Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance
Primary (English with Special Educational Needs) (2ZRD)
PGCE with QTS, full time or part time
- Accredited body
- Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education
- Financial support
- Student finance if you’re eligible
PGCE with QTS
A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to
teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.
Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.
- Course length
- Up to 2 years
- Date you can apply from
- 8 October 2019
- Date course starts
- August 2020
About the course
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education foregrounds evidence informed practice. Centre-based sessions are, whenever possible led by school based colleagues in one of our teaching classrooms, either at Keele University (ST5 5BG) or at Seabridge Primary School (ST5 3PJ). We also have access to teaching space in East Staffordshire. All our classrooms are set up for young children to be taught within it as well as yourselves. The rooms are fully equipped and you will have access to an extensive set of resources to support all curriculum areas within early years, primary and special needs education. Many of these can be loaned to you whilst on placement.
Whilst our programme trains you to become a General Primary Practitioner, we are delighted also to offer specialisms. Our specialisms include, Early Years (PGCE with QTS), English and the Performing Arts Foreign Languages, Geography and History, Mathematics (specialism NOT specialist), Physical Education, Science and Art and Design.
We also offer Pedagogy and SEND (5-11) programme with our subject specialisms (excluding Early Years). Trainees will benefit from experience across 2 placements, a combination of mainstream and special school settings. We are very excited by this highly innovative, successful and much needed programme. More information can be found on our website; if you are interested in enriching your specialism with a Special Educational Needs focus then please have a look at our programme offered through the Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance (1JA).
If you are interested in applying for our part-time route, you will need to select this at the point of application. If in doubt, please just contact us on either 01782 432537 or via email.
Our English and the Performing Arts specialism enables you to draw on your passion for English and develops your capacity as a curriculum maker. You will be supported in carefully considering how through disciplined thinking you can connect English with other areas of the curriculum particularly focusing on performing arts. English is not only an essential National Curriculum subject but it also unlocks learning in all subjects whether that be through reading, writing, speaking or listening.
We will encourage you to consider how best to harness children’s curiosity in relation to a variety of texts and literary stimuli. You will be encouraged to think carefully about progression, assessment and curriculum organisation by benefiting from the expertise of practitioners currently working in our partnership schools.
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education co-ordinates recruitment across the partnership. Initially we review your UCAS Teacher Training application to ensure that you meet our entry requirements and that your personal statement reflects the capabilities and experiences that we are looking for. If your application meets these stringent criteria then you will be invited to an interview day which will take place at Keele University then in one of our partnership schools. You will be hosted by both a member of the SCITT team and a senior school-based colleague. If you have applied for our SEND Pathway (see Blackfriars) then you will be interviewed within one of our special school settings. During the afternoon interview session you will be invited to teach a 15 minute learning sequence to a class that relates to your specialism.
We recognise that this is a demanding process. It is one that involves considerable commitment from you. Our experience suggests that this rigorous process enables us to best match applicants to the places available. Ours is an intense, high quality programme and we need to both assure ourselves, and give you the confidence, that you are best placed to make the most of the opportunities that we have on offer. As a former trainee said ‘The course gives you amazing learning opportunities. The staff really help you to gain an understanding of all aspects of teaching. Not just the teaching but with wider aspects of school life.’ This is something that we pride ourselves in.
How school placements work
We work closely with several Teaching School Alliances and clusters of School Direct schools. You will be able to benefit from placements in two of these settings; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering your pupils an appropriately high quality curriculum, one that both engages and excites them.
If you are on our Early Years specialism or our SEND pathway then your first placement will be in an EY or SEND environment and your second placement will be in a mainstream primary school.
Placement schools are carefully selected for you, and may involve some travel. Across the course we endeavour to minimise travel, though you may have to travel for up to an hour from your home address– note that we do not pay travel expenses.
During the ‘Initial Phase’ you attend the SCITT for two days and your school for three days. The Initial Phase is a gradual introduction into teaching and learning. You will then build up to a teaching commitment of 50% of a class timetable. Individual’s timetable will vary, but in terms of proportions, the following is a guide. Approximately 25% English, 25% maths, 25% science and 25% Foundation subjects (preferably including your specialism, if appropriate).
Your second placement is undertaken in a different school, following successful completion of your first placement. During this final placement, you will benefit from being ‘in class’ 75% of the time, 60% will involve you in leading the teaching and 10% - 15% can be team teaching and/ or small group work, including for example the Switch on Reading or SEND interventions. In your very final weeks your percentage teaching time will increase to be equivalent to the expectations of an NQT so that you are truly job ready! In these final few weeks there may be the opportunity for you to undertake an enrichment placement that enables you to develop a particular develop aspect of your teaching.
The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.
The course length for full time study is 1 year.
The fee for UK and EU Students for the full time course is £9250.
A flexible route is also available for this course.
The course length for the flexible route is 2 years.
The fee for UK and EU Students for the flexible route is £5500 for each year of study.
At least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent).
GCSE in English Language, Science and Mathematics at Grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent).
The relevance of an Honours degree content and /or A Levels and / or experience in relation to the chosen specialist subject(s).
In respect of applicants from outside the United Kingdom, a NARIC verification will inform the judgement as to the suitability of the degree.
During interview and whilst on course we will enable you to meet the requirements and expectations of fundamental English and mathematics.
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education seeks candidates who are passionate about the transformative power of the primary phase of education and who are reflective and resilient people. We value candidates who are well-organised and who relate well to others. A strong feature of the course is the collaborative community that forms between the trainees and between the schools. Your peers will form a bedrock of support as you realise your ambition to become an excellent and informed Newly Qualified Teacher. Through the SCITT we are also able to offer you support during your NQT year.
A medical report which is deemed satisfactory.
A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the SCITT partnership.
If you are applying for either our Primary programme or Primary Pedagogy and SEND programme, prior experience is often desirable as it can help you decide whether teaching is for you and it can help strengthen an application. If you would welcome such an opportunity do get in touch with us or look out for our Back to School or Insights days.
About the training provider
By offering the opportunity to embark on a Teaching Career with Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance, we know that by recruiting the very best individuals who are committed to the profession, we will make a positive difference to the lives of future generations. Such a strong moral compass highlights that ‘collaboration and networking’ are at the core of our Teaching School Alliance and recognises the importance of working together for ‘the greater good’.
We have a strong partnership of schools covering Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. All of our schools are incredibly experienced in welcoming and nurturing Trainee Teachers. From day one you will be made to feel part of the team and will be surrounded by passionate people who are dedicated to making a difference.
As well as receiving excellent support from our mentors in school, all Secondary Trainee Teachers within our partnership are offered a weekly CPDT Programme which supplements the University programme. These CPDT sessions offer Trainee Teachers the opportunity to learn from practitioners who are experts in their field and also allows time to share best practice and network.
We welcome visits to our partnership of schools from potential applicants.
For further information or to contact us, please go to our website http://www.blackfriarstsa.com/
About the accredited body
KNSTE is an outstanding provider (2017) who work in close partnership with their schools and school direct clusters. The programme is designed and managed by local headteachers and senior school leaders. They are relentless in pursing excellence in teaching so that the pupils in our school communities benefit from passionate and effective teaching. Evidence is used to inform and challenge school-based practice for the benefit of all. In this way your school and SCITT sessions are intertwined. We have been thrilled to employ previous trainees and are delighted that KNSTE has sustained its high recruitment, retention and employment rates.
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