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Education pre-course

Welcome to the Initial Teacher Education Pre-Course Information website

Student with a pupil in a Primary School

We are pleased that you will be joining us in September to embark on your studies in teacher training. We have put together some important information to help with your course preparation. Please do read each section carefully as there are some actions you will need to take now.

For your information, the course start dates are:

PGCE Primary/Early Years & School Direct (SD) Primary & PGCE Secondary – Monday 10 September 2018

BA Primary – Monday 17 September 2018

We look forward to meeting you in September. In the meantime, if you do have any questions, please get in touch by emailing education@kingston.ac.uk quoting your Kingston ID or telephone us on 020 8417 5145.

Best wishes

The Admissions and Placement Team
School of Education
Kingston University

THINGS TO DO

Refer to your individual programmes and the checklist provided for what you need to be doing now and preparing for in your studies.

However, ALL students must complete and return (where appropriate) the following:

  1. Occupational Health questionnaire
  2. DBS application and sign up to the Update Service
  3. Certificate of Good Conduct if you have lived for more than 3 months overseas in last 5 years
  4. Update Service consent slip and Disqualification by Association form
  5. Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy
  6. Any school experience that is indicated as a condition on their offer
  7. Introductory Observation experience – 3rd – 7th Sept (PGCE students only excluding SD)
  8. Submit outstanding original qualification certificates
  9. All other forms – refer to your specific course for a full list

 

PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD PrimaryBA PrimaryPGCE Secondary PGCE EYTSDisclosure and Barring ServiceOccupational HealthProfessional Skills TestsFees and FundingSupport for Students with Disabilities or DyslexiaHow to find usUseful Contacts
Welcome from the Course Leader

Welcome from the Course Leader

Welcome to the PGCE Primary Teaching course at the School of Education, Kingston University. We hope that you will enjoy your year with us and find it stimulating and rewarding. The course has proved to be highly successful with a very high percentage of students gaining a first teaching appointment.

The PGCE course consists of a challenging combination of modules designed to stimulate your thinking and develop your knowledge of the primary curriculum. It will prepare you to teach the Primary National Curriculum subjects and consider how overarching themes, such as creativity, critical thinking, identity and cultural diversity are necessary components of a child’s experiences at school. Specifically, you will develop your understanding of how teachers encourage children to be successful learners and confident individuals who can make positive contributions to the school and wider communities.

The course is challenging as it combines intensively taught components with experience in school and wider educational contexts. In addition, there will be many opportunities to work collaboratively with your peers, tutors and teachers to help you meet the demands of post graduate study leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status. Working in this way reflects the high priority given in the teaching profession to working as a team with colleagues.

There are further opportunities to develop your areas of interest through personal research and seminar discussions at Masters level, supported on reflections of school experience. This work, together with fieldwork, visits and a course programme enriched with inputs from school colleagues and your tutors, should enable you to extend your knowledge and skills of innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

This introductory material provides you with important information and also outlines some required activities, to be undertaken before you commence the course in September. This will start to prepare you for what will be a demanding year where it will be essential that you carefully organise your study time in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Your personal tutors are looking forward to meeting with you and will also play a key role in helping you to get the most from the course and realising your full potential.

In the meantime, if there is anything further you wish to know or have clarified, please get in touch.

Claire Jackson signature
Claire Jackson

PGCE Primary Course Leader

PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Checklist
Action When
1 Complete Occupational Health questionnaire (signed by you and your GP). Within 3 weeks of receiving the questionnaire.
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification. As soon as you receive the online DBS activation email from GBG.
3 Sign up to the Update Service and return consent slip. Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date.
4 Obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct if you have spent time living overseas for more than 3 months in the last 5 years. Submit as soon as possible.
5 Read Disqualification by Association policy. Return form by 29th June 2018.
6 Submit outstanding original qualification certificates. As soon as possible or 31st July 2018 if you are completing your degree in June.
7 Pass Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy. 31st May 2018
8 Complete the school experience placements form (excluding SD Primary). Return form by  29th June 2018.
9 Read and sign the Placement Policy (excluding SD Primary). Return form by  29th June 2018.
10 Complete form to book a place on the field trip. Return form by  29th June 2018.
11 ALL students (excluding School Direct) must undertake introductory observation experience (5 days). Monday 3rd – Friday 7th September 2018.
12 Complete Introductory Observation Days Booklet (excluding SD Primary). In the observation week (3rd – 7th September) and bring this with you on your first day (10th Sept).
13 Preparatory Reading and complete pre-course tasks. April  – September 2018.
PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Term Dates 2018-19

PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Term Dates 2018/19

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Monday 10 September 2018 –
Thursday 20 December 2018
Thursday 3 January 2019 –
Friday 5 April 2019
Tuesday 23 April 2019 –
Friday 28 June 2019
Reading Week:
Monday 22 October 2018 –
Friday 26 October 2018
Reading Week:
Monday 18 February 2019 –
Friday 22 February 2019
Reading Week:
Monday 27 May 2019 –
Friday 31 May 2019
PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Induction/Enrolment Programme

PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Induction/Enrolment Programme

Monday 10th September 2018

All students are asked to arrive at the Kingston Hill Campus by 8.45am.

Please go to the School of Education (see number 4 on map) where signs will be posted to tell you which room to go to. Your first session will begin at 9.00am.

8.45 Arrival
9.00 The Induction Week Programme Course Structure and Timetable
1.00 Study Groups
4.00 Finish

 

ENROLMENT

Enrolment will take place at the University during your induction period and the exact date, time and details of your enrolment session will be confirmed at a later date. Please make sure that you read the information carefully and bring the necessary documents.


WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU TO INDUCTION

  1. Outstanding qualification certificates (originals only)
  2. Completed Introductory Observation booklet (5 days school experience)
  3. DBS Certificate to the DBS check session (date to be confirmed)


CAR PARKING

If you are arriving by car please park in Car Park D where there will also be signs directing you to the relevant room.

Parking restrictions are in place on site during term-time, although this will be waived during the first week of term to give you time to obtain your permanent parking pass. However, you must obtain a temporary parking pass from Reception during the first week of term as you will receive a parking ticket if you park in an unmarked or disabled bay at any time.

You will be able to apply for a permanent pass once you have enrolled and you will need to produce a valid KU ID card, vehicle registration document, MOT certificate and Certificate of Insurance

Please note that car park G outside of the Education Building is for staff and visitors only during the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Bus

The 85 and K3 buses stop outside the Kingston Hill campus.


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Registered name

When you enrol, you should ensure that your name on our student record system is the same as your passport/photo card driving licence. Your details are sent direct from the University record system to the NCTL following enrolment for allocation of your Teacher Registration Number (TRN).

Qualifications

In order to meet NCTL/Ofsted regulations, you must produce all ORIGINAL certificates prior to enrolment as we have to ensure that all entry requirements have been met before applicants are registered on the course.

 

PGCE Primary/Early Years School Experience & Introductory Observation Days
PGCE Primary/Early Years Introductory Observation Days Booklet
PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Preparatory Reading and Tasks
PGCE Primary/Early Years Placements Form
PGCE Primary/Early Years Placement Policy
PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Field Trip
Welcome from the Course Leader

Congratulations on your acceptance to the BA (Hons) in Primary Teaching programme at the School of Education, Kingston University.  Welcome to the course – we hope that you will find it stimulating and rewarding.

This course combines taught components in the university with practical experiences in school.  You will relate theory and practice in order to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding.  This will support you in having the greatest impact on all pupils, enabling them to become successful learners and confident individuals who can make a positive contribution to their school and wider community.

The taught sessions will prepare you to teach all national curriculum subjects, with an emphasis on the core areas of English, mathematics and science.  Throughout, there is a focus on pedagogy.  You will also consider wider contexts and aspects of education, such as creativity, wellbeing and cultural diversity, as these are important factors in contemporary primary education.

Across the course, you will work within different settings for learning, both at university and in school.  This will give you important opportunities to collaborate with, and learn from, a range of peers, tutors and teachers. The taught sessions, along with your formal assignments, are designed to enhance your understanding of topics and to enable you to develop your critical thinking, reading and writing skills.

Do study the website carefully. The introductory materials provide you with important information including activities that you should undertake before you start with us in September. The tasks and will help prepare you for your first year on the course.

I look forward to meeting you in September as you take your first step towards an exciting, demanding and fulfilling career.

