Bishop Challoner Training School Religious education (AE70)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City 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.

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

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About the course

If this is a subject you are knowledgeable and passionate about then our School Direct PGCE Religious Education course could open the door to a great career.

By teaching religious education in the 21st century you will draw together the history and teaching of world religions and the use and evaluation of philosophical, theological and ethical frameworks, while supporting pupils in their response to social and world issues.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning, which will provide you with the tools to become an excellent teacher able to teach a rich and diverse curriculum.

You will engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place both at the University and in school settings, and will develop your expertise in generic educational and professional issues, and subject-specific teaching theory.

As part of the course there will be opportunities for you to demonstrate your developing professional skills, such as:

  • Developing religious literacy in your classroom / department
  • Understanding the role of ethos and culture
  • Considering the practical nature of RE
  • Exploring the importance of ‘talk’ in the RE classroom.

By the end of the course we aim to have helped your development into a highly-skilled graduate teacher with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, which will allow you to demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice. You will be a confident, reflective and accountable practitioner, able to deliver a rich and diverse curriculum in a contemporary cultural context.

Trainees will spend 4 days per week in school, with 1 day per week being a training day. These training days will be held at either the University or 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.

You will be based at your main placement school for the whole of the programme except for a second complementary school placement which will take place in the first half of the Spring Term. The second placement school will be discussed with you and your school mentor before any decisions are made.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.

GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics at the point of enrolment.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities we are looking for include:

  • 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 by 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’

(http://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct)

Interview process

You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews include:

  • exploration of curriculum knowledge
  • discussions about relevant experiences
  • a presentation or small teaching exercise
  • written task

We also look for:

  • good communication skills
  • potential / suitability to be a good teacher
  • robustness to cope with the demands of the course

Please note: initially interviews will be held 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

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

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