All Saints RC School Religious Education (SD87)

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

Accredited body
York St John 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.allsaints.york.sch.uk/

Contents

Course summary

All Saints RC School and York St John University work in partnership to deliver high quality teacher education and training which leads to a PGCE qualification with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Our school-centred (School Direct) PGCE secondary programme is a community of learning with partnership at the heart of the programme. The partnership works together to develop outstanding student teachers who are transformative and creative professionals, highly motivated and committed, autonomous and independent, enquiry based practitioners and self-reflective practitioners. The programme delivers contemporary and highly relevant education and training which provides excellent opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of your subject and wider educational issues. You will be equipped to become an outstanding teacher and leader with strong subject knowledge and a clear professional identity. You will be supported by experts in both university and schools to ensure that you have opportunities to learn about current classroom practice and develop deep subject pedagogy. The programme combines school experience with taught sessions on subject knowledge and pedagogy which occur at university and also in partnership schools. Two academic assignments will need to be passed so you meet the programme aims and gain the PGCE award. These modules will underpin your own rigorous understanding of pedagogy and will provide you with 60 Masters level credits, which you may wish to use towards a full Masters qualification in the future.

The programme ensures that you fulfil the requirements of the current Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. The programme encourages you to engage critically with educational issues to enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, with the ability to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the diverse needs of pupils in secondary schools. This is achieved through a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies, including active learning and enquiry-based learning, which is considered essential in both modelling effective learning and teaching practice.

School placements

The All Saints RC School PGCE School Direct programme is a full time programme studied within one academic year (September - June) and covers the 11- 16 age phase with 16-19 enhancement. You will be based within one school for the majority of your training where you will complete two placements. There is also a 6-week contrasting placement in a different partnership school, either in the autumn or spring term. During these three placements, you will observe teaching, work collaboratively with experienced staff and gradually increase the percentage of your independent teaching. Induction is a key part of the programme and each placement as we feel it is important for you to feel welcome in the school community and valued as members of staff from the start. You will attend school meetings such as staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. You are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context. This helps you to understand your own professional identity and be a fully committed member of a school community.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in religious education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees with an enthusiasm not just for their subject, but to teach it to pupils in the secondary age range and who have some recent knowledge and understanding of secondary education. Successful trainees are those who combine this enthusiasm with an ability to organise planning, teaching and classroom management, reflect on their training experience, develop as critical professionals, integrate their teaching approach and delivery with cross curricular initiatives, express ideas clearly and succinctly, show personal initiative, have a love of learning and can communicate all of this to pupils and students in their care.

Other requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS): Entrants to the programme must undertake an enhanced DBS criminal records check.

Medical Questionnaire: All entrants are expected to complete a medical questionnaire in order to assess your fitness to teach. Medical questionnaires will be forwarded to successful interviewees.

Fees and financial support

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

Overseas / EU students are classified as international students for fee purposes, as per government regulations.

About the training provider

All Saints is a successful, popular, high achieving and happy school located in the heart of the historic City of York, our split site school offers excellence in education. Steeped in history, we are immensely proud that our school is unique in its learning environment, its people and its ethos.

All Saints is recognised by Ofsted as “Outstanding” status. We are always seeking ways to improve further and are a ‘go to’ school, both regionally and nationally, for sharing effective practice, professional development and leadership formation. Our GCSE results are well ‘above average’ (P8 of 0.79) and our thriving Sixth Form’s results are in the top 10% (ALPs of 2). We are proud to be a Strategic Lead for School Direct, working together with partner schools, the University of York and York St John University.

We offer high-quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession. As a trainee teacher with us, you will have access to specialist training and the school and classroom experience to equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to become an excellent teacher.

If you would like further information and support, including arranging a School Experience Visit please contact one of our team who will be pleased to help you.

Interview process

The recruitment process is designed to enable All Saints RC School and York St John University to assess the suitability of candidates for training and to appoint the best candidates for the places available.

Selection is based on evidence given throughout the application process and includes:

  • Your personal statement
  • References
  • Detailed breakdown of degree content
  • Details of other academic, professional or vocational qualifications
  • Completion of a practical task at interview
  • Overall performance at interview

Interview days take place in one of our partnership schools. Typical activities include a short teaching activity and an individual interview with a panel made up of teaching school staff and university staff. Candidates may also have an interview with a pupil panel and take part in a group activity and literacy-based task.

Places on the programme are limited and recruitment takes place regularly during the year. If you are successful at interview you will be offered a conditional place. Once the number of offered places meets the agreed programme numbers, the programme will be closed. We therefore recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the programme of your choice.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Our partners actively promote inclusivity and have a dedicated team who can advise and support students with a disability or long-term health condition. If you disclose any individual requirements, they will do their utmost to ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made so you can feel supported and able to fully engage with your PGCE course.

Examples of how they can offer support include:

  • working with you to find suitable school placements.
  • ensuring that you have a ‘Student Support Plan’ in place, if necessary, which will include any assessment requirements you may have (e.g. extra time in examinations).
  • providing learning materials and resources in accessible formats.
  • signposting to specialist colleagues who can advise about funding support for students with a disability.

Contact this training provider

Email
ITT@allsaints.york.sch.uk
Telephone
(01904) 545258
Website
http://www.allsaints.york.sch.uk/
Address
All Saints RC School
Mill Mount Lane
York
North Yorkshire
YO24 1BJ

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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