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Shepway Teacher Training Primary (E988)

PGCE with QTS part time

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church 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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.shepwayts.co.uk
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Contents

Course summary

Successful applicants for the 2022-24 School Direct Part-Time Programme will work in two schools - a base school and a second school, which will provide a contrasting setting.

A school-based programme that enables you to work alongside outstanding practitioners developing the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become inspirational, creative and purposeful teachers.

Trainees will be welcomed as full members of the staff team and encouraged to immerse themselves in all aspects of school life including professional development days, monitoring and evaluation activity, extra-curricular activities and community events.

Trainees will attend at 15 days of taught sessions at the University (completed in Year 1) and ongoing professional development activities provided by the school across the two years of the programme. You will also have the option of completing the PGCE element of the qualification during the second year.

Development in school will be supported by a mentor who will help you in your progress towards meeting the standards for QTS. The key to this relationship will be weekly meetings that will enable you to follow a plan/do/review approach to your progress.

Professional Studies sessions at the University will inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject or phase, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.

In additional to the professional studies content, all trainees will undertake various Curriculum Studies modules. These involve work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject or phase. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to develop your appreciation of what works and how.

Assessment

QTS Pathway – all students Throughout the course you will be assessed by your mentors and tutors who will grade you at key points to help you understand how well you are meeting the standards for QTS. At the end of the course you will have a final assessment to formally assess whether you have met the standards for QTS.

School Direct PGCE Pathway In addition to the above assessment process for QTS students who have opted for the School Direct PGCE Pathway will be required to submit three 4,000 word equivalent assignments, spread across the year 2, which will be assessed at Masters Level.

School placements

The course is for people who want to train part-time to become teachers, spending the majority of their training time in school alongside qualified teachers. This will require you to work 2.5 days or 3 days per week on the course.

The course supports a flexible working pattern as it enables students to work part-time and train part-time. This would enable you to be employed in the other days you. You will be looking at a 2.5 or 3 days a week which can be organised between you and the school to meet everyone’s needs.

We have a wide range of partner primary schools across the Ashford, Shepway and Dover districts, drawn from a pool of around 30 schools, according to their needs and capacity each year.

In the primary phase you will generally be based with a class in one Key Stage and in part of year 2 you will gain experience in a school in a contrasting setting, usually in an adjacent Key Stage, which will be a minimum of 20 days.

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

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who have a passion for education, are positive, enthusiastic, organised, creative, flexible, patient and have a desire to share these skills with young people of all abilities in our schools.

It is an advantage to have experience of to have experience of British mainstream schools.

Knowledge of the curriculum, the challenges a school may face in raising standards and the ability to talk about what makes for great teaching are particularly important. An awareness of current issues and an understanding of the pressures of the job will strengthen any application.

Other requirements

All accepted candidates will be required to provide proof of their educational qualifications in the form of certificates. Transcripts are not accepted. We do not require these to be shown at interview, but any offer made will be conditional on satisfactory proofs being supplied.

All trainees who are accept an offer on our programmes will be required to undergo a new Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service.

We operate a safe recruitment policy, which requires candidates to complete confidential disclosure (seen by the Headteacher of the lead school), where there may be issues which would affect any subsequent DBS Check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Fees will spread across the two training years.

If you choose to follow the QTS-only route then the fees are at the reduced rate of £5,960.

About the training provider

Why Train with Shepway Teacher Training?

We look for candidates with the following strengths:

  • a passion for learning and an interest in/knowledge of education
  • excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • the ability to stay calm and deal with stressful situations
  • a drive to succeed and resilience in the face of difficulty
  • the ability to be an equal part of a team
  • experience of managing teams and other adults
  • a sense of humour and the charisma to inspire and motivate our pupils
  • reflective practitioners who respond positively to feedback
  • interests outside of education

We are interested in those potential trainees who are motivated by a desire to see children thrive in their education and a commitment to see things through.

We offer a one-year, full-time, teacher training programme - a distinctive and practical school-centred pathway into the profession of teaching.

You will work alongside experienced teachers, who will act as mentors. You will have the opportunity to work in two good and outstanding schools in the Shepway district or sometimes further afield where this matches your needs as a trainee.

Interview process

Each candidate shortlisted for interview will be notified directly and by email from our team.

Interviews will be held in one of the partnership primary schools. The panel usually comprises headteachers and senior leaders from Shepway schools. Some panels will also include a representative of the University.

Candidates should be able to discuss their recent relevant educational experience, which should be based on their work with children or young people.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate relevant skills through a brief teaching activity. You will also be asked to give a short, prepared presentation and complete short mathematics and literacy tasks.

Will also require candidates to bring proof their qualifications to interview, including their degree certificate. This is to ensure that there are no subsequent problems with eligibility to train.

We are happy to respond to questions from candidates prior to interview. The process is designed to give each applicant the best chance to show their potential to be a successful trainee.

If you are offered a place on our programme, you may also be required to visit potential placement schools for a short additional interview although this requirement applies on a case-by-case basis.

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

All reasonably practicable steps will be taken to ensure that problems relating to access or equipment do not debar disabled applicants from employment. Candidates who indicate a disability on their application form and are invited to a recruitment and selection day will be contacted in advance to discuss whether any particular access or other requirements are required, such as large print documents or wheelchair access.

Contact this training provider

Email
office@shepwayts.co.uk
Telephone
01303 257280
Website
http://www.shepwayts.co.uk
Address
Sandgate Primary School
Coolinge Lane
Folkestone
Kent
CT20 3QU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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