Waverley School Direct Mathematics (L142)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City University
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
September 2022
Website
http://www.waverley.bham.sch.uk

Contents

About the course

The PGCE Maths is an 11-16 programme designed by the Waverley School Direct and Birmingham City University teams to develop your skills and confidence as a teacher in our schools. You will explore techniques to inspire young people, making Maths enjoyable and ensuring they’re equipped with skills needed in life, from number patterns and sequences through to calculus.

We have designed our PGCE course to maximise your classroom experience, but also to take advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of university tutors, underpinned by educational theory. We start with summer induction, with sessions from Waverley School and liaison with your host school where you will train. You will benefit from university PGCE provision, plus an additional school-led programme delivered by practising teachers. This equates to 40+ days’ training from BCU, focused on subject pedagogy, professional studies and academic writing support, plus 14 twilight sessions from Waverley School, addressing practical skills in the context of our schools. In addition there is the daily support and guidance provided by your mentor and subject colleagues at school.

Following initial attachment to your school in September, you will undertake intensive university-led training. You then rejoin your school on a four day per week basis; the fifth day is spent on BCU training. After February half-term, we place you in a second school for about six weeks until Easter. You then return to your main host school until the end of the summer term.

Your progress is assessed through regular lesson observation with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection. You will also complete three Master’s Level assignments, including a ‘Professional Enquiry’ based on your own teaching. After your assessment for QTS and PGCE is completed at the end of June, you will be supported until the end of 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.

Course details above are subject to adjustment due to any ongoing impact of COVID-19 and in response to the ITT Market Review.

School placements

We actively recruit for the trainees we want and need for our core partnership of secondary schools, many of which are within a five mile radius of Waverley School in the east and centre of Birmingham. 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 over 20 schools we have worked with in recent 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 secondary programmes are focused on the 11-16 age range, but we will ensure that you have access to post-16 teaching at your main or second school or as an additional short placement. You will also spend two days visiting other secondary schools in our partnership to broaden your experience. You will also undertake a four day placement focusing on SEND. Finally you will undertake a two day placement at a primary school, including a focus on transition from KS2 to KS3.

Our course is designed so that you benefit from the best that Birmingham City University and ‘on-the-job’ learning can offer. You can expect to spend over 150 days attached to classrooms and working with children, about 30 days of which will be with your second school.

Placement details above are subject to adjustment due to any ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and response to the ITT Market Review.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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

You need a passion for teaching and developing young people. 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.

Fees and financial support

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

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 ninth 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 by current primary and secondary teachers;
  • Extensive support provided by high-quality tutors, subject colleagues and School Direct staff;
  • High levels of employment for our trainees in local schools;
  • 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

Birmingham City University (BCU) trains more teachers than anyone else in the region (HESA, 2016) and never gives up in its aspirations for tomorrow’s teachers. BCU graduates are very employable - 99% of all PGCE students were in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17). The courses are taught by staff who are experienced professionals and maintain links with their sector to ensure the most up-to-date learning during your course. The School of Education is located at the City South Campus in Edgbaston, which has recently had a £41 million extension giving trainees excellent specialist facilities.

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 and a subject expert will sit on every panel and sometimes partner schools/BCU are also represented.

The interview consists of a short presentation to the panel, where we gauge your ability to present information effectively, 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.

You will also complete diagnostic exercises prior to interview so we can gauge what additional support you might need, if any, to undertake professional tasks and to work at PGCE Master’s level.

Candidates who are successful at interview are welcome to visit the main training site at Waverley School before deciding to accept a PGCE offer.

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

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 (and other school sites) for school-led sessions plus the university provider for their course. Please see more information about each main 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.

Birmingham City University 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 this training provider

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

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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