Springboard Primary (5-11) (3B28)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Beckett 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.shireoak.org/about1-c5zx

Contents

About the course

If you are planning to train as a primary school teacher and want to combine the academic rigour and grounding of a university course with the real-life hands on practice of working in schools, then the School Direct route might well be for you. It is particularly suited for candidates with relevant experience of working with children who are wishing to find teaching jobs for autumn in the local area. Our graduates are very successful at finding jobs in Leeds due to the quality of the course, school links in the area and the track record of Leeds Beckett University, our higher education partner.

The Springboard Cluster is situated in north Leeds primary schools including Little London, Brudenell, Kirkstall Valley, Kirkstall St Stephens, Burley St Matthias, Brodetsky, Spring Bank and Weetwood. It is led by Shire Oak Primary School in Headingley. One advantage of the Springboard Cluster is the diversity of its members and therefore the contrasting teaching experiences that student teachers benefit from on their two placements and on our enhancement days. We have small schools, three form entry schools, schools with high numbers of EAL speakers, schools with a very varied socio-economic profile and different cultural backgrounds. All are schools that are committed to meeting the needs of their young learners and supporting the next generation of teachers to do the same. Each school has an experienced tutor/mentor as well as supportive classroom teachers.

During the year School Direct trainees learn about all aspects of primary education whilst based in at least two of our cluster schools. Learning at university is supplemented by enhancement days that are led by expert practitioners from our cluster of schools. These include (but are not limited to) topics such as phonics, EAL, Forest School, computing, planning, assessment and behaviour. Link tutors from the university effectively support student teachers throughout the year and work closely in partnership with our cluster.

Trainee teachers build up their teaching time throughout the year, spending a minimum of 120 days in school during the year. This depth of practice helps graduates to become credible, effective and employable class teachers. Students are given time to work with their class-based tutor (the class teacher) as well as with their school-based mentor who guides the student’s professional development and liaises closely with the university.

School placements

School placements are in local primary schools all under 3 miles away. You will spend time in two primary schools, one of which will be your home or lead school.

Typically you will have one KS1 and one KS2 practice.

You will spend a minimum of 120 days in school.

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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Candidates need to have passed an equivalency test before applying.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are sure they want to teach because of the volunteering, paid and voluntary work they have already undertaken.

Other requirements

All student teachers will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosures and Barring check before starting their placements in school.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

The rate for 2022/2023 has not yet been set so this is an indicative amount only at this stage.

Financial support from the training provider

Financial advice and support may be available through Leeds Beckett University.

About the training provider

If you are planning to train as a primary school teacher and want to combine the academic rigour and grounding of a university course with the real-life hands on practice of working in schools, then the School Direct route might well be for you. It is particularly suited for candidates with relevant experience of working with children who are wishing to find teaching jobs for autumn 2020 in the local area, as our schools prioritise recruitment from the Springboard Cluster and recommend their students to other schools in the local area. Our graduates are very successful at finding jobs in Leeds due to the quality of the course, school links in the area and the track record of Leeds Beckett University, our higher education partner. The Springboard Cluster is situated in north Leeds primary schools. It is led by Shire Oak Primary School in Headingley. One advantage of the Springboard Cluster is the diversity of its members and therefore the contrasting teaching experiences that student teachers benefit from on their two placements and on our enhancement days. We have small schools, three form entry schools, schools with high numbers of EAL speakers, schools with a very varied socio-economic profile and different cultural backgrounds. All are schools that are committed to meeting the needs of their young learners and supporting the next generation of teachers to do the same. Each school has an experienced tutor/mentor as well as supportive classroom teachers.

About the accredited body

Leeds Beckett University are one of the leading teacher training providers in England with an excellent track record in training teachers.

On campus, close to the cluster, trainees study in their new Carnegie Teacher Education Building which includes spaces which mimic real-life nursery and primary school settings. All the classrooms have been designed to model primary and early-years learning environments, which allows our students to investigate the impact of environment on learning, teaching and assessment.

Interview process

Candidates will be invited to interview at the lead school where they will be asked to lead a learning activity with some children, check their maths and English and have a formal interview. The interviews are conducted by mentors from the cluster schools and often a representative from the university.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Although you do not have to disclose any disabilities to us, if you do it can help us to support you fully. This could include choosing mentors with the right experience to help you, adjusting your working hours and finding placements in the most accessible buildings or asking schools to make reasonable adjustments to their environment.

Contact this training provider

Email
springboard@shireoak.leeds.sch.uk
Telephone
01132755890
Website
https://www.shireoak.org/about1-c5zx
Address
Shire Oak CE Primary School
Wood Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS6 2DT

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