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Masters Degrees in Primary Teacher Training

We have 139 Masters Degrees in Primary Teacher Training

Postgraduate degrees in Primary Teacher Training equip graduates to work professionally in this part of the education sector, working with children at primary (or elementary) school level.

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses such as the UK PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) are typical for the field.

Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a subject relevant to the one you would like to teach. UK courses will also require a minimum Grade C in GCSE Maths, English and Science or equivalent qualification.

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The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is a new route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places which can be applied for. Read more
The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is a new route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places which can be applied for. Students will earn a salary while they train.

Degree information

Students will be part of a school team from the start and will receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. Opportunities will exist to build networks with fellow trainees. This route leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

There are two compulsory school placements. Students are expected to complete the associated tasks, and to build a portfolio of evidence during the academic year to demonstrate they have met national teaching standards.

Students do not undertake academic credits on this programme. However, all components will need to be assessed to gain QTS.

Where student teachers opt to gain the additional PGCE pathway, and less than 60 credits are achieved at level 7, but are successfully passed at level 6, a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) will be awarded.

Trainees may apply for an additional PGCE pathway during the programme (tuition fees apply). Students who gain 60 credits at level 7 (Master’s level) receive a PGCE; where 60 credits are passed at level 6 (undergraduate level) a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) is awarded.

Core modules
-Subject Studies (30 Master's-level credits)
-Wider Educational Studies (30 Master's-level credits)
-Professional Practice

Placement
As part of the programme students will spend time in placement at a school or college, during which time their teaching practice will be supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. For this programme students will spend the majority of the programme in school, employed as an unqualified teacher.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via a series of lectures and workshop at the UCL Institute of Education for 15 days (10 days' Professional Studies and five days' subject-specific training) spread over the autumn and spring terms. The placement schools are responsible for providing an additional 45 days of training activities, alongside the practical teaching experience. Students are assessed on their practical teaching and their progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio.

Careers

Graduates of UCL Institute of Education's Primary teacher training programmes are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as classroom teachers and mentors to PGCE students, while others have jobs as deputy and assistant headteachers. Graduates in this area can also be found working as headteachers and educational consultants.

Employability
Most of the student teachers trained through this route are employed by the training school or within the cluster after completing the programme. The nature of this route to Qualified Teacher Status is for schools to train student teachers who are committed to the values and ethos of the school or academy and wish to develop their teaching career within the school or cluster which invested in their training.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been providing first-class teaching training, in partnership with schools and colleges for over 100 years and all of their initial teacher training programmes have been rated as outstanding. Founded in 1902, as a teacher training college in London, the IOE is a world-class research and teaching institute. IOE graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK. The central location in historic Bloomsbury means that you are in the heart of London.

There are over 40 schools and colleges in the Greater London area and beyond participating in the School Direct (Salaried) programme.

Each of these offer student-teacher places in two key stages to gain a broad experience of teaching across primary age phases. Your training will focus on the delivery of the mathematics curriculum, on which you will spend 50% of your teaching time. The remaining 50% of your time will be teaching core subjects (English, science and computer science). Your training and teaching practice will focus on early mathematics, but it will be necessary for you to demonstrate competence in phonics delivery, inclusion and behaviour management.

The training students receive from one of the participating schools offering their chosen Primary Mathematics specialism, will enable them to become a skilled and confident teacher.

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Take the School Direct route into primary teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience. Read more
Take the School Direct route into primary teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience.

-Train to teach from within a school setting and be involved in school life from the first day of term
-Follow a curriculum developed and delivered in partnership with outstanding local schools
-Learn from expert teachers
-Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher in one of Merseyside’s excellent schools

This intensive, full time programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic award.
Although you will spend the majority of your time in school there are university-based training sessions at the IM Marsh campus. These include: a week long summer school, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days towards the end of the course. Additional training and professional development programmes are organised in school by the Lead School.

As this is a postgraduate course, you should expect to undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation, not only to support your course assignments, but also your school-based work.

This intense programme is tightly focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Your personal tutor will meet with you formally six times a year to monitor your progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.

You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by an LJMU tutor who will visit school several times during the year to monitor your progress.

The following programmes are available for School Direct Primary (tuition fee):

Primary - General (5-11 age range)
Primary - Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (Early Years)
Primary with Mathematics specialism (A bursary is available for this route. Please see Get into Teaching for further details)
Primary with Physical Education specialism
LJMU has Primary School Direct partnerships with:

CAPITAL Teaching School Alliance, Sefton​
Church Drive Primary School, Wirral
Longford Park School, Manchester
Matthew Arnold Primary School, Liverpool
Netherton Moss Primary School, Sefton
Our Lady of Pity Roman Catholic Primary School, Wirral​
Palmerston School, Liverpool
Pensby Primary School, Wirral
Prenton Primary School​
Weatherhead High School, Wirral
Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance (Tarporley High School)​, Cheshire​
Knutsford High School, Knutsford
Turton High School, Bolton
Fazakerley High School, Liverpool
The Heath School, Runcorn
The University-element of the programme is based around set areas of study
School Direct (Tuition fee) PGCE students will study:

Developing Reflective Professional Practice
Learning Teaching and Assessment in the Primary Core Curriculum
Pedagogy in the Foundation Subjects OR Pedagogy in Mathematics OR Pedagogy in Physical Education OR Pedagogy in the Foundation Stage
School Direct (Tuition fee) PGDE students will also study:

Pedagogy in Practice
Professional Practice
Inclusion

Further guidance

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

You can search all subjects offered through LJMU School Direct routes via the UCAS Teacher Training search pages.

