Southam Teaching Alliance Primary (E225)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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.southamcollege.com/teaching-school

Contents

About the course

The Primary programme is offered in a partnership between Southam Teaching School, Bishops Itchington Primary School, (Bishops Itchington), Temple Herdewyke Primary School, (Temple Herdewyke), Byfield Primary School (Byfield) Rokeby Primary School (Rugby), St Lawrence C of E Primary School (Napton) , Stockton Primary School (Stockton) and the University of Warwick. It is a high-quality programme of professional education, leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) and Master’s level credits. The course aims to develop you into a highly reflective practitioner, able to adapt and respond to changes in settings and national educational contexts, and able to take responsibility for your ongoing professional development in preparation for future leadership.

On the School Direct programme, the taught programme is approximately 35 days at the University of Warwick, and you’ll spend the remainder of your time in school. Time in school is organised into two placements over the three school terms.

In school, you will directly observe pupils as they learn and teachers as they teach, as well as trying out ideas in practice in classrooms for yourself. The course is designed to ensure that your experience in schools complements and builds on what is addressed at the University. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have the opportunity for independent study. You will be assessed through written master’s level assignments spread across the year, which are aimed to assess your professional and subject specific learning. You’ll also be assessed on whether you meet the Teachers’ Standards at a level appropriate for a newly qualified teacher.

School placements

During your training year, you will spend the majority of time in one school with a second later in the year. This is to give you a contrasting experience of schools and an opportunity to work with different learners and different practitioners from different schools.

We partner with 6 primary schools to deliver Primary School Direct placements all within a 20 mile radius of Southam Teaching School.

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

We are looking for individuals who are motivated, enthusiastic and have a passion for working with young people. Teaching is full of challenges and rewards and the best teachers can nurture students to their full potential.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,055

About the training provider

Southam College is the lead school for the recently established ‘Southam Teaching Alliance’, based in Coventry and Warwickshire. We work closely as an alliance of secondary and primary schools with the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester as our HE partners. Southam College is an 11-18 school set in the heart of rural Warwickshire with 1650 students on roll, 313 of who are in the Sixth Form. As a result of our strong reputation, based upon outstanding achievement, wide ranging extracurricular opportunities and an ethos of support and care, the school continues to be oversubscribed.

Our last Ofsted report (March 2014) graded the school as outstanding, building upon the outstanding report of 2011. We have used this accolade to spur us on to reaching even higher standards in everything that we do. This is inclusive of raising student achievement, providing a wider range of memorable experience and developing the quality of learning and teaching. In addition, we have continued to improve our facilities with the building of a new Science block and state of the art Music block.

Southam College was in the top 10% of schools nationally for Grade 9-4 GCSE results in 2019. 100% of our Sixth Form students gained A*-E in 2019.

There is a strong, supportive mentoring network at Southam College to support initial teacher training. We invest in our trainees from day 1 and seek to provide them with a sustained career in teaching.

Interview process

Interviews for Primary School Direct will be held in one of our base primary schools, You will be interviewed by the head teacher of the primary school and the Head of Southam Teaching School. You will receive a tour of the school and have the opportunity to ask questions about the school. You will be asked to prepare a 20 minute micro teach (you will be sent full details beforehand to help you prepare) and this is followed by a formal interview. During your day, you will also be asked to complete a numeracy and literacy focused task to assess the functional competencies required for a school setting.

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

To support candidates with disabilities and other needs we assess how we can help on an individual basis. Southam College is an equal opportunities employer and we will seek to support trainees with additional needs wherever possible.

Contact this training provider

Email
STA@welearn365.com
Telephone
01926 812560
Website
http://www.southamcollege.com/teaching-school
Address
Southam College
Welsh Road West
Southam
Warwickshire
CV47 0JW

Support and advice

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