Cranford Community College Computing (H899)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Lampton LWA SCITT
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://cranford.hounslow.sch.uk

Contents

Course summary

The School Direct 11-16 course is aimed at developing the professional skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become an outstanding reflective practitioner equipped with the subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding to teach computer science, IT and digital literacy across the 11-16 age range.

Embedded in a school from the beginning of the course, you will receive central training at the SCITT one day a week, enabling you to make immediate links between taught sessions and school experience. These are delivered by outstanding current practitioners with the support of experienced and specially trained school mentors. The course is active and demanding, including simulations of classroom activities, group sessions and exploring the latest research in pedagogy.

The course is supported by the expertise of Roehampton University who provide teaching and academic support for a PGCE (M), library access and taught sessions by subject tutors. Written assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in computer science teaching and learning and to research an aspect of your practice in school.

Trainees join the course with a variety of computing/IT degrees and backgrounds. At the start of the course you will complete a personal subject knowledge audit and begin an action plan to build on your subject knowledge. This is an important thread running through the programme.

In addition to the primary focus of the course on teaching computer science for the 11-16 curriculum, you will have access to a post 16 curriculum, an experience at primary school and a second placement in a contrasting school. By the end of the course you will have learnt how to develop and extend your pupils’ competence in all its forms, how to organise, structure and assess work for a range of abilities and ages, how to meet the needs of individual learners and how to implement strategies promoting equal opportunities.

School placements

During the training year trainees will teach in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will be spend the majority of the year in 1 Partner School (where they were interviewed). The 2nd placement is for the duration of 5 weeks, whereby trainees will be placed in a contrasting school.

Most of the Partnership Schools are located within a few miles from the Lead School. Our Partner Schools have excellent public transport links including buses and the National Rail network (underground and overground). Full directions to the schools in the Partnership can be found on their websites. Central London is within easy reach.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in computing or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who have a passion for both their subject and for working with young people. You should share Cranford’s vision of Excellence in all Areas and Transforming a Community and be willing to contribute to wider school life. Successful candidates will be:

  • Supportive of the School Ethos
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Motivated, enthusiastic and positive
  • Committed to the progress and well-being of young people
  • Reliable and punctual

Other requirements

All successful applicants will be subject to:-

  • Disclosure Barring Service checks
  • Health and physical capacity to teach
  • Childcare disqualification

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Ofsted judges Cranford Community College to be ‘Good’ – we want you to be part of this success if you are of the right calibre and have potential to grow further. Cranford Community College is located in West London with excellent transport routes and is the lead school in the Cranford Teaching School Alliance. As a trainee, you will be placed either at Cranford or at one of our high quality partner schools.

Our mission is that we are all successful and happy. We have a curriculum that provides ‘additionality’ and develops the full range of skills, preparing young people for success in an increasingly competitive and changing world. We are aspirational and encourage and guide pupils to take practical steps now, whilst at school, to secure a better long term future. We aim to foster a strong moral dimension and ethos throughout the school and its teaching. Cranford is innovative and has developed a diverse curriculum which is adaptable, exciting and embraces positive change and ideas for improvement.

The Cranford Teaching School Alliance and London West Alliance has an excellent track record of success in Initial Teacher Training with outstanding employment rates, professional development and career progression.

About the accredited body

As a previous training school, teaching school, and now as a SCITT, we have been leading innovation in teacher training for 16 years. Our programme is led by highly expert practitioners who are also established researchers in the field of education and teacher development. In addition to QTS, we provide a PGCE with Masters level credits through our partnership with Roehampton University. We have excellent outcomes and employment rates. Trainee satisfaction, as indicated through annual Ofsted surveys, is consistently high with 100% of trainees agreeing/ strongly agreeing that they have been effectively trained and would recommend their training to others.

Interview process

In conjunction with the LWA SCITT, Cranford Community College will co-ordinate the recruitment process.

The interview process will involve a full day spent at Cranford Community College, which is likely to be your main placement school for the duration of the training year.

The recruitment day will include:-

  • Teaching a lesson or working with a group of students which will be observed by a qualified teacher (you will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching)
  • A short presentation (candidates will be given the information prior to the interview for this)
  • Literacy and Numeracy tests
  • Interview (the panel will consist of representatives from the LWA SCITT and the Partner School)
  • There will also be the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils and a tour of the school.

It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available

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

All schools within the Cranford Teaching School Alliance will make suitable adaptations for trainees with disabilities. These include lift access for example and other reasonable adaptations as required.

Candidates who have disabilities or other needs should contact Cranford TSA prior to their application to discussion their needs and the bespoke support that we can provide for them during their initial training year.

The individual Partner Schools and SCITTs which we work with have differing disabled access provisions, so if in doubt please contact Cranfod TSA for more information.

Contact this training provider

Email
ssh-cc@cranford.hounslow.sch.uk
Telephone
0208 897 2001
Website
http://cranford.hounslow.sch.uk
Address
Cranford Community College
High Street
Hounslow
London
TW5 9PD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

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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