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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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://forestlearningalliance.org/train-to-teach/programme/

Contents

About the course

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

You’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics. If you intend to train to teach pupils aged three to 11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination.

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 schools to provide School Direct fee funded and salaried placements across Bracknell Forest. We work in partnership with the globally renowned University of Reading who have an exceptional reputation in teacher training. As an Alliance of a number of schools, we deliver a high-quality training programme with a clear emphasis on mentoring throughout. We will provide you with ongoing support and guidance throughout the training year and beyond as an Early Career Teacher (ECT). We will provide you with a training platform to excel and ultimately become part of an amazing profession.

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.

PLACES NOW FULL - School Direct (salaried) is aimed at graduate career changers who have three or more years’ work experience. This year, successful applicants have proven at the point of application and also at interview, that they have the necessary skills and understanding of the role of the teacher to be able to train as teachers whilst working in a school environment.

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.

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.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to make any reasonable adjustment for any applicant with a disability or any other specific need.

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

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