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Forest Way Alliance Physical Education (35H3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Loughborough 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021
Website
http://www.forestwaytsa.org/initial-teacher-training.html

Contents

About the course

Our Secondary teacher training programme for Physical Education is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Teaching School Alliance – FWTSA, Loughborough University (Teacher Training rated Outstanding by Ofsted) and six local secondary schools all with Good Ofsted ratings.

The School Direct programme runs in parallel with Loughborough’s provider-led PGCE programme. During the course, all trainees undergo four school placements: one in a primary school at the start of the course, one in a special school mid-way through the course, and two extended practices (either side of the Christmas and Easter breaks) in different, contrasting secondary schools. School Direct trainees spend both extended secondary school placements in two of the alliance schools, schools are determined jointly in negotiation with FWTSA and Loughborough University. Your 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 the award of PGCE and 90 credits at Masters level awarded by Loughborough University and Qualified Teacher Status.

This course differs from our other Physical Education course on offer with the University of Derby in that training for this course will be solely provided by Loughborough University and no time will be spent training with FWTSA Hub, although placement schools are the same. You will however, be joining University of Derby trainees when then attend the week long Special School Experience (SEND) at Forest Way School.

School placements

We have five secondary schools within our Alliance in the Coalville and Ashby area.

School Direct trainees will spend both their extended secondary school placements in two of our alliance schools.

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

You will need to be working towards or have gained the following:

  • 2:1 degree or higher
  • 2:2 degree with extensive school experience will be considered
  • GCSE at C/4 or above in English and Maths,
  • Academic and professional references

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 you satisfying the University that you are physically and medically fit to teach. 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 2021 to 2022 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

Trainees may also be eligible for additional bursaries from Loughborough University, depending on their household income and whether or not they are Loughborough graduates. More details of these bursaries are provided in the ‘funding’ section of their website. [http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/teacher-education/fees-funding/]

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 Loughborough University and one with FWTSA.

The interview at Loughborough University will comprise of:

  • Group discussion
  • Written test
  • Individual 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 FWTSA will comprise of:

  • Group discussion on selected topics and current educational issues
  • Individual interview
  • Visit to class to meet pupils and teachers

This interview will usually take place at one of the secondary schools in the Alliance.

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

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