Professional Learning Network (Lyons Hall) Psychology (2TZX)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Mid Essex Initial Teacher Training
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.

Age range
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.prolearnnet.com

Contents

Course summary

Our training model allows four days per week in schools and a weekly training day each Thursday. This training day is split between Core Training in the morning at the Braintree Arts Theatre and Subject Expert Training (SET) in the afternoon at one of our partnership schools. This ongoing training model allows you to explore something in theory and then try it out in practice the very next day.

You will have a main placement school which allows you to fully settle into your department and become part of the teaching team. Pupils see you as their teacher and you gain a real insight into life in a school. A shorter, second placement in a different school (in January-March) then allows you to try ideas out and see another way of working. You will also have the opportunity to visit a primary school, a school for children with special educational needs and a school in challenging circumstances.

Trainees undertaking the PGCE will attend further training in the form of Academic Days which will give you guidance on academic research and writing. You will also be able to access the online library of the Anglia Ruskin University.

School placements

Mid Essex ITT works with over 20 schools across Essex, many of which have been working with them for almost 25 years. You will have the opportunity to work at two of these schools.

We aim to place you in a school which best suits your requirements. At your interview and assessment day, you will be asked to complete a form detailing which of our schools you would like to be placed at and we will try our best to place you at one of your choices. Early applicants will find it easier to be placed at one of their top choices, so we do recommend applying as early as possible if you are interested in training in certain schools.

Our schools offer a range of experiences and you will train to teach Geography across the 11 -16 age range with a post-16 enhancement, with teaching opportunities available across the partnership.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in psychology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

If you do not yet have a GCSE Grade 4 or above or recognised equivalent, then we do recognise the qualifications offered by the following organisations: www.equivalencytesting.com

www.astarequivalency.co.uk

Please ensure that you are sitting a paper that enables you to achieve at least a Grade 4.

Please note Functional Skills are not considered an equivalent qualification.

Personal qualities

  • Commitment, enthusiasm, passion, resilience – this is a tough course

  • Suitable and relevant qualifications to meet the eligibility criteria

  • Good subject knowledge (probably with a few gaps)

  • Relevant experience: how do you know this is for you?

  • Good standards of written and oral English

Other requirements

Mid Essex ITT is committed to safer recruitment. All applicants will be subject to to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check, including a check of the children’s barred list and Employer Access Online.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

Lyons Hall School, an outstanding school, works in partnership with Essex Primary SCITT and Mid Essex ITT (for secondary) which were both recognised as outstanding providers by Ofsted in November 2017.

Lyons Hall is the lead school in the Professional Learning Network (PLN), an alliance of over 50 primary, secondary and special schools,

If you have a degree and would like to become a primary or secondary school teacher, PLN is here to support and guide you, every step of the way. We offer Initial Teacher Training through School Direct placements, a one-year programme in which candidates undertake on-the-job-training in at least two schools in Essex across the school year. The course is structured so that trainees gain hands on experience in schools from the very beginning and many of our trainees go on to work in one of the schools they trained in.

We are different to many other training organisations as we can support you with your induction as an Early Career Teacher as well as with Continuing Professional and Leadership Development throughout your career.

You will receive support from experienced teachers to help develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to become a successful practitioner.

Trainees are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity that our strong partnership of schools offers and are well supported and challenged to achieve the very best outcomes that prepare them well for the start of their teaching careers.

Interview process

Interviews and assessments are co-ordinated by the Mid Essex ITT team and staff from our partnership schools will also be involved.

Once we have received your application through Apply, these are the next steps:

We will assess your application to check you meet our eligibility requirements and let you know if you have been shortlisted for the next stage

We may contact you for further information or proof of qualifications at this stage

Candidates will be asked to produce a 5 minute video of application which may be shared with partnership schools

Shortlisted candidates are then invited to our first assessment stage - an interview with Mid Essex ITT staff and completion of tasks including a literacy assessment and a presentation Some candidates - including salaried applicants - will complete a second interview at one of our partnership schools

Successful candidates will be invited to our three days of induction training in July in order to prepare them for September. This will also include a numeracy diagnostic assessment.

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

We are fully committed to fairness and equality. We strive to recruit from all backgrounds and ages and value the diversity it brings to the profession.

Over the years we have supported trainees with disabilities and other needs to achieve at least good and often outstanding outcomes by the end of their training by taking in to account their individual needs and tailoring their training accordingly.

In the past we have provided extra support to trainees with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, hearing impairments, ME and other long standing illnesses who have successfully completed their training.

We have provided help with proof-reading assignments, providing handouts on pastel coloured paper and running “Breakfast Support” sessions and Wellbeing days. If you think you may require assistance with any of the tasks at our interview and assessment day, we are happy to chat in advance about how we can make them accessible for you.

We welcome any requests from applicants concerning anything we can do to support you as you apply to join the course.

Contact this training provider

Email
vboreham@lyonshall.org.uk
Telephone
07833472639
Website
http://www.prolearnnet.com
Address
Lyons Hall Primary School
Deerleap Way
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9FH

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.