About the course
You will do a combination of subject and pedagogical learning in School and with your HEI link.
Formal assessment for the School Direct programme takes place throughout the year in partnership with your HEI link partner.
Assessment takes the form of assessed practical teaching against the Teachers' Standards and course work assignments set by your HEI link partner.
Successful completion of the programme requires passes in practical teaching and in all assignments; the marking criteria for both scales are against a comprehensive range of criteria explicitly linked to the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. (QTS).
Backwell School is the Lead School for the North Somerset Teaching Alliance and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. Its partner schools; Churchill, Clevedon, Gordano, Nailsea and St Katherine's will be hosting subject based interviews on behalf of the Alliance. If you are invited for interview you will receive full details of what will be expected of you in a letter of invitation. You will experience a programme which will include: you taking a small group of students through an activity that interests you (20 Mins), time spent with subject staff, students and a formal interview process. We work closely with our HEI link partner in the selection process. You will be expected to be familiar with key issues and developments in secondary schools - especially those in your subject area. It will help you to read the educational press and to talk to teachers and those currently undertaking teacher training. Our interview procedure is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the School Direct places available.
The best preparation for interview is a visit to a school or schools. Talk to teachers and students, try to evaluate what is being learned and how the teachers encourage the learning to take place. You will be expected to discuss these observations in your formal interview; where we will be looking for your ability to analyse your experience and show a deeper understanding of the learning process.
How school placements work
If you are successful in being offered a School Direct placement with the NSTA you will choose which school you would like to be your 'home school' from the range of partner schools wishing to train in your subject.
For more information relating to subjects on offer in schools please check the detail of this on our website NSTA Website
All of our schools are easily commutable from Bristol. Six of our seven partner schools are 11-18 provision. All of our schools provide a highly supportive and aspirational environment in which to train. One that offers the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.
Each School Direct trainee will undertake two placements, a longer placement starting in their 'home school' and a second shorter placement usually taking place in one of our other partner schools.
For more information about the general nature of placements please check our website NSTA Website
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Your tuition fees are paid to our link HEI.
You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
For information about financial support please refer to the information shared by our link HEIs.
You should have a minimum of a 2.2 degree in your subject or subject-related degree. Where applicants clearly show the potential to be a good teacher and perform well at interview, consideration will be given to applicants who have less subject specific knowledge forming part of their degree, but they will be asked to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course.
Skills Tests and GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English must be in place for the start of the course.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. You are looking to enter an exciting and demanding career and you will need to be resilient, honest and brave.
Your commitment should be demonstrated by meaningful, recent experience of working with young people of this age. For example, you may have been involved with some experience in schools through visits you have organised.
We expect applicants to come from a wide range of backgrounds and, therefore with a wide range of skills. This is a strength of the programme as it allows us to use your differences to learn with and from one another.
All applicants will be subject to suitability checks. This includes a full enhanced disclosure and barring check for child and adult workforce, as well as clearance by your HEI Link Occupational Health department.
About the training provider
The North Somerset Teaching Alliance is a fantastic place to work and learn; located as it is close to Bristol City centre.
A trainee's thoughts: " A big thank you! I have had an incredible experience. Everyone was very welcoming, helpful and encouraging which has made the hardest part of this year easier for me. I feel very lucky to be part of a wonderful team."
This is an inspirational partnership of eight Secondary Schools, many of which have achieved outstanding ratings. Our vision is to ensure a clear pathway of the highest quality training and succession opportunities for School Direct trainees in partnership with our HEI partners.
The NSTA website address is (https://www.nsta.org.uk/)
The NSTA guarantees successful School Direct trainees an interview in its partner schools should a vacancy arise in a suitable post.
We create an environment in which staff, students and trainee teachers' feel valued and supported. We have a strong track record of working with trainee teachers for many years and fully embrace the energy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to a school community.
Students across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do. We believe that our staff are our most valuable resource, ambitious and confident, and therefore provide access to high quality on-going training and professional development opportunities. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs and with our HEI partners make reasonable adjustments to ensure that the training programme is accessible to all.
Please find detailed information about the support we provide in conjunction with our HEI partners below
University of Bristol: Student health and wellbeing
University of St Mark and St John (Marjons) :(https://www.marjon.ac.uk/student-life/student-support-/disability--inclusion-advice-service/)
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