Ripley ITT Psychology (J695)

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.

Age range
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.ripleyitt.co.uk

Contents

About the course

We are looking for Psychology graduates who are keen to teach their subject up to A level in a school and sixth form setting. Our SCITT curriculum begins early in September and involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday, with Friday as a training day. Training will be hosted and delivered by experienced ITT specialists, subject experts and classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools.

In addition, there will be subject pedagogy days during the year where trainees will focus on teaching your subject and age phase specifically. These will be delivered by a experienced curriculum leaders in the 14-19 age phase. The days incorporate learning walks and lesson experience alongside input from the Lead Subject Mentors and directed tasks for you to consolidate your learning.

You will audit your subject knowledge for the topics you will need to teach. Lead Subject Mentors will guide you towards high quality resources for this and you will be encouraged to join a professional subject association. A shared drive enables you to share resources with each other and school mentors.

Leeds Beckett University provide the PGCE for our SCITT and this is all online. The modules perfectly compliment the training we deliver and you will gain 60 Master’s level credits (https://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_distancelearning/)

Our programme documentation has been described by Ofsted: “Documentation is very well designed and contributes significantly to trainees’ success on the course”

Assessment of trainees for QTS is based on all of the following:

  • Regular observations of practice with development discussion and action step setting
  • Progress towards meeting the expectations of the curriculum
  • A final assessment against the requirements of the Teachers Standards at the end of the programme.

We have been highly praised by Ofsted for our approach to trainee workload, keeping our requirements concise yet effective.

School placements

You will normally complete placements in two partner schools. Placement training will begin in September, and you will start with focused lesson observations before you join your subject department and begin to plan and teach parts of lessons. After a few weeks you will be planning and delivering whole lessons, building up to approximately 7 hours per week by Christmas. You will gradually increase your teaching timetable and for the last few weeks will be full time in school, teaching up to 12 hours per week at that point in May and June.

Placements are selected for you on the basis of high quality mentoring and strong subject departments. You will teach the 14-19 age range in your subject in two different settings. There may also be opportunities to spend some time in other partner schools and settings as training needs arise. You will gain experience of pastoral care and careers guidance appropriate for 14-19 students alongside subject teaching. There will normally be brief opportunities to experience KS3 as well as 14-19.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who are keen to learn in a school setting and this model suits trainees who are able to learn as they go along and incorporate their own experience into this learning process. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the professionalism and resilience needed to become a teacher and to be reflective learners. A real commitment to a career in teaching, a love of their subject and positive attitude towards young people are essential qualities.

Other requirements

Applicants who are successful at interview will need the following before they can start the programme:

  • DBS and barred list check
  • Medical check

It is important that you have a good awareness of what the role of a teacher involves so that you can be sure it is the right career choice for you. We offer school experience for people at all stages of this career decision, including after interview, in order to support you with this.

We welcome applicants of all ages, from university graduation to mature career changers.

Fees and financial support

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

PGCE and QTS £9250 QTS only £7000

About the training provider

Ripley ITT SCITT is an Outstanding provider of ITT (Ofsted 2017) based in the historic city of Lancaster, a beautiful location close to Morecambe Bay and the South Lakes. We have a long history of initial teacher training at the lead school, Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, and a very committed partnership of schools.

Our highly innovative curriculum is designed and delivered by initial teacher training experts in order to train the type of teachers that schools want to employ. Our vision is to develop outstanding teaching and learning ensuring that each teacher that we train can provide the very best holistic education for pupils. Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by specialist practitioners and outstanding mentors.

Ofsted have graded our programme Outstanding in every category:

“The highly integrated structure and content of the programme produces confident teachers who are very well equipped to contribute immediately to their employing schools”

“The pastoral care of trainees is exemplary. The personalised support that they receive has a significant impact on the outstanding progress that they make. This high-quality support continues throughout their NQT year”

Many of our trainees go on to work in our partner schools where they make excellent progress, often with rapid promotion into leadership roles.

Interview process

We currently have a blended approach to conducting interviews. Typically, the interview will take place via remote access with assessment tasks completed at a training centre. You will be asked to prepare a lesson plan beforehand and we will ask you about your ideas in the interview. There will also be a subject task and a written task which are normally completed at a named venue.

We are looking for the potential to be an excellent trainee, someone who is ready to start training in a school setting from early September. We are also looking for potential employees in our schools.

The admissions team are Safer Recruitment trained and we are committed to safeguarding children

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

Ripley ITT SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and meeting the needs of all trainees on the programme. Our programme operates in line with the legislation applicable to the DfE ITT Criteria.

People with disabilities are offered facilities at interviews to enable them to demonstrate their suitability for the programme. People who are or become disabled while on the programme are given positive help to enable them to continue their training. Additional resources are made available and funded by Ripley ITT SCITT in providing such support. Venues and resources for training take account of the needs of all participants. Wellbeing is an important part of our programme for all trainees and our curriculum addresses mental health, resilience, workload and individual needs. Personal support for trainees is Outstanding (Ofsted 2017)

Contact this training provider

Email
ITT@ripley.lancs.sch.uk
Telephone
01524 64496
Website
http://www.ripleyitt.co.uk
Address
Ashton Road
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4RS

Support and advice

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