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Arthur Terry School Religious Education (2MMH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Arthur Terry School SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

INDUCTION EXPERIENCE Before your course starts you will spend the first 2 weeks at Arthur Terry Teaching School, meeting your new colleagues, Subject Route Leaders and Learning Coaches. Together you will start to learn the theory of teaching, and practise techniques to get you ready for your first school placement. WEEKLY COACHING Every week you will be observed and have feedback sessions with your Learning Coach, who has been identified as an outstanding teacher. Your Learning Coach will help you to identify areas in your practice that will help you improve. WEEKLY TRAINING SESSIONS Every Friday you will come together with your fellow trainees at Arthur Terry Teaching School. Sometimes these sessions will focus on how to teach your specific subject and sometimes they will focus on broader areas of teaching practice. Sessions are delivered by our Specialist Leaders in Education. SCHOOL EXPERIENCE Trainees will experience four schools across the Teaching School alliance of varying context to develop their classroom practice. They will work with Learning Coaches who are outstanding practitioners in their own right, who will help the trainees unravel the concepts behind great teaching and develop the attributes to deliver these themselves. Thirty-four weeks of the programme will be spent in classrooms being exposed to outstanding teaching, and working with the Learning coach to develop effective classroom pedagogy and detailed subject knowledge. PGCE While some courses offer you only Qualified Teaching Status, ours will also provide you with a PGCE qualification. We work with our partner university to make sure the assignments will have impact on your classroom teaching. The PGCE will provide you with 60 credits towards a masters qualification. CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT We are committed to supporting our trainees beyond their first year. As you continue your career we have a range of teaching and leadership programmes within our Alliance to support you from Newly Qualified Teacher to Aspiring Headteacher. You will become a part of our NQT and NQT+1 programme that builds on your training year. Visit our website to learn more about our programme and the opportunities available to develop your career. (

School placements

The aims of the programme are to: Produce highly skilled graduate teachers who:

  • are resilient
  • are committed to an ‘open classroom’ ethos where best practice is developed through observing, collaboration and a commitment to ongoing professional development
  • have a deep level of understanding of teaching and learning
  • demonstrate a passion for their subject and working with young people
  • exhibit professionalism in the workplace allowing reasoned judgement to be made in varying situations

This will be achieved through:

  • increasing the amount of time a trainee spends in the classroom
  • a focus on core teaching skills including reading, mathematics and managing behaviour
  • working with outstanding practitioner on a day to day basis
  • having access to outstanding departments in outstanding schools

Course Overview

On the 38 week programme trainees time is divided between Teaching Experiences and structured training sessions looking at subject delivery and wider professional issues. Teaching experiences will take place in at least three schools across the Teaching School Alliance. During the course trainees will be supported by their school-based practitioner.

Trainees will be assessed on a combination of evidence gathered during the Teaching Experiences and five assignments that focus on key areas of Teaching and Learning.

Trainee Requirements

We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people. The academic requirements set out by the Department for Education to enter the profession are;

At least a grade C or 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics An undergraduate honour degree (at least a 2.2) preferably in the chosen subject route or a commitment to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course in shortage subjects.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

At least a grade C or Level 4in GCSE English and Mathematics. An undergraduate Honours degree (at least a 2.2) preferably in the chosen subject route or a commitment to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course in shortage subjects.

Personal qualities

We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people.

Other requirements

All applicants will be required to complete an enhanced DBS clearance.

Fees and financial support

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

All successful applicants will be required to complete and enhanced Disclosure and Barring clearance for which a fee will be charged.

About the training provider

The Arthur Terry Teaching School Alliance “An innovative and collaborative approach to developing outstanding educators” The Arthur Terry School is one of the top performing comprehensive schools in the Birmingham area and the lead school in a successful Teaching School Alliance. Our Teaching School was graded Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management by Ofsted. All our alliance schools, excel in developing teachers at all stages of their career. As a Teaching School we are looking to train and recruit the very best teachers. Our alliance of schools covers Birmingham, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, offering diverse teaching experiences in both rural and urban settings. We are now recruiting for highly motivated graduates, for both Primary and Secondary, either straight out of University or those looking for a career change, who are committed to inspiring and challenging young people. We are looking for people with excellent subject knowledge, but also the ability to deliver this in an exciting and engaging way. Further information can be found on (

Interview process

THE CANDIDATE We are looking for highly motivated trainees who are committed to working with the young people in our schools. You must have an excellent subject knowledge but also the ability to deliver this in an engaging and creative way. Successful trainees on our programme will need to be reflective, resilient and able to respond to positively to feedback. Trainees on our course will also need to be able to exhibit high levels of emotional intelligence and be real team players. In-tray exercise To evaluate the applicant’s literacy skills and their ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information. Group discussion To evaluate the applicant’s awareness of educational issues and to demonstrate the non-cognitive skills required to be an effective teacher. Small group teaching A twenty minute teaching activity will be delivered to a small group of children to assess the applicant’s ability to break down a concept to enable children to learn. Interview The interview will evaluate an applicant’s rationale for wanting to become a teacher and their suitability to carry out the job.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Training Centre at Arthur Terry School has full access for people with disabilities.

Recruitment and selection procedures are consistent with the Equality legislation

Contact this training provider

0121 323 2221
Kittoe Road
Four Oaks
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B74 4RZ

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