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Ashmole Academy (North London Teaching Alliance) Primary (U186)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Middlesex 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
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.ashmoleacademytrust.org/page/?pid=19&action=saved
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Contents

Course summary

School Direct trainees will receive training coordinated by their personal mentor with the aim of developing subject knowledge and subject-specific pedagogy. Each trainee’s bespoke program will involve a weekly observation and review meeting where the mentor will provide personalised feedback and then coordinate appropriate support tailored to ensure you reach your full teaching potential. This may involve you observing other experts in your department, receiving specific guidance on aspects of delivery from experts across the school or liaising with specialists to enhance your skills in particular areas of teaching.

Each week, all trainees within the school receive 2 hours of Professional Studies training. These sessions will develop trainees’ understanding of best practice in each of the key Teaching Standards and are delivered by senior members of staff within the school enabling you to have access to the best guidance and support. Topics include professionalism in teaching, assessment, lesson planning and behaviour.

At the beginning of the course, you will teach approximately 10 hours per fortnight. This will increase to around 18 hours by Christmas and 25 hours by Easter. This is a vital step in ensuring all trainees are prepared for the rigours of teaching as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Each trainee is different and mentors will ensure that individuals feel prepared for this uplift as the year progresses.

During the year, you will spend some time at Middlesex University where you will have the opportunity to further develop subject-specific skills and share ideas with peers. These sessions are organised by the University and led by your University tutor.

Middlesex University set a series of assessments throughout the year. To complement these, trainees will complete weekly tasks that support the Professional Studies meetings, provide opportunities for refinement of skills and an additional focus for mentor meetings.

School placements

During your training year you will complete one placement at another school. This is a requirement of the course and an important part of your experience as it enables you to practice the things you have learnt in another, often different, school setting.

Placements usually take place during the Spring term and last for around six weeks. You will be placed in either a school within our partnership or a school local to your main placement. Whilst on placement, you will have weekly meetings with a subject mentor, regular observations and feedback and Professional Studies sessions. Your university mentor will visit you whilst at the placement to ensure continuity and review your progress in your new setting.

We share information regarding your second placement during the first half of the Autumn term. We endeavour to make sure the placement is suitable to you regarding travel and other commitments but our primary aim is to ensure you have an opportunity to develop and hone the pedagogical skills necessary to be an outstanding teacher.

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with young people of this age. This does not need to be paid work but might be helping with a sports team, drama group or youth club. We would like you to have done some observation in a classroom or you may even have worked in a school.

Other requirements

Ashmole Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks will be carried out for all school direct trainees.

Fees and financial support

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

This is a non salaried route, there is no salary attached to this training programme.

About the training provider

North London Teaching Alliance is a partnership between Ashmole Academy and Heartlands High School (partner schools include Christ’s College Finchley, East Barnet School, Ashmole Primary, Eversley Primary School, Osidge Primary and Berger Primary School, We are an expanding partnership of both primary and secondary schools who have a shared ethos and drive for success.

We offer the salaried employment based route and the tuition fee option and will be developing an apprenticeship route this year.

Interview process

Candidates who are successful at the first round application stage will be invited to attend an interview at Ashmole Primary (or one of our partner schools). During the interview day, you will be asked to teach a short lesson, work with a small group of pupils, and complete a written test and a subject knowledge interview. An initial shortlisting will take place at this stage and successful candidates at the second round will be invited to stay for a panel interview. The interview panel will normally consist of staff who are involved in the School Direct process and may be Headteachers or leadership member from other schools within the partnership. The outcome of the interview will normally be communicated to you within one week of the interview day.

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

The partnership is committed to admitting and supporting trainees with disabilities. The partnership and its educational providers ensures support for all trainees with a range of conditions.

Every person is treated as an individual and the partnership invites you to contact them as early as possible so that they consider your needs and tailor support to meet them.

Contact this training provider

Email
kfo@ashmoleacademy.org
Telephone
020 836 12703
Website
https://www.ashmoleacademytrust.org/page/?pid=19&action=saved
Address
Ashmole Academy (North London Teaching School Alliance)
Cecil Road
London
N14 5RJ

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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