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The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is a new route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places which can be applied for. Read more
The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is a new route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places which can be applied for. Students will earn a salary while they train.

Degree information

Students will be part of a school team from the start and will receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. Opportunities will exist to build networks with fellow trainees. This route leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

There are two compulsory school placements. Students are expected to complete the associated tasks, and to build a portfolio of evidence during the academic year to demonstrate they have met national teaching standards.

Students do not undertake academic credits on this programme. However, all components will need to be assessed to gain QTS.

Trainees may apply for an additional PGCE pathway during the programme (tuition fees apply). Students who gain 60 credits at level 7 (Master’s level) receive a PGCE; where 60 credits are passed at level 6 (undergraduate level) a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) is awarded.

Core modules
-Subject Studies (30 Master's-level credits)
-Wider Educational Studies (30 Master's-level credits)
-Professional Practice

Placement
As part of the programme students will spend time in placement at a school or college, during which time their teaching practice will be supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. For this programme students will spend the majority of the programme in school, employed as an unqualified teacher.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via a series of lectures and workshop at the UCL Institute of Education for 15 days (10 days' Professional Studies and five days subject-specific training) spread over the autumn and spring terms. The placement schools are responsible for providing an additional 45 days of training activities, alongside the practical teaching experience. Students are assessed on their practical teaching and their progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio.

Careers

Graduates of UCL Institute of Education's Primary teacher training programmes are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as classroom teachers and mentors to PGCE students, while others have jobs as deputy and assistant headteachers. Graduates in this area can also be found working as headteachers and educational consultants.

Employability
Most of the student teachers trained through this route are employed by the training school or within the cluster after completing the programme. The nature of this route to Qualified Teacher Status is for schools to train student teachers who are committed to the values and ethos of the school or academy and wish to develop their teaching career within the school or cluster which invested in their training.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been providing first-class teaching training, in partnership with schools and colleges for over 100 years and all of their initial teacher training programmes have been rated as outstanding. Founded in 1902, as a teacher training college in London, the IOE is a world-class research and teaching institute. IOE graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK. The central location in historic Bloomsbury means that you are in the heart of London.

There are over 40 schools and colleges in the Greater London area and beyond participating in the School Direct (Salaried) programme.

Each of these offer student-teacher places in two key stages to gain a broad experience of teaching across primary age phases. you will gain experience of teaching across the primary curriculum, with a specific focus on phonics, early mathematics. inclusion and behaviour management.

The training students receive from one of the participating schools offering their chosen primary specialism, will enable them to become a skilled and confident teacher.

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School Direct is a route into teaching which involves schools working in partnership with accredited teacher training institutions, such as the University of Greenwich, to devise a training programme. Read more
School Direct is a route into teaching which involves schools working in partnership with accredited teacher training institutions, such as the University of Greenwich, to devise a training programme. The programme is a combination of school based training and university-based courses. This route allows candidates to apply to a lead school with an expectation of employment in either the school in which they trained or within the School Direct provision on successful completion.

School Direct offers two types of training places; the School Direct Training programme and the School Direct Training programme (Salaried). The School Direct Training programme places are open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged available through Student Finance England. In addition, a bursary may be available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is open to graduates with three or more years' career experience. Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This programme replaces the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP).

School Direct places are offered by a school or group of schools in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution.

The University of Greenwich is currently working in partnership with the following schools for primary School Direct training places: Bensham Manor School; Heronsgate Primary School; Saint Mary Magdalene Church of England Primary School.

All School Direct places will lead to recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS) and in the case of the School Direct Training programme a PGCE.

For more details visit http://www.education.gov.uk/teachschooldirect.

The aims of the programme are:

- To train you to teach in two consecutive phases, i.e. FS/KS1 or KS1/KS2 or KS2. NB: KS2 is comprised of two consecutive age phases (Years 3-4 and Years 5-6)

- To develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding you will need to work with primary school children

- To give you an understanding of the National Curriculum and the learning needs of children

- To develop the professional values and practice that you will require to meet the broad demands of teaching.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/edupr/sdtp

Education - Primary

This programme enables graduates to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach in primary schools. We work in partnership with schools in London, Kent, Essex and the south east of England and can offer a varied teaching experience to students ranging from the inner city to the rural and suburban context.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Primary Professional Enhancement (15 credits)
The Child, the School and the Community (15 credits)
Initial School Experience (15 credits)
Final School Experience (30 credits)
Children's Learning and Development (30 credits)
Creativity in Learning and Teaching (Inspiration, Motivation and Challenge) (30 credits)
Professional Development (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Primary Professional Enhancement (15 credits)
The Child, the School and the Community (15 credits)
Initial School Experience (15 credits)
Children's Learning and Development (30 credits)
Professional Development (15 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Final School Experience (30 credits)
Creativity in Learning and Teaching (Inspiration, Motivation and Challenge) (30 credits)
Professional Development (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

Trainees are assessed on a continuous basis for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. School Direct Training programme students will also complete assignments for the academic award of the PGCE.

Professional recognition

The programme leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

Career options

Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted inspection. Read more
The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted inspection.

This course covers the 5-11 age phase (KS1 and 2) and you will engage in school based training in either the 5-9 or 7-11 age range. Passing the programme leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in primary schools in England and Wales.

The programme would be suitable if you are a graduate with a good honours degree or equivalent, in an area that has some relevance to primary school teaching.

Studying with us, you will have access to excellent resources and gain practical experience in two of around 250 schools with whom we have partnerships. You will be mentored by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content.

Students on this course can choose to progress to one of our Education MAs after completing the PGCE.

