About the course
School Direct programmes contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for your chosen specialism. Some of these take place at the placement school and some at the University of Warwick.
Trainees then take what they have learned in the training room directly into the classroom where they put it into practice under the supervision and guidance of mentors and fellow colleagues who will provide support, feedback and key guidance to ensure that all trainees make the required progress. Professional Studies sessions, based at Caludon Castle School, are facilitated by leading practitioners who have a track record of excellence in teaching.
Topics covered include:
Behaviour for learning
Outstanding lesson planning
Using ICT to enhance learning and teaching
Literacy and numeracy
Trainees will be based in the RE Department for the majority of the training experience. During this time, trainees will receive expert subject based and professional mentoring in order to develop their pedagogical and professional practice and subject knowledge. Trainees will begin the process of practical orientation and observation of effective classroom practice, before the gradual development of a teaching commitment.
Professional reflection and personal development are key aspects of the course, and this is enhanced through participation in the school's induction programme, enhanced NQT and School Direct training as well as professional studies sessions. There will also be a requirement to attend a Reflective Practice programme based at the University, in addition to the completion of the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP), with its enhanced evidence of the trainee's Reflective Assignments, Reflective Statements and Final Assessment.
Subject knowledge development is an essential element of teacher training and it is therefore a requirement that all trainees complete a number of Subject Development Tasks in school, supported by units of work targeting subject-specific issues, developed by the University.
Trainees will have experience in at least two secondary or primary schools (depending on phase) and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in school life, participating in extra-curricular activities, parent meetings, and cross-curricular events. Trainees, also get the chance to spend some time working with children with special educational needs.
All programmes lead to QTS and PGCE status, including the award of 90 CATS credits towards Master’s accreditation, upon meeting the assessment criteria, specified by the University of Warwick.
If shortlisted for selection, applicants will be invited to an interview day, where they will be involved in a range of activities, including teaching a short lesson to students, undertaking a literacy exercise, and undergoing a panel interview. All applicants offered a place will subsequently be required to produce a clear enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service and to pass the 'Fitness to Teach' requirements laid down by the Department for Education, before taking up their place on the course.
How school placements work
Successful School Direct candidates will complete their Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE11-18) with the University of Warwick, allowing them to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as gaining 90 CATs points towards their Master’s. Practical, school-based training will take place at the lead school. The School Direct programme will involve candidates being supported in and engaged with the schools from the beginning of September 2020, developing relevant professional skills and learning from the wealth of experience that exists both within the schools and the university. High quality support will be available at all times from the schools and the university to help candidates on their journey towards becoming outstanding classroom practitioners.
At the end of the training year, there is an expectation that schools will do all that they can to assist the training teacher with securing a teaching position.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 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.
Selection criteria are broad and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. Candidates must have at least 5 GCSE's at C grade or above, including a C in English and Mathematics. Primary school applicants need to have a grade C or above in Science also. We prefer at least a high second-class UK honours degree for all subjects although a 2.2 is acceptable. All applicants are advised that 50% of their degree should focus on the relevant subject, but if a candidate wishes to teach in a subject different from their degree, then they must undertake a SKE.
Applicants need to have a passion for teaching and show a sincere professional interest in working with children. Applicants need to be in good health. Applicants are required to show a commitment to their subject, as well as a desire to train in a school-based environment. They are encouraged to highlight in particular any prior teaching experience in their application.
About the training provider
A National Teaching School and the lead school in the Coventry East Alliance, we comprise secondary and primary schools in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Applying for a School Direct place through us will guarantee an exceptional teacher training experience, either at Caludon Castle School or at one of our other successful partner schools. Caludon Castle is a very good school with an excellent record of teacher training: in 2018-2019, we trained approximately 20 potential teachers, through both the PGCE and School Direct routes, all achieving at least a ‘good’ grade by the end of their training year, with the majority being graded as outstanding. All of our trainee teachers have always been able to secure jobs in teaching by the end of their training years.
Our partner provider, The University of Warwick, confirm the Alliance is ‘outstanding’.
“outstanding training provision for all trainees.
Practical, school-based training takes place at the lead school and within the Alliance. We offer placements across all subject areas. Trainees are supported by experienced Subject Mentors: experts in their academic fields.
“The feedback on placements is very positive, providing excellent training experiences for the trainees.” Director of Teacher Education, Warwick University
School Direct programmes in schools contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for the chosen specialism.
Trainees will have a complementary experience in at least two secondary or primary schools, immersing themselves in school life. Trainees, also, spend time gaining experience in Special Education within their own schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The staff at Castle Phoenix Trust are committed to ensuring that all students and teachers develop their full potential. Therefore we aim to provide a caring and supportive environment for all of our students and staff and are committed to the active promotion of Equal Opportunities.
The school wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and 2005) and the Equality Act 2010 and the Children and Families Act 2014. We are committed to ensuring that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, are treated fairly. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that disabled students and other disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged.
This Disability Statement supports Castle Phoenix Trust’s drive towards inclusive learning.
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Blue Coat Church of England School
Terry Rd, Coventry CV1 2BA
Tamworth Road, Kingsbury, Tamworth B78 2LF
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