Pen Green Centre for Children and Their Families
PGCE with QTS full time with salary
- Accredited body
- Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership
- Financial support
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
About the course
The course is taught in five week-long study blocks. Guest speakers from our partner schools facilitate some of the teaching sessions, as well as visits to our partner schools to see practice in action. A candidate who is offered a place on our programme will be expected to attend 5 pre-course induction days.
- Please note, due to the current situation, the induction days and study weeks may have to be facilitated online.
- A Learning Community
- Reflective Practice
- Teacher Wellbeing
- A Teacher’s Legal Responsibilities
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Multilingual Childhoods
- Maths, Science, English, ICT, PE, Humanities, Creative Arts
- Numeracy and Literacy
- Language and Phonics
- Involving Parents in their Children’s Learning
- Formal Assessment Processes
QTS assessment is via a portfolio of evidence, gathered across the year.
Trainees working towards the PGCE undertake a series of three assignments, each worth 20 credits. The PGCE is accredited by Birmingham City University who provide two days of teaching and a tutorial day for each assignment.
The interview process seeks to ascertain the strength of the applicant’s skill set and depth of understanding of the role and responsibilities of a teacher.
The interview would normally be conducted at Pen Green Nursery School or one of our Partnership Schools. However, due to the current situation, we are facilitating our interviews online and have adapted some of the component parts of the day accordingly.
Applicants will be required to:
- Deliver a 2 - 5 minute presentation
- Participate in a discussion on school-based scenarios
- Carry out a teaching and learning activity
- Undertake a short written task reflecting on the teaching activity
- Undertake a Maths Task
- Undertake a Writing Task
- Participate in a formal interview
How school placements work
School Direct Salaried trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher in a school during their training year. In the Spring Term, all trainees are given the opportunity to experience a placement with an alternate age phase either in EYFS or Key Stage 1 at a different school.
Every trainee is linked with a school based tutor (SBT), a mentor and guide for the year. The SBT will be based in the trainee’s home school. The SBT works closely with the trainee in school on a daily basis; carrying out lesson observations, setting training targets and helping to organise in-school training opportunities which will enhance and develop the trainee’s practice.
Salaried trainees are employed by their school full time as an unqualified teacher during their training year. Course fees will be paid by the employing school.
Schools may support salaried trainees with the PGCE and QTS route or with the QTS only route. Trainees who would like to pursue the PGCE qualification have the option to pay the £1105 PGCE fee themselves.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
If you have international qualifications these need to be verified as equivalent to UK qualifications by NARIC before applying for the programme
We do not accept Key and Functional Skills qualifications at Level 2 as GCSE equivalent. We accept equivalency qualifications from Equivalency Testing.
- A commitment to teaching as a career
- Build relationships with children to promote their learning
- An understanding of early years and primary education
- Understand the role of the early years and primary teacher
- Work cooperatively and effectively with people from a diverse society
- Work on own initiative and manage workload
- An understanding of the complexity to study at Masters degree Level
- Clear and accurate written and verbal communication
- IT confidence and competency
- A Clear Criminal Record
- An Enhanced DBS Certificate
- Good Health
- The right to train and/or work in the UK
A full career history accounting for any gaps in employment will be required if you are invited to interview and references will be followed up for safeguarding purposes.
Successful applicants must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure and Barring Service check
About the training provider
The Pen Green Teaching School works alongside an integrated Children’s Centre, an Early Years Provision, a Nursery School and a Research, Development and Training Base. Our Nursery School and Early Years provision have been consistently judged Outstanding by Ofsted; and in 2018 we were awarded ‘Overall School of the Year’ and ‘Early Years Provision of the Year’ by the Times Educational Supplement.
Our Initial Teacher Training programme provides the opportunity for candidates to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with a focus on the 3-7 year age group. We offer both Salaried and Tuition Fee funded routes.
Candidates applying for the Salaried and Tuition Fee training routes have the option to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate Education (PGCE), a Level 7 academic qualification, alongside their QTS. The PGCE is accredited by Birmingham City University (BCU).
About the accredited body
Our Initial Teacher Training programme is accredited by the Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership. Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership is the longest-running, most well-established primary teacher training provider serving Milton Keynes and its surrounding areas, with 18 years’ experience in leading initial teacher training .
Training with disabilities and other needs
All efforts are made to support candidates with disabilities and other needs and we encourage candidates to discuss any programme adjustments they need.
Candidates need to identify their disability and other needs in their application. We request candidates who have existing Study Needs Assessments to include this with documents required at interview.
For candidates who do not have a Study Needs Assessment, we request a self-assessment checklist is completed prior to induction. If the score indicates the candidate may have additional needs, they will be given the opportunity to be assessed by a qualified specialist teacher who may make recommendations.
Following this, a Study Needs Agreement is put in place, outlining what the trainee & teaching team will do to support their study and meet their needs.
Candidates with a declared disability may be eligible for additional financial support through the student loans company. Eligibility may be assessed via a Disabled Students’ Allowance assessment centre.
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Pen Green Centre for Children and Their Families
Rockingham Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 1AG
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