NIoT@Oasis Community Learning History (2KH6)

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

Accredited body
NIoT: National Institute of Teaching, founded by the School-Led Development Trust
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://niot.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

Our full-time programmes last for one academic year, from September to July. As a trainee teacher, you’ll be based at one of our partner schools, where you’ll learn to teach alongside expert classroom practitioners in an exciting, vibrant environment.

During the course you will spend one day a week at Core Training. This will be a blended model of online and face-to-face sessions, based at one of our regional campuses closest to you. This is a school-centred, immersive programme where you will be teaching across the year, the rest of your week is spent in your school placements.

The training sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners who will model outstanding planning, teaching and assessment to support your development as a teacher. You will have lots of opportunities to interact and learn from peers from across subjects and phases.

There are a number of Subject-specific training days as part of the Core Training which includes the following content as a minimum:

  • Getting to grips with history education in schools
  • How do we make the most of questions?
  • How do students ‘get the grade’?
  • Bringing the academic to the foreground
  • Overview vs depth, the national vs the individual
  • How do I get students excited by source work?
  • Teaching diverse and controversial Histories
  • Understanding the Holocaust: The how and the why of teaching it well
  • Celebrating your work

Assessment and Accreditation

  • The National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through the NIoT (an accredited provider), with PGCE and Master’s Level Credits awarded in partnership with the University of Birmingham.

  • As a trainee teacher, you will be assessed holistically against the NIoT Curriculum, across the training year in both your school-based training and Core Training. By the end of the course, this will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards as required for QTS.

  • The elements that make up the holistic assessment include: mentor reports; evidence of application in practice; subject and curriculum knowledge; completion of Intensive Training and Practice (IT&P) reflections; attendance and punctuality; professional behaviours; mathematics and English proficiencies; engagement and input in training and a final assessment panel presentation.

  • The PGCE element of the programme is assessed by: master’s level assignments; school experience.

Course arrangements and content may be subject to change in line with training partnerships with DfE requirements.

School placements

In order to ensure a well-rounded school-centred experience, you will undertake two school placements and four weeks of Intensive Training and Practice. You will be placed at your main placement academy for the majority of the year. We will work with you to agree a suitable placement which will be no longer than one hour’s travel from your home.

Throughout your training you will have a personal mentor, who is an experienced teacher, to oversee the school-based element of your training year. They will support you, be a model of effective practice, observe your teaching and meet with you weekly.

There will be regular advice and guidance on strategies to promote wellbeing and safeguard against instances of mental and physical ill-health. Support might take the form of 1:1 meetings with a Lead mentor or Wellbeing Officer, access to the Employee Access Programme (EAP) or Intensive Practice on key areas e.g. behaviour management of children.

You will also benefit from a short second placement at a different partner school. This means you will experience teaching in a contrasting school to help you to develop your skills in a different context or age-range. We organise this based on a range of criteria to ensure an enriching school experience.

During the course you will spend one day a week at Core Training. This will be a blended model of online and face-to-face sessions, based at Oasis Community Learning in Birmingham or Bristol. This is a school-centred, immersive programme where you will be teaching across the year, the rest of your week is spent in your school placements.

Our Secondary courses cover 11-16. This means you will have experience across these age ranges. There are also opportunities for trainees to teach at Key Stage 5, if appropriate to their subject.