Best wishes

Juliette Annal

Juliette Annal

BA Primary Course Director

BA Primary Checklist
Action When
1 Complete Occupational Health questionnaire (signed by you and your GP). Within 2 weeks of receiving the questionnaire.
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification. As soon as you receive the online DBS activation email from GBG.
3 Sign up to the Update Service and return consent slip. Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date.
4 Obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct if you have spent time living overseas for more than 3 months in the last 5 years. Submit as soon as possible.
5 Read Disqualification by Association policy. Return form by  3rd August 2018
6 Submit outstanding original qualification certificates. As soon as possible.
7 Pass Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy. As soon as possible.
8 Complete the school experience placements form. Return form by 3rd August 2018.
9 Read and sign the Placement Policy. Return form by 3rd August 2018.
10 Preparatory Reading and complete pre-course tasks. Before you start the course.
BA Primary Induction/Enrolment Programme

Monday 17th September 2018

All students are asked to arrive at the Kingston Hill Campus by 8.45am.

Please go to the School of Education (see number 4 on map) where signs will be posted to tell you which room to go to.  Your first session will begin at 9.00am.


ENROLMENT

Enrolment will take place at the University during your induction period and the exact date, time and details of your enrolment session will be confirmed at a later date. Please make sure that you read the information carefully and bring the necessary documents.


WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU TO INDUCTION

  1. Outstanding qualification certificates (originals only)
  2. DBS Certificate


CAR PARKING

If you are arriving by car please park in Car Park D where there will also be signs directing you to the relevant room.

Parking restrictions are in place on site during term- time, although this will be waived during the first week of term to give you time to obtain your permanent parking pass.  However, you must obtain a temporary parking pass from Reception during the first week of term as you will receive a parking ticket if you park in an unmarked or disabled bay at any time.

You will be able to apply for a permanent pass once you have enrolled and you will need to produce a valid KU ID card, vehicle registration document, MOT certificate and Certificate of Insurance

Please note that car park G outside of the Education Building is for staff and visitors only during the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.


Bus

The 85 and K3 buses stop outside the Kingston Hill campus.


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Registered name

When you enrol, you should ensure that your name on our student record system is the same as your passport/photo card driving licence.  Your details are sent direct from the University record system to the NCTL following enrolment for allocation of your Teacher Registration Number (TRN).

Qualifications

In order to meet NCTL/Ofsted regulations, you must produce all ORIGINAL certificates prior to enrolment as we have to ensure that all entry requirements have been met before applicants are registered on the course.

General information – Getting Ready

The University has a web page specifically for new students. You may find this helpful as a source of support and means of contacting other applicants.

 

BA Primary Preparatory Reading and Tasks
BA Primary Placement Policy
Welcome from the Secondary Team

Welcome to the PGCE Secondary course at the School of Education, Kingston University.  We hope that you will enjoy your year with us and find it stimulating and rewarding.  The course has proved to be highly successful with a very high percentage of students gaining a first teaching appointment.

The PGCE course consists of a challenging combination of modules designed to stimulate your thinking and develop your knowledge of the secondary curriculum.  It will prepare you to teach your own subject specialism(s) as well as considering how overarching themes, such as creativity, critical thinking, identity and cultural diversity are necessary components of a pupil’s experiences at school.  Specifically, you will develop your understanding of how teachers encourage their pupils to be successful learners and confident individuals who can make positive contributions to the school and wider communities.

The course is challenging, combining taught components with experience in school and wider educational contexts.  In addition, there will be many opportunities to work collaboratively with your peers, tutors and teachers to help you meet the demands of post-graduate study leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status.  You will work with your peers within your own subject specialism(s) and also across the curriculum with colleagues from other secondary subjects.  Working in this way reflects the high priority given in the teaching profession to working as a team with colleagues.

The Masters Level modules will support your ongoing professional development beyond the course and into your career as a teacher.

There are further opportunities to develop your areas of interest through personal research and seminar discussions supported by reflections on school experience.  This work, together with visits and a course programme enriched with input from school colleagues and your tutors, will enable you to extend your skills and your knowledge of innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

This introductory material provides you with important information and also outlines some required activities, to be undertaken before you commence the course in September.  This will start to prepare you for what will be a demanding but exciting year where it will be essential that you carefully organise your time in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Your tutors are looking forward to meeting with you on what is a challenging but rewarding course.

In the meantime, if there is anything further you wish to know or have clarified, please get in touch.

