REAch Teach Primary Partnership Primary (3BWF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.reachteach.org

Contents

About the course

The REAch Teach School Direct programme operates on both a local and national scale. With 65 partner schools across the country, we offer a distinctive blended-learning experience which maximises the time you spend in your chosen school.

You will begin your main school placement in September and will be a valued member of the school community from the outset. You will be supported throughout by expert colleagues including our trained school mentors, subject specialists and Link Tutors. Former trainees describe our team as offering “amazing support and focus on well-being.”

This is a school-led programme, accredited by an Ofsted outstanding provider of Primary Initial Teacher Education, affording you the opportunity to link theory with practice simultaneously to drive your progress. Whilst on placement, 1-2 days a week you will undertake REAch Teach or university training.

Our programme is structured via face-to-face training days in local partner schools and online training sessions as a national primary cohort. We hold our sessions in exemplary schools where you observe and de-construct a range of outstanding teaching practice alongside fellow trainees. Our online training brings together REAch Teach trainees across our national network to enhance collaboration and community.

Facilitators are outstanding teachers and leaders who provide practical tools and strategies you can apply in the classroom. You will also complete Masters level modules, ensuring that our curriculum provides firm pedagogical foundations which go beyond the mechanics of teaching so you become a confident teacher with a clear professional identity.

Past trainees have described our training sessions as “incredibly useful… delivered by experienced professionals who still work as teachers or in their fields of expertise.”

Core modules focus on pedagogy and its practical implications and include:

  • Professional Practice and Pedagogy
  • Theories of Learning and Teaching: The Pupil as Learner
  • Developing Teacher Enquiry: Research Informed Practice

All assessments relate to your school placements. You will complete three assessed teaching placements: two in your main school and one in a second school. You will also complete one essay, one critical presentation and one presentation on an area of curriculum interest. Alongside weekly developmental feedback, there will also be 6 assessed teaching observations during the year.

Successful completion leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) which includes recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits.

School placements

You will start at your main placement school in September. You will also complete a second placement of 8 weeks in a contrasting school and have the opportunity to undertake a 2 week enhanced placement to broaden your experience. You will be supported throughout by highly trained school mentors as well as the same Link Tutor and University Tutor throughout. We invest heavily in our mentor training to ensure you receive the best support throughout the programme.

We work with a large network of around 65 partner schools, grouped in local clusters. A benefit of training with us is that you can indicate a preference to train in a particular school. This means you have the opportunity to train locally in schools whose ethos and values align with yours. We are fortunate to have a wide range of good and outstanding school partners so each year, this means we can select the locations of our training based on proximity to our trainee cohort. Alongside our online learning, this helps to reduce unnecessary travel.

Our network of primary schools is diverse yet they share core values of integrity, inclusion and success for all children, regardless of their background. Our partners include rural, multi-cultural and inner city schools; most schools are part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary only academy trust in the country yet we are also proud of our links with a range of other schools in local communities. Starting your teaching career with REAch2 brings with it unrivalled training and development and excellent career progression. To find out more visit www.reach2.org

