Berkshire Teaching Alliance
Primary (with maths specialism) (3CSH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Oxford Brookes University
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk/

Contents

About the course

Our Programme

You will gain Qualified Teacher Status with the option of a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. Our training programme enables you to teach either in a mainstream primary school, a mainstream secondary school or a special school. Whichever route you decide, you will be based either in our lead special school, lead secondary or lead primary school or one of our partner primary or special schools, where the majority of your training will take place. All our training schools are located around the M4 corridor, close to Reading and Newbury with good rail links.

We begin with a series of induction days so that you can meet your fellow trainees and be introduced to key components of your training. You’ll be allocated a ‘host teacher’ (mentor) who will have a leading role in coaching and training you on your journey to gaining QTS. Your mentor will be highly experienced and specifically trained to undertake this important role with you.

As a teacher apprentice, most of your training will be ‘real-time’ in classes, supplemented by regular focused time out of class for specific aspects of your learning. The majority of our trainers are excellent teachers in our alliance schools with Maths a real specialism. BTA will provide additional training for the required Mathematical knowledge and linkage to the regional Maths Hub and BTA Maths network.

Our training programme enables you to teach in Key Stages 1 and 2 (5-11 years). Our lead primary school is Theale C of E Primary School, an outstanding 3-11 Church of England school, with an ASD resource base. Theale is a nationally designated ‘Teaching School’ supporting the professional development of trainee teachers and teachers. Some trainees will be placed in partner primary schools, all of which are ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ with a strong background in training teachers. Our schools have an ethos and learning culture resulting in positive happy children, who love to learn, supportive parents and governors. We are confident you will enjoy being part of the team in our schools.

Through our partner Oxford Brookes University, you will gain QTS to teach in a mainstream primary school, with the option to gain PGCE as a qualification. For more details regarding course content, please see our website: (www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk)

Interview process

Your Application In your application you will need to demonstrate your suitability to join this route into teaching and your passion for educating children and young people.Our partner Oxford Brookes University checks all applications to confirm that entry requirements are met. Those shortlisted will be invited for a selection process.

You will be required to:

  • Deliver a short presentation to a selection panel
  • Complete a handwritten task
  • Lead a maths based learning task with a class of pupils
  • Attend an interview

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • A passion for Maths
  • Confidence, presence and an ability to engage children of all abilities
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Clear commitment to working as part of a professional team
  • Skills to think critically and accept and act on guidance and advice for development
  • Commitment to excellence in education
  • Ability to meet the demands of the training programme
  • Knowledge of current developments in Maths education alongside classroom experience

References and checks We require a minimum of two references: your current employer OR an academic reference if you have left higher education within the last 5 years. You will be required to:

  • Provide original certificates or certified copies of your relevant qualifications.
  • Provide proof of identification: valid passport/EU identity card OR driving licence photo card.
  • Undertake an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with children and young people.

How school placements work

During your course, you have a longer placement in your host school and a second placement in another primary mainstream school, in a contrasting age range, for approximately six weeks. Both schools will have strong Maths expertise. You will have the opportunity to spend time in both our lead SEND and secondary school. In this way you will see first-hand how children and young people develop Maths skills over time, as well as learning directly from a broad range of our staff in all three settings.

We plan a customised, personal training plan for each trainee to run alongside our overall training programme. You’ll spend the majority of the time learning from your mentor in your host school but we make sure you see other experienced teachers in action and attend our central training, where we give your subject knowledge and confidence a boost. You’ll also have time to meet up with your fellow trainees.

Choosing BTA as your training provider means that you will:

  • become part of a community committed to achieving the best for every young person we care for.
  • enjoy excellent facilities in which to learn, supporting your development as a practitioner.
  • have opportunities to take part in a wide variety of professional development activities
  • become a Maths specialist, able to influence how high quality Maths is delivered in all classes
  • work with the highly regarded Oxford Brookes University as our partner HEI provider.
  • have the option to gain either Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) or a Post Graduate Certificate of Education
  • by the end of your training, assume a leading role in planning and delivering learning, although you will not have sole responsibility for learners until you gain QTS.
  • have a trained mentor guiding your learning and providing support and continuity across placements
  • benefit from placements in contrasting settings and phases; developing your skills to a high level to become an effective teacher.
  • learn how to reflect critically on your practice enabling you to meet the needs of learners effectively and progress quickly in your career.

