The OAKS Norfolk
Biology (J206)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT)
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.

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

Contents

About the course

The course is built around the national curriculum, the Standards for the award of QTS, your needs, the needs of pupils and schools. Biology sessions will look at ways of teaching, with a focus on pedagogical themes. Typical topics for sessions include:

  • Safety and risk assessment in the laboratory; working with a technician
  • Using cells as an example, we look at how themes in Biology evolve through the key stages, we examine how to organise a scheme of work and how to use models to teach concepts such as cell structure and function and DNA structure, replication and protein synthesis.
  • Assessment for Learning (AFL) through the medium of cells and microscope use
  • Learning through self-discovery within evolution and using statistics in Biology through the topic of variation.
  • A focus on Scientific investigation skills. Looking at class practicals on enzymes – how to organise a class practical and monitor students.
  • A tour of the body systems; looking at modelling Biology through practical demonstrations and student centred practicals which link to the theory and allow application of knowledge and understanding.
  • Dissection – an outdated mode of practical teaching or as relevant as ever in the Biology laboratory? Ethics and dissection ‘refusers’ will be discussed
  • Plant Biology (Botany) – using SAPS methodology to bring to life the fascinating world of plants (a topic that so many biology teachers undersell). A practical approach.
  • Exam technique and revision – how do we prepare our students for the exam?

These sessions are delivered by a Biology Subject Expert in one of the Ormiston East Academies, therefore you are required to travel to this school for the delivery of these sessions (5 across the year)

An important part of the course is learning how to create a stimulating and caring environment. To help create such an environment, you need to be enthusiastic and lessons need to be well planned and related to the needs of pupils. They need to be conducted in a well-organised way with a positive approach to control. You will be able to prepare in advance for handling different situations since strategies for maintaining discipline and managing the learning in a laboratory are considered and discussed.

We also place emphasis on the development of your skills in Digital Technologies and provide a wealth of opportunities for you to become a highly competent, skilled technology user.

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!

How school placements work

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.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 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.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £7,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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

Entry to the programme is conditional on the following: o achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent); o passes at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or recognised equivalent) o successful completion of The OAKS internal tests in Literacy and Numeracy (please note these replace the online Professional Skills tests which were withdrawn in October 2019);

Personal qualities

  • Highly motivated individuals who want to make a positive contribution to the education of young people.
  • Trainees who are passionate about their own specialism subject, with excellent subject knowledge.
  • Able to inspire their learners and create an environment where everyone wants to succeed.
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in the all aspects of the training course.
  • Robus and resilient who want to make a difference in the classroom.
  • Reflective on their own practice and take constructive feedback on board to help their rapid development as teachers.
  • Ambition to become highly effective classroom practitioners

Other requirements

  • a satisfactory medical report;
  • a completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the The OAKS Norfolk;
  • a successful completion of a minimum of 10 days teaching experience in a secondary school/college during the last two years. This could be either before or after selection (undertaking this before the selection process commences will strengthen your application).

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.

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 details

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

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Location Vacancies Code
Broadland High Ormiston Academy
Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8QN
Yes P
Flegg High Ormiston Academy
Martham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4QD
Yes W
Ormiston City of Norwich School
4 Eaton Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 6PP
Yes 2
Ormiston Cliff Park Academy
Kennedy Avenue, Gorleston, Norfolk, NR31 6TA
Yes S
Ormiston Denes Academy
Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 4AH
Yes F
Ormiston Venture Academy
Oriel Avenue, Gorleston, Norfolk, NR31 7JJ
Yes 4
Ormiston Victory Academy
Middleton Crescent, Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 0PX
Yes E

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