Course structure

This is an intensive year, with two-thirds of the course based in partnership schools and the remainder in lectures, seminars and independent study. Inherent to this programme are the government's national priorities and we will give you support while thoroughly addressing these issues.

In line with government requirements, you will spend the majority of your course gaining experience in schools, where you will spend 24 weeks teaching under supervision. Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. We will give you plenty of comprehensive feedback during this time, which will enable you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.

You will benefit from experiencing school-based training in two different schools and age-phases. The first phase of school-based training runs simultaneously to the University-based programme, which ensures that teaching theory is effectively integrated with practice.

We believe in nurturing and facilitating your opportunities to discuss and critically evaluate effective teaching practices through small interactive seminar groups, which complement larger-group lectures.

All students are enrolled onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Education but an alternative exit award, the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which also includes QTS, is available if you do not achieve the masters-level elements of the postgraduate programme.

Areas of study

You will explore the subject curriculum areas for Key Stages 1 and 2, and practise the strategies and skills that encourage you to interpret the curriculum confidently and creatively. The programme is designed to encourage teaching practice that you can continually reflect upon and critique.

You will study modules that investigate learning and teaching throughout the two Stages within the context of child development as a whole.

Our teaching and learning strategies go across and beyond subject areas, to ensure inclusive practice and equal, effective teaching of children from a diverse range of backgrounds.

You will engage in a masters-level school-based Professional Enquiry module, focusing on an aspect of your own professional development.

School-based training

Ofsted identify our approach to training in schools as a key strength of this course, with an excellent balance between university tuition and school-based training.

You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based activities, with your training shared between the university and the partner school.

Your school-based training will include observing primary practitioners, working with individual pupils and groups of pupils, team teaching and independent teaching. Your training will also entail completing specific subject tasks and developing your knowledge of school policy and effective practices.

You will maintain a professional training portfolio and be supported to review your work critically and analytically as well as to set appropriately challenging targets. We will also develop an action plan with you to identify strengths, development needs and actions, so that your practice is continually developing. Please visit the website for further details regarding the school-based training:

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/primary-education-pgce-profgce.aspx

School Direct

School Direct is an alternative route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the University of Brighton is working with a number of schools to deliver this programme across a range of secondary subjects as well as in the primary phase.

To train as a teacher through the School Direct programme you need to apply directly to a school for a School Direct training place, with schools advertising their vacancies on the UCAS Teacher Training website. The University of Brighton supports School Direct through providing training and assessment opportunities at the request of participating schools. Please follow the link below to find out more about School Direct and view vacancies:

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/School-Direct-Tuition-and-School-Direct-Salaried.aspx

Careers and employability

Graduates of the course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become capable and confident primary school teachers.

As well as gaining a PGCE, you will be assessed against the national Teachers' Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Most graduates of this course begin their careers as primary school teachers where they work to make a difference in those important years of a child's education. From your first post as a newly qualified teacher, your career could develop in many different ways. Some of our graduates go on to be special educational needs teachers or head teachers.

Although trained to teach in the primary age range, Qualified Teacher Status is a universal qualification and many teachers go on to teach other age ranges throughout their career.

The teachers we train are:

• highly committed to their pupils’ learning and ambitious in what they want to help them achieve
• inquisitive, critically reflective and motivated to keep learning and improving their own practice
• quick to adapt to different learning contexts and confident to challenge inequalities
• an asset to the profession, willing to share their knowledge and experience and to collaborate with others
• well-prepared for the realities of teaching, with the confidence, resilience and skills to be innovative, to take risks and be creative.

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The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted inspection. Read more
The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted inspection.

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which will allow you to teach in schools in England and Wales.

The programme is suitable if you are a graduate with a good honours degree or equivalent, in an area that has some relevance to primary school or early years teaching.

Studying with us, you will have access to excellent resources and gain practical experience in two of around 250 schools with whom we have partnerships. You will be mentored by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content.

Students on this course can choose to progress to one of our Education MAs after completing the PGCE.

Course structure

This is an intensive year, with two-thirds of the course based in partnership schools and the remainder in lectures, seminars and independent study. Inherent to this programme are the government's national priorities and we will give you support whilst thoroughly addressing these issues.

In line with government requirements, you will spend the majority of your course gaining experience in schools, where you will spend 24 weeks teaching under supervision. Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. We will give you plenty of comprehensive feedback during this time, which will enable you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.

You will benefit from experiencing school-based training in two different schools and age-phases. The first phase of school-based training runs simultaneously to the University-based programme, which ensures that teaching theory is effectively integrated with practice.

We believe in nurturing and facilitating your opportunities to discuss and critically evaluate effective teaching practices through small interactive seminar groups, which complement larger-group lectures.

All students are enrolled onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Education but an alternative exit award, the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which also includes QTS, is available if you do not achieve the masters-level elements of the postgraduate programme.

Areas of study

You will explore the subject curriculum areas for Key Stage 1 and the Early Years Foundation Stage, and practise the strategies and skills that encourage you to interpret the curriculum confidently and creatively. The programme is designed to encourage teaching practice that you can continually reflect upon and critique.

You will study modules that investigate learning and teaching throughout the two Stages within the context of child development as a whole.

Our teaching and learning strategies go across and beyond subject areas, to ensure inclusive practice and equal, effective teaching of children from a diverse range of backgrounds.

You will engage in a Masters-level school-based Professional Enquiry module, which will entail a focus on an aspect of your own professional development.

School-based training

Ofsted identify our approach to training in schools as a key strength of this course, with an excellent balance between university tuition and school-based training.

You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based activities, with your training shared between the university and the partner school.

