Achieve with TELA Physical Education (357H)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022
Website
http://www.telaonline.co.uk

Contents

About the course

The Achieve with TELA School Direct programme is an established programme with a successful track record working in partnership with University of Warwick.

You will learn from practising teachers and university specialist to see how every lesson has the potential to change a life and start to develop skills required to start doing so yourself.

Our course structure covers the areas you need to feel completely prepared to enter your early career teacher (ECT) classroom.

During your training year you will earn both your Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and develop your knowledge of how academic theory underpins your classroom practice.

The course is tailored to your needs, you have three high quality placements in two schools. While on your teaching placements you will have an experienced, supportive subject mentor in school. This approach allows you the time required to embed the theory learned into your practice and explore how an effective teacher utilises cognitive science, pedagogical teaching strategies and experience to refine their teaching.

You are supported, every step of the way by your mentors in school and the Warwick university specialist.

In school, you will be working with your subject mentor and initial teacher training (ITT) coordinator, who ensure you have the exposure required to gain a broad understanding. Teaching at the University is delivered by a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You’ll also attend specialist conferences where external providers deliver workshops in their specialist areas. You’ll receive a high level of support for both pastoral and academic needs.

You’ll be assessed in the following three modules:

  • Subject Studies (PG1) M Level: A series of assessments focussing on both educational theory and issues in your specialist subject (1 x 1500 word formative essay, and 1 x 4000-word essay, 1 x Academic Poster)

  • Reflective Practice (PG2) M Level: A reflective case study on an area of educational practice in your placement school(s) supported by a literature review (1 x 5000-word essay)

  • Professional Practice H Level: Meeting the Teachers’ Standards at a Good or Outstanding level (Regular observations by mentors and Teaching Fellows; Tutorials; Professional Digital Portfolio, Viva Voce)

You will also be assessed on whether you meet the Teachers’ Standards at a level appropriate for an early career teacher (ECT).

Training to change children’s lives in the local community…

School placements

School placements are three high quality teaching placements over two schools. You will have a home school which you will start your first teaching practice in early in the academic year. You have a six-week complementary placement in a different school after Christmas, before returning to your home school for the rest of your training year. During your school placements you will have an experienced and supportive mentor, as well as an initial teacher training coordinator in each school along with the support from Achieve and the University.

You will be teaching across the whole 11-16 age range.

Were possible we will tell you which schools your placements are in prior to you starting the course. This gives you the opportunity to visit your placement schools and meet the teams you will be training with before you start your placement. If you have a preference for a placement in one of our alliance schools, please do let us know and if we can we will try to accommodate your request, subject to availability.

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.

Personal qualities

The Achieve School Direct programme is a challenging course and we aim to recruit the best. We are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge and relevant experience as well as a passion for working with young people.

This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with young people, being able to develop positive relationships with young people and adults. An ability to listen, be sensitive, work collaboratively and respond to the needs of others are all crucial. You will need to be able to express your ideas confidently both orally and in writing.

Other requirements

All trainee students will be subject to enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

You’ll pay the University tuition fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, bursaries or scholarships.

Please check the University website for confirmation on their tuition fees and support available.

Up to date information on bursaries is available on the Get into Teaching website.

About the training provider

Achieve with TELA school provides school based initial teacher training in primary and secondary education. We are an established programme with a successful track record of recruiting the best and providing a high-quality experience. Our ethos is to train, employ and grow our own teachers and future leaders in Leicestershire and surrounding areas.

“The experience and opportunities you will receive are invaluable” English Trainee

You will learn from practicing teachers and university specialists. You will develop your knowledge of how academic theory underpins your classroom practice. Our course structures cover the areas you need to feel completely prepared to enter your early career teacher classroom.

“The training sessions were relevant and pragmatic. As well as the content it was always great to meet up with other Achieve trainees” Science Trainee

We work with a community of local schools and many of our graduates find employment within our alliance. Our school based provision includes high quality teaching placements with experienced, supportive mentors in schools.

“A very supportive alliance. Talented staff with a passion to teach people how to teach” Drama Trainee

Our course partners include the Leicestershire SCITT, University of Leicester and Warwick University.

All courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Masters Credits.

“Getting to experience a number of different schools during training was incredibly worthwhile “ Math’s Trainee

Children and young adults are at the heart of everything we do, - Achieve with TELA are with you every step of the way.

Interview process

Thomas Estley is the lead school and will co-ordinate the recruitment and placement process. On receipt of your application, it will be screened to ensure that you met our criteria. We are looking for evidence across the following areas:

  • Suitable academic qualifications (refer to entry requirements)
  • Experience (paid or voluntary) in an educational-related setting, wider working with children or young people or tell us about your transferable skills.
  • A personal statement which shows an ability to reflect on your experiences. Consider how your experiences, skills and achievements provide evidence that you have the potential to be a great teacher. Pay particular attention to reflecting on relevant experience in a way that indicates a capacity for critical reflection and an awareness of key issues in education.
  • References, you will require an academic and non-academic reference. (Please refer to the Get into teaching website for more guidance on referees). If your application is successfully you will be invited to a 1/2-day assessment at Thomas Estley Community College. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available. The day will include:

  • Subject knowledge test

  • Classroom observation task

  • Group discussion task

  • Ten-minute presentation

  • Meeting our pupils

  • Staff/ subject panel interview (Subject to government restrictions - interviews may be held remotely). We aim to notify you the outcome of your application within 48 working hrs, providing feedback if you have been unsuccessful.

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 are happy to receive applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs.

Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the candidates needs across the alliance.

Contact this training provider

Email
tela@thomasestley.org.uk
Telephone
01455 283 263 ext 3206
Website
http://www.telaonline.co.uk
Address
Station Road
Broughton Astley
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE9 6PT

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).

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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