This postgraduate qualification gives you the tools to build a successful career in teaching while providing a holistic view of the profession; you will look at the child, curriculum and teacher. The course will build your confidence in the classroom, your understanding of the wider role a teacher plays and provide you with all the subject knowledge to effectively teach your specialist subject to all age groups of secondary school children. You will be based in a host school for 32 weeks of the year, which will enable you to develop strong relationships with your school mentor who will oversee your training. You will undertake a short placement in a contrasting school in term 2, and attend lectures and seminars at Roehampton throughout terms 1 and 3. You will be assigned a tutor from Roehampton who will support you with both the practical and academic elements of the course. You will also be part of a large cohort of trainee teachers in South East London.
Candidates are invited to visit schools in the partnership prior to starting the course. Our schools are all easily accessible by public transport and we will take into account travel times when placing trainees. In most cases you will be teaching 11-16 with opportunities to observe and possibly teach 16-18.
Our partner schools are:
Charter School East Dulwich (Southwark)
Compass School (Southwark)
Charter School North Dulwich (Southwark)
Kingsdale Foundation School ( Southwark)
Deptford Green Secondary School (Lewisham)
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology 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.
We are looking for candidates who are passionate and knowledgeable about their specialist subject and keen to have a positive impact on the lives of young people in the Capital.
You will need to complete a DBS check prior to taking up the offer of a place.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Southwark and Lewisham is a dynamic and diverse borough in which to get in to teaching. Our schools are passionate about learning and teaching and ambitious for their pupils. Our young people deserve the best and we aim to deliver this by recruiting and training outstanding candidates for teaching posts in these boroughs. In return we offer first class training and support in some of the most dynamic, forward thinking and diverse schools in the country.
What we offer:
Award of PGCE and QTS on all courses
Access to tax- free training bursaries of up to £28,000
Exceptional teachers working in our schools who are keen to share their diverse range of skills, knowledge and distinctive teaching methodology with the next generation of teachers.
Schools that have close partnerships with the range of world class organisations on our doorstep, such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Southbank Centre, Royal Society of Arts, University of Roehampton, London South Bank University.
Access to additional CPD and research opportunities through the London South Teach School Hub and Charles Dickens Research School.
Excellent access to employment opportunities once qualified through our network of schools. 90% of trainees go on to secure ECT positions in our schools.
About the accredited body
Roehampton is one of the UK’s leading providers of teacher education enjoying partnerships with over 700 schools. We are based on a beautiful parkland campus in South West London, close to Putney, Wimbledon and just twenty minutes train journey form Waterloo. Our students will attend university one day a week and if successful will be awarded a PGCE with 60 Masters credits as well as recommendation for QTS.
From 2019- 2021, the Complete University Guide has ranked Roehampton either top or second in London for education based on undergraduate provision.
If you are shortlisted for interview we will ask you to complete a short interview with the senior leadership at the host school, undertake a pupil interaction task, and complete an English written test. We will then notify you within 24 hours to confirm your offer of a place.
You’ll need the right to study 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
The majority of our schools have lifts and step free access to teaching spaces.
We ask all candidates shortlisted for interview to complete a declaration of health form, which enables us, in partnership with the University, to provide bespoke support to trainees with additional health needs
In the past we have provided additional time in interview tests for trainees with specific needs.
The Charter School East Dulwich , Jarvis Road London London SE22 8RB
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
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