Your school-based training will include observing primary practitioners, working with individual pupils and groups of pupils, team teaching and independent teaching. Your training will also entail completing specific subject tasks and developing your knowledge of school policy and effective practices.

You will maintain a professional training portfolio and be supported to review your work critically and analytically as well as to set appropriately challenging targets. We will also develop an action plan with you to identify strengths, development needs and actions, so that your practice is continually developing.

Please visit the website for further details regarding school-based training:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/primary-education-3-7-years-pgce-profgce.aspx

School Direct

School Direct is an alternative route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the University of Brighton is working with a number of schools to deliver this programme across a range of secondary subjects as well as in the primary phase.

To train as a teacher through the School Direct programme you need to apply directly to a school for a School Direct training place, with schools advertising their vacancies on the UCAS Teacher Training website. The University of Brighton supports School Direct through providing training and assessment opportunities at the request of participating schools. Please follow the link below to find out more about School Direct and view vacancies:

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/School-Direct-Tuition-and-School-Direct-Salaried.aspx

Careers and employability

Graduates of the course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become confident and competent primary school teachers.

As well as gaining a PGCE, you will be assessed against the national Teachers’ Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Most graduates of this course begin their careers as primary school teachers, where they work to make a difference in those important years of a child's education. From your first post as a newly qualified teacher, your career could develop in many different ways. Some of our graduates go on to be special educational needs teachers or head teachers.

Although trained to teach in the primary age range, Qualified Teacher Status is a universal qualification and many teachers go on to teach other age ranges throughout their career.

The teachers we train are:

• highly committed to their pupils’ learning and ambitious in what they want to help them achieve
• inquisitive, critically reflective and motivated to keep learning and improving their own practice
• quick to adapt to different learning contexts and confident to challenge inequalities
• an asset to the profession, willing to share their knowledge and experience and to collaborate with others
• well-prepared for the realities of teaching, with the confidence, resilience and skills to be innovative, to take risks and be creative.

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Over recent years, the Government has prioritised the expansion of physical education as a specialism in the primary sector. We will develop you as a future leader in the teaching of physical education, giving you the knowledge and skills to really promote, shape and develop the subject within a primary school setting. Read more
Over recent years, the Government has prioritised the expansion of physical education as a specialism in the primary sector. We will develop you as a future leader in the teaching of physical education, giving you the knowledge and skills to really promote, shape and develop the subject within a primary school setting.

We are an established sports education provider with a rich sporting pedigree. You will be able to immerse yourself in a supportive learning community informed by the latest research in the field and with vast experience of training the next generation of PE teachers.

We will lay the foundations for an exciting and rewarding career as a well-rounded primary school teacher, with specialist training in teaching physical education.

As part of your training, you will be placed in primary schools that have a particularly strong focus on physical education, providing the perfect setting for you to apply your theoretical knowledge and hone your practical skills while learning from experienced teachers with a specialism in PE.

We will develop your understanding of core and foundation subjects such as maths, English and history so that you can also confidently teach these subjects at primary level. At the same time, we will build your knowledge of how children learn so that you can create tailored and effective lessons.

The most effective teachers not only possess strong teaching skills but see themselves as researchers, constantly looking at new practices and assessing their own teaching methods. Self-analysis will be a fundamental aspect of your training. You will observe and evaluate different learning environments develop your understanding of diverse teaching practices and techniques. This critically reflective approach will be embedded in all aspects of your training, and should proof a useful tool to use throughout your teaching career.

We will develop your understanding of how a school functions outside of the classroom so that you are not only able to manage your class but also contribute to the successful running of the organisation.

Most trainees go on to be offered full-time positions with the schools where they completed their placement.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_primaryPE

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Completing this course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by the Department for Education, You will then be qualified as a primary school teacher, with a specialism in physical education.

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll be supported by an experienced course team determined to see you flourish as an innovative primary school teacher who specialises in physical education. You will become part of a supportive teaching and learning community, where you will be able to pick up advice and tips from your course tutors and share ideas on lesson plans and classroom experiences with your fellow students.

Helping you to develop your confidence, identity and style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will form a fundamental element of your training.

To help with your preparations for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend an outdoor experience during induction, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to develop your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire physical education and your teaching.

Regardless of which training model you follow, you will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools involved in the delivery of your course are located in and around Leeds to ensure your travelling is limited and you will have the maximum time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

We provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, providing you with another valuable element of support and coaching as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding).

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys' writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.

Facilities

- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Learn to teach five to 11-year-olds on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course. You’ll address the challenges of teaching in multicultural and diverse environemnts, while your school placements will back this up with hands-on practical experience. Read more
Learn to teach five to 11-year-olds on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course. You’ll address the challenges of teaching in multicultural and diverse environemnts, while your school placements will back this up with hands-on practical experience. With both a diverse teacher and student population, London is an ideal location if you want to teach in urban environments. Trainees of our PGCE Primary courses attain high results, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with one of their placement schools.

More about this course

This NCTL-accredited PGCE Primary course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach five to 11-year-olds in a primary school environment. You’ll also be able to work in an early years setting.

The course structure gives you room to develop your classroom practice as well as examine the underlying principles and values around educational issues.

The Curriculum Studies module introduces you to the challenges of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You’ll also learn how to teach core subjects including English, Mathematics and Science.

The Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module includes two extended school placements of 11 and 13 weeks. With its clear links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), you’ll have a responsible framework for meeting the needs of every child you teach.

Throughout your school placements, you'll be supported by school-based mentors and university-linked tutors. The latter will also teach your university sessions, providing you with a continuity of support throughout your training. By working in both environments, you also have the chance to reflect on the links between your own teaching theory and practice.

