This PGCE course operates over one school academic year and is a full time programme. All PGCE tuition fee trainees will be in school for the equivalent of four days per week increasing to five days per week in the final term.
This course is offered by The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership in conjunction with Chiltern Training Trust and our Partnership schools throughout the Bedfordshire area.
The main strength of our training provision, is that we are small enough to treat every trainee as an individual and as such, we are able to tailor the training experience to meet individual requirements.
It is our belief that teachers are best trained when there is a high level of involvement in the training by qualified teachers - and an extensive immersion in school life. Consequently, all of our trainees are allocated subject specific mentors who will oversee and monitor trainee progress and development.
Underpinning the practical aspect of the training, are the academic taught courses which operate at the end of the school day on a twice weekly basis. The Professional Studies course aims to connect theory and practice and addresses the Standards for QTS and will involve assessment via three assignments (one each term). Additionally, all trainees will attend the Subject Application course which is delivered by the Subject Leaders as a small group subject based tutorial programme - addressing the required subject knowledge for teaching.
By the end of the course, all trainees will be able to achieve the prescribed Standards for newly qualified teachers in secondary education and additionally all of our Tuition Fee courses offer the award of a university validated PGCE with the option of gaining credits towards a Masters qualification.
As a Secondary School training provider, trainees will be allocated a base school placement within a Secondary School as well as a shorter complementary placement during which time they will be allocated a subject specific mentor to oversee their training and development.
These placements will be located across Bedfordshire within our Partnership schools. We will endeavour where possible, to place trainees within a reasonable travelling distance of their home (typically half an hour by car)
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.
We would ideally like candidates to have at least 50% relevancy within their degree to the subject that they wish to apply for. We will however, consider this on a case by case basis.
Your degree subject should be in social sciences 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We will prioritise candidates who already have their GCSE English & Maths at a grade C/4 or above - but we will accept Equivalency Tests from the following Providers:
A Star Equivalency
Birmingham City University
Applicants with qualifications from overseas must have a Statement of Comparability from UK ENIC/ NARIC for the purposes of their GCSEs and degree qualifications
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants. We would encourage applicants to familarise themselves with the relevant Secondary GCSE curriculum - as well as the current issues effecting education and schools.
Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and genuine interest in and understanding of young people and the teaching profession.
In line with current safeguarding practice, we will carry out a number of pre-employment checks, including taking up references and a DBS Clearance check for all trainees prior to the start of the course.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership is a successful and long established school based teacher training provider offering both Secondary and Primary PGCE, Tuition Fee and Salaried courses across the local area.
We believe in providing high quality training provision with a focus on supporting the individual - offering small teaching groups - and extensive pastoral support.
Now working in Partnership with The Chiltern Training Group - an Outstanding local SCITT - as well as a network of Partnership schools across Bedfordshire and Luton - we are proud to serve our local schools where the vast majority of our trainees go on to be employed.
About the accredited body
The Chiltern Training Group is an OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ SCITT Provider and is part of the wider Chiltern Learning Trust, which currently educates over 8 thousand children across Bedfordshire and incorporates two new Teaching Hubs.
Applications received by The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership are subject to initial shortlisting by the relevant Subject Leader. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend an interview which consists of two subject knowledge based tasks (one written), a practical classroom focussed exercise as well as basic literacy & numeracy testing. Successful candidates are then informed of the outcome within two working days of the interview date.
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 Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership is committed to diversity, inclusion and well-being and aims to create a culture where everyone feels valued. We therefore welcome applications from all those who meet the entry requirements for teacher training and will always endeavour to offer the very best level of support. All individual needs will be assessed in conjunction with Occupational Health.
For trainees with a disability or additional needs it may be possible to apply for financial support from the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) - please see the link below for further information:
Pix Brook Academy Arlesey Road Stotfold Herts SG5 4HB
Support and advice
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