The Beauchamp Lionheart Training Partnership
Primary (E229)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://beauchampteach.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

Our PGCE Primary has been running for over 60 years and schools tell us we are developing the kind of teachers they want to employ. This is reflected in 100% of our students being awarded Qualified Teacher Status at the end of their course and the majority of our graduates securing a teaching post. Tutors on the Primary PGCE course all have extensive experience as classroom teachers and are specialists in a wide range of educational areas. These strengths are recognised within the Primary PGCE course, both in the specialist course options offered, and through the expert contributions to all strands of the course. You will be required to select a Specialism Subject at the beginning of your PGCE. These may include, Mathematics, Early Years, Science, English and Inclusion (subject to availability).
If you choose Primary (5-11), your placements will be in Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two. The course comprises of three strands and school placements:

  • Curriculum Studies - Core and Broader Curriculum
  • Professional Studies
  • Academic Strand including Specialist Study
  • Teaching Experience will be in our primary schools in the Lionheart Academies Trust. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience. Teaching approaches are varied; whole-course lectures, taught sessions in tutor groups, some work in focus schools and individual tutorials. Some of these sessions will be taught in differentiated groups, with specialist Primary and Lower Primary based sessions and small group subject support sessions. The PGCE Primary course prepares you to teach across the full range of the Primary Curriculum. We will introduce you to the wider context of teaching, including responding to diversity in schools and the inclusion of Special Needs Education, as well as equipping you with classroom management and planning skills. By the end of the course you will meet the required professional standards for Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE. . If you pass the level 7 assignments on the course, you will also have 90 credits towards a Masters Degree. Our strong ethos of reflective practice will prepare you well for your future career in teaching.

Interview process

If invited for interview, you will have an opportunity to speak to the Beauchamp Teach Primary Team who will give an overview of the course and answer any questions you may have. If you are applying for a School Direct route, you may have already completed a school-based interview. You will participate in a group task with candidates and will lead a brief group discussion on one of the topics you will have been sent prior to the interview. You will also carry out written tasks in English and Maths. This will take place either remotely or in person at the University. The interview is not a daunting process but rather a discussion about your suitability and preparation for going into teaching. If you are successful on the selection day, you may be given some targets to work on, prior to starting the course. These will help you to be in the best possible position to engage successfully with the course from the start.

How school placements work

You will be placed in three of our Primary schools within The Lionheart Academies Trusts based in Oadby and Birstall in Leicestershire. Primary students (specialising in the 5-11 age range) are placed in a range of KS1 and KS2 classes, and Lower Primary students (specialising in the 3-7 age range) work in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage settings. In addition to the three block teaching placements you will also visit different schools as part of a series of ‘focus days’, studying specific subject and professional topics in an intensive school-based context. The school-based time is a vitally important element of the course. You will have the opportunity to observe skilled class teachers working and to discuss the things that underpin day-to-day classroom activities, as well as work alongside experienced teacher-mentors who will support your learning about classroom practice.

Phase 1 Placement This is a six-week paired placement with two students working together in one class. This gives you the opportunity to work with a partner to develop classroom skills in a supportive environment. You will focus on developing observation skills to support your understanding of teaching and learning and to put your learning into practice. During this Autumn Term placement you and your partner will work towards taking an increased responsibility for teaching the class.

Phase 2 Placement

This takes place in the Spring Term and lasts for six weeks. The amount of time spent teaching the class increases over the placement until you have responsibility for up to 80% of the timetable.

Phase 3 Placement

This is a eight-week placement in the Summer Term with students working towards taking responsibility for 80% of the teaching timetable.

Throughout each of these placements you will be encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school and to take full advantage of the tasks and activities designed by your tutors to support your development. It is expected that through your three placements you will gain experience across the age range that you are training to teach.

