Fairfax Academy Drama and Performing Arts (F388)

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://theoaks.org.uk/

Contents

Course summary

The course attracts Trainee Teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds. Whatever your background, you will have a love of Drama and Theatre Studies and an enthusiasm for performance and a passion for conveying this to students.

Drama it is a multifaceted subject that gives students a voice and can unlock an individual’s creativity and drive, allowing considerable scope for the autonomy and personal qualities of the individual teacher. These factors are recognised in the course which encourages you to question the nature of the subject, to explore priorities and to develop constructive means for meeting the needs and interests of your students. You will consider the results of recent and relevant research and reflect upon tried and tested teaching and learning strategies and programmes but, as importantly, you will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and strategies.

All aspects of the subject are addressed during the course, including meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum and national initiatives such as Assessment for Learning (AfL). With focused study of Drama at post-16 you will not only be equipped to teach pupils and students in the 11-16 age range but will have opportunities to gain experience of teaching at the 16-19 level.

Through practical workshops and seminars, the course considers meaningful contexts for the teaching of Drama including Drama as a learning medium and theatre, ‘Teacher in Role’, reading a wide range of literature, watching and developing a variety of performance, media and moving image texts, performing for a variety of styles and audiences. Typical themes are:

  • Drama Skills and techniques
  • Group work and the classroom
  • Approaches to script and scripted performance
  • Approaches to devised/improvised performance
  • Exploring theatre practitioners
  • Physical theatre workshops
  • Approaches to improvisation, devising drama including design and technical aspects.

Key models for the teaching of Drama are analysed and different styles of teaching are explored. You will be encouraged to read widely and to employ Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Theatre technology and audio-visual aids such as electronic whiteboards in the classroom.

To sum up, the course aims to help you become a competent, professional and, above all, creative practitioner, capable of developing the imaginations and abilities of the young people with whom you have the privilege of working.

These sessions are delivered at The OAKS at Keele University.

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 in over five counties; one will have schools close to you. 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. When we visit our EAL schools we put on mini buses so nothing could be simpler.

Many of you will have applied to one of our 6 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
Fairfax Academy
Fairfax Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 7JT
Yes
George Salter Academy
Davey Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 9UW
Yes
Ormiston Forge Academy
Wrights Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 6QU
Yes
Ormiston NEW Academy
Marsh Lane, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 6SE
Yes
Ormiston SWB Academy
Dudley Street, Bilston , West Midlands, WV14 0LN
Yes
Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy
Lower City Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2HE
Yes
Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy
Broad Way, Pelsall, Walsall, West Midlands, WS4 1BW
Yes
Tenbury High Ormiston Academy
Oldwood Road, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8XA
Yes
Wodensborough Ormiston Academy
Hydes Road , Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 0DR
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 subject specialists. A minimum of 40% of the credits gained in your degree must be directly related to the subject you wish to train to teach.

Your degree subject should be in drama 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.

The OAKS offers candidates the opportunity to sit our GCSE equivalence tests in English Language and Mathematics prior to entry.

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

1) a medical report which is deemed satisfactory; 2) a completed DBS Enhanced Disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by The OAKS; 3) 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 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

With The OAKS there is a pre-course fee which covers

  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Fitness to teach health assessment
  • Purchasing of Bristol Guide - Handbook for Educational Professionals (reduced cost from The OAKS)
  • Residential trip

In 2022/23 the total price for the above was £115, at this moment in time we are unable to confirm the price for 2023/24, but do not foresee this increasing dramatically.

There is also a possibility of undertaking a First Aid course and / or a P4C (Philosophy for Children) course, these are optional and may incur an additional fee.

About the training provider

Fairfax Academy is a popular 11-18 comprehensive school in Sutton Coldfield. Fairfax Academy’s values are built around hard work and opportunity; we believe that every child attending Fairfax will have the chance to thrive in an atmosphere where high expectations meet endless possibilities. The Academy’s staff are knowledgeable and skilled and ensure that every child, regardless of starting point, is supported to optimize his/her academic achievements. The Academy aims to promote a sense of pride in students, through students taking personal responsibility in delivering excellence! We are Fairfax and we are proud of it!

Achieving excellence in teaching and learning is at the forefront of all professional development at Fairfax. All teachers and support staff have the opportunity to develop their profession, through coaching, mentoring, targeted CPD and training. We are pleased to be in partnership with The OAKS to deliver Initial Teacher Training to the teachers of tomorrow.

We work with a hub of schools across the West Midlands region which are: George Salter Academy in West Bromwich; Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath; Ormiston NEW Academy in Wolverhampton; Ormiston Sandwell Academy in Oldbury; Ormiston Shelfield Academy in Walsall; Ormiston SWB Academy in Bilston; Tenbury High Ormiston Academy in Tenbury Wells; Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in Birmingham

Programme Data from last year:-

  • 94% of trainees successfully completed the programme
  • 90% of our trainees gained employment
  • 100% of the cohort achieved ‘outstanding’ or’ good’
  • 96% of our trainees rated our teacher training programme as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’

About the accredited body

We are The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT), an Ofsted Outstanding Secondary Initial Teacher Training provider based at Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffordshire.

Ours is an innovative and intensive one year course during which trainees will complete both the Teaching Standards, gaining QTS certification and obtain a Keele University PGCE at either level 6 or 7. We believe that we provide a course that is both supportive and enjoyable, with outstanding success rates well above the national average for the Initial Teacher Training sector.

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. Due to the recent pandemic we carry out interviews either online, or at Keele or in one of our partnership schools, where you will be expected to present/teach either a class or a small group of their students for 15 minutes or present online. 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/online. 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 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 a 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 support includes signposting to services who can help you, 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
c.j.brown@keele.ac.uk
Telephone
01782 733830
Website
https://theoaks.org.uk/
Address
Room CBA 0.040
Chancellor's Building, Keele University,
Newcastle-Under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 5BG

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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