Windsor Teaching Alliance
PGCE with QTS, full time or part time
- Accredited body
- The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead SCITT
- Financial support
- Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
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
- 8 October 2019
- Date course starts
- September 2020
About the course
The Training Programme consists of three modules; Planning for Progression, Comparative Study and Understanding the Professional Role. Trainees divide their time between school placements and central training.
Trainees are employed by the schools and can teach up to a 90% timetable. However, schools will ensure support and mentorship is clearly in place to help build up to this.
Central training takes place once a week in school training rooms throughout the Alliance. This training is carried out by Local Authority and SCITT Advisers, Headteachers/Leading Practitioners and Bucks New University lecturers. Training covers subject knowledge and generic elements of teaching such as Behaviour Management, Inclusion and Assessment.
Trainees will be assessed for QTS passing with Outstanding, Good etc. This will be assessed through teaching observations and a portfolio of evidence related to the Teaching Standards.
The PG Cert is assessed pass/fail through the three modules:
Module 1 - Planning for Progression (Terms 1 & 2)
Individual presentation 30%
Assignment - pupil development study 3000 words 70%
Module 2 - Comparative Study (Terms 3 & 4)
Assignment - comparative study 4000 words 100%
Module 3 - Understanding the Professional Role (Terms 5 & 6)
Group Presentation 30%
Assignment - Reflective account and portfolio of evidence 70%
Applicants will need to demonstrate any relevant experience of working with children or within education.
Applicants will need to show their passion and dedication to entering the teaching profession.
Applicants will need to explain any other relevant or transferable skills and experiences.
Applicants need to show an awareness of current educational practice.
All schools within the consortium are involved in shortlisting, interviewing and selecting the trainees.
Headteachers are looking for the main key areas highlighted in the application section.
Interviews will take place within an Alliance school by a panel of Headteachers and will involve a whole class teaching activity, a presentation and a written task.
Applicants selected for interview will be required to complete the Borough Equal Opportunities and Disclosure proforma.
Applicants successful following interview will be required to undergo an on line Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before going into school.
How school placements work
Trainees are based in a Lead School for four days a week for five terms. There is also a six week second school placement in a contrasting environment.
The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Mathematics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
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.
It is preferred that applicants have a degree level of 2:1 or above in the subject they are applying to teach.
Applicants are required to have English and Maths GCSE grade C or above or equivalency before applying.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with children, has a thirst for learning and is showing an insight into current educational practices. We also seek individuals with a strong subject knowledge in their chosen field.
We would like to see evidence of any organisational and communication skills from previous employment as well as a commitment to the programme.
It is desirable to have spent some time in schools to learn more about education in practice. We are also interested in individuals’ other attributes, knowledge or transferable skills related to working with young people or within education eg. youth centre, scout/guide group, church or voluntary organisation.
About the training provider
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) has been a successful Initial Teacher Training provider of salaried route for both secondary and primary trainees since 2002.
RBWM SCITT work in partnership with Bucks New University (BNU) based in High Wycombe. Trainees graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Practice (PG Cert) this is 60 Masters credits equivalent to a third of a Masters.
The RBWM SCITT works with the Windsor Teaching Alliance of First Schools, Middle Schools and Upper Schools.
We also have a history of working with Independent Schools and welcome applications from this sector. There are also places available to work with Schools in other neighbouring Local Authorities.
Since 2009 100% of trainees have gained QTS and 100% have gained employment. In 2017-2018 100% of trainees gained employment in The Royal Borough or surrounding areas.
RBWM SCITT is based within the Early Years and Childcare Advisory Service at Maidenhead Town Hall, giving us excellent access to a wide range of expertise, including Strategic School Leadership, Educational Advisers and Consultants. RBWM Initial Teacher
About the accredited body
Training was inspected by Ofsted in May 2013 and was graded Good in all areas:
‘The Partnership has a clear vision for excellence that translates as a strong desire to develop excellent teachers and future leaders for its own schools’ (Ofsted May 2013) ‘The excellent knowledge local authority tutors have about local schools, and the very close relationship between the Local Authority and schools in the Partnership, which provide a very strong context for training teachers’ (Ofsted May 2013).
Training with disabilities and other needs
All schools within the local authority have an accessiblity plan ensuring access for all sites.
Having worked with dyslexic trainees in the past we are able to provide for their individual needs following appropriate assessments.
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