The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships (PGTA) programme provides an employment-based route leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
To be ready for an apprenticeship, you will have already secured employment/come to an agreement with a school who want to employ you and support you throughout your training year. This maybe with a school with whom you are already employed in a similar or different role.
The entry requirements for PGTA programmes are exactly the same as all graduate teacher-training routes, but the PGTA is specifically suited to those who already have strong experience working with children in the age range for which they wish to teach.
As part of your programme, you will receive:
80% in the classroom gaining practical experience and skills supported by your school-based mentor. This will involve subject knowledge, lesson observation, team teaching, solo-teaching and learning support
20% of your course time will be spent off-the-job training back at college. This is largely provided by following the same PD programme as our school-direct trainees at College but can include other training based at your school.
After successfully gaining QTS, you will be put forward to complete your End Point Assessment (EPA), in agreement with your employer. The EPA involves a formal observation and professional discussion conducted by an external assessor. This final assessment shows successful completion of your apprenticeship.
Please note that this is not an advertisement for a vacancy but please contact us directly as we may be aware of schools advertising vacancies to support apprentices.
Individuals applying for this route will have already secured employment with a school who will support you through the majority of your training.
NTTC works closely with the individual and their employing school to secure a complimentary placement with another school within our partnership. This complimentary placement takes place for half a term at a suitable point in the course.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Music 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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
Most importantly, you will be able to demonstrate why you want to work with young children and prove your commitment to the secondary sector.
You should have a passion for Music and teaching Music. We will work with you to develop your subject knowledge.
Most candidates will be able to demonstrate experience working with young people. However, we evaluate each application on a person-by-person basis and we are keen to take all your experience in to account. We will check your application against the Children’s Barred list and require a full DBS check from the school you are working in.
For all Teaching Apprenticeships, you will need to have an employer, or come to an agreement with a school who is prepared to employ you from the start of the course.
It is advised that employing schools pay Apprentice Teachers in line with the unqualified teacher salary scale.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Wensum Junior School works in partnership with the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre (NTTC), who provide all the training courses, based at City College Norwich.
Working closely with our partner schools across the region, NTTC offers age 3 to 11 & 11to 18 experience across a broad range of schools.
NTTC provide a tailor-made route into teaching with our school based programme. The professional development programme follows a curriculum which links cohesively with the new ECF, preparing trainees for the start of their career. Our well qualified mentors are at the heart of our programmes, offering the opportunity to develop curriculum knowledge alongside engaging classroom activities.
Wensum Junior School offers its wide range of specialisms within Primary to contribute to the training programme and supporting trainees, completing the School Direct programmes, on placements.
We offer 4 routes to QTS, Primary Teaching Apprenticeships, Primary with Mathematics Apprenticeship, Primary with Mathematics School Direct (fee-funded) and Primary School Direct (fee-funded).
We also offer Secondary Apprenticeship courses for those wishing to study for QTS through the Teacher Apprenticeship and already have an employer.
About the accredited body
Our core values:
An unwavering belief in all trainee’s potential
A passion for excellence
Trust and Respect for others
All stakeholders are critical to the process
Working with our partnership schools you will gain the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to ensure you become a confident member of the teaching profession and have a positive impact on the life chances of the children you teach.
We are looking for people who can show that they are resilient and committed to both working with young people and joining the teaching profession. We are particularly interested in talking to people who have a proven track record in working with young learners.
Interviews will either take place at your employing school or at City College Norwich within Covid19 guidelines. You will be fully briefed on the format. If we are unable to do face-to-face interviews they will be held online. You will be asked to carry out a 10-minute activity and then answer formal questions to enable us to judge that you are suited to the course. The process usually takes an hour.
If we haven’t previously worked with your employing school, we will also hold a Partnership meeting to brief them on the commitments and responsibilities for supporting you through this course.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
Working with City College Norwich we are able to work closely with all our learners to ensure that all needs are supported in an atmosphere of inclusivity. If you have any special needs, please talk to us in confidence during your interview and we will ensure that the most appropriate and individualised learning plan is put in place.
Norfolk Teacher Training Centre City College Norwich, Ipswich Road Norwich Norfolk NR2 2LJ
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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