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St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership Primary (R855)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Teach SouthEast
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.stpolycarps.surrey.sch.uk/Train-to-Teach/

Contents

About the course

Teach SouthEast are excited to offer a 1-year ITT programme in primary teaching in collaboration with St Polycarp’s Catholic Teaching School. The programme will consist of:

  • Professional studies training covering topics such as lesson planning, behaviour management, assessment, marking and monitoring.
  • Subject specialist training to enhance your knowledge and teaching of the national curriculum.
  • Two placements within our partnership schools to enable you to embed your training and to further develop your teaching skills.

Predominantly you will be placed in a ’home’ school for approximately 28 weeks. A shorter, 6-week placement will be completed in an ‘away’ school, again, all within our partnership. The rationale for two differing placements is to not only to teach across the key stages but also to experience a different educational setting to further enhance your teaching.

Whilst on placement you will be assigned a highly skilled mentor who will support, develop and challenge your teaching to ensure your experience is of the highest quality. You will have a weekly meeting with your mentor to review progress and set personalised targets, as well as a weekly formal observation to celebrate your achievements and consider your next steps.

In addition to your placement schools you will also be given the opportunity to visit several educational settings including; a secondary school, a SEND school and a behaviour immersion unit.

Teach SouthEast are committed to laying the foundation for a long and successful career in teaching. In order to support this, not only will you receive high quality curriculum and pedagogy training, but you will also receive 1 – 1 support from a pastoral coach to ensure a smooth and successful training year. On completion, all trainees will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition to this, we are extremely proud to work alongside University of Sussex who deliver and award a PGCE qualification in conjunction with your QTS.

School placements

Teach SouthEast is a growing partnership, currently consisting of over 10 primary schools in the SouthEast of England. Placing trainees is a complex process and we take many factors into consideration when doing so. These factors include:

  • Establishing which schools in the partnership have the capacity to host a trainee in a particular subject
  • Selecting a mentor who will be the best fit for the trainee
  • We will establish at interview where the candidate will be living for the course, if the candidate drives and if they have access to a car or if they will be dependent on public transport
  • We do not expect trainees to travel for longer than an hour each way to their placement school. Trainee journeys to their placement schools are typically between 20 – 40 minutes
  • We always do our best to accommodate trainees’ personal circumstances when placing them. Predominantly you will be placed in a ’home’ school for approximately 28 weeks. A shorter, 6-week placement will be completed in an ‘away’ school, again, all within our partnership. The rationale for two differing placements is to not only to teach across the key stages but also to experience a different educational setting to further enhance your teaching.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • A Degree - 2:2 or above
  • 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalent) – Grade A*- C (new gradings 4-9) which must include Maths, English and Science

If your degree or high school education were undertaken outside the UK, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from NARIC: https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen. These personal qualities include:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • A passion for your subject
  • An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people
  • A positive outlook and resilient nature
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities
  • A passion and drive for delivering first class education.

Other requirements

All trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check. All trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigors of the teaching profession. Prior to the start of the course, all trainees are required to pass the government literacy and numeracy tests for teaching.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

About the training provider

Welcome to the St Polycarp’s CTSA, a unique and nurturing alliance of schools whose aim is to support aspiring teachers into the rewarding career of teaching.

We are very proud that St Polycarp’s is currently one of only two Catholic primary teaching schools in the diocese of Arundel and Brighton with a range of inspiring and committed teachers within our schools, many of whom are leaders in their subject areas. Once you start your journey you will become part of this experienced, motivated team, working together in a friendly environment to make you feel supported every step of the way.

Currently we work with both Reading University and Teach SouthEast to offer you a choice of providers with courses that suit the individual needs of each applicant. Please see their enclosed information and timetables to enable you to make an informed choice.

Applications can be made through www.ucas.com, the codes are: St Polycarp’s: 2EG Reading 3CHN PGCE, QTS only 3D28 and salaried route 3DZX Please note that salaried applications require the candidate to have secured finances with a school. Teach SouthEast R866

Please contact Charlotte Carr on TeachingSchool-ITT@stpolycarps.surrey.sch.uk if you have any questions.

This is a personalised programme which allows you to receive invaluable training in at least two of our alliance schools. If you are considering a career in teaching and value the child and their learning to be at the centre of this decision then St Polycarp’s CTSA is the right place for you.

Interview process

Once St Polycarp’s School has received your application through UCAS they will make a call to interview within approximately one week. The interview day will be held at St Polycarp’s School or one of the schools within the partnership within approximately two weeks. The interview day will consist of:

  • A tour of the school in which the interviews are being held *
  • A short teaching task with a small group of children
  • An interview with staff from St Polycarp’s
  • A literacy and numeracy skills test assessment to establish if you currently meet the required standards of literacy and numeracy for teaching, and if not, to establish how we can support you.

Due to the current Covid -19 adjustments have been made to the interview process to ensure your safety and the no direct contact with children.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Both ITT providers and the St Polycarp’s CTSA support all candidates with a willingness to learn and support the needs of children. The courses are personalised in approach and able to provide the reasonable adjustments required for candidates with disabilities and other needs. Both Reading university and Teach SouthEast have student services with the knowledge and support required to assist any candidates who may require additional help.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachingschool-ITT@stpolycarps.surrey.sch.uk
Telephone
01252 716307
Website
http://www.stpolycarps.surrey.sch.uk/Train-to-Teach/
Address
St Polycarp's CTSA
Waverley Lane
Farnham
Surrey
GU9 8BQ

Support and advice

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