Our Early Years (3-7) PGCE (QTS) programme will qualify you to enter the teaching profession as a Newly Qualified Teacher with a PGCE qualification which provides 20 masters credits. QTS status means you are able to teach in any Primary classroom, however you will exit with specialised training in the EYFS curriculum and focused training placements in Reception and KS1 classrooms.
All of our School Direct programme are highly successful; led by our national Teaching School and delivered by our Alliance of highly performing schools. Trainees will undertake three school placements at different settings, maximising the range of experience received. Experience will be gained in both Reception and KS1 classrooms over a minimum of 120 placement days. Additional enrichment placements are undertaken to offer experience in SEND and KS2 classrooms, offering a broad experience and the opportunity to consider elements of transition and inclusive teaching.
In each placement trainees are treated as part of the school team and take part in all elements of the school day, attending staff meetings, supporting parents evening and extra-curricular activities for example. This means our trainees graduate 100% ready to take on their NQT year and leave us classroom ready!
Training is delivered over the course of the year, delivering the skills and knowledge to confidently teach the primary curriculum and to develop the professional competencies as outline in the Teacher Standards. In addition to receiving Primary curriculum training, Early Years Trainees will attend additional training sessions in EYFS curriculum, assessment, and phase specific practice. Training days will be made up of WTSA training, attending masters days (10 days) and in enrichment placements and experience days. All training is delivered by the highest quality current practitioners and expert consultants meaning your training is current and relevant to schools today.
Training days are usually delivered in Warrington with Masters Days delivered at Liverpool Hope University. Placement schools are usually in Warrington with some located across Cheshire West and Chester and Halton.