Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance Primary (35Z3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct

Contents

About the course

Course aims:

  • To gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
  • To build your confidence and help you reflect on and evaluate your professional practice
  • To become an authority on the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations
  • To grow confident in the latest technologies and develop multimedia resources
  • To learn to teach phonics, early reading, writing, and early mathematics, as well as foundation subjects
  • Assess pupils effectively, promoting pupil progress across the curriculum, and manage their behaviour to create a strong learning environment
  • To leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career by taking three core modules

Subject Studies: You will cover core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and non-core (Foundation) subjects. Foundation subjects are covered through 2 “taster” sessions for each subject: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography/History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE) and PSHE.

Professional Studies: You will develop a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. You will address central issues including planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management.

Professional Practice: You will have opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in two contrasting schools. You will develop an awareness of your professional development, reflect on progress on school placements and set targets for successful completion of the programme.

You will also be asked to choose a specialism: Early Years, Special Educational Needs, English, Mathematics or Science. The specialism is a unique opportunity to enhance your subject knowledge and skills in a critical area of Primary education.

Trainees will spend 4 days per week in school with 1 day per week being a training day. After the Summer half term, trainees will be in school 5 days per week.

You will be assessed in the following three modules:

Subject Studies: coursework focusing on one aspect of practice in each of the 3 core subjects (Masters level assignment – 3,000 words; and looking at practice in one strand within your Specialism across a range of contexts (e-presentation – 2,000 words).

Professional Studies: Coursework focusing on a key issue and combining theory with your practice in schools (Master’s level assignment – 5,000 words.

Professional Practice: Meeting the Teachers’ Standards at a Good or Outstanding level.

Training days will mainly take place at the University of Warwick with some days being held at Bishop Challoner Catholic College.

School placements

The main placement school for an applicant is discussed at interview, so that individual requirements can be taken into account. With most of our schools being located in or near the Birmingham area, travel time is not usually a problem.

Successful applicants will always know which school will be their main placement when they are offered the place.

The second school placement takes place in the Spring Term, and this will always be discussed with the trainee and their school mentor before any decisions are made.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You must have graduated, or be about to graduate, from a UK Higher Educational Institute or equivalent, with a 2:2 or above honours degree.

You need at least a grade 4 or grade C in GCSE(or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Personal qualities

  • energetic
  • good communicator
  • able to inspire and enthuse
  • good organiser
  • imaginative and creative
  • confident and resilient

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required for this course.

While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance (BCTSA) consists of over 60 schools, including 30 primaries, mainly located across the Birmingham area with some schools situated in the surrounding areas of Solihull, Dudley, Walsall and Worcestershire.

Being a large TSA, with a long and proven track record of training teachers, we can offer a large number of subjects and primary places all through the School Direct PGCE route. Every year 100% of our trainees achieve QTS. Having a large Alliance means that the majority of trainees are employed in Alliance schools after completing their training year. Over the last few years we have had a 100% employment record after the training year, with 80% in Alliance schools.

There are experienced mentors in Alliance schools who will support you. They undertake training for their role every year with the University and with BCTSA. We have an ITT Support Team, which consists of experienced mentors from Alliance Schools who visit schools/trainees at least 3 times a year. This is in addition to the support provided by the University.

To teach within our Alliance means that you will have a unique opportunity of an individualised leadership development programme throughout your career, from trainee to senior leadership and beyond.

Come and train to teach with us and ‘Inspire : Teach : Excel’

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Interview process

Once an application has been submitted Alliance schools that have requested a trainee will decide if they want to interview. Please contact us to find out the latest list of schools with vacancies.

If more than one school wants to interview, the interview will probably be held at Bishop Challoner and representatives from the interested schools will attend. When inviting applicants to interview they will be notified which schools will be represented on the interview panel.

If there is one school that wants to interview, the interview will be held at that school.

If the applicant is successful and several schools want to offer a place, the applicant can visit the schools and decide which school they prefer. This does not mean they have accepted a place at that school, it just means that they know that the Bishop Challoner offer on UCAS is for that particular school.

Interviews consist of:

  • a short teaching session delivered to a small group of students. Applicants will be informed at least 5 days before the interview about the topic, the age group/ability and the number of students.
  • a formal interview

Please note: initially interviews will take place online this academic year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Within our Alliance of schools, BCTSA hopes to be able to provide a welcoming, accessible route into teaching for candidates with disabilities and other needs. The caring, nurturing focus of our mentors and trainers aims to look after those who are keen to progress through the programme and become classroom teachers. The University also provides a range of academic and professional support.

Previously we have supported trainees with a range of physical impairments, including timetabling of lessons to ground floor classrooms for those who cannot use the stairs; extra preparation time for those with dyslexia and autism, and extra support for those with mental health conditions.

By seeing our trainees as individuals, no two types of support are the same. By encouraging a caring and supporting ethos within our partner schools, we work with individuals to work out the best way to help them gain the most from their School Direct year and to start their teaching careers confident and ready to teach.

Contact this training provider

Email
c.taylor@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk
Telephone
01214416175
Website
http://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct
Address
Challoner House
21 Institute Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7EG

Support and advice

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