Stafford Hub English (2T2Q)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT)
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
September 2022
Website
http://www.sirgrahambalfour.co.uk/

Contents

About the course

The OAKS Partnership School Direct English course attracts Trainee Teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds. You may be a recent graduate in English (or in a degree with a substantial element of English Literature and/or Language – minimum of 40% of your degree) or you may have worked in a range of occupations prior to commencing the course which will have provided you with an opportunity to develop your subject knowledge and wider experience of education and work. Whatever your background, you will have a love of language and an enthusiasm for literature and a passion for conveying this to pupils and students.

English is a core subject but that apart, it is a multifaceted, fascinating and potentially contentious subject which allows considerable scope for the autonomy and personal qualities of the individual teacher. These facts are recognised in the course which encourages you to question the nature of the subject, to explore priorities and to develop constructive means for meeting the needs and interests of your pupils. You will consider the results of recent and relevant research and meet tried and tested teaching and learning strategies and programmes but, as importantly, you will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and strategies. Themes and sessions include:

  • English in the Classroom
  • Approaches to poetry
  • Teaching ‘unseen’ texts for GCSE English Language
  • Approaches to Writing and Assessing Writing
  • Writing schemes of learning for a class text
  • Pupil Workshops

While the course aims to help you meet the Standards which qualify you to teach, it also has wider horizons which encompass the Induction (Newly Qualified Teacher) Year and the early years of teaching. Many of our ex-Trainee Teachers progress rapidly through the profession so we provide you with an appropriate foundation in knowledge, skills and understanding for meeting the teaching, administrative and management demands which lie ahead.

These sessions are delivered by English Subject Experts in Keele and Schools, therefore you are required to travel to Stoke for the delivery of some of these sessions.

To sum up, the course aims to help you become a competent, professional and, above all, creative teacher, capable of developing the imaginations and abilities of the young people with whom you have the privilege of working

School placements

We will send you to two secondary schools where you will receive an 11-16 experience; the time spent in both of these placements is the same. Hopefully they will give you two very different experiences; one maybe in a small town or rural setting the other could be inner city. We make sure that you also receive a pre and post phase enhancement so you will be placed in a primary school for one week and gain experience in a post-16 environment (possibly in one of your secondary placements). We are very proud of our alternative education placements that we arrange for you on our programme. Hopefully you will gain experience in an EAL school, pupil referral unit (PRU), special school and maybe an independent school.

Travel to and from your placements is always a key concern and we make every effort to make sure that you can easily commute to your schools. We have a very large partnership in over five counties; one will have schools close to you. We guarantee that you will never have to travel more than 75 minutes. In fact, most of our trainees travel well under an hour to their teaching experiences. When we visit our EAL schools we put on mini buses so nothing could be simpler.

Many of you will have applied to one of our 5 hubs (geographical zones); this usually dictates the schools that you will be placed in. Through evaluations all of our partnership schools are deemed to be at least “very good training experiences” for our trainee teachers. We train and then monitor all of our school based mentors and the quality of our school’s provision annually; so rest assured that you will have a good teaching experience with us at the OAKS.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Alleynes Academy
Oulton Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8DT
Yes
Blessed William Howard Catholic High School
Rowley Avenue, Stafford, ST17 9AB
Yes
King Edward VI High School
West Way, Stafford, ST17 9YJ
Yes
Kingsmead School
Kings Avenue, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 1DH
Yes
Main Site
North Avenue, Stafford, ST16 1NR
Yes
Stafford Manor High School
Wolverhampton Road, Stafford, ST17 9DJ
Yes
The Hart School
Penkridge Bank Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2UE
Yes
Walton High School
The Rise, Walton on the Hill, Stafford, ST17 0LJ
Yes
Weston Road Academy
Blackheath Lane, Stafford, ST18 0YG
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

The OAKS offers candidates the opportunity to train and develop as a subject specialist. A minimum of 40% of the credits obtained from your degree must be directly related to the subject you wish to train to teach.

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.

