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St Thomas More Catholic School Physical Education (32RV)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT
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
September 2021
Website
http://www.northernlightstsa.com

Contents

About the course

Every aspect of the programme is aimed at developing you as a Professional. This course aims to develop your pedagogical skills and knowledge in all aspects of the relevant curriculum, ensuring you have the very best start on your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher. Your studies will consider all aspects of teaching including: educational theory, behaviour management, assessment, pedagogy, pastoral care and a host of other areas specific to your teaching phase and discipline. The programme aims to develop your skills progressively over the year. The training starts with observations of expert teachers over the first half term, progressing to you taking greater and more responsibility for classes as your confidence develops. Over the three terms you will go from observing lessons, to leading your own classes, guided and supported at every stage as you develop your skills. By the summer term you will be delivering up to 80% of an NQT’s timetable fully prepared for your first job! You will have two contrasting school placements during your training year. Each trainee teacher will have their own experienced classroom practitioner within both schools, who will be assigned as their individual mentor. A Professional Tutor responsible for school based pedagogical training will be based in all partnership schools. Central training will take place at Sacred Heart and at Newcastle University both of which provide an extremely high standard of facilities, including resources and IT provision. Each trainee will also be assigned a centrally based SCITT Tutor who will visit them in their school setting on a half termly basis and assess their progress. For our Physical Education trainees we aim to provide as broad an experience as possible. Within the practical setting you will cover both male and female lessons in activities ranging from football, netball, dance, HRE and Table Tennis. In conjunction with this practical experience it is also vital that you gain understanding of the KS4 and KS5 examined elements of the course. Therefore experience will be gained of GCSE PE, A Level PE and Vocational BTEC Sport. This could be in the form of observations, team teaching or full teaching of these courses. This placement will allow you to access all the experience needed to be a successful PE teacher.

School placements

You will spend the majority of your training year in one school placement. Here you will have the opportunity to establish yourself as part of the team within the department and the school, as well as building rapport with the students as you build up a teaching timetable. You will be supported in organising a short second school placement at another school, ensuring that the mentoring will be of equal quality. You will begin by observing lessons, supporting the classroom teacher and you will slowly build up a teaching timetable, with free periods for reflective practise and feedback.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You should have a UK university awarded degree or equivalent qualification. Please note, where there is high demand for a course we reserve the right to consider a 2:1 as the minimum degree class. For Secondary phase applicants, it is essential that the degree is in the subject to be taught, or be in a related field. It is a condition of all ITT programmes that applicants have a minimum GCSE grade C in both English and mathematics.

Personal qualities

Driven, focused, motivated, and enthusiastic about the role physical education plays in a young person’s experiences.

Other requirements

Pass the professional skills tests. Whilst we would not wish to be prescriptive in the amount of experience an applicant must have spent in schools before applying, no application will be accepted where no recent, relevant experience has been gained. As a guide, 10 school ‘days’ may be taken as sufficient.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

St Thomas More Catholic School has recently been judged as outstanding in all areas. The school was one of the first in England to be designated a Teaching School by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. Our Teaching School partnership consists of a number of primary and secondary schools in the Newcastle and Gateshead area. Each school has extensive experience of working with student teachers, and can provide excellent school placement opportunities. All schools have exceptionally good student behaviour and outstanding practice in Teaching and Learning. We can offer you an exciting opportunity to train as a teacher, to gain valuable knowledge, skills and develop professional attributes in an outstanding school.

Interview process

Interview will be both practical and administrative based.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Should any applicants have any disabilities or additional needs, please contact hr@stthomasmore.org.uk so that we can make any accessibility arrangements as each applicant and member of staff is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachingschool@stthomasmore.org.uk
Telephone
01914995018
Website
http://www.northernlightstsa.com
Address
Croftdale Road
Blaydon-upon-Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE21 4BQ

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