The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance Primary (2FG7)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.pathfinder-education.co.uk/

Contents

About the course

This primary teacher training course leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It prepares and equips you to teach your subject in primary schools. School and university training is integrated throughout the course and Sheffield Hallam University and the Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance work closely together to identify your individual capabilities and needs and to enable you to make progress in your development as a teacher.

This PGCE course comprises of 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at level 6 plus the recommendation for the award of a PGCE with QTS.

On the course you enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills, learn how to teach your subject, learn about the wider role of teachers in school, gain knowledge about schools and the education system, apply your skills and knowledge on school placements, gain experience of working alongside other professionals who support the care and development of individual pupils in schools.

We help you to develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities and backgrounds. While studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach your subject.

This course begins in early September and finishes by the end of June in the following year. The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance will offer places in Primary (General) through the unsalaried route.

School placements

The pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning, and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills. Over the course of the year trainees will gain experience in two contrasting schools.

University tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences, to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • At least 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and Science

  • A degree classification of at least 2:2

  • Please include and other professional qualifications or courses completed such as subject booster courses or coaching awards.

Personal qualities

  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • The ability to be reflective
  • Interact well with children
  • To demonstrate resilience
  • Good written communication skills
  • Committed to the well-being and development of children

Applicants must possess the following:

  • Good subject knowledge in the area they wish to teach
  • An understanding of how children learn
  • Familiarity with issues in education

Other requirements

In addition to the academic entry requirements, all PGCE candidates will be required to:

  • Obtain an enhanced DBS check (plus overseas police checks for any countries where 12 months or more have been spent in the last ten years)
  • complete an occupational health check

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance is based at Archbishop Holgate’s School in York. Our alliance works with a range of schools in York, North Yorkshire, the East Riding and Leeds. Our aim is to provide the highest quality initial teacher training programme possible. We have over 18 years’ experience of training teachers and pride ourselves on our innovative and forward thinking programme. We have outstanding outcomes and believe we prepare our trainees for the demand and rigour of the teaching profession.

Our mentors are extremely experienced and will ensure you receive the appropriate support and guidance to become a successful teacher. At Archbishop Holgate’s School we have a specialist Teaching and Learning Team who will be on hand to offer additional support and advice should you need it.

We pride ourselves on the Values, Care and Achievement which we provide for both our staff and students and hope you will consider training with us. Visits to the teaching school or inquiries are warmly welcomed.

Interview process

Candidates who are invited to interview will be expected to undertake a teaching activity as well as a formal interview and other tasks related to teaching in their specific subject. Interviews will take place at one of our placement schools. Prior notification of interview tasks will be provided to candidates in advance of the interview date.

Contact this training provider

Email
lthompson@archbishopholgates.org
Telephone
01904 411 341
Website
http://www.pathfinder-education.co.uk/
Address
Archbishop Holgate's School
Hull Road
York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5ZA

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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