About the course
Trainees will spend 4 days a week in their host school, learning 'on the job', with one day a week training at The University of Hertfordshire. As you are paid by your training school you will become a member of staff for the training year.
You will get to know your class very well right from the start and your teaching workload will build up gradually. This means you won't be teaching classes on your own until your school thinks you're ready.
You will have a teacher mentor who you meet with very regularly and who will guide your learning, help with planning, give advice and set targets which are individual to your needs. You will have a Professional mentor within the school who will plan, oversee and support your training programme. In addition, there will be a visiting tutor from the University of Hertfordshire who will moderate and support. Within school you will have opportunities to observe in different classes.
You will have an alternative placement in an adjacent age group at another school for at least 6 weeks, usually in the Spring term.
All applications are processed by The Wroxham School, who will shortlist and invite candidates to interview if their application meets both The Wroxham School's and the University of Hertfordshire's criteria. Applicants will need to have a school committed to employing them for the training year before we can invite to interview.
The interview takes place at The Wroxham School and will include a written task set by The University of Hertfordshire. We will also ask you to read a story and lead a discussion (which you will have planned) with a class of children. You will be able to request a particular age group.
Finally you will be interviewed by a panel of no more than three people, one of whom may be a member of staff from your potential training school.
The interview usually takes no longer than a morning or afternoon. We usually make a decision on the day about whether to recommend you to the University of Hertfordshire. They will then review your written task and interview records and let you know within two weeks if you are offered a place on the course.
How school placements work
You will spend most of your time at your host school, where you will be an employee for the training period. You will be based in one class but also have opportunities to observe in other classes and age groups. One day a week at University.
Your second placement will be for around half a term based in a different school and age group. The Professional mentor at your host school will organise a placement at a school which is accessible to you and which will provide you with a different experience to your host school.
Trainees on this course will be employed by the school where they are based for most of the training year. They will be paid using the unqualified teacher's pay scale for that area.
University course fees are paid by the Lead school, so there is no responsibility to the student or host school.
You will not be eligible for a bursary or student finance on the salaried route.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Honours Degree – a second class degree or higher.
GCSE at grade 4 or above (grade C or higher) in maths, English Language and science. We do not accept equivalency tests.
Overseas qualifications should be checked via UK NARIC before application. See www.naric.org.uk/. Please email admissions tutor before application with a copy of your NARIC and original certificate.
You will need to show -
Interpersonal skills and communication
Leadership and passion
Resilience and adaptability
That you are respectful and considerate.
Enthusiasm for teaching and a willingness to learn.
Understanding of primary education, gained from spending time in schools.
Understanding of the role of the teacher and the demands of the teaching profession.
An ability to reflect on observational experience.
Well written application form and personal statement that should include some reference to the above.
All applicants will be subject to criminal records checks.
About the training provider
The Wroxham School is a lead school for School Direct courses and works in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and other schools within our alliance. Our alliance schools cover a wide geographical area, within travelling distance of the University of Hertfordshire’s DeHavilland campus in Hatfield.
We offer two courses School Direct (Salaried) and School Direct (PGCE) which is self funded. Both courses last a year and result in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The SD PGCE course will also award you a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). You will train in two schools, getting the chance to learn 'on the job' and spend one day per week training at the University of Hertfordshire.
If you are on the School Direct Salaried Primary Training Programme you will be employed by and paid a salary by the main school that you train in for that year. The only applicants we will be able to shortlist for the salaried route, are those with schools already committed to hosting them for their training year.
All applications are processed by The Wroxham School, who will invite candidates to interview if their application is successful and meets the university criteria. If the applicant is accepted, they will be allocated to a school in their area that has requested a trainee. We are always willing to work with schools that are new to our alliance, especially if they are already keen to host a particular applicant.
Please contact Jenny Bramley at the school for more information.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Each year the University of Hertfordshire welcomes a significant number of students who disclose a disability and/or have other needs. The University seeks to create a fair, inclusive culture where everyone feels valued and respected.
The University of Hertfordshire and The Wroxham School are committed to promoting equality of opportunity to ensure that they meet the needs of disabled people and has policies that are intended to support all students both in their studies and in developing their professional practice.
If you have a disability or other need we encourage you to disclose this and any other relevant information that could support your studies.
The School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire provides both academic and practice placement support for teachers in training with disabilities and other needs.
One key aspect of the PGCE course is to raise awareness of mental health and well-being and to support the removal of unnecessary workload.
University of Hertfordshire disability support
University of Hertfordshire statement on disability disclosure by students.
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University of Hertfordshire
De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9EU
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