About the course
This is a one-year full time Initial Teacher Education course leading to the academic award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). At university trainees undertake two Masters level modules towards their PGCE: Developing And Reflecting On Professional Practice and Developing And Reflecting On Subject Knowledge And Pedagogy. Successful trainees are awarded 60 Masters level credits which they can choose to carry forward to the full Master’s course at a later stage. Our School Direct programme provides a wealth of opportunity for trainees to demonstrate evidence of having met all of the Teachers’ Standards required for QTS.
Our School Direct programme is designed to train teachers in the classroom. Our vision to develop expert teachers and leaders of the future starts with all trainees becoming part of the staff team from the beginning of the academic year. Trainee teachers will learn from experienced colleagues and work closely with the staff in the English department. You will be given experience of KS3, KS4 and KS5. The vast majority of the year is spent in the host school that you apply to and contrasting placement will include six weeks of teaching elsewhere. Contrasting placements are key to the development of all trainee teachers in order to develop a wide understanding of different educational settings.
Sheffield Hallam University’s Admissions Team will conduct an initial eligibility check, to determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria. The school you have applied to will then consider your application and agree whether to invite you to interview. If you are selected for interview, you will be sent information about the interview process, together with guidance on how to prepare. The interview process will take approximately half a day at whichever school you have applied to within the alliance. It is important that you spend some time in the school that you are applying to and you will be given an opportunity to talk to some key staff. You will be required to teach an observed lesson; you will be told in advance about the content and the age group you will be teaching as well as any other relevant information to help you prepare. An interview will be the last part of the day where the professional tutor from the school and an Emmanuel Teaching School Alliance representative will be present.
How school placements work
You will spend the majority of the year and undertake most of your teaching commitments at your host school. A contrasting placement will be arranged for you with consideration given to your location, transport, childcare, etc. By placing you in a contrasting school you will gain invaluable experience which help you to develop a range of teaching skills. We only use schools that we know will give you the help and support you need during your placement, including a professional tutor and subject mentor. Weekly mentor meetings and at least one formal lesson observation will occur each week during your teaching practices.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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.
An honours degree (normally 2:2 or above) or equivalent. At least 50% of your degree should be in the subject that you intend to teach. We may accept closely related degree subjects.
GCSEs or O Levels (grades A–C/ 4-9) in English language and mathematics, or equivalent.
We are looking for trainee teachers who possess a range of personal qualities including:
- The ability to communicate in English competently, confidently and clearly to a level that facilitates good quality communication with pupils, parents and colleagues both orally and through writing
- Organisational skills
- Time management
- Passion for their subject
- The desire and drive to transform children through education
You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and fitness to teach check to verify your suitability for working with young people.
We recommend you spend at least a few recent working days in a UK secondary classroom before applying. This will inform your application and any later performance in the selection process.
About the training provider
Teaching is one of the most rewarding vocations and the Emmanuel Teaching School Alliance provides an excellent start to your career. Our schools have a reputation for outstanding leaders and inspirational teachers who enable students to exceed expectations. We believe that the best place to train teachers to become outstanding practitioners is in the classroom. We give trainee teachers the opportunity to be at the heart of school life from the very first day of the academic year. You will be fully supported by classroom teachers, mentors and professional tutors throughout your training.
We have more than twenty years’ experience in ITT, having developed a successful Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) as well as providing PGCE placements for Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Sunderland universities. Our School Direct programme, which started in September 2013, allows high calibre trainee teachers to achieve PGCE(M) alongside QTS which is accredited by Newcastle University and Sheffield Hallam University. Most of our trainees secure teaching positions and a large proportion commence their careers at schools within our alliance. Numerous previous trainees already hold significant leadership roles, including Head of Department and Assistant Vice Principal.
About the accredited body
In 2017, The Sheffield Institute of Education received Outstanding ratings from Ofsted for early years' and primary teacher training and Good ratings for Secondary and Post-16. School Direct allows you to choose the school that you'll be trained in. You will be further supported by training from Sheffield Hallam University. SHU is the fourth largest provider of School Direct training nationally – and the largest by some measure in the region. This has allowed the SHU School Direct Community to develop an approach to School Direct which truly supports the needs of the schools, while providing academic rigour and expertise.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Schools working in partnership with the Emmanuel Teaching School Alliance are inclusive environments. Trainees are encouraged to declare any disabilities they may have so that reasonable adjustments can be put in place to support their training experience.
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