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1. Welcome to the University of Hertfordshire Please take a seat
2. About today 10.30 introductory talk
11.15 break and reading
11.30 written tasks
1.25 return to atrium
1.30 group activity
2.00 individual Interviews
4.00 end of the day
3. Application numbers Many more applicants than places available ? at least 5:1 therefore each place is vigorously contested
Final allocations for places not available until January so any offer will be subject to this allocation
4. Positive Features of UH courses Consistently high profile in OfSTED inspections of ITE
Long history of training teachers
Large number of applicants
High percentage of NQTs gain a first teaching post
Recruitment and retention of men
Excellence in learning and teaching
5. Some Statistics?.. UH won award for Entrepreneurial University of the year 2009
School of Education won Strategic Business Unit of the year 2008
Very low drop-out rate
Strong satisfaction rate (NQT) survey
Higher than local competitors for overall satisfaction in the NSS survey
6. Learning and Teaching in the School of Education Active
7. The PGCE programme ? Flexi route The PGCE Primary Programme is 38 weeks full time
18 weeks are spent in schools
5 weeks first placement
10 weeks final placement
4 weeks (four days a week) research
You will study the course part time over two years
8. Flexi PGCE - structure Induction week on campus
One long weekend on campus in the first spring term of the programme
18 weeks in school
Online, distance learning
9. Flexi PGCE: Expectations ? far more than you think!
Over 2 years it will take 2.5 days of your time per week on average
Is this course compatible with your current commitments?
Full time / part time work/ domestic responsibilities?
10. The PGCE programme The programme is very demanding
Good organisational abilities are necessary
The ability to be self motivated
The ability to learn independently is essential
11. Flexi PGCE Support Personal tutor and tutor group
12. School Placements School placements are organised by the Partnership office which organises almost 1000 placements each year over all ITT programmes
Most partnership schools are in Hertfordshire (or very near to Hertfordshire)
There can be no guarantee that your placement will be conveniently located and you must be prepared to travel up to your placement school.
We ask trainee teachers to list areas that they would prefer and schools to avoid.
We do not place trainees in the schools that they have strong personal connections with.
Placements can only be within our partnership area.
Flexi students can find their own research placement
14. Assessment Qualified Teacher Status:
- You must pass all written assignments for taught courses (60 level 3 credits or 60 level M credits.)
- You must pass both school placements (2 x 30 level 3 credits)
15. The interview - what we are looking for An enthusiasm for teaching and working with children
Some evidence of having worked with children in a school setting
The ability to reflect on the time spent working with children
Some knowledge of the National Curriculum and Primary Education
16. Continued The ability to communicate with a wide range of personnel, NOT just children
The ability to work with other people
The ability to communicate clearly in both written AND verbal English
A willingness and ability to engage at a Masters level of study
A clear ability to cope with the demands of distance ? learning ? independence, organisation, self ? sufficiency
Excellent ICT skills and a willingness to embrace this way of learning and its demands
17. After the interview
You will be informed by the GTTR of the University?s decision. They will send you an e-mail alert.
Joining instructions will be available in June/July
18. If you are successful Let the GTTR AND the University know whether you wish to accept the offer that has been sent to you
If you have conditions attached to the offer please let the ADMISSIONS OFFICE know IN WRITING when you have met these conditions, including any documentary evidence required - you will not be able to register unless you have met all the conditions AND we have received this information
19. continued Please ensure that you have original copies of your GCSE or equivalent certificates (maths, English Language and science)and your degree as we are required by law to check these. You will not be allowed to get QTS unless these have been checked and your registration will be held up
If you have lost these please get in touch with the exam board responsible who should be able to verify your results (they keep records of ALL results). Please do this immediately so that your registration is not delayed.
20. Examination board contact details Edexcel (Former University of LondonULEAC, Metropolitan/Middlesex/East Anglia CSE Boards
Tel: 020 71907500 Website: www.edexcel.org.uk
Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) (former MEG, OCEAC, OCSEB, SUJB, UCLES and UODLE)
Tel: 01223 553998 Website: www.ocr.org.uk
Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
(former AEB and SEG)
Tel: 01483 506506 Website:www.aqa.org.uk
21. TDA Skills Tests You must take and pass the TDA skills tests in numeracy, literacy and ICT
These tests are taken online at official test centres (NOT UH)
Once you have received a registration number (soon after you register) you may begin to take the tests
You can take the tests as many times as you like
You are informed immediately whether you have passed or not
22. Finances Information about UH fees can be accessed on
For information about student loans or other financial support contact:
23. Bursary Please note that bursaries will not be available for primary PGCE students from September 2011
24. Criminal Convictions ALL convictions, cautions and reprimands WILL show up on your enhanced disclosure (done at the start of the course), even if they are from 20 years ago.
All trainees are now required to provisionally register with the General Teaching Council and part of this is the self declaration that you were asked to fill out and bring with you today. It is important that this information matches any information that may be returned on your CRB form. Therefore if you have a conviction, a caution, a reprimand or an official warning, you MUST have declared it on your self declaration form
25. Fitness to Teach All applicants accepted for teacher training have to satisfy the Secretary of State?s policy on ?fitness to teach?. You will be sent a medical questionnaire by Occupational health and must return it before you can start your teacher training programme.
26. Students with Disabilities The University of Hertfordshire prides itself on its equal opportunities policies.
If you have a medically recognised disability that you have not declared on your application form you may wish to bring it to our attention so that we are able to begin planning for meeting your learning needs. You can do this by speaking to the Admissions Tutor, mentioning it to the interviewer this afternoon or by writing/phoning after the interview
27. Needs Analysis Subject Knowledge Audit and target setting
Knowledge and understanding of how to teach ? based on previous experience of working in school.
28. Joining the programme Ensure that you access joining instructions on the University website in the months prior to starting the programme. These will be available to view in July / August once you have met all conditions of entry