Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form Chemistry (37C2)

PGCE with QTS part time

Accredited body
Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT
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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://thorpestandrewschool.org.uk

Contents

About the course

On this course you will achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters’ credits and Qualified Teacher Status. In order to achieve QTS, you will be assessed against all parts of the Teachers’ Standards as you accumulate the evidence across the ten month training programme. Additionally, to gain your PGCE there are three Masters’ level assignments to write during your training and they help to link theory to the practice of what you are teaching in the classroom. In collaboration with our partnership schools, development of a trainee’s subject knowledge is a key feature of our programme and we create many opportunities for trainees to develop their subject knowledge. Not only from your school based mentors but also from our subject knowledge trainers who are all practising teachers and share their extensive knowledge and expertise about how to teach their subject to secondary students. Centre based training takes place in venues in either Norwich or Ipswich (whichever is closest to you) and this is approximately in six one week blocks throughout the year and in addition there are at least six subject knowledge days to attend which are mainly delivered in partnership schools across the two counties. All this information about venues and dates of training for the whole year will be provided to you at induction at the end of August so you can make the appropriate travel arrangements. Centre based training is delivered by a range of classroom practitioners and experts in specific areas e.g. SEND, headteachers and local and national consultants. On this route, you will be in school two days a week in Year 1 in your main placement school during term time. You will start Year 2 in your second placement school on three days a week and then return in January of Year 2 to your main placement school for three days a week. This placement structure provides you with a breadth of experiences to help inform your choice of the type of school you wish to work in as an Early Career Teacher. As part of our offer, we will also provide you with a laptop to use while on programme and as an investment in your training, we will provide you with your own copies of a number of books by educationalists such as Tom Sherrington which will help to understand the evidence based approach to teaching and learning.

School placements

We will consider you for a training place in one of our local partnership schools, taking into account your home address and travel arrangements, as well as ensuring you have a high-quality school placement. Most trainees train in subjects within the 11-16 age range but there is also the opportunity to train in the 14-19 age phase in specific subjects.
Partnership schools’ role in the recruitment process means that all school placement arrangements are in place by July, ready for you to attend your placement school on the first day of term in September.

During each school placement you will work alongside a school based subject mentor who will be based in your department and will help to support and develop your teaching expertise in the classroom. In addition, you will also have two SCITT Tutors who will visit you between three and four times each term and help to guide you with your teaching but also provide extensive pastoral support where needed. With one of your SCITT Tutors, you will have weekly email contact so a close working relationship can be built to help support you during your training year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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

Successful trainees have a passion for their subject which they wish to pass onto secondary school students. Trainees should be motivated, well-organised and demonstrate resilience. Trainees should understand the importance of developing strong learning relationships with teenagers and can demonstrate that they view teaching as a valuable career. Additionally, trainees should be reflective, able to take and respond positively to feedback about their progress during their training year and also value being part of a team. Trainees should understand the importance of developing strong learning relationships with teenagers and can demonstrate that they view teaching as a valuable career.

Other requirements

  • Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course. This check is paid for by Secondary SCITT. There is an expectation that you will join the update service for £13 per year at a cost to you.

  • Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. Secondary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. The initial screening is paid for by Secondary SCITT, if further investigation is required, trainees may be asked to contribute towards the cost.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £11,500.

The Tuition fee is £5,750 each year for the two year part time training course

About the training provider

Our motto is ‘Success for All’.

Ofsted judged our school as being outstanding, providing a very positive environment for learning which successfully supports the excellent academic and personal development of our students. We are very proud that they recognised not only the outstanding academic success but also our belief that the education for each student extends far beyond this, as they grow as individuals.

About the accredited body

Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT is one of the largest SCITTs in the country. All trainees on this course will obtain QTS and PGCE with 60 Masters’ credits on successful completion. Our aim is to train you not as a teacher for a specific school but as a future member of the teaching profession. Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a have a wealth of experience to share with trainees. The Secondary SCITT Tuition course is a highly personalised course which offers a range of opportunities to trainees.

Interview process

be invited to a formal interview. This consists of a series of questions which ask you to demonstrate your subject knowledge and general knowledge of secondary schools, details of this will be given to you in advance. Interviews will take place online As well as completing a SCITT interview, you will be invited a Task Day which last approximately three hours. This session will be face to face and take place at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. You will complete a subject knowledge assessment, group activities with other trainees and complete a couple of written tasks. As a SCITT provider, we value the role our partnership schools play in the recruitment process as it is a key feature of our ‘personalised and relational’ offer to trainees and schools. Therefore, if you are successful at our Task Day you will be offered a place on the course and invited to a school placement interview in one of our partnership schools, local to you, and this interview will be organised by SCITT. This will give you the opportunity to observe the ethos and context of your potential placement school before your placement. The interview will usually take only ½ day and will give you the opportunity to engage and interact with students at your prospective placement school.

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

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities in partnership with our Accrediting Providers Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT and UEA .

Please contact Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT directly to discuss any access requirements for the courses that we offer with them.

UEA operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete a health declaration form. If this reveals a need, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments, which may include particular school placements, and other support and monitoring during the course.

Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA’s Wellbeing Service

Contact this training provider

Email
jgallon8nr5@yare-edu.org.uk
Telephone
01603497711
Website
http://thorpestandrewschool.org.uk
Address
Laundry Lane
Thorpe St Andrew
Norwich
Norfolk
NR7 0XS

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