Torfield School English (2H3N)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Brighton
Financial support
Bursaries and 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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.torfield-saxonmount.com

Contents

Course summary

For secondary applicants, Saxon Mount, the Lindfield and New Horizons provide a supportive, friendly environment.

All schools are busy, vibrant places. We expect candidates to be independent, self-motivated team players. We expect candidates to share our high expectations of pupil progress, whatever their starting points.

All schools can provide specialist support & training in ASD, managing challenging behaviour, a range of other complex learning needs as well as experience of multi-agency working & a range of approaches to supporting pupils with learning difficulties & social, emotional & mental health difficulties.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant school early as we usually find the limited places we are able to offer will be over subscribed.

School placements

For primary applicants, Torfield School and South Downs School provide a supportive, friendly environment.

For secondary applicants, Saxon Mount, the Lindfield and New Horizons provide a supportive, friendly environment.

All schools are busy, vibrant places. We expect candidates to be independent, self-motivated team players. We expect candidates to share our high expectations of pupil progress, whatever their starting points.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
New Horizons School
Beauchamp Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9JU
Yes
Saxon Mount School
Edinburgh Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 8HH
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

  • excellent communication and organisational skills
  • commitment to working hard
  • confidence and ability to engage with children
  • commitment to a professional team
  • flexibility; a crucial characteristic that is vital in this active and constantly changing environment
  • commitment to excellence in education
  • some knowledge of current educational issues. This would provide evidence that the applicant has seriously considered their application
  • some knowledge of SEN issues would also provide evidence that the applicant has seriously considered their application

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Please view the following site for details: (https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/school-direct-tuition-and-school-direct-salaried.aspx)

About the training provider

If you are applying to become a teacher and you are particularly interested in working with pupils who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), then training with us is an excellent choice. Our School Direct route is delivered in partnership with the University of Brighton, providing high quality experiences.

Torfield and Saxon Mount School, The Lindfield School, New Horizons School and South Downs School offer opportunities to complete PGCEs, preparing candidates to teach in mainstream and SEND settings. Torfield and South Downs offer Primary placements; Saxon Mount offers Secondary English, Secondary Maths and Secondary Biology; New Horizons offers Secondary English and Secondary Maths; The Lindfield offers Secondary Maths and Secondary Biology. The taught elements are delivered by the University of Brighton. Two of the three teaching placements are facilitated in the host school. A third placement occurs in a contrasting (mainstream) school. Torfield is a 4-11 special school in Hastings. Saxon Mount is an 11-16 special school in St Leonards. Torfield was judged ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted, September 2017) and Saxon Mount was judged ‘Good with Outstanding features’ (November 2017). More information can be found at: www.torfield-saxonmount.com. Lindfield is a 11-16 special school in Eastbourne, judged ‘Outstanding’ at its last inspection. South Downs School is a 4-11 special school in Eastbourne, judged ‘Outstanding’ at its last inspection. More information can be found at: www.southdowns-lindfield.com. New Horizons is a 9-16 special school in St Leonards, judged ‘Outstanding’ at its last inspection. More information can be found here: www.sabden.org.uk.

Interview process

The University of Brighton will review all applications to see if the applicants meet the entry criteria. Those shortlisted will be invited to interview at both school and university, which will involve activities to assess suitability for teaching.

Successful candidates will then receive a formal offer of acceptance.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their referees are aware of their role, as well as making sure they follow the relevant instructions for providing online references.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Please see the Federation Equalities Statement on our website. www.torfield-saxonmount.com.

Contact this training provider

Email
head@tasmat.org.uk
Telephone
01424 428228
Website
http://www.torfield-saxonmount.com
Address
Croft Road
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 3JT

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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