/

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About the course

This unique programme maximises your time in school and classrooms. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school and is not a separate taught course.

We aim to match you with a home school in our partnership that matches your particular interest in SEND and/or suits your geographical location where this is possible.

You will start the course with an introduction at your home school. This is followed by an assessed placement for either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 in a mainstream primary 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.

School placements

We work with Primary, Special and Alternate Provision Schools across the region. 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.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley , South Yorkshire, S70 2JW
Yes
Positive Regard TSA & Springwell Leeds North Site
Placement at Springwell Leeds North Site, Woodnook Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire , LS16 6DY
Yes
Positive Regard TSA & Springwell Leeds South Site
Placement at Springwell Leeds South Site, Middleton Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire , LS10 3JA
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

In order to be eligible for the programme you will require:

  • GCSEs at grade C (Level 4) or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science at the time of application.

  • A relevant honours degree at a 2:2 classification or above.

A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check will also need to be completed. This is a requirement before commencement of the course in September.

Personal qualities

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.

Other requirements

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.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance 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.

Interview process

Our recruitment process is shared across the partner schools within the Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance.

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 Positive Regard TSA 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.

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.

Disability Access All training venues and schools must meet statutory requirements for access, but individual needs will be accommodated wherever possible.

Contact this training provider

Email
schooldirect@positiveregardtsa.co.uk
Telephone
01226 720758
Website
https://positiveregardtsa.co.uk/
Address
Digital Media Centre
County Way
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S70 2JW

Support and advice

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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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