Castle Newnham works in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire to provide you with a course that has a predominantly professional focus. You will undertake placements in two different schools and spend one week in a primary setting during your training. You will be supported throughout by a skilled, energetic and dedicated Creative Arts team and an experienced mentor.
Each Friday is spent at the University of Bedfordshire alongside other PGCE students.
The Castle Newnham Performing Arts department consists of 4 teachers and a technician / theatre director. Castle Newnham believe the arts are integral to a child’s education and our all-through performing arts provision promotes this by delivering drama, dance and music lessons to both primary and secondary phases in the school - with the addition of film studies at KS4. Our co-curricular programme is extensive with a vast range of clubs and enrichment activities. The department also produces two full scale productions annually with our in-house theatre company - multiple productions have gone on to win regional awards in youth production.
Over the year you will have two placements. You will spend four days per week in your school placement and Fridays are spent at The University of Bedfordshire with other PGCE trainee teachers.
One of your placements will be at Castle Newnham School.
At Castle Newnham School, teaching staff work in primary or secondary teams. We are firmly committed to developing the skills of all our staff and we are the lead school in the training partnership (Schools Direct) with the University of Bedfordshire.
We hold weekly teaching and learning briefings to which all staff make a contribution to ensure we include evidence, research and debate in our practice
Applicants must possess, or be working towards a minimum of 2:2 Honours degree in Music - or demonstrate through their degree transcript, sufficient subject knowledge to start the course.
All applicants must have GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics. Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C/4 English language must have a valid IELTS certificate with an average score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each area.)
You need to be enthusiastic and dedicated with great subject knowledge and the ability to enthuse pupils.
It is important that your application is presented in an accurate and professional manner. Your personal statement is your opportunity to provide your reasons for wishing to pursue a career in teaching, to mention any additional skills you may have and to reflect on your experiences.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.
For fee details contact admissions at The University of Bedfordshire
Our partnership includes a group of very successful and growing secondary schools and a number of very well established primary schools. Each school has great experience in supporting trainees and new entrants to the profession and each is staffed by dedicated, ambitious and supportive colleagues. Trainees will find themselves well supported and with access to innovative practice and high-quality professional development.
Why choose the Newnham Partnership?
Our partnership has been built on ambition - for our pupils and for our staff - and this includes our trainees. Our schools are expanding and developing and always keen to recruit the very best new teachers to work with our wonderful pupils.
Our trainees strongly recommend the course on the basis of the training they receive, as well as the feeling of being part of a warm and supportive partnership.
Rated in the top 25% of ITT providers by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2017/18, with outstanding employment rates.
School interviews take place at Castle Newnham School with social distancing in place. You will be able to meet members of staff, see our facilities and ask any questions you might have about the course.
The university part of the interview will consist of webinars and video interviews to replace face to face methods during COVID19 - please apply as normal. It will consist of an introductory talk, followed by a group activity and finally a personal interview.
University lecturers and representatives from partnership schools will conduct the interviews. Subject knowledge across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 will be explored at your interview to help set you subject knowledge development targets ahead of the start of the course.
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