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Forest Learning Alliance Primary (38XJ)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The University of Reading
Financial support
Salary
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://forestlearningalliance.org/train-to-teach/programme/
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Contents

Course summary

School Direct (salaried) is an employment-based route for high quality graduates, typically with at least three years’ experience of transferable work history. You’ll earn a salary while you train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation, and won’t need to pay any tuition fees. This route is run by individual schools or a group of schools.

Students who opt for a School Direct (salaried) training programme are employed as an unqualified teacher while they learn on the job. In some cases, this may be a school the student is already working at or has an existing relationship with.

This course leads to QTS with the addition of the PGCE qualification. Where this is an option, there may be an additional cost required for completion of the PGCE.

If you decide to apply for a School Direct (salaried) training programme, one of your references must be from an employer. If you’re self-employed and unable to provide a reference from a former employer, your referee should be someone who knows you from work, who can comment on your work and suitability for teaching.

School placements

All School Direct trainee teachers will be spend the majority of their training in one school with regular sessions, either at the Lead School Uplands Primary, one of the partnership schools or at the University of Reading. The individual placement schools have taken responsibility for deciding individual trainees teaching commitment but the partnership agreement in place ensures that all trainee teachers gain the same range of experience, whatever the school.

In addition to their main placement school all trainee teachers will undertake a second placement in the spring term for five weeks. All trainee teachers will gain experience across a range of key stages and contexts and this experience will be tailored to meet the needs of individual trainee teachers to ensure that all gain the range of expertise needed to become an effective professional.

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.

Personal qualities

Applicants:

  • can demonstrate and promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour
  • are aware of their professional responsibilities
  • can work with others to promote the learning and welfare of young people
  • can adopt a reflective and critical stance towards their own practice, policy initiatives and listen to and act upon advice
  • can take responsibility for their own professional development

Salary

You’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher. The salary awarded will differ between schools; you should check the salary with the school before you apply for either salaried routes.

You will be liable for your tuition fees plus the additional cost of £1500 for the PGCE part of this qualification.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Uplands Primary School and Nursery is the lead school for Forest Learning Alliance, working with Primary and special schools in the local area. We work in partnership with the Institute of Education, University of Reading who have an exceptional reputation in teacher training. As an alliance of 27 schools, we provide a high quality provision to deliver a well-rounded training programme. We offer the Early Career Framework (ECF), an opportunity for you to continue with us beyond the training year and undertake the two year training. Forest Learning Alliance is also a provider of National Programme Qualifications. You can undertake these as you progress in your career. We offer support, guidance and continued professional development throughout your career in teaching and leadership.

Who are we looking for? We are looking to offer places to inspirational people who have a proven track record of good communication skills and the ability to use their initiative and work under pressure in a demanding environment.

School Direct (salaried) is aimed at graduate career changers who have three or more years’ work experience. Successful applicants who have proven at the point of application and at interview, they have skills, understand the role of the teacher and able to train whilst working in a school.

School Direct (fee paying) route is also a school-based route into initial teacher training for applicants who are often undergraduates or who have limited experience of working in schools, leading classes, and taking responsibility for teaching on a regular basis.

About the accredited body

The Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2022) and is committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers thorugh its well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high-quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).

Interview process

Successful applicants will be offered an interview at one of our schools where they will:

  • be interviewed by a Headteacher and a school representative
  • be observed working with a group of children
  • complete an oral presentation on a topic of their choice

Following success at interview, a School Direct placement will be offered within one of our partner schools. The interview process may be different due to Covid restrictions and this will be advised prior to interview.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

We aim to make any reasonable adjustment for applicants with a disability or other protected characteristics.

Contact this training provider

Email
cpowell@uplandsberkshire.org
Telephone
01252873069
Website
https://forestlearningalliance.org/train-to-teach/programme/
Address
Uplands Primary School and Nursery
Albion Road
Sandhurst
Berkshire
GU47 9BP

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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