You can tailor your studies to match your own interests and career plans. Depending on your preference and any prior experience, you can choose to specialise in teaching Early Years (3–7 year olds), Primary (5–11 year olds), or SEND.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Aerodrome Primary Academy
Aerodrome Primary Academy, Goodwin Road, Croydon, CR0 4EJ
Yes
Beccles Primary Academy
Ellough Road, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 7AB
Yes
Brampton Primary Academy
Brampton Primary Academy, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 4SL
Yes
Burrsville Infant Academy
Craigfield Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 4HR
Yes
Camulos Academy
Whitmore Drive, Colchester, Essex, CO4 6AL
Yes
Chapel End Junior Academy
Roberts Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4LS
Yes
Chigwell Primary Academy
Mandir Lane, Chigwell, Chigwell, IG7 6ED
Yes
Civitas Academy
90a Great Knollys Street, Reading, Reading, RG1 7HL
Yes
Concordia Primary Academy
Union Road, Havering, RM7 0GN
Yes
Copperfield Academy
Dover Road East, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0RB
Yes
Dorothy Barley Junior Academy
Ivinghoe Road, Dagenham, RM8 2NB
Yes
Five Spires Academy
Cherry Orchard, Lichfield, WS14 9AN
Yes
Garden City Academy
Radburn Way, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 2JZ
Yes
Green Ridge Primary Academy
President Road, Aylsbury, Aylsbury, HP18 0YA
Yes
Gunton Primary Academy
Gainsborough Drive, Lowestoft, NR32 4LX
Yes
Heath Hayes Academy
Wimblebury Road, Heath Hayes, WS12 2EP
Yes
Henhurst Ridge Primary Academy
Henhurst Ridge , Burton Upon Trent, DE13 9TQ
Yes
Kemsley Primary Academy
Coldharbour Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2RP
Yes
Kirby Primary Academy
Halstead Road, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, CO13 0LW
Yes
Lawley Village Primary
Bryce Way, Lawley Village, Shropshire, TF4 2SG
Yes
Lower Farm Academy
Milking Lane, Weddington, Nuneaton, CV10 0FG
Yes
Manor Park Primary Academy
Church Lane, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B6 5UQ
Yes
Martlesham Primary Academy
Black Tiles Lane, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4SS
Yes
Milton Court Primary School
Brewery Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2EE
Yes
Moor Green Academy
Moor Green Lane, Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 8QP
Yes
Newhall Primary Academy
Roundhouse Way, Harlow, CM17 9SF
Yes
Northfield St Nicholas
St Margaret’s Road, Lowestoft, Sussex, NR32 4HN
Yes
Norton Canes Primary Academy
School Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 9SQ
Yes
Oakfield Primary Academy
Oakfield Road, Rugby, CV22 6AU
Yes
Pemberley Academy
Hester Mews, Hodings Road, CM20 1NW
Yes
Phoenix St. Peter Academy
Enstone Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0NE
Yes
Purfleet Primary Academy
Tank Hill Road, Purfleet , Essex, RM19 1TA
Yes
Racemeadow Primary Academy
Ratcliffe Road, Atherstone, CV9 1LT
Yes
Ranikhet Academy
Spey Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 4ED
Yes
Riverside Primary Academy
Newbold Road, Newbold-on-Av, CV21 1EH
Yes
Scientia Academy
Mona Rd, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0UF
Yes
Silkmore Primary Academy
Exeter Street, Stafford, ST17 4EG
Yes
Springfield Primary Academy
Springfield Road, Birmingham, Birmingham, B13 9NY
Yes
Springhill Primary Academy
Mossbank Avenue, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 4UN
Yes
Sprites Primary Academy
Stonechat Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 0SA
Yes
St Margaret’s Primary Academy
Church Road , Lowestoft, NR32 4JF
Yes
St Marks Cof E Primary Academy
Albert Road, London, SE25 4JD
Yes
Summerside Primary Academy
Crossway, London, London, N12 0QU
Yes
The Globe Primary Academy
Irene Avenue, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 9NZ
Yes
The Limes Primary Academy
Lime Avenue, Lowestoft, NR32 3BQ
Yes
The Palmer Academy
70 Northumberland Avenue , Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7PP
Yes
The Robert Fitzroy Academy
80 Brampton Rd, Croydon, CR0 6JN
Yes
The Woodside Academy
Forest Site, Wood Street, Walthanstow, London, E17 3JX
Yes
Tidemill Academy
11 Giffin Street, Deptford, London, SE8 4RJ
Yes
Tymberwood Academy
Cerne Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4BN
Yes
Unity Primary Academy
Hickory Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3QJ
Yes
Veritas Primary Academy
Weston Rd, Stafford, ST18 0FL
Yes
Water Lane Primary Academy
Broadley Road, Harlow, CM19 5RD
Yes
White Meadows Primary Academy
Whitelea Road, LittleHampton, West Sussex, BN17 7JL
Yes
Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy
Fishponds Road, Hitchin, SG5 1NS
Yes

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We will accept equivalency tests from www.equivilencytesting.com or the successful completion of a University of Derby in-house equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate and motivated individuals who want to provide exceptional learning opportunities by becoming a primary school teacher. We want to work with people who can demonstrate the following competencies which we believe are essential in an effective trainee, and ultimately in successful teachers:

  • Person-centred communication
  • Self-management
  • Care and compassion
  • Works well with others
  • Professional practitioner
  • Copes with demands
  • Engages with learning
  • Adaptable

Other requirements

It is recommended that candidates gain some experience in a school prior to commencing the training programme.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.

