Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership Primary (3-7) (AW47)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Exeter
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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.dartmoormat.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

  • Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of children?

  • Do you want to train with a Trust that prides itself on supporting and developing its staff?

  • Do you want the opportunity to gain practical experience in a range of diverse schools?

  • Do you want to make the best possible start to your career in teaching?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then read on!

Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust is pleased to lead the Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership.

Our School Direct Primary (3-7) PGCE with QTS course is delivered through the University of Exeter Distance Learning Programme.

This route is for primary teachers who wish to specialise early years and key stage one.

Okehampton Primary is our lead school for this programme. The course is delivered by high experienced and knowledgeable primary and early years teachers and specialists from the Dartmoor Multi Academy trust and our wider partnership.

As a 3-7 years specialist primary teacher, you will play a vital role in children’s development. You’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s education, well-being and creativity; opening young minds to new concepts through rich and practical learning experiences. Trainees who are undertaking the Primary 3-7 route will train alongside our 5-11 Primary trainees, but will also receive specialist input from our early years and key stage 1 colleagues.

Typically, trainees will spend one day a week at Okehampton Primary, taking part in training workshops which model the principles of effective teaching and build on the University of Exeter programme. Three days a week will be spent in your placement school, where you will be supported by a team of experienced teachers and gain first-hand teaching experience. A fifth day will be allocated to completion of the PGCE element of the course, which is delivered by the University of Exeter through their online Distance Learning programme.

Trainees’ main placements will be in early years and key stage 1. Trainees will also gain experience in Key Stage 2.

We can offer placements in a wide range of schools. To find out more about Okehampton Primary School click HERE

School placements

Trainees’ main placements will be in early years and key stage 1.

We aim to place trainees in schools across Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust or in one of the primary schools affiliated with Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership. We are proud to offer a diverse range of placement options including large schools, small village schools and church schools.

How placements are decided

We will aim to best accommodate the applicant’s preferences when allocating placement schools. There are 14 primary schools within the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust. We also work in partnership with other schools in the area. Although trainees are expected to travel to the schools with whom they have been matched, we endeavour to minimise travel distance where possible.

Placement Structure

School based training is an important part of our course. During the year you will work in 2 schools (a main placement and an ‘alternative placement’)

  • Main placement: September-December + March-June
  • Alternative 6-week placement: January-February

Placement Trainee Provision During main and alternative placements, trainees will be allocated an experienced teacher to lead their training within the classroom. They will work alongside the teacher to plan, deliver and assess teaching and learning as well as gaining experience in all aspects of primary and early years teaching.

Placement schools also provide a school-based mentor who will guide the trainee towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

In addition, Exeter University allocate a tutor to each trainee. The tutor visits trainees in school and provides support for the PGCE distance learning programme.

We also provide trainees with the opportunity to experience key stage 2 teaching in one of our Trust schools.

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.

Other requirements

Entry to the course is conditional on:

  • Graduate or equivalent status. An honours degree of 2:2 or above. Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above or equivalent (or for GCSEs taken from Summer 2017 onwards, grade 4 or above)

  • Selection based on the information provided on the Teacher Training application

  • Selection based on a successful interview

  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory

  • Safer recruitment checks - A completed Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by the University

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 £19,500

About the training provider

Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust is pleased to lead the Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership. Working in collaboration with both the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marjon University, we have years of experience of offering a range high-quality primary teacher training routes – including tuition fee and employment based. Our programme nurtures the teachers of tomorrow and the leaders of the future.

We’re a forward-thinking family of 17 primary and secondary schools with over 5000 children and young people and over 720 staff. Our mission’s to provide the highest possible quality of education, so that all pupils, regardless of their background, are able to succeed and flourish. We’re committed to the development of all our staff; with opportunities for everyone connected to the Trust to grow and develop and therefore fulfil their ambitions. Learn more by visiting https://www.dartmoormat.org.uk/

There are many reasons to train with us:

  • We offer high quality placements and excellent taught provision; equipping you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience to make a positive start to your career.

  • Diverse range of placements. Within our Trust there are 14 primary schools. We also work in partnership with other schools in the area.

  • Every effort is made to match trainees to placement schools that will develop their skills as a teacher.

  • Guaranteed interview for Early Career Teacher positions within our Trust.

  • Values-centred training: We are passionately committed to the values of co-operative schools that put people at the centre of everything we do.

Interview process

Applications are reviewed by the Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership and the University of Exeter. Applicants will be contacted by phone or email shortly after we receive an application to discuss interview arrangements.

Interviews are usually conducted at Okehampton Primary School. The 2-hour process consists of a panel interview, a teaching episode and a written task designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their aptitude for teaching.

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

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services web page HERE

PGCE trainees are assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

We always seek to support teachers for whom special educational needs could be a barrier to teaching. We will openly discuss the accessibility of our courses and indeed various partner schools in terms of training.

Contact this training provider

Email
shuxen@dmatschools.org.uk
Telephone
01837 52866
Website
https://www.dartmoormat.org.uk/
Address
Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust
Mill Rd, Okehampton
Okehampton
Devon
EX20 1PW

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service 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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