St Mary’s CofE Primary School Primary (2VFG)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Teaching London: LDBS SCITT
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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.stmarysn8.co.uk

Contents

About the course

You will attend centre-based training in Kilburn one day per week, with additional visits to alternative schools. Taught sessions are wide-ranging and thorough, ensuring that you have the confidence and competence to plan and teach creatively to meet the needs of all pupils. Tutors are experts in their field, offering informative and practical sessions which you can immediately apply to your own classroom practice. Sessions include:

  • Subject knowledge and related pedagogy
  • Child development
  • Theories of learning
  • Assessment and Planning
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Academic Studies for the PGCE
  • Developing a working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum (NC)
  • Voice coaching and classroom presence

You also have two focus weeks:

  • ‘SEND Week’: developing increasing awareness of aspects of SEND and how to provide an inclusive learning environment
  • ‘Creative Curriculum Week’: exploring creative and imaginative approaches to teaching, which maximise cross curricular links and contextualise learning

You spend 4 days per week in your base school. A second, 6 week, placement is undertaken in a contrasting setting and age phase. There is also the opportunity to apply for an enhancement placement in a SEND setting.

You will be observed teaching each week and targets set by your school based Mentor. You will also be visited by a Teaching London Link Tutor, and keep teaching files and evidence of your progress. You take on increasing responsibility for planning and teaching, up to 80% by the Summer Term. To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards is assessed at 6 review points across the year.

To be awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you need to pass two written assignments at Master’s Level. Classroom-based research for the first assignment is carried out during the Autumn Term and submitted at the beginning of Spring. Classroom-based research for the second assignment is carried out during the Spring 2 term and submitted at the beginning of Summer. There is also a presentation for this assignment in Spring.

School placements

Candidates apply to the Lead school but you could be placed in any of the schools within that partnership, in negotiation between you and the School. Second placements are selected by the Lead school and Teaching London to ensure that you have experience of a contrasting age phase and setting. We aim to ensure that trainees do not have to travel for longer than an hour to their placement schools.

You select the age range you would like to teach; either Early Years 3-7 Years, with placements in EYFS and KS1, or General Primary 5-11 years, which will require placements in KS1 and KS2.

Trainees will have two placements in mainstream schools, with the possible option of an enhancement placement in an SEND setting. Trainees spend the Autumn term, Spring 2 and the Summer term in their base school. Trainees spend Spring 1 in their second placement school (6 weeks).

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Coleridge Primary
Crouch End Hill, London, N8 8DN
Yes
Ferry Lane
Jarrow Road, London, N17 9PP
Yes
Risley Avenue Primary
The Roundway, London, N17 7AB
Yes
Rokesly Junior School
Rokesly Avenue, London, N8 8NH
Yes
St James Church of England Primary
Woodside Avenue, London, N10 3JA
Yes
St John and St James
Grove Street, London, N18 2TL
Yes
St Mary’s CofE Primary
Church Lane, London, N8 7BU
Yes
St Michael’s CofE Primary
Bounds Green Road, London, N22 8HE
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Candidates can choose the provider they use to achieve their GCSE Equivalency qualification. A couple of examples are https://astarequivalency.co.uk/ and https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become Outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
  • Have a positive outlook
  • Are patient and adaptable
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Are friendly and approachable
  • Are passionate about teaching
  • Are creative and imaginative
  • Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
  • Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be made a conditional offer, based on them meeting at least the following standard conditions:

  • a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • a satisfactory Criminal Record Check abroad for relevant countries where the applicant has spent more than 4 weeks travelling or working abroad
  • a satisfactory “Fitness to teach check”

If you are not a British national, you must ensure via UK Visas and Immigration that you are eligible to work and study in the UK and, if necessary, have received any required visas or permits before training begins.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Trainees are responsible for paying the £9,250 tuition fee for the course. Trainees are generally eligible for maintenance and tuition fee loans, but this should be clarified with Student Finance. In addition, you will also be eligible for other benefits such as student travel/oyster card, student discounts and exemption from paying council tax.

About the training provider

St Mary’s is based on two sites in Hornsey, with excellent facilities, green space, a football pitch and a pond.

We are a large, skilled staff with a very strong sense of family. We strive for the best so that children feel secure, inspired, supported and confident. We want all children to have the opportunity to realise their special talents and abilities. We foster strong partnerships with families so that parents and carers can be actively involved in all areas of their children’s learning and development.

We aim to show our children the importance of tolerance, understanding and mutual respect within our diverse community. We have built strong links so that our children are able to work and learn in the wider local environment and help to contribute to the area in which they live.

About the accredited body

An Outstanding provider (Ofsted: 2017), Teaching London puts pupils at the heart of your training. The depth and breadth of our programme enables you to gain the confidence and competence to develop into a highly skilled, responsive teacher. Exciting, interactive and rigorous centre-based sessions will inform your classroom practice, led by inspiring and experienced tutors. Your growth as a reflective practitioner is underpinned by the PGCE element, routed in school-based and current research.

Training teachers for 20+ years, we are highly effective in our role with 76% of trainees graded as Outstanding at the end of their training in 2017-18.

Interview process

Successful candidates will be invited to interview by the Lead School. Interviews are conducted by the Headteachers of the Lead and Partnership School and a representative of Teaching London.

The interview:

  • You will be required to plan and teach a short lesson for a given topic and selected age group. You will be observed to assess your potential for working with children.
  • You will also be required to undertake a formal Interview with the panel
  • You will complete maths and English tasks.

All elements of the interview process are used to establish candidates’ suitability and potential for ITT. Outcomes for successful candidates are used to inform initial targets in preparation for their training year.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a lead school we have the facilities and the expertise to support applicants with a range of disabilities and would encourage those interested in becoming a teacher to get in contact.

Teaching London: LDBS SCITT has a degree of step-free access, but as the building was a Victorian school, we are unable to fully accommodate wheelchair access. We are always willing to discuss, and where possible, adapt to meet individual needs.

The well-being of our trainees is paramount, which is why you will be automatically enrolled into the Employee Assistance Programme with the Education Support Partnership. This provides 24/7 individual support and counselling, in addition to our in-house advice and support.

We also have experience in supporting trainees with a diagnosis of dyslexia and are able to offer specialist support on the course.

Contact this training provider

Email
admin@teachinglondon.org
Telephone
02079321126
Website
http://www.stmarysn8.co.uk
Address
Church Lane
London
London
N8 7BU

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