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,100

PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a [tax-free bursary] - (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training) Please note that International students will not be eligible for bursaries offered by the Department for Education. For more information, please visit the [Get into Teaching website] - (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training)

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

:1 degree or above

  • GCSE grade 4 (Old Grade C) or above in English Language, Maths and Science.
  • Although not a requirement, you may find it useful to have recent experience working with children and/or observing teaching, ideally relating to the age range/subject you wish to teach. When writing your application you should try to reflect on any experience you have working with children and tell us what you learnt.
  • Please consult our Education at Leicester website to find detailed explanations of our recruitment and selection processes and criteria.

Personal qualities

Primary (5-11) is a very demanding course and we are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experience and aptitude.
Our key selection criteria are:

  • Ability to form relationships
  • Good communication skills
  • Commitment to teaching
  • An awareness of the role of the teacher and the demands of the profession
  • Reflective qualities
  • Emotional resilience
  • Awareness of contemporary issues in education

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. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course. You must have a GCSE Grade 4 (Old Grade) C in English Language.

About the training provider

Beauchamp College is an outstanding 11-19 school with a 6th form of over 1000 students. We have a strong tradition of supporting young people in gaining the highest GCSE and A’ Level results through high quality teaching and subject specialism.

Our educational mission is simple: ANY young person from ANY background deserves an EQUAL chance to be successful in whatever they choose to do. The trust is committed to supporting young people to open doors to their futures and to feel confident that they can thrive in a competitive world.

All schools in the partnership will be part of the same Multi-Academy Trust. The Lionheart Academies Trust seeks to develop teachers to work within our partnership and provide our students with teaching that secures academic excellence and holistic development.

We aim to provide you with an excellent experience, developing your subject specialism and approach to teaching in collaboration with an expert team.

Our Schools:

  • Beauchamp College, an 11-19 school in Oadby (Lead School)
  • The Cedars Academy, an 11-19 school in Birstall
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, an 11-16 girls’ school based in Leicester
  • Judgemeadow Community College, and 11-16 school in Evington
  • The Martin High School, an 11-19 school in Anstey
  • Beauchamp City Sixth Form, a 16-18 college in Leicester City Centre

There are 4 primary schools in The Trust:

  • Brockshill
  • Riverside
  • Hallam Fields
  • Highcliffe Academy

Find out more here: BeauchampTeach

About the accredited body

Our PGCE teacher training courses are taught by experts with years of experience as teachers themselves. We aim to develop inspirational teaching, informed by current research and grounded in a practical understanding of what works in the classroom.

You’ll have ongoing support from a range of tutors throughout your studies, helping to build your confidence and skills as you progress.

Our PGCE courses focus on developing the kind of teachers schools tell us they want to employ. It’s no wonder our graduates are in high demand, with 96% securing their first teaching post within 12 months of finishing the course.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Definition of Disability A person has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities (Equality Act 2010)

Reasonable Adjustments: To achieve this level playing field the concept of reasonable adjustment has been established. Please contact as at info@beauchampteach.org.uk to talk about how we can support you.

A vitally important aspect of providing a reasonable adjustment is that the dignity of individuals is paramount. This point is relevant to all of us whatever our role. Disabled people do not want favours and do not want to stand out as special cases. They simply want the same level of opportunity to achieve and to live.

In addition to support available from The Beauchamp Lionheart Training Partnership, as a University of Leicester Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University PGCE student you will have access to the full range of University student services such as study support and welfare counselling.

Contact details

Email
info@beauchampteach.org.uk
Telephone
01162729100
Website
https://beauchampteach.org.uk/
Address
Ridge Way
Oadby
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE2 5TP

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Brocks Hill Primary School
Howdon Road, Oadby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 5WP
Yes M
Hallam Fields Primary School
Long Meadow Way, Birstall, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 3LL
Yes N
Highcliffe Primary School
Greengate Lane, Birstall, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 3DL
Yes S
Riverside Primary School
Wanlip Lane, Birstall, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 4JU
Yes C

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