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The QTS Conversion Course is available to teachers who are currently employed in maintained or independent schools in England, who have already completed The University of Buckingham’s Independent School PGCE within the past two years. This course is the accreditation that enables teachers to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England.
The Primary QTS Conversion Course is a 37-week school-based course during which time you will work under the guidance of a school mentor and receive weekly tutorials to review your progress and to set targets. Trainees on the QTS conversion complete 15 Professional Learning Activities over the duration of the programme, meet with their mentor 15 times and have 15 lesson observations. You will also be assigned a University tutor who will visit twice during the course of the year to assess your progress against the Teaching Standards and Core Content Framework and guide your development.
You are expected to undertake a teaching placement in a second school which must be a non-selective state-maintained secondary school. The duration of this teaching placement is determined upon interview but is likely to be for three weeks.
“Trainees find the programme both demanding and rewarding. They praise the pastoral support offered and describe leaders as open, responsive, and flexible. Trainees like the predominantly school-based design of the training and take pride in the academic rigour underpinning it. Trainees show commitment to course reading, reflecting carefully about the impact of research on their teaching. The dovetailing of theory and practice deepens their understanding of why certain strategies in teaching work, rather than just learning a random repertoire of techniques which teachers use.” Ofsted, 2022