About the course
This programme aims to 'develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative'.
The Secondary Initial Teacher Education Programme (School Direct) at the university has been designed to be both academic and vocational and provides challenging expectations of you as a student teacher to create a teaching and learning environment which will engage your interest and motivation. The broad aims of the main curriculum component of the programme are to:
- develop your subject knowledge and teach you how to put that knowledge into practice (pedagogy) in order to thrive in the culture of our schools;
- enable you to become a highly motivated, outstanding effective, creative and reflective practitioner;
- prepare you for a career in teaching that will prove to be successful and rewarding;
- develop in you a commitment to and enthusiasm for continuing professional and personal development;
- provide you with sufficient information, experience and opportunity in order that you might achieve the National Teacher Standards to enable you to be recommended for QTS and gain your PGCE with 60 masters credits.
As a Lead School we will work together with our universities in order to shortlist suitable candidates. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. In addition to a formal interview, you will be asked to undertake an observed task working with pupils. Literacy and numeracy skills will be assessed through the university and TSA in line with the DfE’s new requirements. The TSA will give you further details of this process on receipt of your application. You may also be asked to attend a possible placement school for an informal meeting.
Use your personal statement to tell us why you wish to become a teacher. You should also tell us about your experience within schools and what insights you have gained into high quality teaching and learning. You should refer to any reading you have undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching indicating what you have learnt from this. If you already have links with a supporting school, please include this within your statement.
How school placements work
Your School Direct Programme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant in-school training. You will be given the opportunity to spend the majority of your time on ‘teaching practice’ at high quality school placements from across our consortium. You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by consortium schools and our HEI partners. In school, you will be supported by a dedicated and trained mentor, as well as a professional tutor, who are school-based experienced staff. You will also have University based tutors.
Your training lasts for one academic year (September-July).
Training through our consortium will also provide you with opportunities to develop your educational and professional studies through school-based sessions that include:
- Use of data and reporting; Liaison with parents
- Behaviour – sanction and reward
- G&T (more able) and PP students
- SEN / EAL, including the new SEN Code of Practice
- Pastoral care
- Assessment for Learning and Success Criteria
- Pedagogy – planning and assessment
- Access to our interactive NQT programme
Your main placement will run from September to December. You will attend your second placement school from January until February half term and will then return to your main placement for the remainder of the programme.
We currently work with over 16 partner secondary and primary schools.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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 Physics 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.
- GCSE (or recognised equivalents) in Mathematics and English Language Grade C or above.
- A degree classification of 2:1 or above is preferred; a 2:2 degree may be considered for exceptional candidates (must be in your subject area)
- The University requires a satisfactory medical report.
- You will need to have completed DBS enhanced disclosure.
- Trainees must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the DfE before QTS is awarded. You will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course.
We are looking to recruit talented, hardworking candidates who have the qualities and personal skills suited to a career in teaching alongside the drive and ambition to make it happen.
Qualities we are looking for include:
- A friendly and approachable manner
- Excellent oral and written communication
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent organization and time management
- Excellent subject knowledge
- A passion for your subject, drive and enthusiasm
- Imagination and the ability to be innovative
- Evaluative nature being able to reflect on your performance
- A commitment to learning
Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.
To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Please note, it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.
About the training provider
We are a consortium of secondary and primary schools across Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent and the Peak District. Through our links with our university partners, we offer an innovative approach to your development as a teacher; a number of our school based colleagues lead sessions at the University, enabling you to benefit from the strengths that both the university and our schools bring to your teacher education programme. All our schools share our vision to develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative. We seek to develop your talents and attributes in relation to secondary pedagogy. This will enable you to not only meet the competencies required by the Teacher's Standards, but to exceed them. The Painsley Consortium of schools is part of the wider University partnership of secondary schools comprises a mixture of faith schools (Catholic and Church of England), as well as local authority and academy settings. You will be able to benefit from placements in two school settings; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering children a broad and balanced curriculum, one that both engages and excites them. It is a privilege for us to be working in a diverse region with exceptional teachers. We respect the cultures and backgrounds of the young people in our settings. In particular, we value the transformative role that a high quality secondary educational experience has, it enables young people to become informed, empowered and engaged and improving the outcomes for all.
About the accredited body
Our School Direct route provides the ideal combination of highly regarded qualifications and hands-on experience. We achieve high levels of employment and student satisfaction.
With intensive support in the classroom and guidance of University experts, you will be fully prepared for the practical demands of secondary teaching in your chosen subject specialism.
As part of the course, you will undertake three assessed teaching placements, supported throughout by our school mentors and subject link tutors.
You will also spend time at the University to help put your school experience in the context of educational policy, priciples and evidence-based practice.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.
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:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Blessed William Howard
Rowley Avenue, Stafford ST17 9AB
Chesterton Community Sports College
Castle Street, Chesterton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST5 7LP
Painsley Catholic College
Painsley Catholic College, Station Road, Cheadle, Staffordshire ST10 1LH
St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy
St Margaret Ward, Little Chell Lane, Tunstall, Staffordshire ST6 6LZ
Trentham High School
Allerton Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 8PQ
Support and advice
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