Bud Abeysekera

PGCE Secondary Lead  

PGCE Secondary Checklist
Action When
1 Complete Occupational Health questionnaire (signed by you and your GP) Within 3 weeks of receiving the questionnaire
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification As soon as you receive the online DBS activation email from GBG
3 Sign up to the Update Service and return consent slip Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date
4 Obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct if you have spent time living overseas for more than 3 months in the last 5 years. Submit as soon as possible
5 Submit outstanding original qualification certificates As soon as possible or 31st July 2018 if you are completing your degree in June.
6 Pass Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy Refer to the date given on your offer
7 Complete the school experience placements form Return form by 29th June 2018
8 Read and sign the Placement Policy Return form by 29th June 2018
9 ALL students must undertake introductory observation experience (5 days) and this is in addition to any school experience requirement included in your offer Monday 3rd – Friday 7th September 2018 or before the summer term if you struggle to secure a week’s experience in September. Please see school experience summary.
10 Complete Introductory Observation Days Booklet In the observation week (3rd -7th September) and bring this with you on your first day (10th Sept)
11 Preparatory Reading and complete pre-course tasks June – September 2018
PGCE Term Dates 2018-19

Monday 3 September 2018 – Friday 7 September 2018

– Pre Course School Based Observation in a Primary School and/or Secondary School (to be arranged by trainee)

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Monday 10 September 2018 –
Thursday 20 December 2018
Thursday 3 January 2019 –
Friday 5 April 2019  
Tuesday 23 April 2019 –
Friday 28 June 2019   
Reading Week:  Monday 22 October 2018 –
Friday 26 October 2018
Reading Week: 18 February 2019  –
22 February 2019
May Day Bank Holiday: Monday 6 May 2019
Easter Vacation: Monday 8 April 2019  –
Monday 22 April 2019  
Reading Week: 27 May 2019 –
31 May 2019

Please note although the course finishes on Friday 28 June 2019 you are advised not to book any holidays until after Friday 19 July in case you have to make up any missed days at school.

PGCE Secondary Induction and Enrolment Programme

Monday 10 September 2018

All students are asked to arrive at the Kingston Hill Campus by 8.45am.

Please go to the School of Education (see number 4 on map) where signs will be posted to tell you which room to go to.  Your first session will begin at 9.00am.

Monday 10 September 2018
Time Activity
9.00 Welcome and Introduction
10.30 Outstanding documentation check session
11.00 Break
11.30 Subject studies
13.30 Lunch
14.30 Alan Newland discussion on Professionalism (TBC)
16.00 Finish

 

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU ON THE FIRST DAY

  1. Outstanding qualification certificates – (originals only)
  2. Completed Initial School Observation booklet
  3. DBS Certificate to the DBS check session (date to be confirmed)

 

ENROLMENT and DBS CERTIFICATE CHECK SESSION

Enrolment and the DBS certificate check session will take place at the University during your induction period and the exact date, time and details of your enrolment session will be confirmed at a later date. Please ensure you bring your original DBS certificate with you.

 

CAR PARKING

If you are arriving by car please park in Car Park D where there will also be signs directing you to the relevant room.

Parking restrictions are in place on site during term- time, although this will be waived during the first week of term to give you time to obtain your permanent parking pass.  However, you must obtain a temporary parking pass from Reception during the first week of term as you will receive a parking ticket if you park in an unmarked or disabled bay at any time.

You will be able to apply for a permanent pass once you have enrolled and you will need to produce a valid KU ID card, vehicle registration document, MOT certificate and Certificate of Insurance

Please note that car park G outside of the Education Building is for staff and visitors only during the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Bus

The 85 and K3 buses stop outside the Kingston Hill campus.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Registered name

When you enrol, you should ensure that your name on our student record system is the same as your passport/photo card driving licence.  Your details are sent direct from the University record system to the NCTL following enrolment for allocation of your Teacher Registration Number (TRN).

Qualifications

In order to meet NCTL/Ofsted regulations, you must produce all ORIGINAL certificates prior to enrolment as we have to ensure that all entry requirements have been met before applicants are registered on the course.

Please note although the course finishes on Friday 28 June 2019 you are advised not to book any holidays until after Friday 19 July 2019 in case you have to make up any missed days at school.

 

School Observations Summary

Please read the Initial School Observation Procedure booklet carefully to get an understanding of what is you need to do in terms of the observation week at school in the week beginning 3 September 2018.

We understand it may be difficult to arrange observations for this week in which case you should arrange and complete the observations before the end of the summer term.  Ideally, you should arrange to spend time in both primary and secondary schools but what is important is what you learn from these observations and how they inform your development in your PGCE year.  We have found that students with recent experience, particularly secondary and primary Years 5 and 6, benefit greatly from the experience and its positive impact on their development.

