Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance
Primary (5-11) (AT23)
PGCE with QTS full time with salary
- Accredited body
- Birmingham City University
- Financial support
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
- 8 October 2019
- Date course starts
- September 2020
About the course
This School Direct PGCE programme will give you the skills and understanding needed to successfully meet the needs of children in the classroom.
The setting of this course also provides you with the opportunities to understand the urban context and experience working with children from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds. While the PGCE is an academic qualification, the emphasis is very much on practical experience, with around two thirds of the course spent in school.
You will also learn by attending workshops and group discussions, but this course is practical and very hands-on in its approach.
You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews include:
- exploration of curriculum knowledge
- discussions about relevant experiences
- a presentation or small teaching exercise to a whole class
- 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
How school placements work
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.
We understand that you will spend the first 5 weeks at University before joining your school.
You will be based at your main placement school for the majority of the programme except for a second complementary school placement which will take place in the Spring Term. The second placement school will be discussed with you and your school mentor before any decisions are made.
Trainees on the salaried route will be paid on at least point 1 of the unqualified teacher scale, which in 2019/2020 is £17,682.
Your school will pay the Birmingham City University tuition fees.
There will also be a tuition fee for the PGCE Masters Module. It is up to the school whether they pay for this or the trainee pays. Most of our schools do provide the funding for this module. This will be discussed at the interview stage.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject. This can be pending if you are still studying at University.
GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject at the point of enrolment.
Personal qualities we are looking for include:
- good communicator
- able to inspire and enthuse
- good organiser
- imaginative and creative
- confident and resilient.
Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit, successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding check required for your course.
While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.
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 we have large numbers of trainees who successfully pass the programme with Good or Outstanding grades. Having a large Alliance also 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.
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’
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.
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