Bromsgrove Primary Alliance Primary (L045)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Newman University
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
3 to 7
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

Age Range 3-7years:

This programme is based on a shared vision for educational excellence between Newman University and Bromsgrove Primary Alliance. Trainees on the programme benefit from working with strong practitioners in schools and at University. The school based elements of the programme allow trainees opportunities to spend time in school and to make links between their observations and experiences and the taught programme in University. In school trainees will be provided with a variety of opportunities to observe best practice which addresses the trainees’ development needs. The Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 course (3-7 years) includes a specialist study of the Early Years’ Foundation Stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in Reception/Nursery classrooms and children’s centres. For 3-7 course, placements will be in Early Years and KS1. You will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. Trainees are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs. You are assessed through regular lesson observations with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection on your progress. Our PGCE course maximises your experience in classrooms, but also takes advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of University tutors. You will benefit from regular University tutor visits and training at Newman University, focused on pedagogy, professional studies and support with academic writing. Our partnership with the University will support you in completing two Master’s Level assignments of 4000 words each, plus subject audits in English, Maths and Science, leading to the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) These assignments show how practice and research combine to provide a framework within which you teach, refer to practical pedagogy in the classroom, research of academic literature and both reflection and evaluation. Assessment of the PGCE Primary programme therefore combines course assignments and professional practice in school, aimed at enhancing your early career prospects and enabling you to be the best teacher you can be.

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. This will be called their ‘home school.’ The second placement will be shorter and in a different school and a different key stage to their home school placement, providing candidates with a varied experience. Where it is not possible to provide a candidate with a second placement in a separate school, they will be placed in their ‘home’ school but in a different key stage.

Placement schools in the alliance are:

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.

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
Crown Meadow First School
Birmingham Road, Alvechurch, Birmingham, B48 7TA
Yes
Main Site, Charford First School
Charford Road, Charford, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3NH
Yes

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 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.

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

Newman University is one of the largest Accredited Providers of School Based ITT in the West Midlands. It has established an excellent reputation for producing high-quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools support students’ learning and ensure high quality education. In the latest National Student Satisfaction Survey, it was ranked Number 1 (overall) in Birmingham for student satisfaction. Trainees are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs.

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 October, so do not delay in submitting your application.

We work with our university partners 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 Newman University and BPA. Where this is not possible, interviews will be held virtually.

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

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