Bishop Challoner Training School Primary with SEND (AT22)

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

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct

Contents

Course summary

This School Direct PGCE programme gives you the opportunity to gain a flying start to your teaching career by gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but rather than specialising in the Early Years or the general Primary phases, you will be able to highlight your special educational needs (SEN) expertise with five to 11 year olds.

Your two placements will be in schools recognised for their strengths in SEN or in special schools, allowing you to immerse yourself in this specialist area. In addition, you will choose SEN as your area of leadership to explore at a deeper level when you are completing academic work for your Professional Studies and Leadership module.

You will learn to teach across the range of subjects in the primary National Curriculum, with a strong focus on core subjects.

School placements

The main placement school for an applicant is discussed at interview, so that individual requirements can be taken into account. We have almost 40 primary schools and over 20 secondary schools in our Alliance so there is a wide range of types and size of schools in locations across the region. If you are interested in being placed in a particular school not in the Alliance then we will talk to the Headteacher about our programme but we cannot guarantee that the request will be fulfilled.

You will be based at your main placement school for the whole of the programme except for a second contrasting placement which will take place in the Spring Term. This second placement school will be discussed with you 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

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 for this course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Bishop Challoner Training School Alliance (BCTSA) is an alliance of over 60 schools, primary and secondary, located across Birmingham and surrounding areas including Coventry, Dudley, Walsall and Worcestershire.

Being a large TSA, with a long and successful track record of training teachers, we can offer a wide range of subjects and primary places through the School Direct route into teaching. Our programmes support trainees with key strategies to become effective and confident teachers. Having a large Alliance means that the majority of trainees are employed in Alliance schools after completing their training year.

There are high-quality experienced mentors in our Alliance schools who will support you. The BCTSA Support Team, consisting of experienced professional mentors, regularly meet with trainees and mentors. This is in addition to the support provided by the University.

ITT is the very start of the Department of Education’s ‘Golden Thread’ of Professional Development, and BCTSA is also involved in delivering the Early Career Teacher Programme and the full range of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). So 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.

You will also have the opportunity to interact with our Maths Hub, Science Learning Partnership, Computing Hub and our local Research Schools.

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

(https://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

Full details of the application process will be sent to applicants who have successfully progressed to this stage. Before interviews take place there will also be an opportunity for an informal conversation to ask any questions that you may have about our programmes.

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

Within our Alliance of schools, BCTSA is 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.

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
https://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct
Address
Challoner House
21 Institute Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7EG

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).

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