St. George’s Academy Partnership Biology (32PZ)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
http://www.teacher-training.org

Contents

About the course

The course lasts from September- July, the full academic year. St George’s Academy Partnership is the accredited provider, the course leads to two qualifications. For QTS:

  • You will spend 4 days each week in your ‘home’ school, working alongside your mentor and colleagues.
  • There are six days allocated to subject specialist input with some additional twilight sessions in some subjects also.
  • After a period of observation and as you feel confident, your teaching will gradually increase each term.
  • By Term 6 your teaching commitment will match that of an NQT so that you are fully prepared for the workload of a qualified teacher.
  • There are two assessment points during the year for the PGCE element and three assessment points for the QTS element. For PGCE:
  • You will spend one day each week at The University of Lincoln. The day is split into two half days.
  • Researching Education, The Foundations of Education and preparation for the Action Research & PGCE qualification
  • The classroom based input covers all elements of teaching and learning linked to The Teacher Standards. OFSTED 2016 Inspectors praised the “high completion rates and employment rates” together with the “trainees’ high standards of professionalism” and the “ highly practical, school based nature of the training” “The subject leaders combine excellent curriculum knowledge with excellent teaching”

School placements

St George’s Academy Partnership has seventeen partner schools across Lincolnshire. We have large comprehensive schools in urban settings, schools in rural locations and selective single sex and mixed grammar schools within the partnership.

  • You choose your ‘home’ school and apply directly to that school on UCAS/Apply. This gives you the opportunity to select a school which is a ‘good fit’ for you.
  • You will spend 5 out of 6 terms in your ‘home’ school.
  • Term 3 Jan-Feb is spent in your 2nd placement school.
  • We work with you when selecting your second placement school to ensure that you experience a contrast of setting, age phase etc.
  • We take into account your personal circumstances re: transport, childcare etc when arranging your second placement.
  • As we are an 11-16 provider, you will be assessed in KS3 and KS4 only.
  • All of our trainees gain some experience working with KS5 students. Trainees also spend one week in a primary school in October to ensure that they are familiar with the KS2 curriculum.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Banovallum School
Boston Road, Horncastle, Lincoln, LN96DA
Yes
Bourne Academy ( incl Spalding Academy)
Edinburgh Crescent, Bourne, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9DT
Yes
Bourne Grammar School
South Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE109JE
Yes
Carre’s Grammar School
Northgate, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7DD
Yes
Cleethorpes Academy
Grainsby Avenue, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN359NX
Yes
Kesteven and Sleaford High School
Jermyn Street, Sleaford, NG34 7RS
Yes
Lincoln Castle Academy
Riseholme Road, Lincoln, LN1 3SP
Yes
Louth Academy
Monks’ Dyke Road, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN119AW
Yes
Main Site
Westgate, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7PP
Yes
Sir John Spendluffe Foundation Technology College
Hanby Lane, Alford, Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 9BL
Yes
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN1 1YQ
Yes
Sir William Robertson Academy
Main Road, Welbourn, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5 0PA
Yes
Somercotes Academy
Keeling Street, Louth, LN117PN
Yes
St George’s Academy, Sleaford
Westgate, Sleaford, NG347PP
Yes
Tollbar Academy
Station Road, New Waltham, Grimsby, DN344RZ
Yes
University Academy Holbeach
Park Road, Holbeach, Spalding, PE127PU
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have a passion for their subject and a commitment to improving the lives and outcomes of young people. You will need to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct and be a proactive, resilient and flexible member of a team. Ideally, we would like you to have some classroom experience so that you know it is the right career for you. We can help you gain experience in any of our partner schools.

Other requirements

You will need to disclose any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs and agree to an enhanced criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is the government scheme that replaces the Criminal Records Bureau. If you would like to discuss your circumstances with us before you apply, we are happy to advise. Wendy Procter: 01529 301193

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Applicants may be eligible for the Tuition Fees Loan or Maintenance Loan. If you need guidance on this, we are happy to help and advise.

Financial support from the training provider

  • Subject Enhancement Courses are available in some subjects which attract a bursary payment.
  • We support trainees with additional courses or associated travel costs eg exam board courses, these are considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the partnership.
  • The University of Lincoln is able to provide some financial help with transport costs for some students.

About the training provider

St George’s Academy Partnership includes seventeen schools across Lincolnshire, offering school based Secondary Teacher Training. The Partnership is the accrediting provider for this course and provides the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) training. The University of Lincoln provides the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s Level credits.

  • You choose which school you would like to train in and apply directly to that school on Apply. Schools within the partnership are listed on Apply and on our website.
  • You will be a part of a small cohort, enabling us to tailor the programme to meet your personal circumstances such as transport or childcare.
  • You will be supported in school by mentors, subject specialists, ITT Leads and Programme Leaders.
  • Your training is delivered by practising teachers who are up to date with curriculum changes and who are fully aware of the challenges and enormous rewards of a career in teaching.

Interview process

The interview process involves:

  • a tour of the school followed by a short reflective task
  • a presentation
  • an informal meeting with a subject specialist
  • an interview with members of the SCITT Board During the day you will meet your potential mentor, departmental colleagues and ITT Lead so that you have a clear idea who you will be working with throughout your training year. You will be contacted later that day to confirm if you have been successful. If successful, you will also have the opportunity at a later stage to meet with colleagues at the University of Lincoln to discuss the PGCE course and ask any questions you may have about this element.

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

If you have a disability or additional needs, it is helpful if you give us details on your application so that we can make any adjustments you may need. The disability access in all of our partner schools is in accordance with legal requirements. We can advise you on this matter with a quick phone call to Wendy Procter: 01529 301193.

In previous cohorts we have worked with trainees who have had disabilities or additional needs (such as dyslexia, epilepsy, diabetes, visual and hearing impairments) to ensure a safe and successful training year.

Contact this training provider

Email
wendy.procter@teacher-training.org
Telephone
01529 301193
Website
http://www.teacher-training.org
Address
St George's Academy Partnership
Westgate
Sleaford
Lincolnshire
NG34 7PP

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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