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The Learning Institute

The Learning Institute

What will your course look like?

Our Primary School Direct routes lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status and PGCE.

School-based routes are a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills which potential trainees need to become a teacher. It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training with learning on the job.

How will you be taught? 

The course contains:

  • Comprehensive induction programme;
  • Personalised school mentoring and University Tutor support throughout the programme;
  • Taught days at the University with subject specialist university tutors to link theory and classroom; practice and to support research into written assignments;
  • On-going assessment against the Teachers’ Standards;
  • Reflective portfolio of evidence to achieve the Teachers’ Standards

Teaching and Learning 

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching
 

You are taught through a combination of:

  • School experience and contrasting placements in a range of settings across Westcountry Schools Trust and other partnership schools;
  • A personalised school based training programme, closely aligned with the University taught programme and school based training;
  • Studying all areas of learning and teaching across all EYFS and Primary National Curriculum subjects;
  • Tutor-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures , primarily to introduce underpinning knowledge, theoretical argument, practical skills, central issues, key texts and inter-professional fields of study;
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading to enable you to identify subject matter that will enhance their understanding and intellectual ability;
  • Participation in high level professional practice discussions, peer presentations and debate, to encourage you to actively engage with and critically challenge the field;
  • Directed studies, Professional Enquiry Tasks and problem solving tasks provide opportunities to develop approaches that will deepen levels of understanding and professional judgement; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements. Completion of a Subject Knowledge Learning Log (SKLL) to demonstrate pedagogic understanding , competence and confidence in teaching the full range of Foundation Subjects, SEND and Religious Education; 
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint student services;
  • Personalised training plans supported by  university and school based mentors.

In addition, there are regular opportunities throughout the year to meet with your personal tutor, where you will have the opportunity to talk about your academic progress, school experience, support with careers and applications and school based training.

Contact time 

This is full time, school based training programme.  On placement, you will be expected to attend school during term time and on training days and to attend all school based professional development, as agreed by the school, to ensure you are compliant with the requirements of the QTS qualification. You will also attend an equivalent of 42 training days (mix of face to face and online).

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Seminars
  • Discussions
  • Group work
  • Lectures when appropriate e.g. visiting speakers
  • Practical tasks
  • Research tasks

Assessment 

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of subject audits, formative assessments, tasks completed during lectures and enhancement activities.

Assessment methods include an assignment for both Level 7 modules, the Developing Teacher and the Learning Child.

You will be involved in assessing your teaching skills and competence as they develop through the use of a Reflective Portfolio to which you, teachers and tutors contribute.  You will engage in a range of assessments during school experience, all of which combine as components towards your final award.

Throughout your course, you will be supported to prepare for your first year of teaching through the Career Entry Profile, as part of your Continuing Professional Development.

Teaching practice and partner schools 

We work very closely with our outstanding partner schools to carefully craft inspiring and innovative initial teacher training programmes. The School Direct route is underpinned by a coaching and mentoring model to ensure you receive the highest quality teacher training experience. Throughout your training, you will have regular built-in opportunities to observe and learn from outstanding teaching in a range of contexts.

Our partner schools include a range of settings from rural to the inner city. You will practice teaching at least two schools and across two key stages based on your entry pathway.

The course is designed with periods of central training,  where you will: develop a Masters' level understanding of the complex nature of teaching and learning; be taught by expert University tutors; and come together in peer-group subject communities to reflect on your professional development as a trainee teacher. You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) who will oversee your training journey and act as one of the key links in this.

In each school, you will be supported by a Lead Mentor, as well as your class teacher and University Supervisory Tutor. Your progress will be supported and developed by this key team as part of a three-way tripartite model, underpinned by professional dialogue between trainee, School and university. You will receive an inspiring range of additional professional development across your training for example Early Years conferences, training in Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOPS) and recognised external speakers. Your progress and development will be regularly reviewed with additional support and enrichment and extension for high performing trainees. Throughout your training, your Reflective Portfolio (RP) will enable you to gather evidence of your professional development against the Teaching Standards Parts 1 and 2.

Programme specification 

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

How do I apply? 

Applications for PGCE courses should be made online through the government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for detailed information on how to apply for a PGCE.

For a direct access please follow one of the links below:

How much will it cost? 

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students enrolling on a PGCE in the academic year 2022/23 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on a PGCE in the academic year 2022/23 will be £14,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

Teacher training funding

You may be able to get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. More information and guidance on costs are available from the Home Office. You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Want to know more?

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