South West Teacher Training Physics with Mathematics (R859)

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

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as 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.swtt.net

Contents

Course summary

The South West Teacher Training Physics with Mathematics programmes aims to get physicists with excellent subject knowledge sharing their expertise in schools. The programme will build a bespoke training package, allowing trainees to begin their classroom practice rooted purely in Physics teaching, before expanding into Maths classrooms too.

Under the guidance of both our Physics and Maths tutors, trainees will be encouraged to explore the connections between the subjects, ensuring you will be able to:

Develop and plan innovative and exciting lessons using a variety of techniques, strategies and approaches, including Laboratory Practicals and e-learning, in order to extend your students’ scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. Assess work for a range of ages and abilities, and ensure effective learning for all students. Develop into a strong, critically reflective, classroom practitioner. Audit your own subject knowledge in each specialism and plan to develop your expertise.

School placements

South West Teacher Training has a wide partnership of placement schools in Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal communities across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. This enables us to place trainees within easy travelling distance of home - we feel this is important to ensure trainee well-being and resilience and as part of our commitment to sustainability. It’s unusual for our trainees to spend more than thirty minutes travelling to placement.

When placing our trainees, we consider their location but we also make an effort to ensure a good match in ethos between the trainee and their host school. It’s important too that trainees experience two contrasting placements to enable them to really discover the kind of school culture that suits them best.

As a school-centred route, we pride ourselves on ensuring our trainees spend as much time in school as possible, and focus their energies on teaching, not paperwork. After a week’s Induction, trainees complete three days of experience in a Primary school and then begin the first of two placements in an 11-16 or 11-18 setting. This quick immersion into school life, integrated with training sessions at our training base, ensures trainees are able to swiftly start teaching under expert guidance, with time to reflect built into the programme.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Lipson Co-operative Academy
Bernice Terrace, Lipson , Plymouth, Devon , PL4 7PG
Yes
Main Site
South West Teacher Training, West Exe School, Hatherleigh Road, EXETER, EX2 9JU
Yes
West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road, Exeter , Devon, EX2 9JU
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in physics with mathematics 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • a commitment to celebrating diversity
  • a belief in the power of education to bring about a more equitable society
  • a professional demeanour
  • resilience and creativity
  • ideally a practising artist with experience of working in the arts
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Other requirements

Safeguarding is important at South West Teacher Training and all candidates must satisfy relevant pre-employment checks. A place to train with us will involve contact with vulnerable groups (children and young people) and is therefore exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This exemption means that applicants for this post are required to declare all criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and bindovers both spent and unspent in their application regardless of the passage of time.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

South West Teacher Training is based at West Exe School, part of the highly successful Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. We are situated in Exeter, placing our trainees in a partnership of schools across Exeter, Plymouth and throughout Devon and Somerset. Although we can’t promise specific placements on application, we carefully match trainees to schools that suit their skills and location.

We work with Bath Spa University, an Ofsted Outstanding provider, who provide our PGCE. They offer a balanced programme of academic excellence alongside school-based training. Bath Spa tutors visit our Exeter site, providing lectures and one-to-one tutorials.

The programme is taught by leading practitioners, many of whom are ex-SWTT trainees now employed by our partner schools and the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. They provide training rooted in research and current classroom practice. Our programme prioritises teaching over paperwork - our Good Ofsted Inspection report in 2021 acknowledges our programme is ‘highly regarded by headteachers and says our trainees spend more time considering their impact on young people, and less time managing paperwork and workload.

Our trainees begin teaching in staged steps early on, integrating academic study with classroom practice. Trainees value our route as it places them in schools swiftly, yet allows them to build their teaching skills gradually. They value the support of our team of practising professionals. Our route is truly practitioner-led. Visit www.swtt.net to learn more.

Interview process

To allow us to interview candidates from all over the country, our interview process takes place online. Once shortlisted, applicants will be invited to an online interview that will involve:

  • a short presentation – how would you teach an aspect of your subject to a group of children?
  • a subject knowledge assessment – how familiar are you with the content of the current school curriculum in your subject?
  • a PGCE readiness task assessing your ability to read and write at Masters Level
  • a panel interview with the SCITT Lead and the Course Tutor for your subject, and possibly representatives from a prospective placement school.
  • opportunities to meet the core SWTT team and ask questions about the programme.

Interviews take around 2 hours and candidates are given 5-7 days notice to allow them time to prepare.

Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they feel like a part of the South West Teacher Training community.

In accordance with para 220 of Keeping Children Safe in Education, schools should carry out online searches to ensure that all candidates will uphold public trust in the teaching profession. Checks will not be carried out by the appointing officer. Only relevant information relating to safeguarding/reputational concerns will be highlighted to the appointing officer. Any matters of interest will be considered with you and discussed on interview.

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

At South West Teacher Training we are fully committed to meeting our Public Sector Equality Duty and we believe that everyone stands to benefit when we embrace and value the diversity of thoughts, ideas and ways of working. We have a long history of accommodating trainees with a wide range of disabilities and other needs. Our training programme emphasises that trainees will manage their own pace of learning. Our recent Ofsted Inspection praised our programme as inclusive; trainee well-being is at the heart of our vision for creating resilient teachers capable of managing their workload.

To that end, in the past we have successfully trained teachers who have learned strategies to manage their dyslexia, colour-blindness as well as mobility issues whilst meeting the demands of classroom practice. Trainees are asked to discuss their needs during a health check before starting the course and this information is swiftly communicated to the course team.

Our partnership with Bath Spa University is designed to support trainees with a range of needs and we have a differentiated programme of support tutorials, offering our trainees the help and guidance they need as individuals.

It’s important to us that our profession reflects the diversity of our community and that we establish a culture in which all are supported to succeed.

Contact this training provider

Email
swtt@westexe.devon.sch.uk
Telephone
01392 686 165
Website
http://www.swtt.net
Address
West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road
Exeter
Devon
EX2 9JU

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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