High Force Education (SCITT)
Primary (X100)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.highforceeducation.co.uk

Contents

About the course

Our curriculum helps trainees gain the skills and nurtures the qualities they need to teach and become resilient practitioners. The curriculum is about more than how to teach a subject, it includes professional practice and classroom management. Trainees need the skills necessary to be able to teach the broad curriculum. We choose subject learning leads who are both highly effective in their chosen subject area, but who are also passionate about teacher training and have the skills needed to impart the enthusiasm and passion for their subject. Many of them are former High Force trainees themselves.

Our subject learning leads have an unwavering focus on developing the essential skills, knowledge and understanding required for a good teacher; they are overseen in this work by the Deputy Director of ITT who ensures our vision is always at the heart of the delivery. They ensure that trainees learn from the most up to date relevant research that expands thinking and adheres to national and local requirements. To help all pupils reach their full potential subject leads explicitly address issues around inclusion and equity, gender and SEND. Professional values and attitudes are exemplified within training sessions that always give time for reflection and deliberation.

We use a holistic approach to assess trainee teachers and use a range of evidence to assess if trainees are on track to meet the Teachers’ Standards. We want our trainees to have long careers in our schools therefore we recognise that onerous recording activities do not add value to their professional development as a teacher. Assessment at High Force is an ongoing formative process that lasts throughout the training year with the aim of enabling our trainees to grow the skills they need to step into the classroom on day one of their NQT year as reflective, resilient practitioners ready to inspire the children in our schools.

Trainees have a formal weekly development review meeting with either their Hub Learning Lead or Class Based Mentor. These sessions are carefully constructed to allow professional dialogue to take place that focuses on the key elements of trainee progression – what have they learnt that week that helps them learn how to teach a subject, what skills have they gained or observed that will support them as they learn how to teach, what professional qualities can we identify that will help them learn to be a teacher.

Interview process

High Force Education operates four hubs across its partnership, the hubs directly support and nurture the trainees who live in those areas; trainees are interviewed in their hub school and they spend the majority of their year in satellite schools attached to that hub.

High Force considers a wide range of evidence to judge an applicant’s potential to teach including the application process, references, results of assessment day tasks and interpersonal skills demonstrated throughout the interview.

A decision to offer a place on the programme will be made as a result of the applicant’s performance through all of the different tasks. All decisions from the assessment day will be made within 24 hours of the interview. If you are successful, you will be offered a conditional place for the programme.

We offer all candidates the opportunity to receive feedback if they are unsuccessful at the assessment day,

How school placements work

Our vision is to nurture and develop resilient and passionate individuals who are skilled in critical thinking. We believe this will create effective teachers who are ready to continue their pursuit of excellence.

High Force has four hubs in its partnership: Durham, North Yorkshire, Darlington and Teesside, Weardale and Teesdale. The hubs directly support and nurture the trainees who live in those areas; trainees spend the majority of their year in satellite schools attached to that hub in three different placements near to wear trainees live.

Training takes place within those hub schools and trainees only come together as a cohort at certain times of the year. Training in hub schools is delivered one day a week by a blended approach of both face-to-face and remote learning by the Subject Learning Leads and Hub Learning Leads. Hub schools have a Learning Lead working within them who supports trainees in the satellite schools and who carries out key observations and nurtures their progress. They work very closely with the Deputy Director of ITT to create bespoke training targeted to their trainees’ needs.

Placements in satellite schools attached to the learning hubs will provide trainees with diverse school experiences in each phase of primary education and offering a wide range of school environments to learn within.

You will be placed in 3 different schools across the year to gain a wealth of experience in a range of settings. School placements are specifically and carefully selected for you to meet your individual development needs, requested specialisms and to widen your skills in working with a range of pupils.

Two of the placements are classed as assessed teaching practices where you will be required to be assessed in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to observe in an Early Years Foundations Stage setting, a specialist school and a residential visit to schools in Bradford with a high proportion of children with EAL (English as an Additional Language).

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with High Force Education SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary for some degree graduates. All details of bursaries can be found on the course page.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be able to access additional financial support and tuition fee loans to cover fees. Eligibility for this is assessed through the Student Loans Company and you should contact them directly. If you are privately funding the programme, arrangements can be made direct with High Force Education SCITT to pay in instalments.

The DfE are continuing to support postgraduate places with a training bursary for some degree graduates. All details of bursaries can be found on the course page.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • A degree (with honours) from a Higher Education Institution of a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2
  • Applicants can apply from any degree subject discipline however, applicants are required to demonstrate at interview how the skills, knowledge and understanding developed within the degree are applicable to primary teaching.
  • GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at a standard equivalent to a grade 4 or grade C or above.
  • 2 A levels or equivalent.

Applicants successful at interview that are currently retaking a GCSE or awaiting a degree classification will be offered a conditional place until the grade can be confirmed.

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate a passion to teach young children
  • Motivate and inspire young children to reach their full educational potential in life
  • Convey commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to teach, continually improve and develop as a practitioner
  • Communicate clearly and articulately in spoken and written standard English, with accurate spelling and grammar
  • Demonstrate openness to learning, self- development and welcome feedback
  • Demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and respect for children, families and colleagues
  • Value and contribute to team work
  • Show creativity, flair, innovation and adaptability
  • Have resilience
  • Be able to meet deadlines with strong organisational abilities

Other requirements

In addition to the specific entry requirements detailed above, the following ITT requirements must be met.

That all entrants:

  • Have satisfactory references
  • Are ‘Fit to Teach’
  • Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check

About the training provider

High Force Education is an Ofsted outstanding provider that produces inspirational, creative teachers of the future. We operate across four learning hubs: Durham, North Yorkshire, Darlington and Teesside, Weardale and Teesdale.

High Force was the first school centred ITT provider to be established in the North East and has a proven track record of success. We have chosen learning leads who are not only highly effective in their chosen subject area but are also passionate about teacher training and have the skills needed to impart the enthusiasm and passion for their subject to you.

Our vision is to nurture and develop resilient and passionate individuals who are skilled in critical thinking. Trainees are interviewed in the hub school nearest to where they live and spend the majority of their year in satellite schools attached to the hub. Training in schools is delivered by a blended approach of both face-to-face and remote learning by our experienced Subject Learning Leads and Hub Learning Leads. Learning Leads support trainees in the satellite schools carrying out key observations and nurturing their progress.

As a High Force trainee teacher you will also be enrolled as a Northumbria University distance learner student. You will have full access to Northumbria University facilities and site. Although you will not be required to visit the site as part of the programme as all of your training will take place within the school partnership, you may choose to access the library facilities to support the PGCE element of the programme.

Training with disabilities and other needs

High Force is committed to equality of opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or socio-economic circumstances. For specific information and guidance on support, provision available and/or facilities for trainees with learning difficulties or disabilities, please contact the ITT Deputy Director on 01833 630487. We produce a separate Disability Statement, outlining facilities for disabled learners. This is available on request. We will do all we can to support you so that your dream of becoming a primary school teacher can come true.

Contact details

Email
info@highforceeducation.co.uk
Telephone
01833 630487
Website
http://www.highforceeducation.co.uk
Address
Green Lane CE Primary School
Green Lane
Barnard Castle
Co Durham
DL12 8LG

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