In the Observation Booklet, you will find a section with details of tasks to complete during these initial observations.  You may need to be flexible about these depending on the school(s) that you visit and the observations that you are able to do.

We look forward to meeting you again on 10 September.

Best wishes,

PGCE Secondary Team

School Observation Booklet
PGCE Secondary School Experience Placements Form
Secondary Placement Policy
PGCE & School Direct Secondary Academic Contacts

KEY STAFF:

Name Job Title Email address
Marcus Bhargava Head of School m.bhargava@kingston.ac.uk
Tessa Willy Director of Initial Teacher Education t.willy@kingston.ac.uk
Amit Puni Citizenship Subject Leader amit.puni@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Bud Abeysekera Mathematics Subject Leader b.abeysekera@kingston.ac.uk
TBC English Subject Leader TBC
Greg Dryer PE Subject Leader g.dryer@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Tara Shirazi Science Subject Leader t.shirazi@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Welcome from the Course Leader

Welcome to the Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Early Years Teacher Status Birth to 5 years (EYITT), Graduate Employment Based pathway

Welcome to Kingston University’s School of Education and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Early Years Teacher Status programme which is based at the Kingston Hill campus.  We look forward to receiving you onto the programme and hope that you will enjoy your study with us.

The pathway that you are undertaking is a one year part-time programme aimed at graduates currently working in the children’s workforce who require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). You will be already working in an early year setting and the programme will support you in understanding and providing evidence of the standards.  You will need to demonstrate that you meet all 8 standards by providing sufficient evidence of personal practice and leading and supporting others and show that you have sufficient experience of working with babies, toddlers and young children from birth to five years old.  This pathway will support you to ‘top-up’ your knowledge, understanding and skills with all three age groups so that you can meet the Standards.

Knowledge and experience needed to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) encompasses:

  • Knowledge of child development and practice with birth to 5 year olds;
  • Experience of working with babies (birth to 20 months), toddlers (16 to 36 months) and young children (30 to 60 months)
  • Experience in leading practice and supporting other practitioners to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for birth to 5 year olds.

Teaching and learning will consist of a range of strategies including:

  • Weekly sessions at the university to share practice, support learning, develop knowledge and prepare for the Assessment Process.
  • Independent reading and research to develop your knowledge and understanding of working with children from birth to five years old to lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • Masters level modules that will support your ongoing professional development beyond the course and into your career as a teacher.

The Early Years Team is looking forward to working with you in what will be an intensive, challenging but also, we hope, rewarding, exciting and enjoyable programme.

Helen Sutherland
PGCE Early Years Teacher Status Course Leader

PGCE EYTS Term Dates

PGCE Early Years Teacher Status Term Dates 2018/9

Term One

10th September 2018 – 20th December 2018
(Half-term – 22nd October – 26th October 2018)

Term Two

3rd January 2019 – 5th April 2019
(Half-term – 18th February – 22nd February 2019)
(Easter Vacation – 8th April – 22nd April 2019)

Term Three

23rd April 2019 – 28th June 2019
(Half-term – 27th May – 31st May 2019)

PGCE EYTS Students attend the University on a Friday for taught sessions

PGCE EYTS Induction/Enrolment Programme

Enrolment and induction will take place on Saturday 8th September 2018

Enrolment (room and building to be confirmed)
Between 10am and 12pm

Induction (room and building to be confirmed)

1pm     Induction/LRC
2pm     Early Years Standards
3pm     Finish

You will receive an email in August giving you details of how to complete the online enrolment process and what documentation to bring on the 8th September.  Please make sure that you read this information carefully.

Travel Arrangements  

Car Parking

If you are arriving by car please park in Car Park D where there will also be signs directing you to the relevant area for enrolment.

Parking restrictions are in place on site during term- time, although this will be waived during the first week of term to give you time to obtain your permanent parking pass.  However, you must obtain a temporary parking pass from Reception during the first week of term as you will receive a parking ticket if you park in an unmarked or disabled bay at any time.

You will be able to apply for a permanent pass once you have enrolled and you will need to produce a valid KU ID card, vehicle registration document, MOT certificate and Certificate of Insurance

Please note that car park G outside of the Education Building is for staff and visitors only during the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Bus

The 85 and K3 buses stop outside the Kingston Hill campus

Other important information

Registered name

When you enrol, you should ensure that your name on our student record system is the same as your passport/photo card driving licence.  Your details are sent direct from the University record system to the NCTL following enrolment.

