Bishop Challoner Training School Primary (Physical Education) (35ZD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman University
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct

Contents

About the course

This Primary (PE Specialism) programme is designed to:

  • train specialist primary trainees to teach the subject of PE across the key stages alongside the ability to deliver core curriculum English, Maths and Science
  • provide a skill set necessary to deliver effective CPD in PE to non-specialists
  • enable trainees to engage in scholarly activity related to PE.

The overall programme is designed to produce highly effective and critically reflective primary PE specialist teachers. The programme is structured to enable students to develop the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to make informed professional decisions to enable pupils to enjoy learning and achieve high standards in PE.

There will be extensive training in English, mathematics, science and primary practice, with an equal balance between physical education and the core aspects of the primary curriculum.

The programme includes two assessments giving you 60 credits (PGCE) at Masters level which you can use towards further qualification.

The programme includes sessions to enhance trainees’ existing skills in a range of sports, in partnership with recognised sports bodes, such as the Lawn Tennis Association, Rugby Football Union, Football Association, England and Wales Cricket Board.

Training sessions and Masters assignment sessions are held at Newman University and Bishop Challoner Catholic College during the year. Trainees also attend training provided by their own school.

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.

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

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

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

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

Other requirements

You have demonstrable skills in a particular sport or sports, and be able to demonstrate sporting excellence at a high level.

Coaching awards are desirable, but there will be opportunities to take these during the training year.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Bishop Challoner Training 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. Having a large Alliance means that the majority of trainees are employed in Alliance schools after completing their training year.

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

The interview could possibly take a full day and will take place at Bishop Challoner Catholic College or in a Primary School in our Alliance.

Interviews consist of:

  • a short teaching session
  • a written task
  • a formal interview.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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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