North London New River Teaching Alliance
Design and Technology (Product Design) (2SJK)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Goldsmiths, University of London
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
http://www.nrta.co.uk

Contents

About the course

Please note: Information in the sections below may be subject to amendments / adjustments to meet Covid-19 requirements.

Our aim is to develop teachers whose vision, imagination and professionalism takes them beyond the realities of current educational policy, and encourage them to continually seek to evolve new and better models of practice. The School Direct route into teaching enables participants to train to teach in schools which are local to them to avoid long commutes and to allow them to take an active role in the improvement of their own community. Previous participants have often been ex-students or parents of current students who recognise an opportunity for them to embark on a new career in their local area.

Goldsmiths is our affiliated university who runs the PGCE (Secondary) course in Design & Technology. The curriculum includes working with resistant materials (product design), systems and control (electronics, CAD/CAM), textiles, and food technology. What unifies these is the subject of Design and the development of designing competence.

You’ll be given the opportunity to specialise in one area to Key Stage 3 (age 11-14), and another to Key Stage 4 and beyond (age 14+). Key Stage 3 specialist fields are Materials; Textiles; Electronics and Communications Technology; and Food. The two Key Stage 4 specialist fields are Materials and Textiles.

Through an integrated course that involves both a practical and theoretical approach, you’ll be encouraged to reach your potential as a fully qualified teacher.

You will undertake two school placements during your PGCE training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools. Including: Alexandra Park School, Fortismere School, Woodside High School, Friern Barnet School, Park View School, Duke’s Aldridge Academy, Highgate Wood School, Mill Hill County High and Christ’s College Finchley.

You will split your time between the university and your school placements to enable you to support your practical experience with the robust research and pedagogical understanding needed to produce excellent results for students.

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Interview process

Alexandra Park School is the lead school in the partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process. This will involve performing a variety of tasks, including: a short presentation, a lesson activity, a written feedback exercise, a group discussion activity and an interview.

If the placement is at another school in the partnership, staff from that school will also be involved.

If you are successful at the school interview, our university partner Goldsmiths will also invite you to an interview. This will also serve as an opportunity to learn more about the PGCE course, the tutors and the facilities at the University.

How school placements work

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

The placement schools you will be attending during your PGCE will be from across our alliance of good and outstanding schools. Prior to each of your two teaching placements you will have several weeks of intensive preparation at Goldsmiths where you will study the theory and pedagogy behind becoming an outstanding teacher.

You can express a preference for a placement at a specific school in the partnership and we shall endeavour to match school placements with a particular student teacher’s strengths. We do, however, have to take into consideration the ever-changing nature of the schools and work around curriculum and staffing changes. The aim of Schools Direct is to allow participants to train in schools which are local to them to increase recruitment opportunities upon completion of the course.

We aim to give all participants two contrasting experiences within their placements; whether that be with regards to student intake, uniform/non-uniform, post-16 education or a faith-based curriculum. You will be assigned a subject mentor from within your department at both of your placement schools and will attend regular Professional Studies sessions to equip you with the skills to plan and teach your lessons. Our mentors are excellent teachers who are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. You will also have ample opportunity to observe and learn from other teachers throughout both placements.

You will also return to Goldsmiths at regular intervals throughout the year to continue your academic studies and discuss your experiences with your fellow participants. Successful completion of all aspects of the course will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which also carries 60 masters level credits that may be used towards a subsequent masters degree. The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

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

The PGCE is open to you if you have GCSE Grade C/4 or above (or recognised equivalents) in English Language and Mathematics.

You should also have an undergraduate honours degree, at 2:2 or above from a university in the United Kingdom or an international equivalent in a subject related to D&T, such as theatre design, product design, graphics, silversmithing, or architecture.

To check if your qualifications are of an equivalent standard to the UK academic entry requirements for the PGCE programme, we recommend that you contact UK NARIC.

Click here for full details of entry requirements for the D&T course

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about Design and Technology and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with young people of this age. This does not need to be paid work but might be helping with a sports team, drama group or youth club. We would like you to have done some observation in a classroom or you may even have worked in a school.

Other requirements

In some special cases, an unrelated degree may be acceptable if you have worked in a field related to Design and Technology. Each year the programme contains a good mixture of graduates with a broad spread of specialist expertise, and we welcome applicants with experience of working in business and industry.

About the training provider

The New River Teaching Alliance is a fantastic collaboration, where participants can benefit from a unique school-based learning opportunity in partnership with world-class universities. The Alliance is a partnership of ten schools; all of which have achieved either Good or Outstanding Ofsted ratings. Our mission statement is simple: ‘Recruiting, supporting and developing the very best teachers’.

We aim to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers all feel valued and supported. We have worked with trainee teachers for 15 years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they bring to a school community. Previous participants have commented that the training they received with us “reflects a positive, supportive whole school ethos and a high level of expertise among staff”.

Our partnership is led by Alexandra Park School and comprises nine other comprehensive schools. All our schools are conveniently located in North London, allowing trainees to engage with more than one school during the course. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and learning styles.

Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. They are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills who are “experienced, calm and professional.” All of the schools in our alliance have successfully proven their ability to both train and develop new teachers; with a growing proportion of trainees choosing to embark on their new careers at these institutions upon completion of the course.

About the accredited body

We work in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London. Goldsmith’s has been educating teachers since 1904, and is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. The partnership you will be joining as you become a Goldsmiths student has a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools. This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective secondary school teacher in your chosen subject.

Goldsmiths is a single site campus situated in New Cross, South East London, and five miles from central London.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our partners UCL IOE and Goldsmiths have full disabled access as do the following schools in the partnership: Alexandra Park School, Fortismere School, Woodside High School and Highgate Wood School.

Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

Goldsmiths has full disabled access and is committed to admitting and supporting students with disabilities. The Institute also has a well-established Disability and Wellbeing team who provide support for students with a range of conditions. Every person is treated as an individual, and both institutions invite you to contact them as early as possible so that they can consider your needs and tailor their support to meet them.

Contact details

Email
info@nrta.co.uk
Telephone
0208 826 4914
Website
http://www.nrta.co.uk
Address
Bidwell Gardens
London
London
N11 2AZ

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