Press release: iPGCE wins General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) accreditation

13 July 2015

The University of Buckingham School of Education has become only the second HE department in the country to have its PCGE accredited by the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS).

The only other University in the country to have the accreditation is Northampton.

Anyone undertaking the University of Buckingham PGCE in Scotland will be eligible for registration with GTCS. Participants on HMC Teacher Training in Scotland will also be eligible for registration, providing they complete the University of Buckingham PGCE.

Teachers who already hold the PGCE can also be registered. Existing holders of the PGCE will be eligible for provisional registration. They will be required to demonstrate how they meet the GTCS Standard for Full Registration through a probationary period.

Dean of the University of Buckingham School of Education, Geraint Jones, said: “We are delighted to have our PGCE accredited by the GTCS. Many teachers in Scotland’s schools, who have undertaken the PGCE with us, will now be eligible to register with GTCS, which is very good news indeed. We look forward to forging further links with teachers and schools in Scotland.”

The University of Buckingham is also launching a new two-day Ab Initio course in August for unqualified teachers, who are starting their careers in September. The course provides a toolkit for their first term in post. Geraint said, “There are a growing number of unqualified teachers in independent and state schools, who are learning their craft on-the-job. Our new Ab Initio course is like ‘pre-season training’ for them – it’s a daunting prospect to be responsible for children and classes, and the course prepares teachers for their first months in the profession.”

The School of Education also has a new Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status, for more experienced unqualified teachers. Geraint added, “As the name suggests the route is purely an assessment over 12-weeks and is designed to accredit teachers who require no further training to gain qualification.”

“Our student teacher numbers are growing in September again, by some 25%, which is testament to the education sector’s confidence in our model of training teachers. We believe that teachers learn how to teach by being in schools, learning from outstanding practitioners and overseen by experienced University tutors.”

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