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
Bursaries and 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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.nrta.co.uk

Contents

About the course

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 alliance schools. Including: Alexandra Park School, Fortismere School, Woodside High School, Friern Barnet School, Heartlands 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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School placements

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).

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree should be from a university in the United Kingdom or an international equivalent in a subject related to Design and Technology, such as theatre design, product design, graphics, silversmithing, or architecture.

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.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The New River Teaching Alliance (NRTA) is a fantastic collaboration of North London schools with the collective goal of training the best teachers to join the profession. Working under the umbrella of North East London Teaching School Hub (NELTSH) and our awarding body UCL Institute of Education, we are well positioned to deliver some of the best teacher training in the world. Participants benefit from a unique school-based learning programme in partnership with a world-class university. This training route is referred to as ‘School Direct’.

Led by Alexandra Park School, all partner schools within the alliance have achieved ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted ratings and are conveniently located in North London.

Our aim during the course is to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers 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. By allowing trainees to engage with two schools during their training, we provide an 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. All our partner schools have successfully developed new teachers for over a decade. This is demonstrated by a growing number of trainees choosing to embark on their new careers at these schools, upon completion of the course.

Our mission statement is simple: ‘Recruiting, supporting and developing the very best teachers’.

Interview process

Alexandra Park School is the lead school in the alliance and is responsible for coordinating the recruitment process.

All applications received are reviewed by the NRTA team. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview and asked to perform a variety of tasks, which may include: a short presentation, a lesson activity, a literacy and maths exercise, a group discussion activity, and a panel interview. The interview panel may include staff from partner schools as well as staff from Alexandra Park School.

If you are successful at the school interview, Goldsmiths will 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 Institute.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our University partner UCL IOE has full disabled access and 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 you are invited to contact them as early as possible so that they can consider your needs and tailor their support to meet them.

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

Contact this training provider

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

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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