South Cumbria School Direct Design and technology (W283)

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

Accredited body
Ripley ITT
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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.furnessacademy.co.uk

Contents

Course summary

Our SCITT curriculum begins early in September and involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday, with Friday as a training day. Training will be hosted and delivered by experienced ITT specialists, subject experts and classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools.

In addition, there will be subject pedagogy days during the year where trainees will focus on teaching Design and Technology specifically. Learning together really helps you develop your subject knowledge.

You will audit your subject knowledge for the topics in Design and Technology you will need to teach at KS3 and 4. Lead Subject Mentors will guide you towards great resources for this and you will be encouraged to join a professional subject association. A shared drive enables you to share resources with each other and school mentors.

Leeds Beckett University provide the PGCE for our SCITT and this is all online. The modules perfectly compliment the training we deliver and you will gain 60 Master’s level credits (https://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_distancelearning/)

Our programme documentation has been described by Ofsted: “Documentation is very well designed and contributes significantly to trainees’ success on the course.”

Assessment of trainees for QTS is based on all of the following:

  • Regular observations of practice with development discussion and action steps
  • Progress towards meeting the expectations of the curriculum
  • A final assessment against the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the programme.

As part of the Ripley SCITT we have been highly praised by Ofsted for our approach to trainee workload, keeping our requirements concise yet effective.

School placements

You will complete placements in two partner schools. The first placement will begin in September, an excellent time to see how rules and routines are established at the start of the academic year. You will start with focused lesson observations across the whole school before you join your subject department and begin to plan/teach parts of lessons. After a few weeks you will be planning and delivering whole lessons, building up to approximately 7 hours per week by Christmas.

The second placement begins after Christmas in a different school which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development. Again, you will gradually increase your teaching timetable and for the last few weeks will be full time in school, teaching up to 12 hours per week at that point in May and June.

Placements are selected for you on the basis of high quality mentoring, strong subject departments, contrasting schools and reasonable commuting distance. We work with approximately 15 schools across Furness, South Cumbria and Lancashire.

On both placements you will teach the 11-16 age range in your subject. There may also be opportunities to spend some time in other partner schools and settings as training needs arise. There will normally be additional opportunities to experience primary education and sixth form education on the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in design and technology 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.

Fees and financial support

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

£7500 for QTS only

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a tax-free ITT bursary of £15,000 paid to you throughout the year.

About the training provider

The South Cumbria School Direct is based at Furness Academy, Barrow in Furness and works in close collaboration with the Ripley ITT SCITT in Lancaster.

This is a 12 month programme which gives you PGCE and recommendation for QTS. The PGCE includes 60 credits at Master’s level. As a trainee teacher on the South Cumbria School Direct Programme you will spend a much greater proportion of time in school than you would on a traditional PGCE programme and the curriculum will be delivered by school expert practitioners working across our partnership. This will facilitate much stronger links between theory and practice, enabling you to apply pedagogical knowledge in the classroom and reflect upon it more immediately. Our highly innovative curriculum is designed and delivered by us and, our partner schools, in order to train the type of teachers that schools want to employ. Our vision is to develop outstanding teaching and learning which is relevant to schools today and therefore linked to enhanced employment prospects.

Our partner schools are involved in the recruitment and selection of trainees and have a real commitment to their training. Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by expert practitioners and outstanding mentors. They greatly enjoy the exciting and innovative curriculum which we have designed, and make excellent progress in our schools.

About the accredited body

Ripley ITT SCITT has an outstanding reputation in the locality with a consistent record of high teaching standards and good results. The training programme is highly valued and recommended by our trainees and the schools we work with. The ITT SCITT offers a modern, relevant curriculum delivered by expert practitioners across our partner schools.

Interview process

Where possible, we conduct interviews face to face at Furness Academy (Barrow in Furness). You will be asked to prepare a lesson plan beforehand and we will ask you about your ideas in the interview. There will also be a subject task and a written task which are normally completed at Furness Academy.

We are looking for the potential to be an excellent trainee, someone who is ready to start training in a school setting from early September. We are also looking for potential employees in our schools.

The admissions team are Safer Recruitment trained and we are committed to safeguarding children.

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

If you have a disability, or additional requirements, please contact us so we can discuss how best to accommodate your needs.

Contact this training provider

Email
info@southcumbriaschooldirect.co.uk
Telephone
01229484270
Website
http://www.furnessacademy.co.uk
Address
Furness Academy
Park Drive
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA13 9BB

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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