Forest Learning Alliance
Primary with Mathematics (3DVH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
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.

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

This programme is designed to ensure that you meet the standards to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the additional PGCE qualification, and provides you with insights into teaching beyond the Teacher standards.

Across the partnership, the aim is to produce effective practitioners who will make a positive contribution to the teaching profession. By the end of the programme, you should be able to demonstrate appropriate professional attributes, have a strong subject and pedagogical knowledge, and be able to plan and teach effectively to ensure that all pupils make progress.

We work with The University of Reading and they are one of the few providers in the country authorised to offer Primary trainees the opportunity to follow the Primary with Mathematics specialism route, leading to subject leadership, or specialist teaching of mathematics within a primary setting.

Trainees following this route may be eligible for an additional bursary depending upon their A-level qualifications.

As a maths specialist it’ll be your responsibility to act as an authority on the subject within your school, influencing how high-quality maths teaching is delivered in all classes. This also includes training to deliver quality teaching across the diverse primary curriculum – from science to the arts, history, geography, and basic computing skills.

Through your teacher training, you’ll develop the skills to become an expert in teaching maths to children between the primary ages of 5 and 11. You’ll take a lead in inspiring them to overcome barriers, solve problems, and elevate their enthusiasm for the subject. Teaching maths as a specialist has never been more important:

You’ll ensure every child gets the chance to leave primary school and begin secondary education with the best opportunity to succeed you’ll increase essential maths skills needed for everyday life.

Interview process

How to Apply

All applicants will need to apply through the UCAS website. If you are interested in applying for a position within Forest Learning Alliance, then ensure that you use our name, or Uplands Primary School and Nursery, within your programme search.

Recruitment Procedures

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. Covid restrictions may mean that the interview process may change dependent on the situation at that time and you will be notified of this.

How school placements work

All School Direct trainee teachers will be spend the majority of their training in one school with regular training sessions either at the lead school, Uplands Primary School and Nursery, 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.

Fees

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

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved at least a Grade B in A Level Maths plus Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or equivalent qualifications).

Personal qualities

Applicants will

-demonstrate and promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour;

  • be aware of their professional responsibilities;

  • work with others to promote the learning and welfare of young people;

  • adopt a reflective and critical stance towards their own practice, policy initiatives and listen to and act upon advice;

  • take responsibility for their own professional development;

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, Wokingham, and beyond. 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 well-rounded 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 a Newly Qualified Teacher(NQT). 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.

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.

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 details

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

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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site - Uplands Primary School and Nursery
Albion Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9BP
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