Our emphasis on educational support and high-quality teaching means this course is rated positively by Ofsted:

"Outcomes for trainees are improving strongly. Trainees’ attainment is rising and employment and completion rates are above the sector average for all routes."
Ofsted, 2016

Your assessment will consist of four elements:
-School placement A
-School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
-A Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience the Educational Research Assignment which allows you to explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Modular structure

This is a year long course.

Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
-The theoretical underpinning of the practice that students take into the classroom
-Access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well structured lessons in the primary curriculum
-Sessions on pedagogy, English language and literature, mathematics, science and foundation subjects
-Training to assess pupils’ progress in each of the curriculum areas

Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) includes:
-Support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
-Discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
-Understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
-Introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
-Teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas

Work placement:
-120 days in two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in primary schools

In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensuring up-to-date subject knowledge.

After the course

This intensive PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS),which enables you to teach 5 to 11 year olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure primary teacher roles at schools including Whitings Hill Primary School, Stanford Primary School, Godwin Primary School and more. Whether you have applied through London Met or School Direct, you’ll have the same opportunities for employment upon successful completion of the course.

Funding

Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Within the Department for Education (DfE) School Direct framework, London Met is able to work with School Partners to offer salaried training routes to QTS. Read more
Within the Department for Education (DfE) School Direct framework, London Met is able to work with School Partners to offer salaried training routes to QTS. These are School Direct Salaried positions. Places are very limited, applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training and will only be open for applications when Schools have places available. You should check availability with the University before applying in UCAS.

More about this course

An exciting one year PGCE course leading to Qualified Teacher Status, preparing you to teach 5 to 11 year olds (KS1 and KS2). This qualification also allows you to teach in the Early Years. Specialising in teaching within urban, multicultural, multilingual schools, we address issues of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum, with clear links to the United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the unique London context.

The course is comprised of short blocks at University interspersed with two extended school placements of 8 and 12 weeks offering trainees the chance to reflect on the links between theory and practice and to critically reflect on their own teaching practice. School placements are supported by school based mentors and university link tutors, the latter also deliver university sessions ensuring continuity of support for trainees.

We aim to facilitate student teachers to become teachers who are of the highest quality; reflective, creative, imaginative and responsive to all children’s needs.

The course is designed to enable you to develop your understanding of the role of the Primary teacher within the broad field of education. There will be opportunities to extend your knowledge, develop your classroom practice and examine the underlying principles and values that inform current debates around educational issues. Through evaluation and reflection you will be supported in developing a clear understanding of the links between theory and practice.

We are proud to be one of the first courses to formally embed the principles of children’s rights (UNCRC) into our programme providing a universal values framework within which teachers can work to develop education which meets the needs of the children they teach.

Assessment is made during school visits by a link tutor and through regular assessment by your school-based mentor. Successful assessment leads to the recommendation of QTS.

Recommendation for Qualified Teascher Status (QTS)

On successful completion of the assessment phase the university will recommend the applicant to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of QTS.

Modular structure

The School Direct salaried QTS only pathway is both rewarding and demanding. As this is an employment-based route to QTS, trainees are employed in their school setting and attend the university for a limited number of training days across the training year. The university sessions support the wider professional development of each teacher. This programme provides discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships; understanding of different aspects of inclusive education; introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce and team work and collaborative discussion across different subject areas.

The university study includes reflection on personal learning experiences and their application to the process of becoming a qualified teacher and critical examination of education policy and practices as well as national and local data.

What our students say

“London Met was very proactive in providing support and guidance for my new teaching post. The team educated me on everything necessary to prepare me for my forthcoming post; they are highly skilled professionals who were able to support me through my interview process as well as answer any queries regarding the teaching industry. With regards to course content, I felt everything covered during lectures and the professional studies sessions was relevant to my development and future prospects as a teacher as the course supported my learning over the year.” Jatinder Chohan, Year 5 teacher, Rosedale Hewens Academy, Harlington

“I really enjoyed my course at London Met. It was a very intense year, but the support and guidance from my tutor and mentors was excellent throughout, and by the end of the course I really felt I was prepared to take on my first mainstream teaching assignment. The tutors and lecturers have helped me set the right goals for my development as a teacher as well as giving me the tools to succeed. I had two great school placements arranged by the University, which I feel were key to building my confidence. Finally, I was really happy to be offered a job by one of these schools – my PGCE year couldn’t have ended better.” Maira Rodrigues, Year 4 teacher, Lloyd Williamson Primary School, Kensington

After the course

This intensive training leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

More about the course

The QTS training is delivered by a small, dynamic team of lecturers who combine their subject knowledge in areas such as English, mathematics, art, computing and working with EAL learners with recent and relevant school experience and a clear understanding of excellent classroom practice. This London Met team is fully committed to supporting trainees in their goal to become a qualified teacher that is uniquely trained to meet the challenges in modern London schools.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Learn to teach five to 11-year-olds on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited PGCE School Direct Primary course. Read more
Learn to teach five to 11-year-olds on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited PGCE School Direct Primary course. You’ll address the issues around multiculturalism and diversity in the classroom and gain hands-on practical experience during school placements. With both a diverse teacher and student population, London is an ideal setting if you want to teach in urban environments. Trainees on our PGCE Primary courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to gain employment, often in one of their placement schools.

More about this course

This exciting NCTL-accredited PGCE School Direct Primary course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and will prepare you to teach five to 11-year-olds (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) at a primary level. You’ll also be equipped to work in early years settings.

The structure of the course gives you room to develop your skills in the classroom as well as examining the underlying principles and values around educational issues.

