Northampton Teacher Training Partnership English (29SP)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.ntctsa.co.uk/teacher-training-nttp

Contents

Course summary

NTTP English trainees will study towards a professional teaching qualification, achieving Qualified Teacher Status. The course requires a study of academic literature and completion of professional assignments, alongside two school based placements. The course is designed in line with the ITT Core Content Framework with focus on Behaviour Management, Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Behaviours. By the end of the course trainee teachers must meet the Teachers Standards in full.

Whilst training with us you will explore a wide-ranging content, develop knowledge and skills which will enable you to become an effective and inspiring classroom practitioner across both English Language and Literature. The course prepares you to be able to teach both GCSEs.

You will become familiar with the importance of continuity and progression in English across Key Stages 2-4, discuss various models of schemes of work as exemplars of good practice and be encouraged to produce your own. Alongside this, the course encourages you to reflect on what constitutes an effective lesson before demonstrating your ability to apply this knowledge in practice.

You will receive a practice-led, hands-on experience. Trainees are supported by a Subject Based Tutor and Professional Tutor within school, and Lead Subject Mentor and Programme Facilitators from the NTTP SCITT. Subject Studies and General Professional Study sessions enhance your knowledge of teaching and learning and help to develop your pedagogy.

The majority of your course is spent in the classroom; working with dedicated professionals. This is the best place to learn the art of teaching. The programme is designed to suit you, with your strengths nurtured and your areas for development targeted, improved upon and monitored. During your placements you will teach pupils in the 11 to 16 age range but you may have the opportunity to see post-16 teaching.

Subject Studies are delivered as twilight sessions throughout the course, so that you have the tools to succeed in your school placements. Sessions are delivered by your Lead Subject Mentor and other experienced teachers.

A selection of subject studies sessions are as follows:

  • Planning lessons
  • Adaptive teaching - EAL/SEND
  • Managing behaviour in your classroom
  • Teaching KS3
  • Teaching GCSE
  • Feedback (including making it manageable)
  • Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Sequencing topics across the curriculum
  • Teaching A level
  • Adaptive Teaching – Stretch & Challenge – making student think hard!

School placements

We have long-established partnerships and rewarding connections with a wide variety of secondary schools across the county.
After a 3 week Induction period of centre-based training, you will then be required to spend a minimum of 13 weeks on first placement at 15 weeks on second placement. The placements will be for 4.5 days each week, returning to the lead school for General Professional Studies one afternoon each week. 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, trainees will need to demonstrate that they have met all the Teachers’ Standards. This is achieved by collecting their best body of evidence throughout both placements. Your placement school will be identified to meet your training needs and therefore may not necessarily be your nearest school. 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We do not offer Equivalency Tests.

Personal qualities

You will:

  • need to be flexible, motivated and resilient;
  • have consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct;
  • maintain high standards in ethics and behaviour both within and outside school;
  • uphold public trust in the profession;
  • have a recognisable yet realistic enthusiasm for working with children and young people, treating them with dignity.
    • be tolerant and respectful of others’ actions and beliefs.
  • have the resilience to cope effectively with a variety of stressful situations and the energy to thrive in a challenging environment.

Other requirements

We encourage applicants to try to arrange school experience days where possible, prior to starting the course. Although this is not a requirement, applicants have found this beneficial.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

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.

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

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.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

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 this training provider

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

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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