City Learning Trust Primary (3-7) (34YZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education
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
August 2021
Website
http://www.citylearningtrust.org/

Contents

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 Seabridge Primary School (ST5 3PJ). 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. Some of these can be loaned to you whilst on placement.

Whilst our programme trains you to become a General Primary Practitioner, we also offer specialisms. Our specialisms include, Early Years (PGCE with QTS), English and the Performing Arts, Geography and History, Mathematics (specialism NOT specialist), Physical Education, Science and Art and Design.

The Early Years Specialism is for you, if you are particularly interested in early learning and child development. The Early Years (EY) is a unique phase of education which involves framing first hand learning opportunities both inside and outdoors in relation the curriculum and children’s prior experiences. Your sessions will enable you to become familiar with the requirements and expectations of both the Early Years phase and Key Stage 1. This is the time when children develop a curiosity to learn more, including engaging with reading, applying their mathematical knowledge and making sense of how the world works. We will enable you to lead learning so that you can improve outcomes for children.

School placements

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 then your first placement will be in an EY 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 Early Career Teacher 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • 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) or pathway.
  • In respect of applicants from outside the United Kingdom, NARIC verification will inform us 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

Personal qualities

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education seeks candidates who are passionate about the transformative power 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 our schools. Your peers will form a bedrock of support as you realise your ambition to become an excellent and informed Early Career Teacher. We are able to offer support, in addition to that provided by your Appropriate Body in your first year of teaching.

Other requirements

  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory.
  • A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the SCITT partnership.
  • Prior experience is not required but can be beneficial to you in helping you to decide whether teaching is for you. If you would welcome such an opportunity do get in touch with us or look out for our Back to School days.

Fees and financial support

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

You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.

About the training provider

The City Learning Trust is a Multi Academy Trust founded in 2014. The CLT has five academies in membership covering approximately three thousand students aged three to nineteen. Our academies include Haywood Academy, Haywood Sixth Form Academy, Mill Hill Primary, Smallthorne Primary Academy and Trentham Academy.

We offer a variety of secondary school direct subject places with Staffordshire University. Subjects include: English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Business Studies, Computing, Geography and Physical Education. In addition, we have numerous primary places with Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education and with Staffordshire University.

We provide high quality training that ensures trainees are fully prepared for life in the classroom and a career in education. Working closely with the partner universities, we ensure that our Schools Direct colleagues gain their teaching qualification (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). If you choose to apply to the CLT and are successful, you are guaranteed placements at academies within our Multi Academy Trust.

It is a privilege for us to be working in a diverse region with exceptional teachers. We respect the cultures and backgrounds of the young people in our settings, and we enable you to take seriously, issues of equality and social justice. In particular, we value the transformative role that a high quality educational experience has in enabling young people to become informed, empowered and engaged.

Interview process

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education co-ordinates recruitment across the partnership. Initially we review your 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 and 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.

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, and with the wider elements of school life.’ This is something that we pride ourselves in.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Please enquire with the accredited provider for this programme.

Contact this training provider

Email
dpoole@citylearningtrust.org
Telephone
01782 853535
Website
http://www.citylearningtrust.org/
Address
Haywood Academy
High Lane
Burslem
Stoke-on-Trent
ST6 7AB

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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