When selecting your main school placement, we take into consideration the distance from your home, childcare or caring responsibilities, mode of transport and any other pertinent information. Please note, once you have accepted an offer, we are unable to make changes to the main placement school.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Oasis Academy Bank Leaze (Primary)
Corbet Close, Bristol , BS11 0SN
Yes
Oasis Academy Blakenhale (Infants)
Blakenhale Rd, , Birmingham , B33 0XD
Yes
Oasis Academy Blakenhale (Juniors)
Outmore Rd, Garretts Green Ln, Birmingham , B33 0UN
Yes
Oasis Academy Boulton (Primary)
Boulton Rd, , Birmingham , B21 0RE
Yes
Oasis Academy Brightstowe (Secondary)
Penpole Ln, Shirehampton, , Bristol , BS11 0EB
Yes
Oasis Academy Brislington (Secondary)
Hungerford Rd, Brislington, , Bristol , BS4 5EY
Yes
Oasis Academy Connaught (Primary)
Melvin Square, , Bristol, BS4 1NH
Yes
Oasis Academy Foundry (Primary)
Blakenhale Rd, , Birmingham , B33 0XD
Yes
Oasis Academy Hobmoor (Primary)
Oasis Academy Hobmoor, Wash Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B25 8FD
Yes
Oasis Academy John Williams (Secondary)
Oasis Academy John Williams, Petherton Road, Bristol , Bristol, BS14 9BU
Yes
Oasis Academy Long Cross (Primary)
Oasis Academy Long Cross, Long Cross , Bristol, Bristol, BS11 0LP
Yes
Oasis Academy Long Meadow (Primary)
Oasis Academy Long Meadow, Broadcloth Lane, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 7HE
Yes
Oasis Academy Marksbury Road (Primary)
Marksbury Rd, Oasis Academy Marksbury Road, Bristol, Bristol, BS3 5JL
Yes
Oasis Academy New Oak (Primary)
Oasis Academy New Oak, Walsh Ave, Bristol , Bristol , BS14 9SN
Yes
Oasis Academy Sholing (Secondary)
Oasis Academy Sholing, 167 Middle Road, Southampton , Southampton, SO19 8PH
Yes
Oasis Academy Short Heath (Primary)
Oasis Academy Short Heath, Streetly Road, Birmingham , West Midlands, B23 5JP
Yes
Oasis Academy Warndon (Primary)
Edgeworth Close, Worcester, Midlands, WR4 9PE
Yes
Star Academies Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham (Secondary)
Star Academies Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, 150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham , B42 2SY
Yes
Star Academies Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham East (Secondary)
Star Academies Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham, 441 Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B8 3DT
Yes
Star Academies Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham (Secondary)
Star Academies Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, 256-258 Hob Moor Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B10 9HH
Yes
Star Academies Eden Girls’ School, Coventry (Secondary)
Star Academies Eden Girls’ School, Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry , CV1 4FS
Yes
Star Academies Small Heath Leadership Academy (Secondary)
Star Academies Small Heath Leadership Academy, Muntz Street, Small Heath, Birmingham , B10 9RX
Yes
Star Academies Starbank School (Primary and Secondary)
Star Academies Starbank School, Starbank Road, Birmingham , West Midlands, B10 9LR
Yes
Star Academies The Olive School, Birmingham (Primary)
Star Academies The Olive School, Birmingham (Primary), Reddings Lane, Birmingham , West Midlands, B11 3EY
Yes
Star Academies The Olive School, Small Heath (Primary)
Star Academies The Olive School, Small Heath, Waverley Road, Birmingham , West Midlands, B10 0EG
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in history 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.

If you are required to complete an equivalent GCSE, you will be responsible for meeting the cost. We recommend:

  • A star equivalency (preferred)
  • Equivalencytesting.com

You need to have completed these equivalency examinations and have the results prior to the start of the course (1st September 2023). The minimum grade is equivalent to a grade 4.

Personal qualities

We’re looking for people who want to become outstanding teachers; people who genuinely enjoy working with children and young people; people who are passionate about education and who are relentless in their drive to ensure positive outcomes for children.

You will need the ability to develop effective relationships with relevant stakeholders: children, parents and carers, colleagues and peers, as well as external agencies.

Further essential qualities are outstanding organisation and communication skills, resilience, a proactive reflective approach and good interpersonal skills. You should also have determination and energy, high standards of English, maths and excellent subject knowledge.

Other requirements

Alongside meeting all of the eligibility criteria, and having original certificates of all your qualifications, you must pass the pre-programme checks. These will include an Enhanced DBS and Prohibition Order checks, and a Medical Questionnaire to assess your fitness to work.

If you have lived and/or worked overseas during the last 5 years you will need to provide an Overseas Police Check.

You will need to have the Right to Work in the UK as we do not offer visa sponsorships.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

On this fee-funded (tuition-fee) route you will be required to pay the fees. The fees that you are due to pay can be split into three termly payments or they can be paid in full at the start of the academic year.

