Hatton Centre for Education Primary with Mathematics (2XRW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.hattonacademy.org.uk/page/?title=Train+to+Teach+with+Us&pid=115

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About the course

Our PGCE Primary has been running for over 60 years and schools tell us we are developing the kind of teachers they want to employ. This is reflected in 98% of our students achieving Good or Outstanding teacher grades at the end of their course and 95% of our graduates securing a teaching post by the end of the course.

Tutors on the Primary PGCE course all have extensive experience as classroom teachers and are specialists in a wide range of educational areas. These strengths are recognised within the Primary PGCE course, both in the specialist course options offered, and through the expert contributions to all strands of the course.

The Primary with Mathematics PGCE is an exciting route for those with a particular interest in mathematics. It provides a route that leads to primary generalist teachers who have begun to develop a specialism in primary mathematics and have a desire to continue the development as their career progresses. With continued professional development this might lead to subject leadership and/or specialist teaching of mathematics within a primary setting.

Students on the Primary with Mathematics course follow the same programme as those on our Primary 5-11 route, but with some additional sessions and tasks to support you as you develop an enhanced level of awareness and depth in your knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning of primary mathematics.

You will develop an understanding of the role of the subject leader for mathematics and the whole school mathematics curriculum that will equip you for building on your specialism as you go into your NQT year. The course comprises of three strands and school placements:

  • Curriculum Studies - Core and Broader Curriculum
  • Professional Studies
  • Academic Strand including Specialist Study in Mathematics
  • Teaching Experience in primary schools. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience.

The PGCE Primary course prepares you to teach across the full range of the Primary Curriculum. We will introduce you to the wider context of teaching, including responding to diversity in schools and the inclusion of Special Needs Education, as well as equipping you with classroom management and planning skills.

By the end of the course you will meet the required professional standards for Qualified Teachers Status and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE.

School placements

You will be placed in three Partnership schools. Primary students (specialising in the 5-11 age range) are placed in a range of KS1 and KS2 classes, and Lower Primary students (specialising in the 3-7 age range) work in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage settings.

In addition to the three block teaching placements you will also visit different schools as part of a series of ‘focus days’, studying specific subject and professional topics in an intensive school-based context.

The school-based time is a vitally important element of the course. You will have the opportunity to observe skilled class teachers working and to discuss the things that underpin day-to-day classroom activities, as well as work alongside experienced teacher-mentors who will support your learning about classroom practice.

Teaching Experience 1 This is a six-week placement in one class. You will focus on developing observation skills to support your understanding of teaching and learning and to put your learning into practice. During this Autumn Term placement you will work towards taking an increased responsibility for teaching the class.

Teaching Experience 2 This takes place in the Spring Term and lasts for seven weeks. The amount of time spent teaching the class increases over the placement until you have responsibility for up to 80% of the timetable.

Teaching Experience 3 This is another seven-week placement in the Summer Term with students working towards taking responsibility for 80% of the teaching timetable. Throughout each of these placements you will be encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school and to take full advantage of the tasks and activities designed by your tutors to support your development. It is expected that through your three placements you will gain experience across the age range that you are training to teach.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Primary (5-11) is a very demanding course and we are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experience and aptitude. Our key selection criteria are:

  • Ability to form relationships
  • Good communication skills
  • Commitment to teaching
  • An awareness of the role of the teacher and the demands of the profession
  • Reflective qualities
  • Emotional resilience
  • Awareness of contemporary issues in education

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place. All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course. You must have a GCSE Grade 4 (Old Grade) C in English Language.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Hatton Centre of Education (https://www.hattonacademy.org.uk/page/?title=Train+to+Teach+with+Us&pid=115) is founded on the principle of collaboration and an absolute belief that by working together we can improve life chances for all students in all of our schools.

Our School Direct training course is ideal for trainees who are looking for hands-on in-school training, learning from teachers who deliver lessons every day. You will be allocated a school-based mentor and will also have a school-based professional tutor, who puts together a comprehensive in-school training programme.

We have consistently high employment rates, with many of our trainees going on to be employed within the Centre. The combination of the school based mentoring programme and the University taught modules gives you a competitive advantage when applying for your first teaching position.

You will feel part of the school community from the start of your training to the end. We ensure you are supported to get Qualified Teacher Status giving you the best possible start to your teaching career. In addition to QTS you will also graduate with a PGCE which includes at least 60 credits towards a Masters degree.

We believe that we offer high quality training, giving sustained attention to developing the confidence of trainees to become reflective classroom practitioners who are confident subject specialists and all-round professionals. Constant support, training and collaborative work between our partners and the Hatton Centre of Education ensures close co-operation, and an excellent academic and professional partnership, which gives our School Direct student teachers varied but consistently rewarding experiences.

Interview process

If invited for interview, you will take part in a two-step process. Firstly, you will meet with the Professional Tutor for the Hatton Centre of Education and will carry out a range of activities including a micro-teaching experience, a literacy task, a panel interview and you will give a presentation considering your motivation to become a teacher. This is subject to change, to keep up with Covid precautions.

If successful in this first step you will then meet members of the Primary PGCE Team who will give an overview of the course and answer any questions you may have.

You will participate in a group task with candidates and will lead a brief group discussion on one of the topics you will have been sent prior to the interview. You will also carry out written tasks in English and Maths. During the afternoon you will be interviewed by either a member of the Primary PGCE team or one of our school-based colleagues. The interview is not a daunting process but rather a discussion about your suitability and preparation for going into teaching.

If you are successful on the selection day, you may be given some targets to work on, prior to starting the course. These will help you to be in the best possible position to engage successfully with the course from the start.

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

The Hatton Centre of Education provides a personalised approach to all our trainee teachers, working in partnership with the higher education institutes, specialist teams and with the trainee to ensure that the course is fully accessible to all potential trainees. We do this by individualising a support plan which is regularly reviewed and evaluated to account for the evolving nature of a trainee’s journey. For example, a previous trainee with dyslexia was successfully supported through their course and by being provided with specialist software, 1:1 discussions with specialist teams to build self-esteem and to achieve their full potential. Access for all is an integral characteristic of the HCE as we believe we thrive on diversity.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachingschooladmin@hattonacademy.org.uk
Telephone
01933 226077
Website
https://www.hattonacademy.org.uk/page/?title=Train+to+Teach+with+Us&pid=115
Address
The Pythgle
Wellingborough
Northamptonshire
NN8 4RB

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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