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Benfield Primary School Primary (A029)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
University of Sussex
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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://sussexcoastsa.co.uk
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Contents

Course summary

Benfield Primary School is a lead school for the Sussex Coast School Alliance in Brighton and Hove and East and West Sussex. We are a group of 39 schools who are committed to high quality school based experience ensuring our children are provided with the best possible teachers. Initial teacher training is at the heart of everything we do and we continue to invest in all our teachers through a continuum of professional development. We provide a training programme which is school based for 4 days a week with a further one day at the University of Sussex. As professionals, we firmly believe this is an excellent way to become a teacher with intensive, supported practice in the classroom. Trainees are supported by an experienced mentor who is an excellent practitioner. We expect all our trainees to be an active member of our schools community, fully participating in all aspects of school life. We consider our trainees to be an essential part of our team. In addition to classroom practice, all our trainees take part in professional learning led by colleagues across the alliance. This enables trainees to collaborate with other schools in sharing and embedding good practice. We have recruited from the majority of our trainees over the past few years and many of these are now developing as teachers and leaders across the Alliance. We are a Delivery Partner for the Early Career Framework and for the NPQs for UCL. Our development continues for all colleagues throughout their career.

School placements

During your training, you will have two school placements in two different schools. These will enable trainees to work and learn in two different key stages and two different settings. Trainees will be supported by a trained mentor who is the class teacher. Mentors are chosen by schools based on their own excellent classroom practice but also and importantly on their ability to develop others through guidance and support. However, in addition to this, we run a Professional Studies programme which reinforces and complements the University’s pedagogical programme. These sessions take place in different schools across our Teaching School Alliance giving trainees the opportunity to complete further learning walks in different schools and settings. All our Alliance schools have a Professional Tutor who oversees all trainee teachers and ensures there is quality of provision across the school.
Schools are selected according to their capacity for trainee teachers. Usually, there is always at least one or more other trainee in schools. This supports all trainees as they are able to network and also learn from each other. We consider our placements very carefully and place trainees in schools that are readily accessible from their home. We also take into account the type of school trainees would like to work in and also any other information we gain at interview.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Benfield Primary School is a lead school for the Sussex Coast School Alliance in Brighton and Hove and East and West Sussex. We are a group of 39 schools who are committed to high quality school based experience ensuring our children are provided with the best possible teachers. Initial teacher training is at the heart of everything we do and we continue to invest in all our teachers through a continuum of professional development. We provide a training programme which is school based for 4 days a week with a further one day at the University of Sussex. As professionals, we firmly believe this is an excellent way to become a teacher with intensive, supported practice in the classroom. Trainees are supported by an experienced mentor who is an excellent practitioner. We expect all our trainees to be an active member of our schools community, fully participating in all aspects of school life. We consider our trainees to be an essential part of our team. In addition to classroom practice, all our trainees take part in professional learning led by colleagues across the alliance. This enables trainees to collaborate with other schools in sharing and embedding good practice. We have recruited from the majority of our trainees over the past few years and many of these are now developing as teachers and leaders across the Alliance. We are a Delivery Partner for the Early Career Framework and for the NPQs for UCL. Our development continues for all colleagues.

About the accredited body

The University of Sussex is an outstanding provider and we work in partnership with them in many aspects of our work. All interviews are conducted with the university and we try to conduct these in schools to give us a better view of how potential candidates interact with children. Trainees attend the University for one day a week working through an excellent developmental programme which fully supports their practice in school. Trainees are encouraged to be creative and reflective practitioners and this is evident in their work in schools.

Interview process

Interviews are conducted in partnership with the university and are based in school where possible. This is so we can see how candidates interact with children through guided activities. School based interviews typically last half a day and include a presentation and child based task alongside an interview with the University and one of our Professional Tutors. Our interviews are designed to get the best out of our potential future teachers by giving plenty of time for candidates to ask questions and to get a thorough understanding of the programme. If the interview is unable to be conducted in a school setting then this will be held virtually with adapted activities.

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

Our support for candidates with disabilities reflects our inclusive approach to our children. We are proud on being an inclusive community and are constantly looking to see how we can better provide for all our learners, whether they are children or staff. We welcome applicants with diverse needs and work in partnership with the University to try to ensure we avoid barriers for anyone wishing to become a teacher. At interview and on acceptance of a place, we discuss with candidates any needs Many of our schools are suitable for colleagues with mobility conditions and include ramps and/or lifts.

Contact this training provider

Email
sussexcoastsa@benfield.brighton-hove.sch.uk
Telephone
01273 294974
Website
http://sussexcoastsa.co.uk
Address
Benfield Primary School
255, Old Shoreham Road
Brighton
Sussex
BN41 1XS

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online 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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