St Polycarp’s CTSA
Primary with mathematics (W514)

QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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

Applicants choose this specialist pathway if they are keen to champion mathematics in their future school. It will enable them to follow a particular interest in mathematics, possibly leading to subject leadership and/or specialist teaching of mathematics in their future career.

For this School Direct course, St Polycarp’s CTSA works in close partnership with the University of Reading. The course offers a high-quality, school-focused and personalised approach to trainees from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

This course, W514, is a one-year full-time route into teaching, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion.

Trainees spend most of their time in school, with approximately 30 days based at the University of Reading on its London Road campus. They are based in one school for most of the year, with a minimum of six weeks in a contrasting school to broaden their training experience.

The course begins in early September, and finishes at the beginning of July the following summer.

Initially, trainees will be observing and working alongside class teachers as they get to know the children and their routines. At a pace tailored to each individual, they will then begin to take on small groups, building up to being responsible for planning, teaching and assessing the children for 80% of their timetable by the end of the year. This ensures that trainees are completely confident in their teaching skills before entering the teaching profession.

Interview process

Interviews will take place at St Polycarp’s School, Farnham and will typically contain a short teaching task, a written task and a formal interview.

This will be an opportunity not only for schools to assess applicants, but also for applicants to decide whether the St Polycarp’s CTSA is the best one for them. During the course of the interview process, there will therefore be many opportunities for all the parties involved to ensure this is a good match.

More details of the process will be confirmed in writing at the point of inviting to interview.

It is possible that some interviews will have to be held remotely. When this is the case, the teaching task will be replaced by a presentation.

How school placements work

School placements are organised by St Polycarp’s CTSA drawing on the talented and nurturing staff within the schools in our alliance. At St Polycarp’s we have a number of specialist leaders in education including Mathematics. We are proud of our child centered approach to learning and our supportive ethos and from the moment you join this course you become part of our team.

You will be placed in a minimum of two schools listed below with the flexibility to ensure your placements reflect your needs and interests e.g. SEND placement. Your supporting mentors will be trained to guide you through this learning journey and work alongside you to enhance your educational understanding and classroom practice.

The St Polycarp’s CTSA is a group of approx 15 good or outstanding schools based across Surrey and Hampshire, within the Diocese of Brighton and Arundel, who work together collaboratively to push the highest educational standards across the local area.

Our key alliance partners:

St Joseph’s Catholic Academic School, Aldershot, Hants

St Joseph’s Specialist School and College, Cranleigh, Surrey

All Hallows Catholic School, Farnham, Surrey

St Peter’s Catholic School, Guildford, Surrey

St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School, Godalming, Surrey;

Rydes Hill Preparatory School, Guildford, Surrey

Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

University of Reading, Berkshire

Our alliance schools:

All Saints C of E Aided Infant School, Tilford, Surrey Bisley C of E Primary School, Bisley, Surrey Potters Gate C of E Primary School, Farnham, Surrey Puttenham C of E School, Puttenham, Surrey Ridgeway Primary School, Farnham, Surrey St Andrew’s C of E School, Farnham, Surrey St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School, Cranleigh, Surrey St James Primary School, Elstead, Surrey St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Epsom, Surrey St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Thames Ditton, Surrey St Peter’s School, Farnham, Surrey St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Guildford, Surrey Waverley Abbey C of E Junior School, Farnham, Surrey

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,710
International students £16,450

On 23 June 2020 the UK government announced that, following the end of the transition period, EU students (with the exception of the Republic of Ireland) commencing a new programme of study will pay fees at the International rate with effect from the 2021/22 academic year.

Students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, may still be entitled to pay fees at the UK student rate if they have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or equivalent qualifications). You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of the course.

Personal qualities

If you have a genuine desire to enable children to learn and grow in your care then this is the course for you..... If you are committed to developing your professional values and learning from others with humility, compassion and a desire to improve then this is the course for you....... If you value the opportunity to share ideas and challenge assumptions then this is the course for you....... If you will work alongside us with a resolute desire to achieve your best for the children engaging them in their learning then this is the course for you!

Other requirements

If you accept an offer with us you will also be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for working with children.

About the training provider

Welcome to the St Polycarp’s Catholic Teaching School Alliance, 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.

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 details

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

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