Synergy Primary (7-11) (A057)

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

Accredited body
University of East Anglia
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
7 to 11
Course length
38 weeks
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.litchamschool.net/

Contents

Course summary

Our 38-week, full-time PGCE Primary (specialising in Key Stage 2) programme will prepare you to become a general class teacher in the age range 7-11 years, with a specialism in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).

You will undertake two main school placements – one in Lower Key Stage 2 and the other in Upper Key Stage 2, where possible. Our aim is for your placements to be in contrasting schools, giving you a breadth of school-based experience. In Key Stage 2, children become part of a community of learners and show the capacity to make a contribution to society. You will be working with children at this important stage to motivate, inspire and challenge them in their learning.

Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.

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School placements

During the two extensive placements in our partnership schools, you will gain a broad range of practical teaching experience.

You will be placed in schools in our School Direct Partnership, where possible. Our aim is for your placements to be in contrasting schools with different age ranges based on your chosen training pathway.

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

You should have received a certificate from your equivalency test before submitting your application.

We only accept English, Maths and Science tests taken via equivalencytesting.com, with grades of A*-C or 4-9.

Please note: It is up to the discretion of the Initial Teacher Training provider as to whether an appropriate level has been satisfactorily achieved. We therefore strongly urge candidates with equivalent qualifications to check with us that these are acceptable before making their application.

Personal qualities

Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.

Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.

Other requirements

Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,800

For any additional course costs at the University of East Anglia please visit our website

Financial support from the training provider

Find out more about the Financial Support available on our course pages

About the training provider

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils.

The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

We focus on the development of leadership, teaching and people. We are supported through a range of strong partnerships to help us deliver this including the Norwich Research School, which aims to develop the use of effective research to further improve teaching and learning.

All schools in the Trust work together to:

  • Improve the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Collectively recognise and nurture the talents and aspirations of their staff.
  • Allow school leaders and teachers to share effective practice and work together rather than just talk together.
  • Be part of a formal support network with collective responsibility.
  • Improve efficiency through collaboration.

We have a long tradition of working with the UEA and other ITT providers to offer excellent training placements. We believe that it is important to share our ethos and values with the next generation of teachers and take pride in supporting the teaching profession.

About the accredited body

UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK’s premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training. The School’s research has made a difference in schools across the country, influencing approaches to managing classroom behaviour, understanding students’ motivation, and creating effective communities for learning.

All of our PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. UEA’s expertise, together with our partner schools, means you’ll be well-supported throughout your PGCE.

Interview process

Interviews are part of the formal selection process. You will need to present yourself well, come prepared, and dress smartly. Your interview day will include:

  • An introductory talk
  • An individual interview
  • A written task

You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:

  • Working with small groups of pupils
  • Giving a presentation
  • A group interview
  • Literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge questions

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

In Synergy MAT we operate an equal opportunities policy. Individual needs are catered for and can be discussed at interview or on task day.

UEA operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities.

All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete a health declaration form. If this reveals a need, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments, which may include particular school placements, and other support and monitoring during the course.

Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA’s Wellbeing Service

Contact this training provider

Email
atkins_k@litchamschool.net
Telephone
01328701265
Website
http://www.litchamschool.net/
Address
Church Street
Litcham
King's Lynn
Norfolk
PE32 2NS

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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