Tudor Grange Initial Teacher Training Art and design (2R2N)

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

Accredited body
Teach First
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
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://teachingschool.tgacademy.org.uk/
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Contents

Course summary

The Tudor Grange SCITT programme blends theory and practice, helping you to confidently develop your understanding and skills. All aspects of pedagogy will be covered, and you will have opportunities to watch outstanding practitioners demonstrating their skills in the classroom. You will learn:

-How to create and maintain a positive climate for learning -How learning happens -How to assess the impact of learning -How to ensure a culture of inclusion -What is means to be a teaching professional

Every trainee has a personal Subject Lead, who will work with you to ensure you feel confident in understanding and applying all aspects of the curriculum. They are outstanding practitioners, who work across the Tudor Grange Trust, enabling colleagues in their subject areas to learn from true expert colleagues. Learning is bespoke, so that all of your prior experiences are considered carefully and your progress is purposefully enabled. Upon completing the course you will feel confident in all aspects of professional school life.

Feedback is given frequently, as observations are an integral aspect your development. Feedback will be both formal and informal and always based around helping you to reflect on your own strengths and next steps. Reporting is a regular feature of the programme, so you can be sure that you will know how you’re doing at all times, and that there are a team of people around you who are able to provide you with support. The final recommendation for QTS is based around a combination of reports and your classroom practice.

Most Professional Studies sessions are held on site, with opportunities for mini practice episodes also blended into the programme, so you build your confidence and expertise in a cumulative way throughout the course. We also work with a delivery partner for the PGCE element of the programme and all of the learning here is aimed at developing your pedagogical understanding. It is a complimentary programme, which enhances both the depth of your understanding and your classroom practice.

School placements

We strongly believe that the best place for a trainee teacher is in schools, developing your skill set through a cycle of observation, reflection, practise and feedback. Therefore the course is split into 25% Professional Studies sessions and 75% in school placements. Trainees are placed in at least two schools, which are carefully selected in order to provide a range of different experiences, giving you the best chances of developing your practice. For example, you might be placed in a rural school for one of your placements and an urban school for another. This increases your chances of employment and ensures you are a well-rounded practitioner.

Whilst on placement, you will be in the role of a teacher, and will therefore be able to take opportunities to learn about how the school day works –you should plan to work full school days, including attending meetings before and after school, as well as preparing for parents’ evenings and after school activities, like awards ceremonies. We are also passionate about protecting our teachers and ensuring work/life balance is achieved. There are specific professional sessions related to this. Furthermore, although your timetable will increase so that by the end of the year, your teaching commitment is similar to that of an Early Career Teacher- we gradually build up your timetable at a rate that is right for you. It is our deep belief that mastering the craft of teaching is more important than arbitrarily increasing the number of lessons that you plan and teach.

Trainees are assigned a personal subject specific mentor whilst on placement, who will work with you to set achievable targets, to help you to become the very best teacher you can be. You will constantly be working towards the Teachers’ Standards and will be supported and guided by Tudor Grange SCITT throughout the program.

The programme is an 11-16 offer, with post 16 enhancement. In reality, this means that when you are confidently mastering KS3 and 4 teaching, we will seek to find opportunities for you at post-16. We find that this helps with employability.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in art and design 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.

Personal qualities

The Tudor Learning Habits;

  • Positive self regulation
  • Process not product
  • Open to failure and feedback
  • Courageous and gritty

The Tudor Character Habits;

  • Honesty and truthfulness
  • Kindness and empathy
  • Responsibility and integrity
  • Generosity and gratitude

Other requirements

All successful candidates will be subject to; An enhanced DBS check - Tudor Grange Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. Fitness to train to teach check Confirmation of right to work in the UK.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

Tudor Grange is a provider with a long-established track record committed to training values-driven, child-centred, knowledgeable, creative, reflective and adaptive professionals from diverse backgrounds to support the long-term needs of the education sector. We have strong relationships with our partner schools across Solihull, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Coventry, and Worcestershire. We are proud to be working in partnership with Teach First to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) where you will gain Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE. Our research-led course will give you plenty of hands-on experience. Our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice to have an impact on pupils during a four day a week core school placement from mid-September to July. You will have one day a week to engage in training and development to support your teaching practice, as well as a six-week placement in a different school. The programme balances developing your subject knowledge and expertise alongside giving you a deep understanding of effective teaching methods and techniques to manage your workload and wellbeing.

About the accredited body

Teach First is a charity that develops teachers and school leaders and supports schools facing the toughest challenges. They have been training teachers for 20 years and are the largest Initial Teacher Training provider in the country.

Teach First are committed to driving change in the system by helping all teachers to reach their potential. Teach First have shared expertise from their Ofsted-rated Outstanding Training Programme to develop our high-quality school-centred teacher training programme.

Interview process

We sift all applications following a consistent set of criteria looking at candidate personal qualities, academic achievements and previous relevant experience in schools/working with young people, or vulnerable groups.

Following a successful sift, candidates will be invited to an interview, which dependant on applicant numbers, may be run over one or two days. The interview process consists of four parts; A subject knowledge audit – This is not a pass/fail test of your subject knowledge, rather an audit of your strengths and areas for improvement. This allows us to understand your baseline and develop strategies for how we can work with you to fill any subject knowledge gaps prior to the course beginning and to continue to provide bespoke support. Unseen task - Information on the task is given on the interview day. Panel interview – Your education philosophy and values, resilience, and knowledge of National Curriculum will all be explored during the panel interview. 20 minute session delivery to a KS3 class – You will be provided with a topic for the session (set by the class teacher) a week in advance to allow you to prepare. During the session we will be looking at how candidates have demonstrated learner progress, their relationships with young people, and their ability to plan.

We aim to share outcomes of the interview process on the day, including detailed and meaningful feedback where applicable. All offers made by us are conditional, and will be explained when the offer is made

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

Tudor Grange is committed to promoting equal opportunities in recruitment to the program. All candidates will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

If you require any arrangements to be made in terms of the recruitment process please get in contact.

All trainees have access to our Trust ‘Employee Assist’ partner, who can provide a range of confidential support. If you would like to discuss ways in which we may be able to support you personally, please feel free to contact us to make a telephone or personal appointment. Please be reassured we will treat such information with respect and discretion.

Please refer to our Tudor Grange Academies Trust Equal Opportunities Policy for further information;

[https://www.tgacademy.org.uk/files/mdocs/equalopportunitiespolicy.pdf]

Teach First’s vision is to build a fair education for all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our programmes and partnerships. You will have access to our partner university’s support services and we will take a tailored approach to all reasonable adjustments trainees may need. You will be able to apply to Student Finance for additional support dependent on eligibility, for example Disabled Students’ Allowance.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachingschool@solihull.tgacademy.org.uk
Telephone
01217038250
Website
https://teachingschool.tgacademy.org.uk/
Address
Tudor Grange Academy Solihull
Dingle Lane
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 3PD

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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