About the course
We offer the School Direct route into initial teacher training – a school based approach to learning to teach. This is in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University who award the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters level credits.
You will graduate alongside, and with the same certificate as those who follow the traditional PGCE route through university, but with the benefit of experiencing the support of highly experienced teachers and mentors coaching and supporting you along the rich and varied path to becoming a newly qualified teacher.
As a School Direct trainee you will be introduced and welcomed into one of our partner schools at the start of the September school term as a member of staff. You will attend the school’s training and induction and get to know the school staff and the children in the class to which you will be assigned. You will get to know the school routines and have the opportunity to visit different year groups and learning situations throughout the school.
You will attend SHU each Friday for the taught session of your learning which will credit you towards your 60 Masters credits by the end of the course. Each week you will meet together as a group and be taught other modules of the course by one of our experienced teachers, SLE’s or leaders in education.
There is no doubt that this will be a demanding course requiring resilience and energy. However, it will be rich, varied, inspiring and enabling you to get the best start possible in your chosen profession.
Fields of Learning has a thriving partnership of primary, infant, junior and secondary schools in a range of locations across Sheffield and N.E Derbyshire. Each of the schools value learning for life, and are committed to ensuring their future teachers are well prepared and supported for this challenging but highly rewarding career.
Fields of Learning are committed to contributing to the provision of tomorrow’s outstanding teaching force.
Interviews will be hosted by one of our partner schools although this may not be the school a candidate is ultimately placed at.
The interview process is an opportunity for you to meet us and your chance to elaborate on the skills you bring to your new profession.
How school placements work
Each school placement will have student mentors who are trained by SHU to ensure that they are clear about your learning requirements and can support your individual needs. This will also be part of the class teacher’s role, but we will primarily encourage you to be reflective, self-evaluating learners yourself, able to judge your progress and targets to constantly improve your skills and knowledge.
You will begin, with the class teacher’s guidance and planning support, to teach groups of children and to experience class teaching. You will develop your skills to prepare you for your first assessed block placement after the October holiday and up until Christmas. During this period, you will be teaching the children in your placement class for at least 25% of the time. Your mentor will observe, support and assess your progress.
From January to March you will receive an experience in a contrasting school. Again this is an opportunity to experience a rich and varied teaching and learning experience, with visits to EAL and SEND schools and enriching your curriculum experiences. Teaching at SHU and school based teaching will continue, but there is no assessment of teaching in this block.
After Easter, for your final school experience, you will return to your first placement school and will carry out your Assessed Block Placement 2 in a different Key Stage to your first one.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Anyone with a degree can apply to train on a School Direct programme. UCAS require applicants to hold the minimum of GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths, English and Science to a grade C. Before starting training, all candidates must also pass the QTS Skills test in Maths and English.
Many School Direct applicants come straight from University, others make the choice to come to teaching after successful careers in other professions. We will consider every application on its individual merits.
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