Maplefields Academy (Mainstream and Special Needs) Primary (2KHS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Cambridge Partnership
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.saf.org.uk/the-pilgrim-partnership-formerly-saf-itt/

Contents

About the course

Trainees on the School Direct tuition fee route will be in a classroom working with experienced colleagues. You will also be appointed a mentor with whom you will meet at least once a week. The mentor and class teacher are often the same person.

The course is full time with weekly training sessions and workshops covering all aspects of teaching the primary curriculum, which compliments the in-school training experience provided. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners who will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching and learning effectively in a primary school.

As part of the programme trainees working in special schools will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. Trainees will spend two terms in a special school setting and one term in a mainstream school. Trainees must be able to demonstrate they can teach across the age range and the National Curriculum in both settings.

Subject to COVID-19 Government Regulations:- Trainees following the mainstream programme will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. As the year progresses they will spend an increasing amount of time in school and by the summer term will be based at their placement school full time. Trainees will spend some time in a special school and have focus days to enhance their expertise and understanding of SEND.

A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees’ professional understanding and subject knowledge (as specified in the Core Content Framework) alongside your ability to teach culminates in a rigorous summative assessment against the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). The Pilgrim Partnership, working with The Cambridge Partnership as the accredited provider, recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees will also study for a PGCE alongside QTS.

Trainees will be required to pay tuition fees and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans.

School placements

Trainees working in special schools will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. Trainees will spend two terms in a special school setting and one term in a mainstream school.

Subject to COVID-19 Government Regulations:- Trainees following the mainstream programme will have placements in two contrasting educational settings. Trainees will spend some time in a special school and have focus days to enhance their expertise and understanding of SEND.

Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account their geographical location and individual needs

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

The Pilgrim Partnership will accept equivalent GCSE qualifications in English, maths and science by a recognised third party. As an exam will incur a cost please contact us to make sure the awarding body is acceptable.

Personal qualities

The Pilgrim Partnership, working with The Cambridge Partnership as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with children. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.

Other requirements

  • Declaration of any convictions
  • An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
  • A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required following an offer of a place
  • Satisfactory clearance for registration

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Maplefields Academy is the Lead School for the School Direct Training Programme offering courses, working in collaboration with a number of special schools. The academy is a Special School and a Specialist College for pupils with severe Behaviour Emotional and Social Difficulties. As such, we offer a full range of opportunities for children and young people with special needs aged from 2 - 18 years. Our academy offers a wide range of excellent facilities including a vocational centre and full size sports hall, astro turf areas and a climbing wall.

We are an academy committed to life-long learning and we believe that education for our students includes not only the subject of the National Curriculum but most importantly communication and life skills. We aim, therefore, to teach the students the skills necessary for independence and living that others may take for granted. We want our students to become inclusive educational opportunities for students from our academy and mainstream schools to share, ensuring that there is a close partnership between ourselves and the wider educational community. We provide a behaviour outreach service to schools in the north of the county.

We are a very happy academy where children enjoy their learning experiences. We concentrate on providing for individual needs so that all students can be encourages to reach their full potential. This means supporting them to achieve accreditation appropriate to their level of understanding and abilities.

Interview process

Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview.

Please note:- During the COVID-19 pandemic interviews will take place online using Teams until further notice.

Dependent upon your experience in SEND a visit to the school may be required.

Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare.

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

Maplefields Academy and The Pilgrim Partnership with its partner schools are committed to promoting equality of opportunity to ensure we meet the needs of all students.

If you have a disability or other need we encourage you to disclose this and any other relevant information that could support your studies.

What do we mean by disability? The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.

Contact this training provider

Email
info1@pilgrimpartnership.org
Telephone
01234 907896
Website
https://www.saf.org.uk/the-pilgrim-partnership-formerly-saf-itt/
Address
The Pilgrim Partnership, Harrold Primary Academy
The Green, Harrold
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK43 7DB

Support and advice

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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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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