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The OAKS Norfolk Art and design (E119)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.ormistonventureacademy.co.uk/

Contents

Course summary

Are you looking for a career that will enable you to use your skills in art and design to encourage young people to explore, challenge and understand the world in which they live through learning in Art and Design at school? If so, our Secondary Art and Design is for you. Art and Design is an exciting secondary school curriculum subject and incorporates a wide range of design disciplines including Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Photography. As a trainee you will learn how to teach art and design to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching art and design through a combination of university-led and school-led training

The course is often tailored to the areas of weakness identified by trainees at the start of the course. However, typically these topics have included:

o Word and Image/Journal Art o Print making o Ceramics o Mixed media textiles o Digital Photography o Photoshop o Critical Analysis/Analysing Art o Digital Photography o Portfolio Polish

The course also considers the following pedagogical aspects: Exam technique: looking in some detail at how we prepare our students for their exams and practical tasks, how pupils are assessed, and how to manage and record assessments efficiently. As a computer expert, you will be encouraged to develop your own expertise in the use of Digital Technologies.

You will be encouraged to create a dynamic and creative atmosphere within your classroom, given insight into how to work well in a practical environment and how to make use of other qualified adults. To help create such an environment, you need to be both enthusiastic and well organised!

These sessions are delivered by an Art & Design Subject Expert in schools, therefore you are required to travel to Stafford for the delivery of these sessions.

To sum up, the course aims to help you become a competent, professional and, above all, creative practitioner, capable of developing the imaginations and abilities of the young people with whom you have the privilege of working.

School placements

We will send you to two secondary schools where you will receive an 11-16 experience; the time spent in both of these placements is the same. Hopefully they will give you two contrasting experiences whilst providing a level of stability and progression through the close working relationships between your two schools. We make sure that you also receive a pre and post phase enhancement. For this you will be placed in a primary school for one week and gain experience in a post-16 environment (possibly in one of your secondary placements). We are very proud of our alternative education placements that we arrange for you on our programme. Hopefully you will gain experience in an EAL school, pupil referral unit (PRU), special school and an independent school.

Travel to and from your placements is always a key concern and we make every effort to make sure that you can easily commute to your schools. Our partnership schools are all based in or around Norwich, Greater Yarmouth and Lowestoft. We will endeavour to keep your travel time to a minimum and never more than 75 minutes with the overwhelming majority being significantly lower than this. When we visit our EAL schools we will travel together on a mini bus to allow collaboration but also to venture further to maximise the experience without expecting you to arrange travel.

Through undertaking regular evaluations, all of our partnership schools are deemed to be at least “very good training experiences” for our trainee teachers. We know high quality mentoring is key to a successful training year and take this very seriously. We train and then monitor all of our school based mentors and the quality of our school’s provision annually; so rest assured that you will have a good teaching experience with us at the OAKS Norfolk.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

The OAKS offers candidates the opportunity to train and develop as a subject specialist. A minimum of 40% of the credits obtained from your degree must be directly related to the subject you wish to train to teach.

Your degree subject should be in Art and design 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.

The OAKS offers candidates the opportunity to complete our GCSE equivalence tests in English Language and Mathematics prior to entry.

Fees and financial support

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

With The OAKS there is a pre-course fee which covers

  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Fitness to teach
  • Purchasing of Bristol Guide (reduced cost from The OAKS)
  • Residential trip.

The approximate cost of this is £125.

About the training provider

The OAKS Norfolk is based at Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston and is steered by a collaborative working partnership between the Ormiston Academies Trust secondary schools in Norfolk and Lowestoft. The seven schools have a combined wealth of experience and an excellent local reputation for supporting teacher training of the highest quality. This new venture acting as a hub for the Outstanding and widely respected OAKS SCITT based at Keele University, will ensure a highly personalised and rewarding pathway through initial teacher training.

Trainees will be placed in one of the seven OAT schools in the East, enabling them to benefit not only from the experience of the OAKs Norfolk tutors and the OAKs team based at Keele University but also the close working relationship of the Ormiston Academies Trust team in the Eastern Region, giving great recruitment and further professional development opportunities at the end of the training year.

Our aim is to ensure that trainees come into the profession with a high level of readiness to change lives in our local schools and act as part of the solution to the challenging recruitment picture in the area. With this in mind we will ensure there are many support structures in place for this challenging but very rewarding course to enable you to successfully gain QTS and a PGCE(m) Academic Award.

About the accredited body

The OAKS is an Ofsted Outstanding (2016) and innovative SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme) which links Keele University and OAT (Ormiston Academies Trust) with a long established partnership of schools in six local authorities: Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire, Birmingham, Cheshire and Norfolk.

The OAKS course is based in the beautiful green campus of Keele University and all trainees will qualify with a Keele University PGCE and QTS from The OAKS.

Our programme was rated 17th out of over 200 Teacher Training providers across the country in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.

Interview process

Our selection process is a two way process where you can find out if the OAKS Norfolk is the training programme for you and we can decide if you can potentially become a highly effective secondary teacher. We always carry out our interviews in one of our partnership schools, where you will be expected to teach either a class or a small group of their students for 15 minutes. The students give us feedback on your lesson, which we share with you during a formal interview. This interview then focuses on your lesson, your subject knowledge and your commitment to teach. There are also written tasks for you to complete; these include a written subject specific activity and a generic writing task. The whole process should take no more than half a day at the school. You are interviewed by partnership school staff and OAKS tutors, who will talk through the programme and school placements. There will always be plenty of time for you to ask questions and the decision as to whether you are accepted on to the course is usually made on the same day (this may vary depending on the subject/time of year).

We want the interview to be a very positive experience for you. Please arrive promptly and formal dress is expected. We look forward to meeting you!

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

We have a dedicated support tutor, who supports our trainees with disability or any other need. It is important to state that they do not assess your teaching performance, this gives you the opportunity to speak honestly about your needs, but also enables the support tutor to have the freedom to help you and visit you; whether you are in placement school or here at The OAKS. This includes signposting through to developing individualised learning plans, which may extend beyond the course date to enable you to successfully complete the programme.

Contact this training provider

Email
oaksnorfolk@ormistonventureacademy.co.uk
Telephone
01493 662966 x 324
Website
https://www.ormistonventureacademy.co.uk/
Address
Ormiston Venture Academy, Oriel Avenue
Gorleston
Norfolk
NR31 7JJ

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).

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