The OAKS Norfolk Chemistry (S643)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT)
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as 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.

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

About the course

Chemistry Teacher Training invites people from a variety of scientific backgrounds. Whether you have worked in the chemical industry, or are a recent graduate in Chemistry (or in a degree with a substantial element of which is Chemistry, such as Biochemistry or Pharmacy) the course will allow you to develop your subject knowledge and pedagogy, ready to inspire young people.

Chemistry is a core subject, forming one third of science taught to 11-16 year olds. Moreover, it is an exciting yet unique subject, as chemical ideas underpin everything that we know about the world, yet are not tangible and often cannot be seen. The use of practicals and demonstrations in a Chemistry lesson makes the subject stand out in young people’s minds, and the OAKS course will allow you to discover the best way to use such practicals to flourish your individual classroom style.

You will explore the use of modelling, games and dance to teach the fundamental Chemical Concepts and how to make chemistry seem relevant to young people, all of which come together to create a simulating and safe learning environment. Sessions will be able to prepare you for handling different situations, since strategies for maintaining discipline and managing the learning in a Chemistry laboratory are considered and discussed. Other topics include:

  • Risk assessment, health and safety and lab management
  • Spectroscopic Techniques
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Chemical Reachtions
  • Bonding and Structure
  • Rate of Reaction
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Bonding and Structure
  • Rate of Reaction
  • Chemical Calculations
  • Electrolysis
  • Redox and Tirations Sessions are delivered by a Chemistry 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)

While the course aims to help you meet the Standards which qualify you to teach, it also has wider horizons which encompass the Induction (Newly Qualified Teacher) Year and the early years of teaching. Many of our ex-Trainee Teachers progress rapidly through the profession so we provide you with an appropriate foundation in knowledge, skills and understanding for meeting the teaching, administrative and management demands which lie ahead.

To summarise, the course aims for you become a competent, professional and, above all, creative teacher, capable of inspiring and developing the scientific enquiry within 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.

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

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.

Personal qualities

  • Highly motivated individuals wanting to make a positive contribution to the education of young people.
  • Passionate about their own specialism, with excellent subject knowledge.
  • Able to inspire learners and create an environment where everyone wants to succeed.
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in all aspects of the course.
  • Robust and resilient applicants with a desire to make a difference.
  • Reflective on their own practice and take constructive feedback on board to help their rapid development as teachers.
  • People who want to become highly effective practitioners, with a desire to improve themselves and their students.

Other requirements

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

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 cost of this is approximately £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 students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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

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