AIM Alliance Schools
Primary (3CVK)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Hertfordshire
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.

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, by utilising the resources of the school and their alliance partners. In addition, at Hertfordshire University you will also benefit from access to the University’s extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.

The 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. 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 areas of the curriculum.
  • Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.

Interview process

All Interviews will be held virtually with a ‘panel’ consisting of the Headteacher of the recruiting school, the mentor at the recruiting school and an Alliance representative. You will also be asked to provide a practice lesson on a subject related topic with sample literacy and numeracy tasks.

You will be asked to provide copies of your original certificates and photo identification.

How school placements work

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 be able to learn your new skills and experience back at your host school.

Fees

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

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

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

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

Equivalency tests are not accepted by Hertfordshire University.

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:

  • 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

You need to be very clear about why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession.

Other requirements

You must complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire. Further details will be sent to you on your offer.

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

The University of Hertfordshire is an accredited Initial Teacher Training provider working in partnership with schools across:

  • Hertfordshire
  • Bedfordshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Essex
  • the North London Boroughs

We offer School Direct routes for those training in early years, primary or secondary settings, including Special Schools.

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 details

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

Apply

Apply for this course

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Broadfields Primary School
Roseberry Drive, Edgware, HA8 8JP
Yes E
Fairway Primary School and Children’s Centre
The Fairway, Mill Hill, NW7 3HS
Yes F
Hollickwood Primary School
Sydney Road, London, N10 2NL
Yes P
London Academy
Spur Road, Edgware, London, HA8 8DE
Yes A

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