The Acorn Teaching School
Primary (SEND) (E375)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Chiltern Training Group
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.theacornteachingschool.co.uk/

Contents

About the course

You will be based in school and treated as a member of the teaching staff right at the start of the new school term in September. On Mondays weekly academic and professional lectures take place in our lead school Challney High School for Boys in Luton. Classroom Practice will form part of your central training where we will take you through aspects of classroom focused learning that will impact on your practical delivery in school. Professional Practice sessions are centrally delivered where professional aspects to teaching are taught. Sessions are led by excellent and proven staff from partner schools and a variety of other education experts and will provide an induction into the major dimensions of the education debate and foster a whole school/whole curriculum perspective on the role of the teacher. Subject Practice strand focuses on learning how to teach subject content to pupils and to improve their subject knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence. Sessions are led by expert practitioners. The format includes workshops, seminars, learning through case studies and practical work. These sessions are run weekly after school. The PGCE content for trainees who have opted to take the PGCE academic award will be run on the assignment focus areas. These will be useful to all trainees as the learning can be applied to teaching practice in general. Some sessions will be specifically about writing at level 7 and PGCE specific details. Three assignments are set across the year in November, March and May.

Interview process

Our interview process is designed to ensure that you have all the qualities that will be needed for us to train you to teach.

The first stage consists of a literacy and numeracy assessment, teaching task with self reflection and a discussion task.

If you are successful at the first stage then there will be a panel interview. At this stage secondary applicants may also sit a subject specific test to assess any need for subject knowledge enhancement.

We may also arrange for you to be interviewed in a school where you could be asked to teach a 20 minute lesson and have a brief panel interview.

How school placements work

Schools placements are arranged for you. We work with over 25 lower , primary and middle schools across Luton and central Bedfordshire as well as Luton Sixth Form College.

Our course is 40 weeks long. The Autumn Term is spent in your base school with a contrasting school placement in the Spring Term. You will then return to your base school for the Summer Term to complete the course. During this time you will have the opportunity to gain transitional experience across Early Years and Secondary as well as days in special schools.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Honours degree 2:2 or above related to the subject you wish to teach
  • GCSE Mathematics Level 4 or above
  • GCSE English Language Level 4 or above
  • GCSE Science Level 4 or above

Personal qualities

  • A passion for working with children
  • Confidence
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Understanding
  • Enthusiasm
  • A sense of humour
  • Dedication to excellence
  • Strong command of English both orally and written
  • The ability to communicate in a range of different ways

Other requirements

  • Enhanced DBS Clearance with Update Service

Contact details

Email
office@larkrise.com
Telephone
01582607852
Website
http://www.theacornteachingschool.co.uk/
Address
The Acorn Teaching School
C/O Lark Rise Academy
Cartmel Drive, Dunstable
Bedfordshire
LU6 3PT

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Location Vacancies Code
Chiltern Training Group
Challney High School, Stoneygate Road, Luton, LU4 9TJ
Yes A

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