About the course
Stage one – Introduction to teaching
You’ll spend a mixture of your first five weeks at Batley Girls' High School, Leeds Trinity University, and several days in your placement school. This section of the course involves taking part in seminars and workshops that prepare you for your school-based training by focusing on two main elements:
Professional Learning and Teaching for 21st Century (PLT21 based at Batley Girls' High School on Wednesdays)
You’ll learn research-informed techniques and strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your training placements. These strategies will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the secondary curriculum and educational policy.
Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy
In these sessions, Leeds Trinity University subject teacher experts will give you a good understanding of what it means to teach Chemistry. You’ll study the school curriculum, and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll also learn how to plan sequences of learning that address your pupils’ needs so that you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.
After you’ve completed your first five weeks, you’ll start your first placement which will last for eight weeks.
Stage two – Developing your knowledge
Your University-based training will comprise the same elements as stage one, but you’ll focus on building on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next school-based training block. You’ll spend one week at university.
Before your second placement, you’ll again spend time in a school for one week to observe and familiarise yourself with the routine and teaching practice. During your second placement, you’ll spend a minimum of eight weeks in a new school, teaching more lessons and ensuring that you’re
teaching classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
Having developed and applied your subject and curriculum knowledge, you’ll spend several days at university during your placement, consolidating your practice and completing activities that will prepare for your teaching career. You’ll stay in the same school for a further ten weeks, teaching more classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, as well as the chance to observe and sometimes teach at Key Stage 5.
You will be notified through UCAS Track if you’ve been invited to an Interview Day. The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance will also contact you directly to arrange the School Direct PGCE interview. You’ll receive an email from us that explains everything you need to know about your interview. This includes the date, time and the location, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it’s really important to read this email very carefully. You will expected to teach a full 50 minute lesson to a class that links into the Chemistry curriculum. You will also have the opportunity to meet current Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance School Direct PGCE trainees.
How school placements work
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance will source your placements, taking into account your passions, preferences and personal circumstances. You will be supported by key Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance staff, who will work with you to ensure you’re ready to go into school.
After you’ve completed your first five weeks of training, you’ll start your first eight-week placement. This will give you the chance to put into practice what you’ve learnt in a collaborative working environment. You’ll work closely with your school-based subject mentor.
In January, you’ll complete a second placement in a different school. This will help you deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement - split across stages two and three, from January until June - gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school and with pupils you will get to know really well. This offers an opportunity to make a positive impact on progress in that school.
During your second placement, you’ll spend at least ten weeks in a new school teaching more lessons, ensuring that you’re teaching classes from Key Stages 3 and 4. You’ll become a more independent practitioner.
You’ll stay in the same school for a further ten weeks, teaching more classes from Key Stages 3 and 4, and have the chance to observe and teach at Key Stage 5. Having extended experience in the same placement means you’ll be able to develop your practice well, and show that you’re having a positive impact on your pupils. At the end of this placement you’ll present evidence on this impact, which will inform your final grade.
Throughout your placements, you’ll have the support of a school-based mentor. These mentors are trained by The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance and Leeds Trinity University to support you as you complete your training and assess your progress against the Teachers’ standards. You’ll also have a other key staff who will visit you at school. They will provide quality assurance for your training and offer any support and advice you may need.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
UK & EU Students:
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance and Leeds Trinity University postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are currently £9,250. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.
You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.
UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.
English and EU students can apply and find out more information at (www.gov.uk/studentfinance). This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
You will need to have a background and interest in Chemistry. All trainees must have a 2(ii) or better in an appropriate subject or have studied Chemistry to A-level standard. Trainees are expected to complete a Chemistry SKE if necessary. Communication skills are paramount. You will need the ability both to write in Standard English and to model accurate and effective spoken language. You will also be fully computer literate.
In additional you will need
- GCSE Grade C (or 4) English and Mathematics
- A pass in each of the Professional Skills Tests
Our determination is to match the right trainee to the right school, and we consider temperamental and attitudinal aspects as even more important than qualifications. You will need to be comfortable working in a team or independently, have a high degree of emotional intelligence, the ability to empathise and a genuine understanding of secondary education. You will care about equality and diversity and be unafraid to use the cliché that you want to make a difference. We are looking for committed, resilient, reflective practitioners, able to learn from their own experiences and the experiences of others.
All successful trainees will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.
About the training provider
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance is a partnership of schools throughout West Yorkshire which offers high quality primary and secondary teacher training to graduates in a range of subjects. Our Alliance is committed to providing the highest standard of education for young people in diverse and relatively disadvantaged urban communities in West Yorkshire. We transform lives, both of trainee teachers and the students within the local schools; we do not merely educate or train. Respect for learners and aspiration for all are our central tenets as an Alliance. We will provide training of the highest quality, delivered by outstanding practitioners in a diverse and stimulating range of local schools. We aim to deliver a bespoke training package, which will make the most of your knowledge and skills. You will be placed in two of the Alliance Schools and after a year’s successful training, you will achieve a PGCE with QTS. As an alliance, we are committed to helping you develop professionally, by providing an extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). We are also part of the Inspiring Education Teaching School (IETA), with Batley Girls' High School as the lead school. Batley Girls' High School has been graded as an outstanding school by OFSTED.
It is our aim to train the next generation of outstanding teachers in the West Yorkshire area. If you share our vision for education, we want to hear from you.
For more information on becoming part of our Trainee Team visit our website (http://schooldirect.batleygirls.co.uk/).
About the accredited body
Leeds Trinity University has been synonymous with high quality teacher training since 1966. They are one of the UK’s top 15 universities for teaching quality and student experience*, with an unwavering commitment to outstanding teacher training at the heart of what they do.
You’ll work with subject experts and receive help, advice and support from University-based link tutors. This means you’ll get subject specialist training on teaching the most difficult aspects of subject content, and understanding children and young people at various ages and stages of development.
*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance prides itself on being an equal opportunities ITT provider committed to delivering personalised teacher training to all prospective teachers. We pride ourselves on supporting a diverse and inclusive range of trainees through an individual support package. This does not stop once trainees have become teachers – The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance will follow on with advice, support and contact into the early stages of your teaching career to sustain resilience and well being to ensure that you become the best teacher possible.
The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance is committed to ensuring that every student with potential, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to train to become a teacher. If you have a disability or additional needs, we will endeavour to put in place reasonable adjustments to accommodate any additional requirements throughout your teacher training year. We’re able to support with conditions such as:
- Specific learning difficulties
- Asperger syndrome/autism
- Visual/hearing impairments
- Physical and mobility restrictions
- Long-term medical conditions
- Mental health conditions
We will develop a Learning Support Plan tailored to your specific needs. There is additional support from Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University which could include assessment adjustments, extended library loans, specialist one-to-one study skills, dyslexia screening and assessments, learning materials provided in alternative formats and alternative assessments.
With your permission, we will inform the placement schools so they can discuss how to best support you during your school-based training.
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.
Windmill Lane, Batley WF17 0LD
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