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Inspiration Teacher Training English (389T)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021

Contents

About the course

This course is for people who understand that a command of language and a knowledge of great literature are fundamental elements of a child’s education and therefore want to train as secondary specialists in English. We are shaped by the thoughts and words of those who have come before us, and the best literature has the power to capture and transform human experience. Students require teachers who have the expertise to help them navigate and critically engage with this complex body of knowledge.

The course will aim to build broad knowledge while acknowledging that individual candidates will want to build their own areas of particular expertise. Our vision for English departments within the Trust is that they should be composed of teachers with a strong overall grasp of both the literary and the linguistic elements of the subject, alongside a deep understanding of particular topics. This deep, specialised knowledge will mean that over time, successful trainees will become a source of expertise and guidance for colleagues across the Trust.

The course will include a thorough foundation in grammatical knowledge, based on an awareness that this element of English has been neglected for many years. If it is to be revived then trainee teachers must be thoroughly knowledgeable and comfortable with grammatical concepts so that they can bring them to life for their students, not merely as dry rules but as a rich framework of ideas that shape meaning for us as readers and writers.

You will learn through developing your knowledge as a professional and as a subject specialist. One of the most distinctive characteristics of Inspiration Teacher Training is the value it places on the richness of knowledge. Firstly, you will deepen your knowledge within your subject specialism through wide reading of literature and literary criticism. Secondly, you will develop professional knowledge to support your subject specialism. You will survey a range of educational research which will shape your teaching practice as you develop a better understanding about learning, reading, and memory.

In these ways and others, our secondary English course will develop you as a scholarly and able practitioner, able to become a leading voice within the field.

School placements

Trainees will have two placements, each in one of our alliance of primary, secondary, and sixth form schools across East Anglia. We have 13 schools within our Trust and additional partnership schools which we are able to place you in, please see here for a map of where our placement schools are located. We will try to place you in schools that are convenient for you, with priority given to trainees who have families to care for. Where possible, we will do our best to ensure your commute time is no longer than 40 minutes. If you are on a Primary course you will be teaching pupils in the age range of 5-11. If you are on a secondary course you will be teaching pupils in the age range of 11-16 with post 16 enhancement.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Cromer Academy
Norwich Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 0EX
No
East Point Academy
Kirkley Run, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0UQ
No
Great Yarmouth Charter Academy
Salisbury Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4LS
No
Hethersett Academy
Queen’s Road, Norwich, NR9 3DB
No
Hewett Academy
Cecil Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2PL
No
Jane Austen College
Claxton House, 46 - 48 Colegate, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1DD
No
The Thetford Academy
Croxton Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1LH
No
Wayland Academy
Merton Road , Watton , Norfolk , IP25 6BA
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You should have at least a GCSE Grade C/4 in English and maths; for primary, science is also required.

You should have a degree at 2:1 or above. For secondary courses this must be in or closely related to the subject you want to train in. If you do not meet this requirement but feel that your subject knowledge is sufficient to teach up to GCSE level, please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances further.

Equivalent non-UK qualifications are acceptable; please contact us for more details.

Other requirements

If you are successful in gaining a place on our course we will need to complete suitability checks related to safeguarding, require confirmation of your health and fitness and will also need to obtain satisfactory references. These checks are initiated by us and form part of our on boarding procedures.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Inspiration Teacher Training has been born out of the Inspiration Trust, one of the country’s most influential and dynamic academy groups. Formed in 2012, the trust has been at the forefront of radical new approaches to improve education. It has built up an impressive track record in improving existing schools and launching high-quality new provision.

Our curriculum centre is in Norwich and our placement schools are in East Anglia. East Anglia is a fantastic place to live and work, with unspoilt countryside, vibrant communities, and easy access to London.

We think that what makes you special is your knowledge of, and passion for, the subject you teach. We want to help you share this knowledge and passion with children. One of the most exciting things about training as a teacher is the need to broaden your knowledge - there is always something more to learn! This is a philosophy that runs to the core of our training programmes.

As a trainee with Inspiration Teacher Training, you will have a unique, tailored, and special journey through your training year. We have recruited a central team of subject specialist leads with exceptional reputations in their fields who will be leading your programme.

We guarantee that your mentor will be a subject specialist who has read the same course materials that you have. You will have allocated time every week with your mentor focused on discussing readings, setting targets, and reviewing your progress.

Interview process

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to a selection day which will be held in one of our partnership schools. You will spend the day with mentors and with students, taking part in tasks including delivering a presentation, completing a written task, observing and analysing a lesson, and completing an interview. The day will give you an insight into what it will be like to work in one of our schools, along with the opportunity to ask questions and meet members of our teaching team. We aim to provide applicants with a decision within a week following the selection day. Depending on the outcome of the day we also offer a phone call to provide feedback on your performance during the tasks.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We do not discriminate against trainees on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; sexual orientation; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; religion, faith or belief. (Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics). The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff and Governors treat visitors, volunteers, contractors and former staff members.

If you are disabled or become disabled, we encourage you to tell us about your condition so that we can support you as appropriate. Please be aware that such information will be treated confidentially but on the basis of need as some staff will need to know in order for them to provide support. If you experience difficulties during your training, reasonable adjustments can be made to help overcome or minimise the difficulty. We may wish to consult with you and your medical adviser(s) about possible adjustments, Occupational Health will be arranged as appropriate to give advice on reasonable adjustments. We will consider the matter carefully and try to accommodate your needs. If we consider a particular adjustment would not be reasonable we will explain our reasons and try to find an alternative solution where possible.

Contact this training provider

Email
teaching@inspirationtrust.org
Telephone
01603 733446
Address
Inspiration Curriculum Centre
256 Hall Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 2PW

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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