Waverley School Direct
Primary (37B8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.waverley.bham.sch.uk

Contents

About the course

The Primary PGCE (3-7) is designed to develop your skills and confidence as a Foundation Stage/KS1 teacher. The course focuses on all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, Maths, Science and ICT, and includes specialist study of the early years’ foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms. You will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. Trainees should develop into reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs. The course details below are subject to adjustment due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to include elements of online training provision and online teaching experience.

Our PGCE course maximises your experience in classrooms, but also takes advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of university tutors, underpinned by educational theory. We start with July induction, with sessions from Waverley School and liaison with your host school.

Your training comprises university core PGCE provision (approx. 35 days and including academic writing support), plus an additional school-led programme delivered jointly by practising primary and secondary teachers (approx. 14 twilight sessions). This is in addition to the daily support, experience and guidance from your host school.

You are attached to your host school from start September before an intensive five week training block with Newman University, during which your allocated one school day per week gives you a practical context for this learning. You then join your school until Christmas for your first assessed placement, the first two weeks of which are planning and preparation. During a similar training block in January, you are attached to a different school, which will be your second assessed placement until Easter. You usually then return to your main school and class until end summer term.

You are assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular observation with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection on your progress. You complete two Master’s Level assignments of 4000 words each, plus subject audits in English, Maths and Science. After your assessment for QTS and PGCE is completed end June, you will be supported until end term to extend your experience through your choice of focus, aimed at enhancing your early career prospects and enabling you to be the best teacher you can be.

Interview process

We review all applications to assess eligibility and potential suitability for the programme to which a candidate is applying. We recruit and fill places from when UCAS opens in October, so do not delay in submitting your application. We close courses as they are filled.

We work with our university partners to co-ordinate the recruitment process and hold interviews on a regular basis. You will be asked to attend one interview session, led by Waverley School and conducted online. A senior Waverley School Direct colleague, a university tutor and a primary specialist will usually form the interview panel. Sometimes partner schools are also represented.

The interview consists of a short teaching presentation, where we gauge your ability to present information effectively to the appropriate age range, have an impact on an audience and the level of your subject knowledge. You will be given information about this in advance. There is also a set of formal interview questions where we evaluate your experience of working with young people to date, your subject knowledge, and your commitment to, and understanding of, the role of a trainee and teacher.

How school placements work

Placement details below are subject to adjustment due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We actively recruit for the trainees we want and need for our core partnership of primary schools in the centre and east of Birmingham, most of which are within a five mile radius of Waverley School. We all share the common goal of making a real difference through the power of education to the areas of socio-economic disadvantage within which we are located.

We also work with a wider network of schools to offer both main and second placements, numbering about ten schools over the last few years. Sometimes a new school approaches us as they already know a potential applicant; and sometimes an applicant introduces a potential new host school to us. We are always happy to consider new partners. Some trainees travel long distances from outside the area to come and work with us so we really value this wider network of partners.

We take many factors into account when selecting main and second placements for our trainees, with home location being a key consideration. We also invite successful applicants to express a preference should they wish following interview and we will take reasons given into account when making decisions.

Our course is designed so that you benefit from the best that Newman University and ‘on-the-job’ learning can offer. You can expect to spend over 155 days attached to classrooms working with children, about 45 days of which will be with your second school.

Fees

The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • An honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or equivalent qualification. We consider applicants on a case by case basis.
  • GCSE in English language, Maths and a Science at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualifications.

You must meet these academic requirements by the start of the course, not necessarily before application.

Personal qualities

You need a passion for teaching and developing young children. You will want to make a difference in some of the most socio-economically deprived areas of Birmingham. You will have excellent communication skills and be reflective, able to respond positively to feedback and learn from your mistakes. We are looking for resilience, trainees who can both work hard and keep trying when things do not go to plan. We need team players, willing to support others – and to be supported. You need to be organised and highly professional at all times. And you need to enjoy learning yourself!

Other requirements

The requirements below need to be met by successful applicants following acceptance of our offer:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
  • Fitness to Teach process.

About the training provider

Our partnership of schools work in areas of significant socio-economic disadvantage and, together with our university partners, we are passionate about providing high-quality teaching and learning opportunities to all the children in our care. We really make a difference and we work hard to recruit, train and retain talented new colleagues in our schools. We are now recruiting for our seventh cohort of aspiring teachers.

Key features of our programme include:

  • A range of courses for Foundation/KS1, Primary and Secondary;
  • Full postgraduate PGCE award including 60 credits at Master’s level;
  • A three year commitment to supporting your early career;
  • School-led sessions delivered jointly by primary and secondary teachers;
  • Extensive support provided by high-quality tutors, subject colleagues and School Direct staff;
  • 100% employment rate for our trainees in 2016, 2017 and 2018;
  • The option to develop a SEND focus or other area of interest;
  • Starting your teaching career in Birmingham: great diversity, social life and affordability!

When designing our training programme we draw on some of the unique features of Waverley School, an all-through school housed in modern award-winning facilities. Please come and visit us to find out more!

About the accredited body

Newman University is one of the largest Accredited Provider of School Based Initial Teacher Training in the West Midlands. It has established an excellent reputation for producing high-quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong supportive relationships with our partnership and schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education through whichever School Direct PGCE subject/phase you choose. In the latest National Student Satisfaction Survey, the university was ranked Number 1 (overall) in Birmingham for student satisfaction.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Trainees are encouraged to declare any additional needs that they might have through the initial application process and the Fitness to Teach process for successful applicants. Needs are also addressed through the nature of our individualised training programmes. Our aim is to enable trainees to participate fully in all aspects of their training. All trainees attend Waverley School for school-led sessions plus the relevant university/college provider for their course. Please see more information about each site below.

Waverley School provides lift access to all floors and numerous accessible toilet facilities. There is also step-free access to the Training facility via the car park should lifts not be in service.

Newman University has accessibility arrangements across its site and offers a full Disability and Mental Health Service for its students. Please see their website.

Birmingham City University (Modern Foreign Languages, Design and Technology, Art and Design and Music Programmes only) is based at City South campus where all areas which require student access are accessible to wheelchair users. There is a full Disability Support Team available. Please see their website.

Contact details

Email
claire.dugard@waverley.bham.sch.uk
Telephone
0121 566 6600 ext. 31062
Website
http://www.waverley.bham.sch.uk
Address
Waverley School
Yardley Green Road
Birmingham
West Midlands
B9 5QA

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