Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub English (298W)

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.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.northamptonshireteachingschoolhub.org

Contents

About the course

In this course, professional and subject theory courses are delivered by the University of Leicester and the two school placements are within the Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub partner schools. In the first school placement, there will be the opportunity to mix with trainees from other disciplines in supplementary training sessions and to consider the ways in which theory is translated into good practice by outstanding teachers.

The PGCE English course aims to prepare you to meet QTS Standards fully and to learn to teach the 11 - 18 English/Media curriculum with confidence, authority and enthusiasm. The course will ensure that, as a creative teacher, you can facilitate your own students’ development as fully literate young adults who can understand, engage with and create a multiplicity of texts both within and beyond the classroom.

You will have taught sessions and in-school mentoring from some of the best practitioners in the field and learn how to become an effective practitioner yourself. The programme will cover all areas of the National Curriculum for English and also address preparation for public examinations across the 16 -18 age range and KS3 school-based assessments.

The course has a number of distinctive features. You will gain experience of writing poetry and composing a writing portfolio of a wide range of other texts in collaboration with others. You may take part in practical drama workshops and will learn about teaching aspects of Media and Film Studies.

We want you to:

  • reflect critically on the English/Media curriculum and be inspired by the dynamic nature of your subject;
  • learn from examples of best practice and become effective practitioners yourselves;
  • be well supported by both university and school tutors and support each other in the development of subject knowledge and classroom expertise;
  • set high expectations for yourselves and your students;
  • develop an understanding of your professional roles within a department and whole school team; and
  • view the PGCE course as the beginning of your CPD.

School placements

You will undertake two secondary teaching placements in the Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub partner schools. The placements are referred to as ‘Phase A’ and ‘Phase B’ placements.

Phase A

After induction you will spend 8 weeks in your Phase A placement school. This placement offers ample opportunity to observe and learn from outstanding teachers. Trainees also have the opportunity to discuss their work and progress with each other and to enhance their understanding of ways to apply what they have learned through a practical school-based programme of professional studies. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the Coordinator for Initial Teacher Education and a subject mentor who will oversee your professional development. Both will liaise closely with your university tutor who will also support you. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 50% timetable.

Phase B

During your second placement you will spend about 14 weeks in a different school, also supported by a mentor, ITE Coordinator and university tutor. We try to place trainees in contrasting schools to ensure you have a rich and varied experience in your initial training year and that you have the opportunity to teach across the 11-18 age range. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 66% timetable.

Primary placement

All trainees will also undertake a week in a primary school following their Phase A placement to support their understanding of the broader context of education and to support writing of one of the PGCE assignments.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Candidates will be required to arrange and fund equivalency tests if required. Please contact the Admissions Office in the first instance.

Please refer to (https://www.equivalencytesting.com/) or (https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education-and-social-work/initial-teacher-training/gcse-equivalency-test/gcse-equivalency-tests-non-bcu-applicants) for details of equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

You must have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for English and for working with young people. The PGCE is a challenging course and applicants need a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching. These skills include the ability to form relationships, good communication, commitment to learning and teaching and reflective qualities.

We expect all prospective trainees to have spent some days observing, possibly assisting, students and teachers in English classrooms to familiarise themselves with current developments.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,850

About the training provider

Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub offers trainees a strong, ever-growing network of expertise which means that we are at the forefront of innovative practice in this area. We can offer trainees the chance to experience the wide variety of school organisations and curricula across our partnership.

Working with our university partners, we seek to ensure that trainees graduate from the course feeling supported, confident and well equipped for teaching. Completion and employment rates are high. Trainee satisfaction is also at a very high level, as shown by the evaluations of the course; the university training, the opportunity to discuss issues with peers, the level of support and the feeling of being valued are all particularly appreciated.

About the accredited body

The School of Education at the University of Leicester has a long and successful history of teacher training and a strong reputation for producing graduate teachers prized by schools.

The School of Education offers a PGCE via the School Direct training route, working in a close and collaborative relationship with Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub at Brooke Weston, so that our trainees benefit from the wealth of experience at the university and achieve consistently high quality outcomes.

Interview process

There is a two-stage interview process. If invited for interview, you will first meet members of the Northants Teaching School Hub team and will have the opportunity to meet current or former trainees and to see our lead school at work. The interview takes the form of a conversation which will explore your ideas about education and your subject; the object is to ensure that those who join the course will have the best possible chance of becoming good and outstanding teachers.

In the second interview, which is at the university, you will meet members of the course team who will give an overview of the course and answer any questions you may have. You will participate in a group task with candidates from a range of subjects and give a brief presentation as part of a small group. Subject tutors will introduce a written subject task that you will complete during the day and you will have an individual interview with a subject tutor. The interview is not a daunting process but rather a discussion about your suitability and preparation for going into teaching. During the interview, you will explore any additional preparation needed to help put you in the best possible position to engage successfully with the course from the start.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Northampton offers support for applicants with a declared need. Individual meetings are held with trainees throughout the year with the Head of Initial Teacher Training and Programme Leader to discuss needs and signpost support.

Leicester School of Education’s AccessAbility Tutor will contact all trainees who declare a disability and offer advise about the support which they may be entitled. They ask trainees to tell us how their disability may affect their learning and any adjustments they needed in order to access their studies.

These requests, with trainees’ permission, are passed on to the relevant tutors, lecturers and schools so that they can accommodate all needs. Trainees can contact the School of Education’s AccessAbility Tutor and the University’s AccessAbility Centre for further advice or to report a problem.

Some examples of how we support trainees with disabilities include:

  • Accessible school placements provided for trainees with a physical disability.
  • Tutors who are sensitive to the needs of trainees with mental health difficulties.
  • Slide presentations and resources are made available to all trainees at least 24 hours before a session takes place.
  • The AccessAbility Centre provides after hours appointments for PGCE trainees who are on placement and unable to attend during the day.
  • Disabled parking permits are provided to enable trainees with physical disabilities to park close to university buildings.
  • A variety of lesson planning templates is discussed with trainees with dyslexia to identify one that meets their needs and aids progression.

Contact this training provider

Email
itt@northantstshub.org
Telephone
01536397013
Website
http://www.northamptonshireteachingschoolhub.org
Address
Coomb Road
Great Oakley
Corby
Great Oakley
NN18 8LA

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