Fees and financial support

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

Please note that all fees may be subject to an annual increase

Financial support from the training provider

You might be able to apply for tuition fees and other financial support including maintenance loans. The following websites are useful sources of information:

https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/postgraduate-loans

https://www.derby.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-your-studies/

About the training provider

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training pathway that offers practical, ‘on-the-job’ training and teacher education. Our unique and blended REAch Teach programme aims to create highly skilled teachers who are an integral part of a school community.

With more than 60 partner primary schools across the country, we enable you to train locally and grow nationally. The majority of schools we work with are academies within the REAch2 Academy Trust. Starting your teacher training within the REAch2 family of schools enables you to benefit from the wealth of opportunities that come with belonging to a national community of professionals, and a wide range of networks and development opportunities once qualified.

Whichever school you train in, you will be part of the community from the very start of the academic year. Effective mentoring is at the heart of our programme and you will be supported by expert colleagues who will guide your introduction to the core body of knowledge, skills and behaviours that define great teaching. We invest in the training and development of your mentors, so that they can invest effectively in you.

Our Lead School Tidemill Academy is a former National Teaching School which is amongst the top 3% of schools nationally for progress. We have supported over 120 trainees through their School Direct teacher training, with all trainees who completed the programme receiving a Good or Outstanding grading. An average of 80% of our trainees stay with us as early career teachers.

About the accredited body

The University of Derby is an Outstanding provider of Primary ITT. With a rich heritage in teacher training dating back over 150 years, The University of Derby have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking primary teachers.

In their 2015 Ofsted inspection, they received an ‘outstanding’ rating for the quality of their work with the Primary Leadership Team praised for putting students at the heart of all they do and ensuring excellent career outcomes.

Our students were described as “highly motivated and passionate about working with children,” keen to be fully involved in the everyday life of schools.

Interview process

We aim for our interview process to be as relaxing as possible so that you can feel comfortable to show us your true potential.

Shortlisted applicants will complete an online Stage 1 interview where you will be asked to deliver a presentation, respond to a range of scenario based questions and complete maths and English tasks. This takes around 1 hour to complete and the panel will consist of a local ITT Lead and either our Head of Early Career Development or a partner school representative.

If you are successful at Stage 1, you will complete a Stage 2 assessment in one of our partner schools. This will involve you completing a 20 minute teaching a activity with a small group of children. This gives us an opportunity to see how you interact with and respond to pupils. We try where possible at this stage to give you the opportunity to meet leaders from your preferred partner school.

Our selection process is designed to assess how well you demonstrate the following competencies which we think are essential in an effective trainee, and ultimately in successful teachers:

  • Person-centred communication
  • Self-management
  • Care and compassion
  • Works well with others
  • Professional practitioner
  • Copes with demands
  • Engages with learning
  • Adaptable

In addition to this all trainees must demonstrate:

  • High quality written English
  • A suitable academic profile
  • A clear education and employment record
  • Favourable and recent references

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

We have a strong commitment to equality and inclusion and we seek to offer a first class education to all students, including students with disabilities. All of our sites are wheelchair accessible and we undertake all reasonable adjustments necessary to ensure inclusion of all disabilities.

We are committed to our Equality Policy in respect of serving students and employing staff. Within this policy we will endeavour to ensure that disabled students and staff receive the same standards of service as others. We will not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of disability.

Contact this training provider

Email
reachteach@reach2.org
Telephone
01283 246433
Website
http://www.reachteach.org
Address
Tidemill Academy
11 Giffin Street
Deptford
London
SE8 4RJ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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