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AIM Alliance Schools Biology (35X2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Middlesex University
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.aimallianceschools.org

Contents

About the course

As a school-led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs. We utilise the resources of the school and our alliance partners to achieve this aim. Whether you are attending University or additional professional sessions within your host school, you will be working towards meeting the national Teaching Standards. Within the school setting, as your confidence and knowledge develops, you will be mentored and guided to work towards managing a trainees teaching timetable by the final term of your course. You will then be prepared to teach a Newly Qualified Teachers timetable the following year. We will fully support you and tailor the programme as much as possible to accommodate your needs. In addition, at Middlesex you will also benefit from access to the University’s extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.

The Middlesex School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University and at your host school. These may include sessions which:

  • Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas.
  • Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist area of the curriculum.
  • Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.

You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach effectively.

In addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to teach, you will also be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children’s learning through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources for your subject and understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering the curriculum.

For further information see https://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/science-with-biology

School placements

When you are training with us you will train for the 1st and 3rd term within your ‘host’ school and then experience another school within the Alliance in the 2nd term.

Our lead mentor will visit you within your second setting to ensure you are supported throughout this time along with a mentor being provided every step of the way at the school.

This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then return to your host school to complete your training.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
London Academy
Spur Road, Edgware, London, HA8 8DE
No
Mill Hill County High School
Worcester Crescent, Mill Hill, London, NW7 4LL
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A relevant honours degree from a British university with a minimum 2.2 or equivalent overseas degree supported by a recent NARIC certificate.

Maths and English at Grade C or higher or equivalent (supported by a recent NARIC certificate for overseas students)

For GCSEs, an equivalent qualification from Equivalency Testing Ltd is acceptable, but not any other provider.

Personal qualities

Above all else we want to see that you like and can interact appropriately with children and young people. We want to see that you:

  • excellent communication skills
  • have a desire to teach and make a difference
  • like people and can interact with them appropriately
  • are determined, trustworthy and resilient
  • show patience and kindness to others, and don’t harbour grudges
  • can engage peoples’ attention, and adapt to situations as they unfold
  • good time management and organisational skills in order to meet the demands of the profession

Other requirements

You must complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire and a suitability to teach declaration.

Fees and financial support

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

You will pay £9250 to the university however you may be entitled for a bursary.

About the training provider

Aim Alliance Schools is a collaborative Alliance of schools made up of both Primary and Secondary Schools. London Academy is the lead school for School Direct within the Alliance. We train and develop teachers in north London, working in partnership with Middlesex University, Hertfordshire University and e-Qualitas.

We provide experienced mentors within the classroom and Lead Phase mentors provide additional support throughout the year. We are small (a cohort of 30 this year) but concentrate on quality with 100% pass rate of our cohort last year. Our schools work closely together in partnership with our training providers to ensure you receive a quality, tailored programme of learning and support.

You can find out lots of information from our Aim Alliance Schools website (https://www.aimallianceschools.org).

About the accredited body

In Partnership with our Alliance School Direct trainees achieve consistently high outcomes and the majority graduate as excellent practitioners. This is a result of the strong partnerships that we have with Middlesex University and our shared commitment to providing high quality training for all primary and secondary ITT courses.

There are many reasons why you could choose Middlesex but the main one is that they genuinely work in partnership with our alliance. This means that together, we train the teachers of the future that become qualified staff in local schools.

Interview process

The Head of Department at the ‘host’ school will be interviewing you along with a member of the Senior Management Team. A representative of the University will also be involved along with the Lead Phase Mentor. You will be asked to prepare a lesson or part of a lesson in your subject to deliver to a group of students in order to assess your interaction and communication skills with young people. You will also be asked to sit a brief literacy and numeracy test.

The tests provide a benchmark for the skills you will be required to demonstrate at the end of your course. You will also be asked to bring your certificates and photo identification with you on the day.

One interview will take place at the school and then a further interview may take place with the university.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Aim Alliance Schools is always willing to support applications from candidates with disabilities. The Alliance will try to accommodate all trainees with disabilities and other needs. Individual needs will be assessed on application and our lead phase mentors will discuss with individuals how their needs can be supported.

Contact this training provider

Email
a.phillips@londonacademy.org.uk
Telephone
0208 238 1100 x1252
Website
http://www.aimallianceschools.org
Address
Spur Road
Edgware
London
HA8 8DE

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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