The OAKS offers candidates the opportunity to complete our GCSE equivalence tests in English Language and Mathematics prior to entry.

Personal qualities

  • Highly motivated individuals who want to make a positive contribution to the education of young people.
  • Trainees who are passionate about their own specialism subject, with very good subject knowledge.
  • Who are able to inspire their learners and create an environment where everyone wants to succeed.
  • Candidates that show enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in the all aspects of the training course.
  • Robust, resilient applicants who want to make a difference in the classroom.
  • People who want to become good or outstanding classroom practitioners, with a desire to improve themselves and their student’s.

Other requirements

o a medical report which is deemed satisfactory; o a completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the The OAKS; o a successful completion of a minimum of 10 days teaching experience in a secondary school/college during the last two years. This could be either before or after selection (undertaking this before the selection process commences will strengthen your application).

Fees and financial support

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

With The OAKS there is a pre-course fee which covers

  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Fitness to teach
  • Purchasing of Bristol Guide (reduced cost from The OAKS)
  • Residential trip.

In 2021/22 the total price for the above was £115, at this moment in time we are unable to confirm the price for 2022/23, but do not foresee this increasing dramatically.

There is also a possibility of undertaking a First Aid course and / or a P4C (Philosophy for Children) course, these are optional and may incur an additional fee.

About the training provider

Sir Graham Balfour School is judged to be a ‘good’ school and we are committed to teaching future professionals. We work within a Hub of schools, within the Stafford region, these are: Alleynes Academy, Blessed William Howard Catholic High School, The Hart School, King Edward VI School, Kingsmead School, Walton High School and Weston Road Academy.

Programme Data from last year 94% successfully completed the programme; 90% gained employment; 100% achieved ‘outstanding’ or’ good’; 96% rated our teacher training programme as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’

We work closely with The OAKS as our accredited provider this is a genuine partnership between our hub of schools, The OAKS and Keele University, which ensures relevant and up to date training. We believe that we are an extremely caring and friendly organisation and will, at all times, provide help, encouragement and support, whenever it is needed. At the end of the programme you will obtain QTS from The OAKS and a PGCE Academic Award from Keele.

You are important to us and many support structures are in place for this challenging, but very rewarding course. It is our aim to produce highly motivated, creative, successful and reflective teachers. Such teachers, we know, will be in great demand both in the local region and nationally.

You will be placed in two placements, where you will put theory into practice. In addition, The OAKS also gives you the opportunity to observe teaching in alternative educational settings such as EAL, PRU, Special and Independent Schools.

Interview process

Our selection process is a two way process where you can find out if the OAKS is the training programme for you and we can decide if you can potentially become a good/outstanding secondary teacher. We always carry out our interviews in one of our partnership schools, where you will be expected to teach either a class or a small group of their students for 15 minutes. The students give us feedback on your lesson, which we share with you during a formal interview. This focuses on your lesson, your subject knowledge and your commitment to teach. There are also written tasks for you to complete; these include a written subject specific activity and a generic writing task. The whole process should take no more than half a day at the school. You are interviewed by partnership school staff and OAKS tutors, who will talk through the programme and school placements. There will always be plenty of time for you to ask questions and the decision as to whether you are accepted on to the course is usually made on the same day (this may vary depending on the subject/time of year).

We want the interview to be a very positive experience for you. Please arrive promptly and formal dress is expected. We look forward to meeting you!

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 dedicated support tutor, who supports our trainees with disability or any other need. It is important to state that they do not assess your teaching performance, this gives you the opportunity to speak honestly about your needs, but also enables the support tutor to have the freedom to help you and visit you; whether you are in placement school or here at The OAKS. This includes signposting through to developing individualised learning plans which may extend beyond the course date to enable you to successfully complete the programme.

Contact this training provider

Email
c.j.brown@keele.ac.uk
Telephone
01785 223490
Website
http://www.sirgrahambalfour.co.uk/
Address
North Avenue
Stafford
Staffordshire
ST16 1NR

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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