Northampton Teacher Training Partnership
Biology (29SK)

PGCE with QTS full 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.

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

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About the course

On the NTTP Biology course, students will train towards a professional teaching qualification, achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The course requires a study of academic literature and completion of professional assignments, alongside two school based placements. The course is designed to show that trainee teachers demonstrate that they have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

The course is perfect for those who find Science exciting and challenging who are then able to share this enthusiasm with young people. Trainees will experience lessons across a range of ages and attainment, reflecting the diverse needs of students in our schools. Trainees will work alongside an experienced team of Scientists, who have proven ability to ensure achievement for all students. You will explore a wide ranging content; develop knowledge and skills which will enable you to become an effective and inspiring classroom practitioner in Science. You will also have the opportunity to develop a range of lessons and teaching styles that cover the practical delivery and theory of Science at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, where appropriate.

Trainees need to learn how to deliver in a style that suits their own personality but watch and learn from other teachers. Learning in a classroom requires professionalism, organisation, planning, preparation and excellent subject knowledge, across the department. . Trainees will work alongside an experienced team of Science, who have proven ability to ensure achievement for all students. Studying Biology on the NTTP programme you receive a practice-led, hands on experience. Trainees are supported by a Subject Based Tutor within school, the Professional Tutor of the school, the Lead Subject Mentor from the NTTP SCITT, the Programme Facilitators along with the Administration staff team. Subject Studies and General Professional Study sessions enhance your knowledge of teaching and learning and help to develop your pedagogy. Constant self-reflection allows trainees to assess their strengths and development potential, which should allow progression and confidence. The majority of the course is in the classroom; working with dedicated professionals. This is the best place to learn the art of teaching and you will be amazed at the speed at which your teaching develops. During your placements you will teach pupils in the 11 to 16 age range, however, in many of our partnership schools there will be the opportunity to experience Post 16 Education too. You will also experience PSHE and Citizenship delivery when acting as a form tutor.

Interview process

As with any interview, the key to success is preparation. Make sure you do your research into the course, as well as the issues surrounding education and teaching in general. Policies and practices change quickly, so your knowledge needs to be up to date. The Interview process will entail:

  • Administrative Questions - 10 minutes
  • Presentation - “Why I want to become a teacher” - 5 minutes
  • Presenting a ‘Starter’ of your choice - 5 minutes
  • Interview - 40 minutes
  • Literacy written task - 20 minutes
  • Subject Knowledge Task - 30 minutes
  • Portfolio of work/video for Art and Performing Art subjects

Your interviewers will be looking for you to demonstrate a number of qualities. You should therefore try to tailor your answers and contributions to reflect these qualities. They are:

  • A commitment to and understanding of secondary education and the role of the teacher
  • Good personal, intellectual and communication skills
  • A positive attitude towards children and working with children
  • An enthusiasm for and understanding of your subject (s) and teaching in general.

How school placements work

We have long-established partnerships and rewarding connections with a wide variety of secondary schools across the county. Ideally, you will be required to spend a minimum of 12 weeks in two of our placement schools whilst on the course. You will work closely with our trained school based tutors receiving weekly one-to-one meetings to monitor your progress throughout your first and second placement. To qualify for QTS we will provide trainees with enough time in schools to demonstrate that they have achieved all the Teachers’ Standards. You will train with pupils in the 11 to 16 age range, however in many of our partnership schools there will be the opportunity to experience Post 16 Education too. You will be allocated to your placement school as a result of an initial induction and skills audit conducted early in the course. Your placement school will be identified to meet your needs and therefore may not be your nearest school.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £7,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

You must have an Honours Degree at class 1 or 2, relevant to the subject you wish to train for and preferably a minimum of 50% of your degree being in that subject. Your A-Level grades will also be taken into consideration.

It is preferable to have had some experience of working with secondary aged young people If you hold a non UK degree and/or other qualifications, you should check its validation with NARIC (www.naric.co.uk) who will inform you of its UK equivalence.

About the training provider

Northampton Teacher Training Partnership (NTTP) works jointly with Northampton School for Boys, an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ school (Nov 2014) which is the Lead School from our Partnership. NTTP is a School-Centred Teacher Training provider based on the school site. We offer a one year full-time Secondary (11-16) teacher training course with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education currently validated by Newman University. All of the partnership schools have ex-trainees as members of staff, many of whom work as School Based Tutors for us. The partnership is comprised of schools which offer a wide range of different experiences for our trainees.

We encourage applications from all spheres of the community regardless of age, race, disability, religion and gender. The vast majority of trainees who successfully achieve both QTS and an academic award, gain employment in local schools, which is a huge strength of the partnership.

Our Key Strengths are:

  • Trainees’ professionalism, the good relationships they develop with staff and pupils and their high expectations of the learners
  • The pivotal role of administrative support in facilitating excellent communication across the partnership that benefits support for, and attainment of trainees
  • Consistently good quality school placements, and their intelligent use by the provider, to provide contrasting experiences for and carefully match them to the individual needs of trainees
  • The expertise of school-based tutors in coaching their trainees towards improvement
  • Developing a strong shared ethos of pastoral care that facilitates swift and effective intervention and support for trainees.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We support trainees with a wide variety of needs both during centre-based training and on school placements. The programme is personalised to be supportive and challenging for each trainee. We work closely with Newman University (PGCE Validating body) to ensure that trainee needs are met.

Contact details

Email
nttp@nsb.northants.sch.uk
Telephone
01604 258662
Website
http://www.ntctsa.co.uk/teacher-training-nttp
Address
c/o Northampton School for Boys
Billing Road
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN1 5RT

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