Forest Way Alliance Mathematics (35GT)

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

Accredited body
University of Leicester
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.forestwaytsa.org/initial-teacher-training.html

Contents

Course summary

Our Secondary teacher training programme for Mathematics is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Alliance – FWA, the University of Leicester and five local secondary schools.

This course is made up of both university-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools within FWA to give you a broad range of experience.

Although your placement will be at an Alliance school, you will share most, if not all, the Secondary PGCE Professional Studies Course with the Secondary PGCE students on the ‘core’ (University-led) PGCE course, giving you a great opportunity to share experience and practice with other students. Your subject studies will be undertaken together with core PGCE students.

This training will focus on all aspects of teaching pedagogy, including lesson planning and evaluation, behaviour management, literacy and functional skills, learning theory, diversity and inclusion, equality, safeguarding, creative engagement, PSHE and form tutoring.

In school, your subject teaching will be closely monitored and supported by a mentor in the department. Senior members of staff hold overall responsibility in each school for the training of trainee teachers, including tutorials and the provision of opportunities for professional development and whole school concerns.

Successful completion of the course leads to PGCE and 90 credits at Masters level awarded by the University of Leicester and Qualified Teacher Status.

This course differs from our other Biology course on offer with the University of Derby in that training for this course will be solely provided by the University of Leicester. Although placement schools are the same, the University of Leicester course provide all their own training and there will be no time spent training at FWA.

School placements

We have five secondary schools within our Alliance in the Coalville and Ashby area. School Direct trainees will spend both their secondary school placements in two of our alliance schools, all placements are arranged by Forest Way Alliance, you will not be expected to find your own placement.

You will spend the majority of the Autumn and Summer terms with your main school placement and the Spring term with your second school placement.

Please see our website www.forestwaytsa.org Alliance Partners page for details of all our partner schools and links to their websites.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in mathematics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

The University of Leicester will only accept equivalency tests in English and Maths from www.equivalencytesting.com or [Birmingham City University(https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education-and-social-work/initial-teacher-training/gcse-equivalency-test/gcse-equivalency-tests-non-bcu-applicants)

Personal qualities

We are seeking to recruit highly motivated and inspiring individuals who are excited about the School Direct PGCE and have:

  • a genuine commitment to teaching
  • excellent communication skills
  • ability to form good and effective relationships
  • reflective qualities
  • emotional resilience
  • awareness of current educational issues
  • energy and a sense of humour!
  • experience in educational related settings, or wider experience of working with children or young people
  • any particular outstanding/subject specific skills

Please use your personal statement to highlight these qualities and give us a clear picture of why you want to teach.

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.

All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. The University will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.

Fees and financial support

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

If you are training to be a teacher, you can get finance for your Initial Teacher Training PGCE.

Bursaries are also available – these don’t need to be repaid but they do vary according to the subject you’re planning to teach and the classification of your first degree.

Find out more about paying for your teacher training on the Get Into Teaching website

Financial support from the training provider

Find out about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to at the University of Leicester website

About the training provider

Training with Forest Way Alliance Forest Way Alliance is based in the North West Leicestershire area and our accredited providers are University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University. We have over ten years experience of delivering both Primary and Secondary School Direct PGCE.

Your placement will be at one of our Alliance schools. With 40+ primary, 5 secondary and 5 special schools, there is a huge array of expertise on hand which gives trainees a great breadth of opportunity.

Our teacher training is led by our Programme Manager and a team of experienced practitioners offering a wealth of educational skills and knowledge, and are dedicated to the professional development of outstanding teachers. Working with our partners we have developed a programme which incorporates hands on work at schools, regular time at university and, where appropriate, practical, locally based training by skilled and experienced practitioners ‘doing the job’.

Our Alliance is progressive and proactive with a major focus on career development – from Initial Teacher Training right though to headship. Training at FWA Hub takes place in our local training venue. Primary and Secondary students will undertake some joint training and will have the opportunity to network. For details of student facilities at our partner universities please see their individual websites.

For more information please see our website www.forestwaytsa.org or contact our Programme Manager - Sheila Dennis, Email: sdennis@forestway.leics.sch.uk

Interview process

You will be expected to attend two interviews, one with the University of Leicester and one with FWA.

  • The interview at University of Leicester will comprise of:
  • Written task (subject to change)
  • Presentation
  • Group discussion and short presentation
  • Formal Interview

You will need to bring the following with you to the interview:

  • Photo ID (Passport/Driving Licence)
  • Original Degree Certificate (if available)
  • Original Maths GCSE Certificate
  • Original English GCSE Certificate

The interview at FWA will comprise of:

  • Group discussion on selected topics and current educational issues
  • Written subject task (subject to change)
  • Individual interview
  • Visit to class to meet pupils and teachers

The interview will usually take place at one of the secondary schools in the Alliance although we may have to undertake interviews on-line in the event of further goernment Covid restrictions.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Forest Way Alliance and our accrediting providers, University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University, are committed to Equal Opportunities for all trainees, and support is available for candidates who require it. Please make clear any support you may require.

Contact this training provider

Email
tsa@forestway.leics.sch.uk
Telephone
01530277363
Website
http://www.forestwaytsa.org/initial-teacher-training.html
Address
Forest Way Alliance
Warren Hills Road
Coalville
Leicestershire
LE67 4UU

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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