About the course
All subjects at St Michael’s are taught within in a 3 year KS3 curriculum and 2 year KS4 curriculum.
The PE curriculum focuses on introducing pupils to a wide range of physical activities, so that pupils gain an understanding of why PE is important, as an integral part of an active and healthy lifestyle. The structure of the course enables pupils to experience a broad range of activities. Throughout Years 7 - 9, pupils will develop their skill level and their ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Through delivering a range of sporting activities, the department supports the development of pupil’s skills, including:
• tactics & strategies
• life skills
• growth mind set
The information covered within the KS3 specification allows pupils access to a broad and balanced curriculum, in order to support pupils undertaking option choices and specialising in either GCSE PE or BTEC Sport.
Applications are made through UCAS. Newman and the Lead school consider applications and invite suitable applicants for interview
How school placements work
The main school placement will take place at St Michael’s CE High School. For information about St Michael’s, please visit:
You will be invited to participate in a formal induction day, which takes place in July, in order to prepare you for your first day in September.
September until December (Autumn term): Trainees are in their host school placement and are required to teach 50% of an NQTs teaching allocation.
January to April (Spring term): Trainees will take part in a 6-week second school placement scheduled during spring term. Trainees are required to teach 60% of an NQTs teaching allocation.
April to July (Summer term): Trainees are in their host school and are required to teach 70% of an NQTs teaching allocation. During this time a 1-week primary transition placement will be arranged.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
A UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, a standard equivalent to a grade C in English and Maths GCSE and for primary you will additionally need a standard equivalent to a C GCSE Science.
About the training provider
Welcome to the Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance and Newman University School Direct PGCE Programme.
Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance
"Working in partnership to develop expertise and raise standards."
Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance (TSA) is a strategic partnership including primary schools and secondary schools and a University. It is an excellent place to train to teach for reasons including:
• A decade of successful training with Newman University on undergraduate, postgraduate and GTP routes.
• Lightwoods TSA has a range of expertise in teacher development having successfully delivered support to other schools across the West Midlands.
• The Senior Leadership Team have worked and supported in other schools.
• Lightwoods TSA have hosted a range of training and CPD opportunities including observation of teaching, support for planning and moderation.
We have developed a close knit partnership which has a strong foundation based on a depth of experience within a family community; overall this allows us to create an excellent, personalised experience with outstanding support. We tailor and customise each individual’s training programme to develop them into balanced well rounded professionals. At the heart of our alliance is the need to provide outstanding teaching and a positive learning experience for all pupils.
We have an excellent record of employment at the end of School Direct training within our partner schools and beyond.
About the accredited body
With a strong community cluster of schools we can offer training tailored to the individual’s needs which are superbly supported by the longstanding expertise from Newman University.
What can I expect at Newman University?
• Academic and Professional Tutor - There will be a named tutor to support your academic and professional development through tutorial and email support
• Partnership Tutor- A tutor from Newman will oversee and moderate the assessment of your school-based training
• High quality taught sessions delivered by expert tutors
• A virtual learning environment
• Access to the Newman University library
Training with disabilities and other needs
Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying as our training programme caters for individual needs.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Bristnall Hall Academy
Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands B68 9PA
Perryfields High School and Sixth Form
Lead Secondary School, Oldacre Road, Oldbury, West Midlands B68 0RG
St Michaels CE High School
Rowley Learning Campus, Curral Road, Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 9AN
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