For part-time trainees the course fees are £6,935 per academic year (inclusive of VAT) and will be payable by the Trainee to the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) by one of the following methods:

a) In full - Trainees who opt to pay the fees in full shall pay the fees on or before 4th September 2023;

b) Instalments - Trainees who opt to pay the fees by way of instalments shall pay the fees as follows in Year 1: 4 September 2023 = £2,311.67 9 January 2024 = £2,311.67 17 April 2024 = £2,311.66

c) Through Student Finance England - Trainees with the benefit of a tuition-fee loan may opt to have the fees paid directly to the NIoT in three instalments. It is the trainee’s responsibility to ensure that the NIoT receives the fees and the NIoT may, in discretion, having considered all of the relevant circumstances, refuse admission or terminate attendance to the course in the event that payment has not been received by any due date.

In Year 2, fees are dependent on how many terms you are with us. Please see our website www.niot.org for more details.

Financial support from the training provider

The National Institute of Teaching scholarships and support are available for some subjects and phases (and are also dependent on schools).

About the training provider

Our vision is a school system that nurtures the talents of teachers and leaders at all stages of their careers, so they can provide children with the world-class education they deserve.

Together with three other leading multi-academy trusts, Star Academies, Harris Federation, and Outwood Grange Academies Trust, we have formed a national school-led organisation called the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT).

We offer year-long primary and secondary teacher training programmes to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession through our school centred programme. We offer a strong support network and exciting environment in which to train, ensuring that our trainee teachers complete the course feeling supported, confident and well-prepared.

All our teacher training courses lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and 60 Master’s Level credits. We give you access to first class training, invaluable school and classroom practice and opportunities to learn on-the-job at one of our placement schools within Oasis Community Learning partner schools. We work in partnership with the University of Birmingham to deliver the PGCE element of our programme.

You will benefit from bespoke weekly Core Training with your fellow trainees; additional tailored subject-specific training days; personalised mentor and the NIoT team support and a second placement in a contrasting school environment. You could earn a salary or receive a bursary, subject to eligibility, while you train.

About the accredited body

The National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) is the accredited body and has responsibility for recommending trainees who successfully complete the programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The NIoT delivers the course through the partner providers Star Academies, Harris Initial Teacher Education, Outwood Grange Academies Trust and Oasis Community Learning.

The National Institute of Teaching works in partnership with the University of Birmingham.

The University of Birmingham is the validating university and has responsibility for awarding the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) element of the programme.

Interview process

If your application is successful, we will invite you to a face-to-face interview with the National Institute of Teaching Lead Mentors, which will consist of:

  • Two independent written tasks designed to assess your subject/phase knowledge and understanding of professionalism.

  • a panel interview with a 7-minute teaching episode and formal questions designed to assess your suitability to train to teach.

  • an opportunity to ask any of your own questions.

We will also be assessing your proficiency in English and collecting your eligibility documents for verification at the face-to-face part of the interview process.

Please be prepared to bring any identification documents and original qualification certificates.

When you apply to us, you are applying to the National Institute of Teaching@Oasis Community Learning as a central provider for our region. We will select the most appropriate placement following a discussion with you at interview. Please apply for one location only. We reserve the right to select the most appropriate placement and will discuss this at interview.

Following this meeting, we will make you a formal conditional offer, which you will need to accept to secure your place on the course. You will then be sent a link to complete an online maths diagnostic assessment.

All offers are subject to the satisfactory completion of pre-programme checks including an Enhanced DBS and Prohibition Order checks, two suitable references and a Medical Questionnaire to assess your fitness to work.

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

Our training programme is open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria. If you have a disability, we will make every reasonable adjustment to accommodate you throughout the recruitment process, as well as during the training programme, if you are offered a place.

All candidates who have accepted a place must complete a pre-commencement medical questionnaire. If this reveals you have a support need, the NIoT provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for you during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) service to all National of Institute of Teaching trainees.

To support those with a physical disability, we ensure they are placed in an accessible school setting. Our placement schools and core training facilities make full use of a range of technologies and specialist equipment.

The physical and mental health and wellbeing of our trainees is important to us. Many of our team are trained as Mental Health first aiders. We incorporate wellbeing sessions throughout our Core Training and offer regular, additional academic writing support as required.

Contact this training provider

Email
ITT@niot.org.uk
Telephone
0330 133 6300
Website
https://niot.org.uk
Address
Oasis Academy Woodview
Woodview Drive
Birmingham
B15 2HU

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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