The Curriculum Studies module introduces you to the issues of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You’ll address the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum and learn how to teach core subjects including English, mathematics and science.

The Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module includes your two extended school placements of 11 and 13 weeks. With its clear links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), you’ll have a responsible framework for meeting the needs of every child you teach.

Throughout your school placements you'll be supported by school-based mentors and university tutors. The latter will also teach your university sessions, providing you with continued guidance throughout your training. By working in both environments, you’ll have the chance to reflect on the links between teaching theory and practice.

Our emphasis on educational support and high-quality teaching has resulted in this course being highly rated by Ofsted:

"…almost all aspects of the partnership’s work is good with some that is outstanding."
Ofsted, 2016.

Your assessment will consist of four elements:
-School placement A
-School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
-A Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
-The Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Modular structure

This is a year-long course.

Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
-The theoretical underpinning of the practice that you'll take into the classroom
-Access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well structured lessons in the Primary curriculum
-Sessions on pedagogy, English language and literature, mathematics, science and foundation subjects
-Training to assess school pupils’ progress in each of the these curriculum areas

Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) includes:
-Support for your wider professional development as a teacher
-Discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
-Understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
-Introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
-Teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas

Work placement:
-120 days in two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in primary schools

In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensuring up-to-date subject knowledge.

After the course

This intensive PGCE School Direct leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach five to 11-year-olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure primary teacher roles at schools including Whitings Hill Primary School, Stanford Primary School, Godwin Primary School and more.

Funding

Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.

PGCE School Direct

The School Direct school placements work around the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we can only offer places in Early Years / Primary and in Secondary teaching Maths, Modern Languages and Science with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will attend the training workshops at the university with other regular PGCE students and carry out placements of 120 days in a school or consortium of schools with a School Direct allocation. This time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.

London Met has School Direct partnership with nearly 100 schools. This large body of schools have joined with us to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University and the school placement divided between two partner schools.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Overview. If you would like to study for a PGCE and have less than three years of experience working with children, UCB’s PGCE Primary QTS course will provide you with the necessary skills to teach in a primary school environment. Read more
Overview

If you would like to study for a PGCE and have less than three years of experience working with children, UCB’s PGCE Primary QTS course will provide you with the necessary skills to teach in a primary school environment.

There are two pathways available on this course. If you would like to teach 3-7 year olds, you will focus your studies on the Foundation Stage (pre-school) and Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2). If you would like to teach 5-11 year olds, you will focus on Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6).

These course pathways will concentrate on themes related to primary education that address key government priorities such as curriculum management, working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and working with children who use English as an Additional Language (EAL).

On completion of this course, you will be a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and will have the knowledge, skills and training to work in a mainstream school or in a school for children with special needs.


Why should I choose this course?

Past students rate it very highly, commenting that the content is intellectually stimulating and the teaching methods are very effective.
You will develop your professional career in education as you specialise in the rewarding area of teaching and learning and receive high quality support from your lecturers.
You will increase your career prospects and employment opportunities through working in one of our partnership schools.
You will be able to efficiently manage a curriculum, how to deal with a range of professional issues and critically evaluate the principles of teaching.
By studying both the theoretical and practical elements of teaching, you will develop a deeper understanding of the skills necessary to teach in a primary school environment.

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Manchester Metropolitan University has a national reputation for initial teacher education which has been established over 100 years. Read more
Manchester Metropolitan University has a national reputation for initial teacher education which has been established over 100 years. Our Department of Primary Teacher Education has a team of over 40 primary teaching staff who between them have expertise in all primary curriculum subjects, enabling us to offer a wide range of specialisms. The majority of teaching staff are actively involved in research, linked to our Education and Social Research Institute, one of the leading UK centres for educational research. We have an Initial Teacher Education Partnership with over 500 primary schools and strong community links across the North West region, ensuring we can offer our trainees a diverse range of placement experiences.

Our aim is to train confident teachers and reflective practitioners who will have strong prospects for employment and career progression. Trainees have access to Manchester Met's dedicated Careers and Employability Service and within the PGCE programme are supported in securing their first teaching appointment.

After graduation we continue to provide support and advice to our Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), including online resources, conferences and peer networking.

Our full-time PGCE Primary Education provides intensive training leading to Qualified Teacher Status ('QTS') for early years establishments and primary schools in the 3-7, 7-11 or 5-11 age range.

School-based training is combined with taught sessions at university and independent study. Applicants can choose our University-led ('Core') PGCE training route, or one of our School-led ('School Direct') routes, both of which lead to QTS. We work in partnership with 18 school alliances in the North West of England to offer School Direct places (salaried and non-salaried).

University-led ('Core') route

Trainees typically spend around 12 weeks in university during the year, including a block at the start of the course, combined with at least 120 days of school-based training, in at least two different schools. Manchester Met organises placements.

School-led ('School Direct') route

Trainees are attached to a lead school within an alliance of schools - Manchester Met works in partnership with 18 school alliances across the North West region. Depending on the term times of the school(s) involved they will typically spend around 30 weeks in school and around four weeks in university for taught sessions. Placements are organised by the lead school.

On both routes trainees will experience school-based training in at least two different schools, and have the opportunity to undertake an inclusion placement with a focus on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The School-led also includes a visit to a Key Stage 3 setting. Throughout the PGCE trainees are supported by a personal tutor, experienced teaching staff and mentors in university and at school.

Candidates can apply for both School Direct and University PGCE routes; both have the same entry requirements. Successful completion of either route includes 60 Masters level credits.

Early Years route (Manchester only)

This route mirrors the PGCE Primary Education programme, with an Early Years focus. Completing this course will enable practitioners to teach in both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

Applications for PGCE routes starting in September 2017 should be made online via UCAS Teacher Training which is expected to open in late October this year. Early application is recommended as places are limited. Please check our entry requirements before applying.

