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St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School Primary (39T4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Suffolk and Norfolk Primary 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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Contents

Course summary

We offer specialisms in General Primary and Early Years. We provide a unique opportunity across Norfolk and Suffolk for trainees to immerse themselves in a diverse range of teaching and training experiences which by the final term are highly personalised.

The training comprises of 3 placements in 2 contrasting schools over the course of the year combined with approximately 55 days in centre training.

The centre based training is provided by expert trainers, many of whom are still serving teachers. It covers all National Curriculum subjects and key aspects of primary education such as behaviour management, SEND and assessment. Trainees also have sessions focused on the two assignments and one presentation which contribute to their PGCE qualification (including 60 credits at M Level).

All trainees have a personal tutor who is committed to supporting each trainee over their training year. This includes weekly email contact, visits to observe teaching and end of term progress interviews.

School placements

We have access to the SCITT partnership of over 250 schools. This is well-established and we have clear and strong working relationships with a range of primary schools across Suffolk and Norfolk. We go to great lengths, through quality assurance and our local knowledge, to ensure that all placements are of a high standard. Trainees are supported by school mentors who are enthusiastic, committed and well-trained individuals.

Trainees spend approximately 26 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the main placement school in the autumn and summer terms, with the spring term in a contrasting school.

The distance to school placements will vary. These take into account the trainee’s home address, whether they have their own transport and the placement that the school is able to offer. Our policy is to endeavour to keep journey times to school to a maximum of 50 minutes each way.

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.

Please note - We do not accept Level 2 Qualifications in Numeracy and Literacy as equivalencies.

Personal qualities

We are looking for committed, resilient individuals who are ready to undertake an exciting but rigorous training year. We are interested in people who are passionate and enthusiastic about children’s learning and have a desire to promote the best outcomes for all children. You need to be open to constructive feedback and see it as a tool to help you to achieve your potential by the end of the year. You must be organised and self-motivated as although you will be well supported, you also need to be focused on the commitment involved within this training year.

Other requirements

Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course. This is paid for by Primary SCITT. It is expected that you join the update service (£13 per year at a cost to you).

Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. Primary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. The initial screening is paid for by Primary SCITT, trainees may be asked to contribute towards further costs.

You may require a certificate of good conduct if you have lived overseas in the past five years.

Fees and financial support

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

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Financial support from the training provider

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About the training provider

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School is based in Norwich and has approximately 420 children on roll. We are part of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Multi-Academy Trust, which consists of Notre Dame High School and a number of Norfolk and north Suffolk primary schools. Trainees will have the option of working in any of our CMAT primary schools; you do not have to be Catholic to apply to our course - just supportive of our ethos.

At St Francis of Assisi, as in all our CMAT primaries, we are constantly striving to provide outstanding teaching and learning opportunities and experiences. Our drive for excellence means that we keep abreast of current research and we incorporate best practice into all that we do. We place a strong emphasis on enabling children to achieve the highest standards in essential areas of learning, such as literacy and numeracy, whilst at the same time bringing learning alive, making it exciting and stimulating through a creative curriculum.

Teamwork is a very strong feature of all our schools - as a trainee you will be welcomed, valued and supported throughout your time with us. We have a dedicated Well-being Team and many staff who have previously worked alongside trainee teachers.

In addition, our Teacher Training Lead at St Francis has worked with SCITT students for many years, as well as providing centre-based training sessions on various aspects of teaching.

About the accredited body

The Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT programme is a personalised, relational and ethical training provider. Primary SCITT has very high attainment and employment outcomes for trainees. On average 95% of trainees are employed in local schools by the end of their training year.
Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a range of experience in schools as classroom practitioners and often headteachers or members of senior leadership teams, so have a wealth of experience to share with trainees.

The Primary SCITT course is a highly personalised course which offers a wide range of opportunities to trainees.

Interview process

The Tuition SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with partnership school head teachers.

You will be invited to a task day where you will undertake a short written activity to gauge your fundamental English skills and a group task focused on interpersonal skills.

This will be followed by an interview that will begin with you giving a short presentation.

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

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.

Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT training venues in Ipswich and Norwich have full disabled access as do partnership schools. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.

Contact this training provider

Email
office@st-francisofassisi.norfolk.sch.uk
Telephone
01603441484
Address
St Francis of Assisi School
Jessopp Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 3QB

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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