Academies Enterprise Trust: West Midlands English (Z370)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
ARK Teacher Training
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://sites.google.com/aetschools.org/itt/

Contents

Course summary

AET is partnered with Ark Teacher Training, an Ofsted outstanding training provider.

Ark utilises a highly ambitious and coherently sequenced curriculum to provide the best possible teacher training.

Over the course of the year you will receive regular, high-quality training from tutors and mentors to support your development towards becoming a great teacher of your subject. School-based mentors are experienced colleagues, who are trained to use the most effective coaching techniques to support the application of trainees’ new learning into practice.

As an AET trainee you will also receive regular trust-wide learning and development which draws upon experts from across our network of 57 schools. You will be part of our national AET trainee community providing opportunities to collaborate, learn from best practice and have access to a network of support. We will support you to become brilliant educators and in time, leaders within our network - we offer unrivalled career opportunities for professional growth. Everyone who successfully completes their first year will be offered a contract within our network.

As part of the course you will:

Have a 5 day school orientation experience (SOE): before your course starts, spend time in your school meeting your colleagues and interacting with pupils so you can hit the ground running in September!

Join our mandatory summer School: all new trainees come together for two weeks in August (7th - 18th) for an introduction to the programme, our schools and the principles of great teaching. You’ll also cover the essential elements of behaviour management. The summer school sets up trainees for success, so you are fully prepared for teaching from September.

Have weekly coaching and learning to plan: every week you’ll be observed by your in-school coach, so they can offer you positive feedback and bite-sized improvement targets.

Be allocated a trained lead planner who will help you create effective lessons, developing your planning skills and giving you the opportunity to ask detailed subject -knowledge questions.

Attend weekly training: in-person/virtual training sessions with your tutors/peers.

The training programme itself is school-based and you will spend half a day every week in a session with your Ark tutor and other trainees from the network.

School placements

You’ll obtain experience in different schools throughout the year; you will work full time in one school, but you will have a three week placement in an alternative school and will also have the opportunity to visit other educational settings.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Academies Enterprise Trust: Four Dwellings Academy
Dwellings Ln, , Quinton,, Birmingham, B32 1RJ
No
Academies Enterprise Trust: Greenwood Academy
Farnborough Road, Birmingham, B35 7NL
Yes
Academies Enterprise Trust: Tamworth Enterprise College
B77, Birds Bush Rd, Tamworth, UK, B77 2NE
Yes
Academies Enterprise Trust: The Rawlett School
Comberford Road, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 9AA
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

www.equivalencytesting.com

www.astarequivalency.co.uk

Other requirements

Any qualifications obtained overseas will need to be ENIC checked for comparability.

If offered a place, you will be expected to provide original qualification certificates and right to work documentation as part of the assessment process.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Student finance is available if you’re eligible plus an additional support from AET

About the training provider

Academies Enterprise Trust is one of the largest networks of schools in England with 57 schools across the UK.

We believe that the achievement gap across our system is a provision gap and every child has an entitlement to an excellent education in every classroom, every day. We understand that getting it right in every classroom every day is hard, but it’s also the single most important thing that we do.

Our people are our single greatest resource and we want to make sure we are creating the optimum environment and conditions so that everyone in AET can do their very best work. We will only deliver on our promise of excellence for all of our children if we attract, develop and retain the very best talent in the country and surround them with exceptional development throughout their careers.

We want people on our team who are excited by scale and the prospect of having a deep and lasting impact on the lives of thousands of children. We also want people who are intellectually rigorous, stay curious, and generous enough to be committed to the messy challenge of collaboration.

In joining the Trust in your training year you will have the opportunity to make a transformational impact in the communities in which you work. Whatever your area of expertise,if you have the right skills and outlook, AET is an excellent place to develop your career.

To make your next move a career-defining opportunity, choose to train with us.

About the accredited body

Ark Teacher Training is an Outstanding programme that allows graduates and career changers to become highly-effective, inspiring teachers, learning from some of the best educators in the profession.

Ark Teacher Training works in low income areas with a history of academic underachievement, striving for the best outcomes for all our pupils, regardless of their background.

You’ll be working full time in the school from September so you can have an impact straight away. Your tutor and coach will support you to build up your independent teaching time during the year.

Interview process

First stage - telephone interview

Second stage - school interview

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us and the accrediting provider know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact this training provider

Email
ittrecruitment@academiesenterprisetrust.org
Telephone
02039475689
Website
https://sites.google.com/aetschools.org/itt/
Address
Academies Enterprise Trust
3rd Floor, 183 Eversholt Street
London
NW1 1BU

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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