Abacus Belsize Primary School Primary (V100)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Teaching London: LDBS 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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.abacus-cfbt.org/

Contents

Course summary

You will attend centre-based training in Kilburn one day per week, with additional visits to alternative schools. Taught sessions are wide-ranging and thorough, ensuring that you have the confidence and competence to plan and teach creatively to meet the needs of all pupils. Tutors are experts in their field, offering informative and practical sessions which you can immediately apply to your own classroom practice. Sessions include:

  • Subject knowledge and related pedagogy
  • Child development
  • Theories of learning
  • Assessment and Planning
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Academic Studies for the PGCE
  • Developing a working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum (NC)
  • Voice coaching and classroom presence

You also have 5 Intensive Training and Practice weeks (ITAPs) focussing on:

  • Early reading and SSP
  • How children learn
  • Inclusive practice
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum design

You spend 4 days per week in your base school. A second, 6 week, placement is undertaken in a contrasting setting and age phase. There is also the opportunity to apply for an enhancement placement in a SEND setting.

You will be observed teaching each week and targets set by your school based Mentor. You will also be visited by a Teaching London Link Tutor, and keep a Professional Development Portfolio with evidence of your progress. You take on increasing responsibility for planning and teaching, up to 80% by the Summer Term. To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your progress towards meeting the Staged Curriculum Expectations is formatively assessed at 5 review points across the year. You are summatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the course.

To be awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you need to pass two written assignments at Master’s Level and 10 Curriculum Learning Assessments (CLAs). Classroom-based research for the first assignment is carried out during the Autumn Term and submitted at the beginning of Spring. Classroom-based research for the second assignment is carried out during the Spring 2 term and submitted at the beginning of Summer. CLAs are a mixture of group presentations and 1000 word critical reflections.

School placements

Candidates apply to the Lead school but you could be placed in any of the schools within that partnership, in negotiation between you and the School. Second placements are selected by Teaching London to ensure that you have experience of a contrasting age phase and setting. We aim to ensure that trainees do not have to travel for longer than an hour to their placement schools.

Trainees will have two placements in KS1 and KS2 in mainstream schools, with the possible option of an enhancement placement in an SEND setting. Trainees spend the Autumn term, Spring 2 and the Summer term in their base school. Trainees spend Spring 1 in their second placement school (6 weeks).

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abacus Belsize Primary School
Jubilee Waterside Centre, 105 Camley Street, London, London, N1C 4PF
Yes
All Saints’ CofE Primary School
Cricklewood Lane, Childs Hill, London, NW2 2TH
Yes
Edward Wilson Primary School
Senior Street, London, W2 5TL
Yes
George Eliot Primary School
Marlborough Hill, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 0NH
Yes
Robinsfield Infant School
Ordnance Hill, London, NW8 6PX
Yes
St Andrew’s (Barnsbury) CofE Primary School
Matilda Street, Islington, London, N1 0LB
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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 or maths.

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

Candidates with pending GCSEs will be considered Equivalency tests will be accepted in English, maths or science.

Candidates can choose the provider they use to achieve their GCSE Equivalency qualification. A couple of examples are https://astarequivalency.co.uk/ and https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become Outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
  • Have a positive outlook
  • Are patient and adaptable
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Are friendly and approachable
  • Are passionate about teaching
  • Are creative and imaginative
  • Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
  • Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice

Other requirements

Successful applicants will be made a conditional offer, based on them meeting at least the following standard conditions:

  • a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • a satisfactory Criminal Record Check abroad for relevant countries where the applicant has spent more than 4 weeks travelling or working abroad
  • a satisfactory “Fitness to teach check”

If you are not a British national, you must ensure via UK Visas and Immigration that you are eligible to work and study in the UK and, if necessary, have received any required visas or permits before training begins.

Fees and financial support

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

Trainees are responsible for paying the £9,250 tuition fee for the course. Trainees are generally eligible for maintenance and tuition fee loans, but this should be clarified with Student Finance. You will also be eligible for other benefits such as student travel/oyster card, student discounts and exemption from paying council tax.

About the training provider

Abacus Belsize Primary School is a Primary School which opened in September 2013 under the Free Schools Programme to help meet the local need for school places. A member of the Anthem Trust family of schools, we are secular and welcome children from all backgrounds.

Our mission is to foster a positive, creative and multi-sensory learning environment that inspires each child to maximise their individual talents, curiosity and ability to think.

Our motto is “I see, I hear, I do and I learn.” We believe all children are entitled to enjoy their childhood and live it actively. Our aim at Abacus is to make a positive contribution to the development of children as individuals and as members of the community. We want to give children a sense of who they are and where they belong in the world. This involves encouraging respect for other people’s viewpoints.

Interview process

Successful candidates will be invited to interview online. Interviews are conducted by the Headteachers of the school and a representative of Teaching London.

An online interview will consist of the following:

  • A three-four minute (pre-recorded) video of applicant sharing a children’s book/story
  • A four minute teaching session
  • A formal interview
  • A written English task

Successful candidates may be required to visit the school they applied to and teach a 20 minute lesson to a class.

All elements of the interview process are used to establish candidates’ suitability and potential for ITT. A conditional offer will be made following a successful interview.

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

Abacus Belsize is fully wheelchair accessible.

Teaching London: LDBS SCITT has a degree of step-free access, but as the building was a Victorian school, we are unable to fully accommodate wheelchair access. We are always willing to discuss, and where possible, adapt to meet individual needs.

The well-being of our trainees is paramount, which is why you will be automatically enrolled into the Employee Assistance Programme with the Education Support Partnership. This provides 24/7 individual support and counselling, in addition to our in-house advice and support.

We also have experience in supporting trainees with a diagnosis of dyslexia and are able to offer specialist support on the course.

Candidates with particular requirements are encouraged to get in touch.

Contact this training provider

Email
admin@teachinglondon.org
Telephone
02079321126
Website
https://www.abacus-cfbt.org/
Address
105 Camley Street
Jubilee Waterside Centre
London
N1C 4PF

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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