Bromsgrove Primary Alliance Primary (H908)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Prince Henry’s High School & South Worcestershire SCITT
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
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.bptsa.co.uk

Contents

Course summary

This is a full-time, one-year course focused on the 5-11 age range. Bromsgrove Primary Alliance (BPA) is proud to be the primary provider for Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT. The course has been designed towards a more school-based approach to initial teacher training (SCITT). Trainees benefit from working with strong teachers in carefully selected partner schools. This is a real opportunity for trainees to work alongside strong practitioners in a classroom environment, enabling them to experience everything involved in a teacher’s role. The majority of the non class based training for this course will take place at Charford First School, Bromsgrove, and be taught by current educational practitioners. This also allows trainees the opportunity to meet with fellow trainees in a supportive environment. Both elements of the programme provide trainees opportunities to spend time in school and then to make links between their observations and experiences from the taught programme through Bromsgrove Primary Alliance. In school, trainees will be provided with a variety of opportunities to observe best practice which addresses their individual development needs. The programme features the following strands: * Core (English, Mathematics and Science) * Professional Studies * Foundation (all other National curriculum subjects and RE) * School Based Training. These strands are developed throughout the year of study to enable trainees to build up their knowledge, understanding and skills in each key area. For the PGCE element of the award we are building on our successful partnership with Newman University who will be delivering this aspect of the award. Trainees will also develop their teaching skills through carefully designed School Based Training (SBT) experiences (either in key stage 1 or key stage 2). The programme is designed to recognise that trainees develop their understanding and skills of teaching gradually. For the first block practice trainees will plan and develop their teaching with support from the class teacher. The second block of SCITT sessions allows trainees to reflect upon their experiences in school and prepare them for subsequent placements. The two SBTs are in alternate key stages and placement schools to enable the trainees the broadest experience possible. The final block practice will involve trainees taking responsibility for teaching about 80% of the class timetable. Learning in this way allows trainees to experience all aspects of the teacher’s role, providing them with a solid foundation for starting as an Early Career Teacher.

School placements

Candidates will have two placements throughout the year. The main one will be for the majority of the year in the same class, in the same school. The second placement will be shorter and, where possible, in a different school and a different key stage from the main school placement, providing candidates with a varied experience. Placement schools are listed below: Charford First School. This is a large 3 form entry first school in Bromsgrove, taking children up to Year 4, with a large Early Years department with nurseries for 2 year olds, rising 3s and 3 year olds.

Blackwell First School. This is a small one form entry first school in the village of Blackwell, with 150 children on roll, taking children up to Year 4. The school also has a forest school nursery.

Catshill First School. This is a 2 form entry first school in Bromsgrove, taking children up to Year 4. It also has a Nursery. Catshill First is also federated with Catshill Middle School.

Anderton Park Primary School . This is a large multicultural school in Birmingham, taking children up to Year 6. There is also a Nursery on site.

Franche Primary School. This is a large 4 form entry school in Kidderminster, taking children from 3 months to 11 years.

Westacre Middle School - This is a large 5 form entry middle deemed primary in Droitwich Spa, taking children from Year 5 to Year 7. As a middle deemed primary, our children benefit from a class-based model with a primary-trained class teacher, alongside use of our modern, specialist facilities.

Chawson First School - Chawson First School. This is a large 2-3 form entry first school in Droitwich, taking children up to Year 4. We have a Pre-school onsite taking children from 3 years old.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Anderton Park Primary School
Dennis Road, Birmingham, B12 8BL
Yes
Blackwell First School
St Catherines Road, Blackwell, B60 1BN
Yes
Catshill First School
Gibb Lane, Bromsgrove, B61 0JP
Yes
Chawson First School
Wych Road, WR9 8BW
Yes
Main Site, Charford First School
Charford Road, Charford, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3NH
Yes
Westacre Middle School
Ombersley Way, Droitwich, WR9 0AA
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates that have a genuine passion for teaching, with a commitment to the value of education for all children. Candidates should also value the whole child and the communities in which they live.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Financial support for 2023 to 2024 will be announced soon. Further information is available on

https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-support

About the training provider

BPA is committed to providing high quality teacher training. Our vision is for trainees to become committed, confident and creative primary school teachers who are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to lead the learning for a range of learners.

BPA works in partnership with a wide range of schools, offering candidates opportunities to train in schools with a range of different catchments, contexts and sizes, enabling students a broad learning experience. Alliance schools vary from small rural village schools to large inner city schools and include first, middle and primary schools.

All of the schools within the alliance have a proven track record of providing highly effective professional development with a strong focus on teaching and learning. Candidates will be given the opportunity to discuss placements on interview.

All candidates will be placed alongside good or outstanding teachers and will be given opportunities to plan, assess and teach with highly skilled practitioners. BPA will provide you with an experienced school-based mentor who will meet with you on a regular basis to plan your next steps.

About the accredited body

The SCITT has extensive experience of working with Initial Teacher Training, Across the partnership of schools we successfully support and train the next generation of teachers. Our partnership and family ethos would support the view of Ofsted (2019):
‘Strong relationships and family ethos and not giving up on trainees’
Trainees choosing to train with the Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT will be trained by outstanding practitioners across a partnership of schools with one clear aim: Providing the highest quality of ITT, producing the next generation of outstanding practitioners in order to continually raise standards and pupil achievement.

Interview process

We review all applications to assess eligibility and potential suitability for the programme to which a candidate is applying. We recruit and fill places from when courses open in October, so do not delay in submitting your application. We work with our SCITT partner to co-ordinate the recruitment process and hold interviews on a regular basis. Interviews will be held at Charford First School, where possible with representatives from your preferred partner school. Where this is not possible, interviews will be held with representatives from BPA and/or SCITT. The interview consists of an observed teaching activity, involving a small group of children, where we gauge your ability to interact with children. You will be given information about this in advance. There is also a set of formal interview questions where we evaluate your experience of working with children to date, your subject knowledge, and your commitment to, and understanding of, the role of a trainee and teacher. We will also ask you to give a short presentation on a given topic. These interviews will help us to assess your suitability for the course applied for and to work with you to discuss school placement requirements.

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

BPA is committed to meeting the needs of all candidates, including those with a disability. As the alliance has a wide range of schools to choose from, we would work in consultation with you to provide you with a placement that would best support your needs.

Contact this training provider

Email
itt@bptsa.worcs.sch.uk
Telephone
0121 445 6586
Website
http://www.bptsa.co.uk
Address
Bromsgrove Primary Alliance
St Catherine's Road
Blackwell, Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B60 1BN

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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