Assessment Only Route to QTS in Primary sector

Experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status may be eligible for this route. It will suit those who have taught in at least two schools or colleges, and who have substantial experience in two consecutive age ranges. It is not sufficient for candidates only to have experience of two schools.

Important information

Manchester Metropolitan University has been undertaking a review of the long-term future of academic provision at its Cheshire campus. It has now been confirmed that the University will withdraw from the Cheshire campus. This means that we expect the campus to close in the summer of 2019.

As the withdrawal from the campus will be a phased process we are still pleased to receive applications for one year full time postgraduate taught courses starting in 2017 on the Cheshire campus. We also continue to welcome applications for part time postgraduate courses of two years in duration in the Exercise and Sport Science department starting in 2017. Applications for courses that are expected to take longer than two years to complete are currently on hold.

Features and benefits of the course

-Choice of location - Manchester or Cheshire* for PGCE Primary Education. Early Years route also available at Manchester
-Choice of University led or School Direct routes
-Strong mentor and tutor support for trainees' personal, academic and professional needs (identified as a key strength by Ofsted in their 2015 inspection)
-Varied placement opportunities, including opportunity to do an inclusion placement with SEND focus
-Research-led teaching
-NQT support and opportunities for continuing professional development at Manchester Met
-Assessment Only route to QTS available for experienced, but unqualified teachers

Placement options

Manchester Met organises placements for trainees on our University-led ('Core') PGCE route through our extensive Initial Teacher Education Partnership. Our Partnership vision is to train 'outstanding, critically-literate professional teachers who will challenge and inspire their learners'.

The schools we work with share our commitment to aspiration and excellence, with a focus on strong mentor training and support for trainees. There is also an emphasis on national priorities, including behaviour management, literacy and numeracy.

Our partner schools cover a wide geographical area and diversity of social, economic and cultural backgrounds, ranging across inner city, suburban and rural settings, enabling us to offer our trainees a broad range of placement opportunities.

We organise placements starting with the trainee's term-time postcode and matching this with placement offers from schools. Trainees are expected to travel up to 90 minutes each way from where they live and to arrive in school 45 minutes before the school day commences. We take into consideration special circumstances, such as disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages.

Trainees spend at least 120 days on contrasting placements in two schools related to the two age phases of their particular route through the course, with time spent in each key stage/phase. They are attached to each school for a substantial period of time and expected to engage in the full life of the school.

In their first placement trainees gain experience across the full age range of the school and teach in one class for an extended period, taking increased responsibility for that class.

They then begin to teach a range of curriculum areas, as well as gaining an understanding of cross-curricular themes.
The second placement focuses on the whole curriculum and extended management of the classroom in order to meet the requirements for the Teachers' Standards.

Trainees are required to pass both periods of school-based training.

School Direct trainees will undertake teaching practice at their lead school and other schools within the alliance. Placements are organised by the lead school.

All trainees are supported in various ways whilst on placement:
-Every trainee has a personal tutor - this is the tutor who knows the trainee best at university and will usually teach them for some aspects of their studies. Personal tutors write trainee references for employment. For School-led routes the school writes a reference.
-Every trainee is allocated a visiting tutor whilst on placement. This tutor supports the school when assessing the trainee's progress and do do this observes each trainee teaching.
-Every trainee has a school mentor, this may be their class teacher or someone in the school who oversees placements
-Often there are multiple trainees on placement in each school, providing an inbuilt support network

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​The PGCE Primary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training the UK. ​Students can opt to follow either the Foundation Phase route or Key St​age 2​ route.​. Read more

Course Overview

​The PGCE Primary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training the UK.

​Students can opt to follow either the Foundation Phase route or Key St​age 2​ route.​

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/Primary-PGCE.aspx

Entry Requirements

All applicants should meet the following essential criteria:
- GCSE grade B or above in English Language and mathematics and a grade C or above in science (or a standard equivalent) on entry to the programme. Students studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade C or above in Welsh (first language).

- Applicants who have achieved a grade C or above in English Language and mathematics or equivalent on application will be considered for interview. Applicants will need to have made arrangements to resit the GCSEs or equivalent in order to obtain a B grade and indicate this on the UCAS Teacher Training application. If successful at interview, applicants will be offered a place subject to the B attainment. Please note, if you are taking a GCSE equivalent qualification, do not choose the option 'Equivalent' on the UTT application as this suggests you are applying to sit an internal test with Cardiff Met which we do not offer, you will need to select 'Other'.

- Good honours degree in an area related to primary education, of at least 2:2 classification; or any honours degree of at least 2:2 classification where an A level grade C or above (or equivalent) has been obtained in a primary curriculum subject area. Access to HE programmes are considered as an equivalent to A level within a relevant subject where 15 Merits have been achieved at Level 3. CACHE Level 3 Diplomas at grade C are also considered as well as Pearson BTEC (QCF)/OCR/NQF Level 3 Diplomas within Childcare at Merit Profile.

- Recent and relevant experience in a mainstream school across the primary age range. This should be for a minimum of ten days and taken place within the 12 months prior to attending interview. Evidence of this MUST be included on the UCAS Teacher Training application. Please include details within the work experience section of the UCAS Teacher Training form. Should applicants reach the interview stage, they will be required to bring evidence of the experience with them. This will be in the form of a reference from the head teacher of the school where the experience takes place, on headed paper and signed off by the head teacher.

