Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance Computing (3BXF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT)
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
http://www.blackfriarstsa.com

Contents

About the course

The Secondary Initial Teacher Education Programme at The OAKS has been designed to be both academic and vocational. It is predicated on the requirements to provide challenging expectations of you as a Trainee Teacher to create a teaching and learning environment which will engage your interest and motivation. The broad aims of the main curriculum component of the programme are to:

  • develop your Subject Knowledge and teach you how to put that knowledge into practice (pedagogy);
  • enable you to become a highly motivated, outstanding, effective, creative and reflective practitioner;
  • prepare you for a career in teaching that will prove to be successful and rewarding;
  • develop in you a commitment to and enthusiasm for continuing professional and personal development;
  • provide you with sufficient information, experience and opportunity in order that you might achieve the National Teacher Standards to enable you to be recommended for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

The programme places you in to two secondary placements, preferably offering a different type of training environment but at The OAKS you will also gain other vital experiences such as:

  • A week’s placement in a Primary school
  • Post-16 experience
  • Visiting a pupil referral unit (PRU)
  • Spend time in a Special school for SEND experience
  • Have a MAPP (multi agency placements) entitlement e.g. welfare officers, etc.
  • EAL (English as an additional language) in multi-cultural partnership schools
  • A two day (one night) residential at the beginning of the course to learn about how trips out of school can be successful in enhancing pupil progress and confidence with peers and adults.

To supplement the University programme, each week you will also attend CPD sessions at Blackfriars Teaching School where you will be taught by highly experienced tutors on a wide range of topics. These weekly sessions are also an excellent opportunity to network and share experiences with other trainees .

The programme offers a very diverse and exciting spread of experiences which should enable you to gain very valuable experience to take to your first school as an NQT. We will keep in touch through this year and offer even more continuing support. The OAKS team wants to support you and maintain a caring environment which we hope that you will eventually offer to your future pupils.

For further information regarding the specific programme content for individual subjects, please see The OAKS website (theoaks.org.uk)

School placements

You will undertake two secondary school placements during the programme. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that you are placed in your chosen school, this cannot be guaranteed.

All of the schools in the Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance 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 Trainee Teachers within the Blackfriars Teaching School 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Entry to this programme is conditional on:

  • Achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent);
  • Passes at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent);
  • Successful completion of the National College for Teaching and Leadership Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy (these are a pre-entry requirement);
  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory;
  • A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory;
  • At least 10 days teaching experience in a secondary school/college during the last 2 years, either before or after selection;
  • Satisfactory references.

Personal qualities

We are looking for energetic and skilled individuals who have a real passion and commitment to working with children and young people. We are looking for individuals who:

  • Are good at explaining things to others;
  • Enjoy working with a wide range of people;
  • Are enthusiastic;
  • Have a strong knowledge in particular subject areas;
  • Are good time-managers;
  • Have the ability to work in a team as well as using your own initiative;
  • Keep cool under pressure;
  • Have patience and a good sense of humour;
  • Cope well with change;
  • Enjoy a challenge.

Fees and financial support

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

Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs. Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. The most up-to-date fees along with any additional pre-course fees will be listed on The OAKS website.

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 CPD Programme which supplements the University programme. These CPD 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.

During current Covid-19 restrictions, visits to schools are difficult. Therefore potential applicants are encouraged to make contact with partner schools to discuss any questions they may have.

For further information or to contact us, please go to our website http://www.blackfriarstsa.com/

About the accredited body

The OAKS is an Ofsted Outstanding (2016) and innovative SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme) which links Keele University and OAT (Ormiston Academies Trust) with a long established partnership of schools in five local authorities: Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire, Birmingham and Cheshire.

The OAKS course is based in the beautiful green campus of Keele University and all trainees will qualify with a Keele University PGCE and QTS from The OAKS.

Interview process

There are two stages to our selection procedure that are both seen as fair and robust. Stage 1 This initial stage is all completed at the OAKS. We scrutinise very carefully all applicants UCAS applications. Special attention must be taken on making sure that every applicant meets our entry requirements . The personal statement is a very important section; so applicants must make sure that they are addressing the correct themes in this free written prose. We are looking for certain characteristics which make it easy for us to select for interview and a certain standard of English. References are always called for; this gives us other important information. Stage2 This part of the selection process takes place in your selected school wherever possible or one of our other partnership schools. There will be a written task, trial QTS tests may be given (dependent upon whether you have already passed them or not) and a formal interview. Perhaps the most important part of stage 2 is your interaction with a group of pupils (either in a classroom or group setting). We always ask for their opinions on your involvement; their voice matters to us! The decision as to whether you are invited on to our course will usually take place at the end of stage 2. Any applicants who are rejected will receive a full written reason why they have been unsuccessful.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As an organisation we are experienced in supporting students with additional needs. Please contact Blackfriars to discuss, in confidence, any reasonable adjustments that need to be made to support you in your chosen career.

Contact details

Email
tsa.director@blackfriarstsa.com
Telephone
01782987151
Website
http://www.blackfriarstsa.com
Address
Blackfriars School
Priory Road
Newcastle-Under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 2TF

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