Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education Primary with science (M441)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://knste-shaw.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education foregrounds evidence informed practice. Centre-based sessions are, whenever possible led by school based colleagues in one of our teaching classrooms, either at Kidsgrove Primary School (ST7 4DJ) or Seabridge Primary School (ST5 3PJ). All our classrooms are set up for young children to be taught within as well as yourselves. The rooms are fully equipped and you will have access to an extensive set of resources to support all curriculum areas within early years, primary and special needs education.

Whilst our programmes train you to become a General Primary Practitioner, we also offer specialisms. Our specialisms include, Early Years, English and Performing Arts, Geography and History, Mathematics (specialism NOT specialist), Physical Education, Science and Art and Design.

If you are interested in applying for our part-time option, you will need to select this at the point of application. This route is known as our Flexible Route and takes place over two years. If in doubt, just contact us on either 01782 782159 or via email.

Reflecting on how science influences our lives and the lives of others is a key aspect of primary children’s learning in this discipline. The science specialism focuses on developing your understanding of how to develop scientific enquiry with young people. You will carefully consider how best to enable children to develop ideas from evidence by ‘working scientifically’. You will reflect on how best to empower your learners to create, consider and evaluate evidence so that they can develop reasoned ideas from their data and findings.

Through practice-based sessions that carefully consider both pedagogy and curriculum, we will inspire you to think about the significance of science in the primary phase. We will also enable you to think carefully about progression, assessment and curriculum organisation.

School placements

We work closely with our partnership of schools. You will be able to benefit from placements in two of these setting; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering your pupils an appropriately high quality curriculum, one that both engages and excites them.

If you are on the Early Years specialism or our SEND pathway then your first placement will be in an EY or SEND environment and your second placement will be in a mainstream primary school.

Placement schools are carefully selected for you, and may involve some travel. Across the course we endeavour to minimise travel, though you may have to travel for up to an hour from your home address - note that we do not pay travel expenses.

During the ‘Foundation Phase’ you attend the SCITT for two days and your school for three days. The Foundation Phase is a gradual introduction into teaching and learning. You will then build up to a teaching commitment of 50% of a class timetable. Individual timetables will vary, but in terms of proportions, the following is a guide. Approximately 25% English, 25% Maths, 25% Science and 25% Foundation subjects (preferably including your specialism, if appropriate).

Your second placement is undertaken in a different school, following successful completion of your first placement. During this final placement, you will benefit from being ‘in class’ 75% of the time, 60% will involve you in leading teaching and 10% - 15% can be team teaching and/or small group work.

In your very final weeks your perentage teaching time will increase to be equivalent to the expectations of an Early Career Teacher so that you are truly job ready. In these final few weeks there may be the opportunity for you to undertake an enrichment placement that enables you to develop a particular aspect of your teaching.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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.

Personal qualities

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education seeks candidates who are passionate about the transformative power of education and who are reflective and resilient people. We value candidates who are well-organised and who relate well to others. A strong feature of the course is the collaborative community that forms between the trainees and between our schools. Your peers will form a bedrock of support as you realise your ambition to become an excellent and informed Early Career Teacher. We are able to offer support, in addition to that provided by your Appropriate Body in your first year of teaching.

Other requirements

  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory.
  • A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the SCITT partnership.
  • If you are applying for either our Primary or SEND programmes, prior experience is not required but can be beneficial to you in helping you to decide whether teaching is for you. If you would welcome such an opportunity do get in touch with us or look out for our ‘Teacher Taster Days’.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,250.

You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.

The course length for full time study is 1 year.

The fee for the full time course is £8250.

A flexible route is also available for this course.

The course length for the flexible route is 2 years.

The fee for the flexible route is £5750 for the first year of study and £4750 for the second year.

About the training provider

KNSTE is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider that has a partnership of over 120 schools who work closely with Shaw Education Trust to offer high quality teacher education. Our SCITT is made up of primary, special and middle schools and compromises a mixture of large and small, urban and rural, faith schools, local authority and academy settings

Ours is an innovative course which is now available as a both a full time or two year flexible course. You will come to us with different talents, attributes and experience and we will seek to develop these in relation to early years, primary and special school pedagogy.

In 2017, we were recognised as being an ‘outstanding’ provider by Ofsted. They stated that, “leaders…leave no stone unturned in ensuring that trainees receive the high quality support and challenge they require to be successful teachers.”

On successful completion of all of our courses you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). On the QTS + PGCE route you will also gain a Keele University Postgraduate or Professional Certificate of Education.

Interview process

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education co-ordinates recruitment across the partnership. Initially we review your application to ensure that you meet our entry requirements and that your personal statement reflects the capabilities and experiences that we are looking for. If your application meets these stringent criteria then you will be invited to an interview day which will take place online and then in one of our partnership schools.

You will be hosted by both a member of the SCITT team and a senior school-based colleague. During the afternoon interview session you will be invited to teach a 15 minute learning sequence to a class that relates to your specialism or pathway.

We recognise that this is a demanding process. It is one that involves considerable commitment from you. Our experience suggests that this rigorous process enables us to best match applicants to the places available.

Ours is an intense, high quality programme and we need to both assure ourselves, and give you the confidence, that you are best placed to make the most of the opportunities that we have an offer. As a former trainee said ‘The course gives you amazing learning opportunities. The staff really help you to gain an understanding of all aspects of teaching, and the wider aspects of school life.’ This is something that we provide ourselves in.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

It is a privilege for us to be working in a diverse region with exceptional teachers who value supporting trainees who also come to us with a range of prior experiences and needs. We enable you to take as seriously as ourselves issues related to inclusion, equity and social justice. Keele University and our school based teaching rooms have full access. Applicants who would benefit from additional support in relation to access should let us know on their application so that we can facilitate appropriate placements. We regularly support trainees with a variety of needs including for example dyslexia and dyspraxia, and find that they are able to thrive on our course. At the start of the programme you will all have the opportunity to disclose any needs that they may have so that the appropriate support can be put into place.

Your mental health and wellbeing is a prime concern of ours. On the course you will be enabled to support others and so we will ensure that you are aware of how we can help you to meet your own needs so that you can thrive and enjoy our amazing profession.

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher have a Deputy Director who is pleased to be responsible for student welfare and also acts as the enabling coordinator. She can assist students in accessing the various excellent support services offered by Keele University. More information can be found at Student Support

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@knste-shaw.org.uk
Telephone
01782 432537
Website
http://knste-shaw.org.uk
Address
KNSTE, Seabridge Primary School
Roe Lane
Newcastle under Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 3PJ

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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