- A strong personal statement indicating the applicant's potential to undertake the PGCE Primary Programme. The statement should demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and personal experience gained in primary education to date and how this has equipped the applicant to potentially be an effective primary teacher. A high standard of written English/Welsh is essential.

- The principal referee must be an academic who is most able to comment on the applicant's academic and vocational abilities. An academic reference for those applicants who have undertaken their degree more than 5 years in not required although one is preferred if this can be obtained. For those applicants whose HEI reference is more than 8 years old a reference from a more recent educational professional such as a head teacher is required. Should you have any queries regarding your reference, please contact Admissions.

​Course Content​​

- School Based Component
The School based component is undertaken in our excellent range of SEWCTET partnership schools and is an integral part of the programme. Students will spend a total of 120 days in school, which is predominantly arranged on a 4:1 split. This means that Monday – Thursday is spent on school placement whilst Friday is spent in university. This allows for clear links to be made between theory and practice and for the skills associated with being a reflective practitioner to be developed.

A key part of the development of the reflective practitioner is enquiry based learning to encourage student teachers to reflect critically on learners, their own practice, and to develop an independent, enquiring approach to their professional development. This is achieved through the completion of “Learning Packages” that focus on key educational priority aspects. The packages scaffold the student teacher in identifying their own areas of interest and to improve their practice in systematic ways, as they are more able to closely examine the issues and acquire newfound knowledge that is readily retained.

- University Based Sessions
The university-based sessions include either experience in the Areas of Learning outlined in the Foundation Phase or the subjects outlined in the National Curriculum orders. All university-based modules are studied at Master's level, allowing 60 credits to be achieved. The module ‘Learning and Teaching’ consists of three constituent parts:
- Learning & Teaching 1: Professional Studies
- Learning & Teaching 2: Literacy and Numeracy
- Learning & Teaching 3: Curriculum focus

All parts of the programme complement each other and specific links are made with the School Experience module. The module as a whole develops students’ conceptual understanding of fundamental principles of primary education and pedagogical aspects related specifically to Foundation Phase or Key Stage 2 (depending on route chosen).

- Time commitment required
The school-based element requires students to be in school for the normal working school day as well as additional time before and after school for preparation and meetings.

Employability & Careers​

Successful completion of the programme will lead to the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and recommendation to the General Teaching Council for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides opportunities for employment at the primary level.

- What can I expect to earn when I start teaching?
Information can be obtained from the Training and Development Agency for Schools website: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/salary.aspx

- Professional Development:
The programme also offers an advantage towards continuous professional development by affording 60 credits at Master’s level. These credits may be carried forward towards a full Master’s qualification studied on a full or part time basis.​

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The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering ITE primary courses. Read more
The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering ITE primary courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.

As well as offering outstanding teacher training courses, we are one of the few universities that awards 120 credits for successful completion of our courses, which we award at Masters level. For those who successfully complete their induction year there is an opportunity to transfer credits to the MA Teaching Studies course, which is awarded on completion of a 60 credit dissertation.

The primary programmes meet all aspects of government requirements for Initial Teacher Training. We are able to offer applicants a choice of two routes, so that you can prepare as a teacher across the full 5–11 age range or specialise instead in early years teaching (3–7 age range). Both programmes last for 38 weeks; the equivalent of 19 of which will be spent in schools.

Programme content

General Primary programme
Students on the General Primary (5–11 years) programme follow a range of courses that address the statutory curricula for the core and foundation subjects alongside Professional Studies, which considers whole school issues.
Early Years programme
This programme allows you to focus your training on work with children aged from three to seven years of age. You spend time in nursery classes, as well as teaching children of school age in both Reception and Key Stage 1 classes. You follow the same range of courses as those on the General Primary programme, in addition to an advanced study of early years education.
Both of these programmes will qualify you to teach children aged 3 - 11 years.

School-based experiences are a central part of these programmes, with an opportunity for you to experience a range of ages within different schools. Both programmes also feature a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. The programmes are designed, in conjunction with partnership schools, to meet the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The high quality personalised support, ensures that the majority of our students exceed the teachers's standards at an outstanding level (Ofsted report 2013).

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Do you have a passion for educating children, particularly those with Special Educational Needs (SEN)? If your aim is to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary school teacher then our PGCE Primary Education with Specialism in SEN and QTS is the course for you. . Read more

Do you have a passion for educating children, particularly those with Special Educational Needs (SEN)? If your aim is to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary school teacher then our PGCE Primary Education with Specialism in SEN and QTS is the course for you. 

What's covered in the course?

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. You’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

You’ll discover that the way we teach you and the time you spend in schools in the Birmingham area will give you a broad experience of working with children who come from a wide range of different social, economic and cultural backgrounds so you’ll be well placed to take on your NQT year.

Why choose us?

  • Successful completion of this course will highlight your SEN expertise and help you to stand out from the crowd.
  • Consistently high employability rates, with 98.8 per cent of our 2016 PGCE Primary graduates in employment or further study six months after their course (latest DLHE survey results 2015/16)
  • Over 70 per cent of our 2015 Primary PGCE graduates gained employment in West Midlands’ primary schools.
  • We support you with the job application process as part of your course.
  • If you have a First in your undergraduate degree, or a PhD, you may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL)For 2017 entry this bursary is £3000.
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • Gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.
  • We have strong relationships with more than 900 primary schools in the region. Schools are committed to the quality of experience they offer our trainees.
  • Our team of experienced teachers, who have held senior positions in schools, are there to support and guide your progress.

Entry requirements

In addition to the above, for entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

Pre-Interview School Experience

For teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with primary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.

As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to primary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the Standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Standards is verified by mentors.

How do I apply?

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course code: 338C



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