St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, Colchester
PGCE with QTS, full time or part time
- Accredited body
- Essex Teacher Training
- Financial support
- Student finance if you’re eligible
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 full time and 2 year part time
- Date you can apply from
- 13 October 2020
- Date course starts
- September 2021
About the course
The School Direct Training Programme (fee funded):
A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and be enrolled on a Masters Programme with the University of Derby for the award of PGCE. Training is majority school-based with some centre-based training. Training occurs at various locations across Essex so we take into account your home address to try to keep travelling time to a minimum. You will receive training on the general aspects of successful teaching and training around teaching across your chosen phase in primary. In school you will work closely with a mentor and the ITT coordinator, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have an external tutor who works for Essex Teacher Training, who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.
The PGCE is delivered locally in Essex by the University of Derby and comprises 3 assignments, which are spread across the course of the year. Trainees will have access to an online e-portfolio system and online resources along with face to face training sessions. These along with the excellent support from in-school mentors and tutors from Essex Teacher Training, will mean you will feel fully prepared for working in the classroom.
Your teaching load will start small and increase gradually as the year progresses. The rate at which this increases will be decided by you and your tutors and take into account any prior experience. Assessment is via observations of you teaching, reflective pieces of writing and specific tasks relating to the different Teachers’ Standards.
If you wish to train on the part-time School direct programme, this is typically for 3 days a week over the course of 2 years. The programme is very similar to the one year programme in terms of support and delivery, the only difference being that you will be in school 2 days per week and attend training on 1 day a week. The majority of centre-based training will take place in Year 1 and you will be enrolled on the Masters programme for the PGCE in Year 2.
You will be invited to an interview in the lead school. This interview will include: a presentation on an educational topic of your own choice; an activity with pupils eg. teaching part of a lesson, or taking a
group activity; a written task and a formal interview with a small
panel of representatives from the School Direct partnership.
If successful,you will be given a conditional offer of a place to train.
How school placements work
Trainees will complete training in two different schools during the course of the year. Typically trainees spend the autumn term in their host school and then go to a second placement school during the first part of the Spring term and then return to their host school for the remainder of the year. Trainees are in school 4 days a week and attend training on the 5th day. We endeavour to keep travelling time to school to a minimum so we will take into account your home address when allocating a school. The programme covers the primary age ranges 3-7 or 5-11 and you will be teaching within one of these age ranges.
The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,150
If part-time fees are £6000 per year
A first degree at classification 2:2 or above. A first degree comprises 300 HE credits of which 60 must be at Level 6 of QCF. If your degree is from a non-UK university you will need to approach NARIC to gain an equivalence certificate.
GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 in English, maths and science.
We are looking for high quality graduates with a passion for learning who are committed to transforming the lives of young people through education.
About the training provider
We are a Lead School for Teacher Training with 17 years experience of school based training. We work closely with our colleagues at Essex Teacher Training. We train around 15 teachers each year here and in our partner schools which are mainly in NE and Mid Essex, Although as a growing multi-academy trust we will have schools in Tendring, Colchester, Witham and Chelmsford from September 2020. Schools are carefully selected so that trainees get the support they need during the training year. Each trainee will be placed with an experienced teacher, who is quite often their mentor too, and will also have the services of a Lead Mentor from St. Thomas More’s as well as a Tutor from Essex Teacher Training. The schools we work with have lots of experience with ITT and many of the staff will have taken similar school based routes into teaching. St. Thomas More’s has been a Teaching School for many years, and is the new Maths Hub in Essex from September 2020, and as such will offer additional training opportunities and networking. Most of our schools will employ their trainee if a post becomes available. For example, in our school, 7 of our teachers were trained in house. There will be a similar picture across our partner schools showing how much we believe in the programme!
About the accredited body
Essex Teacher Training is a large provider of ITT in the Eastern Region, offering a variety of different routes to QTS. Working with in excess of 80 schools in Essex and neighbouring counties, they provide excellent opportunities in primary, secondary and special schools. With excellent employment rates and over 95% of trainees finishing the programmes, each year, as good or outstanding, headteachers comment that trainees are well prepared for their NQT year.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to offering all prospective trainees the opportunity to gain QTS. We are able to support candidates with specific needs and this can be discussed with individuals during the application process.
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