Qualifications

In order to meet NCTL/Ofsted regulations, you must produce all ORIGINAL certificates prior to enrolment as we have to ensure that all entry requirements have been met before applicants are registered on the course.

General information – Getting Ready

The University has a web page specifically for new students. You may find this helpful as a source of support and means of contacting other applicants.

Disqualification by Association

The DfE has a new policy on people working within the children’s workforce, potentially affecting students working with children under the age of 8. We therefore advise all Early Years Teaching and Primary Teaching applicants to check this policy.

If you think this affects you, you will need to speak to the Director of ITE on your first day.

PGCE EYTS Reading List
DBS Application Instructions

DISCLOSURE and BARRING SERVICE (DBS) INSTRUCTIONS

As you are most probably aware, all successful candidates for Initial Teacher Training courses are required to undergo an enhanced police check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to verify that they are safe to work with children. You will be receiving an email shortly from GBG Online Disclosures, the company Kingston University is using to manage online DBS applications. It is important that you look out for this email and follow the steps below with regard to completing your application.

The University will bear the processing cost of your DBS application, however you will need to pay a small fee to the Post Office for the verification service and an additional £13 per year for the Update Service.

If you already hold a “Child Workforce” Enhanced DBS certificate and have subscribed to the Update Service, you do not need to do another one but will need to complete the Update Service slip attached and return it to the School of Education.

What you need to do next?

  1. Read and make sure you fully understand the information outlined the DBS Important Information document; the Document Checklist; The Update Service and Disqualification by Association Policy (primary trainees only).
  2. Select the documents you will be using to verify your identity from the Document Checklist.
  3. Look out for the email from GBG Online Disclosures containing your username and password and use the details to register your account.
  4. Complete and submit your DBS application using your personal documents to confirm your identify and address.
  5. Print the ID Verification Sheet (containing a unique barcode for each document) and take this with your documents (originals only) to your nearest Post Office who will check and verify them. To find your nearest Post Office go to http://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder.
  6. There is a small charge for the Post Office Verification so please do take cash or your debit/credit card.
  7. Regularly check your account to keep track of your application.
  8. Subscribe to the The Update Service so we can undertake a current online check on your DBS certificate during your studies. This can be done as soon you apply or within 19 days from the date your certificate is issued.
  9. Return the The Update Service slip & Disqualification by Association Policy form by 29th June 2018..
  10. Only one copy of the Disclosure Certificate is produced by the DBS and this is sent to you at the address you give as your current address on the DBS application form. Please ensure that you bring the certificate with you to the Enrolment and Induction session in September and keep it in a safe place for the entirety of your course.

It is essential that you obtain satisfactory clearance prior to enrolment on the course and as Disclosures can often take months to process, you must take quick action to avoid any delays.

Please note you may not be accepted by a placement school if you do not have DBS clearance. Therefore, it is extremely important that you contact us immediately if you encounter any issues concerning your application at education@kingston.ac.uk.

DBS Important Information

DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE (DBS) DISCLOSURE

Background information

A criminal record is not regarded as an obstacle to studying at Kingston. However, the University must balance its responsibilities towards its partner schools in which the school/setting experience placements are made. In addition, we have to take into account the requirements of various professional bodies that have legal responsibilities to protect special categories of people including children, under the terms of the Protection of Children Act (1999).

The Initial Teacher Training Criteria document issued by the Department for Education stipulates that ITT providers must ensure that entrants on all routes have been subject to a DBS criminal records check, including a check of the children’s barred list.  We therefore cannot accept any previous Disclosure unless you have already a Child Workforce Enhanced DBS certificate and subscribed to the Update Service.

Declaring relevant information

You should have declared any relevant offences including cautions, reprimands and/or warnings on the form at interview. These should include any criminal charges/proceedings pending against you.  These will appear on your DBS enhanced disclosure.

We reserve the right to refuse to admit applicants where their criminal record makes it inappropriate for them to be admitted, in accordance with DBS filtering guidelines.

Without sight of your enhanced disclosure, we cannot enrol you on your course of study.

If you are arrested for any offence whilst on the course, you must report this to the Head of School immediately.

