The OAKS Norfolk Physical education (Q606)

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

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.ormistonventureacademy.co.uk/

Contents

Course summary

The PE course attracts candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. Whatever your background, you must have a passion for sport; an enthusiasm for physical fitness and a strong desire for conveying this to pupils.

P.E. is a compulsory element of education that enables everyone to take part and reach their own level of engagement. For many a high-quality physical education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a desire to be fit and healthy and their talent as young sports people, and so increase their self-confidence, fitness and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop their own skills and techniques in a large number of games (including football, cricket, netball, hockey, tennis and badminton, etc.), gymnastics and maybe swimming and dance.

Having an identity as a physical educator, and the ability to aid coaching of the many sports and related activities, as well as giving up many hours for clubs and school teams are essential to a successful PE teacher. You will build on your existing skills as a sportsperson and develop your subject knowledge in areas of weakness. You should be open to experiencing different styles and a large number of sports, some of which may well be totally new to you, and be prepared to also teach GCSE, BTEC PE and A level theoretical PE and maybe a second subject at Key Stage 3.

An important part of the course is learning 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; not everyone enjoys sport! You will be able to prepare in advance for handling different situations, develop strategies for maintaining discipline and managing the learning in an outdoor and sports hall environment.

Key models for the teaching of PE are analysed and different styles of teaching are explored. You will be encouraged to read widely and to employ ICT to record and target improved sporting technique, demonstrations and warm ups, drill/activities as well as effective plenaries and self-assessment.

School placements

We will send you to two secondary schools where you will receive an 11-16 experience; the length of time spent in both of these placements is the same. Hopefully they will give you two very different experiences; one maybe in a small town or rural setting the other could be in an inner city. We make sure that you also receive a pre and post phase enhancement so 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 maybe 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. We have a very large partnership. We guarantee that you will never have to travel more than 75 minutes. In fact, most of our trainees travel well under an hour to their teaching experiences.

Many of you will have applied to one of our 5 hubs (geographical zones); this usually dictates the schools that you will be placed in. Through evaluations all of our partnership schools are deemed to be at least “very good training experiences” for our trainee teachers. 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.

Locations

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

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

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 gained from your degree must be directly related to the subject you wish to train to teach.

Your degree subject should be in physical education 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.

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 very good subject knowledge.
  • Trainees who are able to inspire their learners and create an environment where everyone wants to succeed.
  • Candidates who show enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in all aspects of the training course.
  • Robust, resilient applicants who want to make a difference in the classroom.
  • People who want to become good or outstanding classroom practitioners, with a desire to improve themselves and their students.

Other requirements

o a medical report which is deemed satisfactory; o a completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by The OAKS; o 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).

For PE – You must hold at least one coaching certificate and continue to participate in your chosen sport or recently represented a regional or national sport.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 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.

In 2021/22 the total price for the above was £115, at this moment in time we are unable to confirm the price for 2022/23, but do not foresee this increasing dramatically.

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 is the training programme for you and we can decide if you can potentially become a good/outstanding 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 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).

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

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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