Fairfax Academy Physical Education (F544)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://theoaks.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

The PE course attracts candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. Whatever your background, you must have a passion for sport; an enthusiasm for physical fitness and a strong desire for conveying this to pupils.

P.E. is a compulsory element of education that enables everyone to take part and reach their own level of engagement. For many a high-quality physical education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a desire to be fit and healthy and their talent as young sports people, and so increase their self-confidence, fitness and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop their own skills and techniques in a large number of games (including football, cricket, netball, hockey, tennis and badminton, etc.), gymnastics and maybe swimming and dance.

Having an identity as a physical educator, and the ability to aid coaching of the many sports and related activities, as well as giving up many hours for clubs and school teams are essential to a successful PE teacher. You will build on your existing skills as a sportsperson and develop your subject knowledge in areas of weakness. You should be open to experiencing different styles and a large number of sports, some of which may well be totally new to you, and be prepared to also teach GCSE, BTEC PE and A level theoretical PE and maybe a second subject at Key Stage 3.

An important part of the course is learning to create a stimulating and caring environment. To help create such an environment, you need to be enthusiastic and lessons need to be well planned and related to the needs of pupils; not everyone enjoys sport! You will be able to prepare in advance for handling different situations, develop strategies for maintaining discipline and managing the learning in an outdoor and sports hall environment.

Key models for the teaching of PE are analysed and different styles of teaching are explored. You will be encouraged to read widely and to employ ICT to record and target improved sporting technique, demonstrations and warm ups, drill/activities as well as effective plenaries and self-assessment.

These sessions are delivered by a PE Subject Expert in schools, therefore you are required to travel to Cheshire for the delivery of these sessions.

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 5 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 a subject specialist. A minimum of 40% of the credits gained 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 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

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

For PE – You must hold at least one coaching certificate and continue to participate in your chosen sport or recently represented a regional or national sport.

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.

In 2021/22 the total price for the above was £115, at this moment in time we are unable to confirm the price for 2022/23, but do not foresee this increasing dramatically.

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. 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 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 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

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