About the course
School Direct (salaried) – is principally aimed at graduates with previous schools based work experience (however this is not a requirement). The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school and their salary and training costs are covered by the Department of Education and the employing school. On completion of the programme trainees are awarded qualified teacher status (QTS).
You will have a ten month placement at one of our schools and will benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a short-term placement at a second local school. In addition to learning on the job, you will attend a series of practical training sessions, which will enable you to develop your teaching skills, subject knowledge and practice away from the classroom. These sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners, who role-model outstanding practice, helping you to achieve high quality in developing your own practice. You will be assigned a mentor at your placement school and will be supported by the ITT training manager throughout the programme. We are very proud of the success of our School Direct programme and the majority of our trainees are offered a permanent role on completion of the programme.
On successful application through UCAS, you will be asked to attend an interview day. This will involve completing a short presentation on what good teaching means to you alongside a more formal interview. The members of the interview panel include headteachers and school leaders from the local area.
There will be no formal tests to sit on the day however applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2019 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You may book your skills tests as soon as you have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training, this is recommended.
How school placements work
Successful candidates will be placed with one of our partner schools. At present we have 12 partner schools which are situated mainly in the Gloucester area with some schools placed in surrounding villages.
The programme targets trainees who wish to teach primary aged children ranging from 5-11 year olds. Trainees have the option of choosing to train within EYFS-KS1 (5-7 year olds) or KS1-KS2 (7-11 year olds). Trainees will have 2 school placements of which the majority will take place in your host placement school. The alternative placement, will take place in Term 3 for a minimum of 6 weeks. Where possible, this alternative placement, will take place in an alternative Key Stage from which you taught in your host school.
Trainees will be paid in accordance with the Teachers' Pay and Conditions document, at a minimum of Point 1 on the unqualified teachers' pay scale.
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.
Candidate requirements (essential):
A 2:2 honours degree in any subject (minimum)
GCSE (A–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science.
Please note: If you don’t have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, you must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects and will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.
When applying for School Direct places with the Swindon Teaching School ensure that you take every opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom.
You can do this by including examples of any experience you have of working with children – perhaps as a classroom assistant, or youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you don’t have such experience, we strongly recommend that you acquire some before making the decision to become a teacher.
All offers made are in condition of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Swindon Teaching School, Plymouth Street, Swindon SN1 2LB
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