Disqualification by Association

The DfE has a new policy on people working within the children’s workforce, potentially affecting students working with children under the age of 8. We therefore advise all Early Years Teaching and Primary Teaching applicants to check this policy and inform the Admissions and Placement Team if you think this may affect you by emailing them at education@kingston.ac.uk

Prohibition Order List

In accordance with the ITT Criteria, all trainee teachers must undergo a prohibition order check. The university will conduct this check and contact you if your details are found on the prohibition order list. Information about this check can be found on the ITT Criteria document.

Further information about the Prohibition Order List can be found here.

Time spent overseas and/or travelling

You will be required to account for any time you have spent out of the UK.  If you have been travelling, you will be expected to list all the countries visited and the dates you arrived and departed.  However, if you have lived abroad for any length of time at a fixed address, you must also obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from that country as set out in the ITT Criteria document.

This is often a lengthy process but you must endeavour to complete this before you enrol and/or start your school placement.  There is often a charge, which varies according to the country, and further information is available here.

If you have lived or worked overseas for a period of more than 3 months in the last 5 years, you should contact us with details of your overseas address (s) and confirm that you have requested a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant body.

Payment

The University will bear the processing cost for your DBS application, however, you will need to pay a small fee to the Post Office for the verification service.

There is also a cost of £13 per year to the applicant for the Update Service. Refer to the attached Update Service document for more details.

Please visit the Department for Education website for more guidance on DBS.

DBS Checklist

DBS checklist

The list of identity documents you need to process your DBS application can also be found here.

Original documents only to be taken to the Post Office for verification.

You must select at least ONE of the following documents for your application:

  • Current valid Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (UK)
  • Current UK Photocard Driving Licence, full or provisional
  • Birth Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) – – issued at time within 12 months of birth
  • Adoption Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)

 

You must select at least at least TWO of the following proof of current address for your application.

If you have recently changed your name, at least one of these documents MUST confirm your current name at your current  address.

Key: *it should be less than 3 months old; **it should be issued within the past 12 months;

  • Current UK Driving licence
  • Current Non-UK Photo Driving Licence (valid for up to 12 months from the date the applicant entered the UK)
  • Birth Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) – issued after the time of birth by a relevant authority
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • HM Forces ID Card (UK) / EU National ID Card / Work permit/Visa (UK) (UK Residence Permit) valid up to expiry date
  • Mortgage Statement** (UK or EEA)/ Council Tax Statement** (UK & Channel Islands)
  • Utility bill* (UK) (i.e. electricity, gas, water, telephone). NOT Mobile Telephone
  • P45/P60 Statement** (UK and Channel Islands) / Benefit Statement* e.g. Child Allowance, Pension
  • Bank/Building Society Statement* (UK or EEA) / Credit Card Statement* (UK or EEA)
  • Bank/Building Society Account Opening Confirmation Letter (UK)
  • Financial Statement** e.g. pension, endowment, ISA (UK)
  • Cards carrying PASS accreditation logo (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Letter of sponsorship from future employment provider (Non-UK/Non-EEA only – valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application)
  • A document from Central/Local Government/Government Agency/Local Authority giving entitlement (UK & Channel Islands)* e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, Customs & Revenue, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security.
Disqualification by Association (Primary trainees only)
The Update Service

REGISTRATION WITH THE UPDATE SERVICE

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service allows student teachers to keep their DBS certificate up-to-date.  We strongly encourage our student teachers of Kingston University to subscribe to The Update Service for the duration of their studies so that a current online check can be undertaken by the university.

There is an annual charge of £13 which is payable directly to the DBS. By subscribing to The Update Service you will be able to share the information on your DBS certificate with other Registered Bodies. This will save you time and money. In addition, if you decide to take a break from your studies during your course you will not be required to complete a new DBS form when you return, as long as you return to the course within three years of the date on your original DBS disclosure.

Kingston University will NOT receive a copy of your Enhanced Disclosure Certificate therefore, you must bring your certificate to the enrolment session in September.

You can subscribe to the service as soon as you make your online DBS application or within 19 days from the date your certificate is issued. Subscribing online is quick and simple. Just enter your DBS application form number, name, date of birth and address and pay the subscription fee securely from your account. When your subscription is confirmed you then start to see the benefits of this new service.

How to subscribe to the Update Service

Step 1

Go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Step 2

Enter your personal details and your DBS application form number. These must match those on your application form.