Fees

The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

£9250 for PGCE & QTS and £7250 for QTS only

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.

Financial support from the training provider

If you have a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD a £6,000 bursary is available for trainees. To receive the bursary, you’ll need an A level in maths at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Requirements

Qualifications

Entry Requirements for fee paying training in mainstream primary and special schools:

  • A UK honours degree or a NARIC recognised equivalent qualification at 2.2 or above

  • Grade B or above in A level Maths

  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English, Maths and Science

  • All teachers are expected to be competent in fundamental English and Mathematics skills by the completion of ITT. As well as taking account of current qualifications of applicants, an initial basic skills assessment test will form part of the ITT interview process.

Personal qualities

Our Requirements You will have:

  • A passion to educate children of all abilities
  • Confidence, presence and an ability to engage children
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A clear commitment to working as part of a professional team
  • Skills to think critically and accept and act on guidance and advice for development
  • Commitment to excellence in education
  • Ability to meet the demands of the training programme
  • Some knowledge of current educational issues and evidence of classroom experience

Other requirements

We require a minimum of two references: one should be your current employer OR an academic reference if you have left higher education within the last 5 years.

You will be required to:

  • Provide original certificates or certified copies of your relevant qualifications.

  • Provide proof of identification: valid passport/EU identity card OR driving licence photo card.

  • Undertake an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with children and young people.

  • All applicants will be required to confirm that they have the health and physical capacity to start training and to teach.

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About the training provider

Berkshire Teaching Alliance (BTA) is a large and growing successful Schools Direct Provider in the Reading and West Berkshire area. We have both salaried and fee paying training places available in our primary and secondary programmes.

Across our alliance of schools who offer a range of subject specialisms including Maths, we have a proven track record of successfully training and employing, teachers. We’ve utilised all the expertise in our schools to create our own unique ITT programme.

Our lead school is an outstanding cross-phase special school and all of our partner schools are rated as outstanding or good. We passionately believe in a ‘grow your own’ philosophy. When you train with BTA, highly rated recently by Ofsted, we believe that we are investing in your development and we have a strong track record of employing our trainees. We see you as our future - future teachers, future colleagues; future school leaders.

Your training programme with BTA is rooted in learning how to teach and manage behaviour effectively. Our central training will boost your already strong subject knowledge in your chosen area(s) and ensure that you understand children’s developmental stages and how this influences the way children and young people learn. Our training programme is both practical and innovative, making full use of evidence based teaching strategies to help you progress rapidly. Uniquely, with BTA, you can experience teaching across several educational contexts and phases, preparing you for success in primary, (www.berkshireteaching alliance.co.uk) secondary mainstream (www.denefield.org.uk) or special school settings (brookfieldsschool.org).

About the accredited body

For trainees wishing to gain PGCE, the prestigious higher education provider, Oxford Brookes University (OBU) will deliver your training flexibly over twelve sessions during your training year with us. OBU are highly rated by Ofsted and have a proven track record in successfully training teachers.

For trainees wishing to achieve Qualified Teacher Status only (QTS) ongoing assessment of trainees will be conducted by the host school in conjunction with BTA and verified and moderated by external assessors from Oxford Brookes University.

The PGCE module will be assessed by Oxford Brookes University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As an employer with a passion for ensuring all pupils and staff are treated in accordance with the Equalities Act 2010, you will find a provider who ensures equal access to opportunity through high quality resources, training materials, placements and course work.

We offer a comfortable accessible training facility, parking on site and strong pastoral support.

All our training schools are located around the M4 corridor, close to Reading and Newbury with good rail links.

BTA’s strong moral compass underpins everything that we do. We believe that every student, regardless of ability or background, can succeed. If you feel this way too, then our programme will be the right one for you.

Contact details

Email
cbernie@brookfields.w-berks.sch.uk
Telephone
01189 421382
Website
http://www.berkshireteachingalliance.co.uk/
Address
Berkshire Teaching Alliance
Brookfields School, Sage Road
Reading
Berkshire
RG31 6SW

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