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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bradford Birth to 19 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021

Contents

About the course

The course is designed to help you fulfil a wider teaching role (including that of pastoral care) within your chosen educational context. Throughout the course, we place particular emphasis on providing equal opportunities for all students working in a diverse, multi-ethnic society. This course will provide you with a PGCE at Masters level and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Working closely with Bradford specialist staff, both in placement schools, you will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to be a newly qualified teacher. A strength of the course is the way in which theory and practice are related as a result of extensive time spent working with children in at least two placement schools. At least 120 days are school-based with support provided by experienced school mentors. The course builds upon the subject knowledge and independent study skills which, as a graduate, you will have already acquired. Our school based sessions are also concerned with the professional skills which all teachers need. Course tutors work closely with managers, mentors and teachers in our school to provide you with advice and support for the progressive development of your teaching expertise. A large proportion of your teaching and training will be in our school, delivered by both highly experienced, inspiring school teachers and leaders. School based sessions consist of lectures, seminars tutorials, micro-teaching environments and observations of teaching in school. This is very much a practical course, where you learn by doing. Assessment is carried out across both placements against the Teaching Standards. Based largely in your home school, you will have one other main assessed school placement. You will also have the opportunity to get experience of a secondary school, alternative provision or special school. You will work alongside experienced teachers and mentors, who will provide advice and support. You will be introduced to your new role in stages, beginning with observation and work with individual pupils, then with small groups, eventually leading to your work with full classes. During your school Placement you will work alongside experienced teachers and mentors, who will provide advice and support. You will be introduced to your new role in stages, beginning with observation and work with individual pupils, then with small groups, eventually leading to your work with full classes.

Interview process

All our trainees who are shortlisted for interview will be invited into our school or one of our partner schools. If you are asked for interview, we will provide more details about tasks you will be asked to complete. All our interviews have the same elements:

  1. A classroom based exercise, where you will be observed interacting with children or young people. (Please note if current restrictions continue this activity will be adapted)
  2. Written tasks which are designed to assess your written communication skills; your ability to be numerate; your capacity to access higher level study; and for secondary applicants, subject knowledge.
  3. Face to face interview with a panel of School Leaders. DBS If you are successful at interview stage, you will be made an offer of a training place subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance. For more information, see the guidance on line at; https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

How school placements work

We carefully consider school placements for all of our trainees. We match strengths as well as support needs for students. All trainees will be placed in two contrasting primary schools, ensuring students experience the cultural diversity the city offers.

100% of our 2020/21 secondary trainees placements, located in our partnership schools, are within 10 miles of the school they applied to. The average commute, the distance between the placement school & the school they applied to for a secondary trainee is under 2 miles. Your training week initially involves some days a week in school and some days working on teaching pedagogy, helping you learn the skills to make you an effective teacher. During your training year you will visit a vast array of schools from our partnership in both Nursery, Primary and Secondary sectors. We operate an A B A model for our students, where trainees start in their host school working with pupils that are aged 11 to 16, then complete an 6 week contrasting placement, then return to their host school to complete the training year. You will also experience working with students aged 16 to 18. The course builds upon the subject knowledge and independent study skills which, as a graduate, you will have already acquired. Our school based sessions are also concerned with the professional skills all teachers need. Course tutors work closely with managers, mentors and teachers in our schools and academies to provide you with advice and support for the progressive development of your teaching expertise. A large proportion of your teaching and training will be in our schools and academies, delivered by both highly experienced, inspiring school teachers and leaders. School based sessions consist of lectures, seminars tutorials, micro-teaching environments and observations of teaching in school. This is very much a practical course, where you learn by doing.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

You will need to have at least a GCSE Grade C/4 in maths and English or equivalent.

Degree

You will need to have at least a 2:2 Honours degree. We typically ask that for secondary teacher training at least half the content of your degree first degree is directly relevant to the subject in which you are training to teach. If not, but you have significant work experience relevant to your subject area or a relevant further degree, you will still be eligible to apply.

Personal qualities

We don’t have a fixed picture of what kind of a person we are looking for. Teaching is a creative, dynamic profession which has space for innovative thinking, for people who can break free from what’s expected. Our school is clear that we want trainees to have a rapport with children, a passion for their subject, and to have the ambition to become excellent teachers. You will have a relentlessly positive outlook, show initiative and be good team player, ready to work hard in a challenging but wonderfully rewarding profession.

Other requirements

If you are successful at interview stage, you will be made an offer of a training place subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance.

About the training provider

Carlton Bolling is an Outstanding school which has been on a rapid improvement journey over recent years, gaining an Ofsted “outstanding “rating (2017) less than two years after coming out of “special measures”. We achieved the World Class School Quality Mark in 2018 and in 2019 we were voted Pearson Secondary School of the year: Making a difference. These awards confirm our continuing commitment to move the school forward to the very highest levels with focused new initiatives and innovations. Our shared vision of “Excellence for All” runs through all aspects of school life and reflects our track record and commitment to ITT. The school has a long history of providing high quality teacher training and many of our current staffing team, were trainees at the school, keen to return to start their careers with us. As part of the SCITT training programme, you will practise your teaching skills in our school from day one of your course and will benefit from learning to teach alongside, and under the guidance of, our team of outstanding practitioners. You will be treated as a member of staff and potential employee of the school whilst benefiting from our bespoke in house CPD. We are proud to be the founding school in the Carlton Academy Trust and are already working with other schools on their journey to excellence. This provides an environment where talented teachers, new to the profession, have the opportunities to develop and progress their careers within our M.A.T. community.

About the accredited body

Bradford Birth to 19 (SCITT) offers a different way of training. Learn by listening to and observing good and outstanding teachers. Training involves practicing your teaching skills with groups of students. Supported effectively by a school mentor, you are treated as a member of the school staff, someone the school is often looking to potentially employ. We aim to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. We are committed to providing the highest standard of education for our young people. We are keen to recruit student teachers who share the same commitment.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We believe that teachers with disabilities, make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. We adhere to The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, which require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN). All our partner Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring.

Contact details

Email
N.Sutcliffe@carltonbolling.co.uk
Telephone
01274 633111
Address
Undercliffe Ln
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD3 0DU

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