Postgraduate PGCE Early Years (3 – 7)

As an Early Years Trainee you will be immersed in school life from the beginning of the course, in a classroom with an experienced teacher and with the opportunity to observe high quality planning and teaching from the outset.

The schools in our partnership are highly supportive of all Trainees and, as your confidence grows, you will be responsible for planning and teaching individuals, groups and the whole class. The programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE. APPLY NOW
SCHOOL PLACEMENTS

You will spend the majority of your time in a host school learning on the job from the very best teachers. Trainees will complete a 6 week placement in a contrasting school setting and a consecutive keystage, designed so that you can experience diversity in a range of schools. Placements will take place across EYFS and KS1.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a SEND placement.

Trainees benefit greatly from the ongoing training for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

CENTRE BASED TRAINING

Centre-based training is practical and interactive, taking place once per week at our centre in Kilburn. It is an opportunity to build on your subject knowledge and related pedagogy, reflect on your school based training and develop your practice through further learning, covering:

● Early Years Foundation Stage ● Core and Foundation subjects and related pedagogies ● Academic Studies ● Professional Studies, including:        
– Child Protection & Safeguarding (including Prevent)
– Theories of Learning
– Behaviour for Learning
– Effective Planning
– Assessment for Learning
– Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
– English as an additional language (EAL)
-Inclusive classrooms

HOW ARE YOU ASSESSED?

On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

We undertake a wide range of assessment activities and track your progress as a reflective and adaptive teacher and the ways in which you are able to meet the Teachers’ Standards.
QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS

● Targets set from your interview ● Subject knowledge audits ● Weekly teaching observations, feedback and meetings ● Maintenance of Professional Development Portfolio ● Half-termly review points to monitor your progress towards QTS

POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION

● Regular written reviews (at M Level) ● Professional Development Portfolio and viva ● Two written M Level assignments

Our PGCE is validated by Plymouth Marjon University and carries 60 M Level Credits.

There are two Postgraduate Routes

EMPLOYMENT-BASED

This is where you are employed as an unqualified teacher, earning a basic pay scale 1 salary. Whilst you’re employed, you will not be eligible for any additional funding or support. The tuition fees are £9,250 which are payable in three equal installments at the beginning of each term.  Some schools may pay all / part of the fees, however where there is no Government funding available the trainee would be expected to pay.

Salary (by region) Amount
Inner London £25,831
Outer London £24, 415
London fringe £21, 933

These figures are correct for 2023 – 2024 but are subject to change slightly each year

FEE-FUNDED

This is when you are not employed and are classed as a Trainee. The tuition fees cost £9,250 payable in three equal installments at the beginning of each term. You can generally apply for a maintenance loan and tuition fee loan to cover the costs in the first instance. You also have the option of paying the fees yourself. You will also be eligble for additional benefits such as exemption from paying council tax, 30% off travel and other student discounts

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