Step 3

Answer ‘No’ to the question ‘Does the above application relate to a voluntary position?’

Step 4

Click “continue”

Step 5

Make the payment for the subscription fee. A payment confirmation screen will confirm whether payment was successful.

Step 6

Make a note of your Update Service Number.

The Update Service form

To coincide with the launch of the Update Service the DBS will no longer automatically issue a copy of your DBS Certificate to Kingston University. Therefore, we ask that you complete the consent slip on the The Update Service form, giving permission for Kingston University to undertake a check via The Update Service during your studies and return it to the School of Education.

As you will be aware, one of the conditions on your offer is that you have a satisfactory medical clearance before you start the PGCE course. It is important that you read this section carefully to get an understanding of what is required in terms of this check. We need to establish if you have any specific needs so we can ensure necessary support is put in place for when you start the course.

Please follow the steps below in terms of completing the form:

  1. Complete and sign the attached form
  2. Take the completed form to your GP for counter-signatory with the accompanying letter
  3. Return the form to the address exactly as indicated below within 3 weeks of receiving this request.

Kingston University
School of Education (OH)
Admissions and Placement Team
Kingston Hill Campus
Kingston Hill
Kingston
KT2 7LB.

Clearly write your name (as it appears on your UCAS application) and the full title of your course on the back of the envelope.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please email education@kingston.ac.uk.

Best wishes

The Admissions Team

Occupational Health Questionnaire
Letter to GP
Professional Skills Test Fact Sheet

Entry requirement for Teacher Training

All applicants to Teacher Training courses in England are required to pass on-line Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy before starting their course. The tests do not replace the usual entry requirement for English and Mathematics.

The literacy skills test covers aspects of spelling, grammar, punctuation and comprehension. The numeracy skills test is a computerised test covering three areas: mental arithmetic, interpreting and using written data, and solving written arithmetic problems. To help you in preparing for the tests, a number of practice materials have been produced.

Booking the Test

You can register and book your skills tests here and once you have registered  you will be able to:

  • take practice tests
  • view your previous results for the practice tests you have taken
  • pause the test so that it can be resumed later

The practice tests for literacy are presented in two formats:

  • literacy practice test
  • literacy practice test non audio

The practice tests for numeracy are presented in two formats:

  • numeracy practice test
  • numeracy practice test with mental arithmetic text

We have sessions specifically designed for candidates who have failed two attempts in. Look for dates marked with an asterix *

Test Results

The Skills Tests are computer marked; when a candidate finishes a test he/she will be provided with a printed score report. This is not a certificate; however it is strongly recommended that the candidate keeps this for their own records, as certificates are not issued. Test results are uploaded within 48 hours.

Re-sitting the Test

You have unlimited attempts at resitting the skills tests but we do encourage you to prepare in advance by having a go at the Department for Education online practise tests.

Candidates receive their first three attempts at each test free of charge but will be charged for any further ones.

For more information, please visit the Get into Teaching website

Please contact the Skills Tests helpline if you have any questions: 0300 303 9613

Good luck with your Skills Tests!

Payment of Tuition Fees

TUITION FEES

The tuition fee for the BA Primary undergraduate course is £9,250 per year.

The tuition fee for the PGCE is £9,250.

If you are a UK student or a European Union national, you may be eligible for help with your tuition fees. Information is available on this website. Contact number of Student Finance England is 0300 100 0607.

You can also download an application form and guidance notes from this site.

Further information about student funding can be found on the Kingston University website or by contacting Student Funding on 020 8417 7315

Bursary Information

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND DYSLEXIA

If you have a disability or dyslexia and require support while you are at University, you must contact the University Disability and Mental Health Support Service.

The contact details are:

Disability and Mental Health Support

020 8417 7314

Email: disability@kingston.ac.uk

Full details of the support services and facilities are also available here

In addition, you are strongly encouraged to contact the School of Education also before you start the programme. We are committed to providing you support during your studies and if we are aware of your specific needs in advance, we can make provisions and have these in place for your course start.

Please email education@kingston.ac.uk with details of your specific requirements. If you would like to speak with someone in confidence, please contact Nina Sohal, the Admissions and Placements Team Leader.

University Departments

Contact details for external organisations

Student Finance England 0300 100 0607
Skills Tests Helpline 0300 303 9613
DBS helpline 0300 0200 191
GBG Online Disclosures 0845 251 5000 onlinedisclosures@gbgplc.com