About the course
Our schools direct route offers school experience from day 1. Gain an in-depth understanding of how young children aged 5–11 think, develop and learn. We offer two contrasting placement schools during the programme where you will combine practical, real-world learning with the study of children’s communication, thinking and relationships. Supported by our inspirational staff, you will satisfy the standards for qualified teacher status and start your journey to becoming an outstanding primary school teacher.
The interview will include:
A formal interview with members of the ITT team.
A pre – set task to be delivered to an appropriate group of students.
A Literacy and Numeracy test for those who have not passed their Professional Skills tests prior to interview.
An observed discussion of a pre-set topic.
Interview decisions will not be communicated to applicants directly through the partnership but through the UCAS system.
All of our interviews take place in schools within the partnership. If you would like to speak to us about the programme please contact us through the contacts page
How school placements work
The programme will allow you to spend time in two main placements both different in their context.
Primary trainees have specialist input from our EYS to KS2 colleagues.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The usual entry requirement for this course is a 2:1 or above in your first degree.
Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C/4. Please note that although the DfE requirement is a grade C/4, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B/5 or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C/4 in Science.
We are looking for applicants with an interest in primary education who have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents.
Selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS-enhanced-disclosure. It would be advantageous to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young-people in another context at interview. The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. If you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree-level, you can make an application through UCAS for consideration. The DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of mathematics and English skills.
About the training provider
Choosing Schools Direct through the North Devon Teaching School Alliance is the entry point to North Devon's best Primary and Secondary Schools. We offer a one year school-based programme where trainees are part of a school team from day one.
School Direct trainees benefit from a full 40-week schedule. Complementing their time learning the job in school trainees receive HEI lecturers, and a contrasting second school Key Stage experience. For secondary, subject specialism days have been developed across our schools to support subject and pedagogy specialisms.
Shared training across the Alliance gives complete and contrasting experiences. Trainee teachers who successfully complete all modules are awarded a P.G.C.E. Post Graduate Certificate of Education (including up to 60 Masters credits) with Qualified Teacher Status. School Direct is designed to give experienced professionals and higher class degree students an alternative pathway to a career as a teacher, whilst enabling schools to develop exactly the teachers they need.
Our combination of expert school based practitioners and University partners brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school based setting. We nurture our talent and provide the essential classroom experiences that allow trainees to put theory into practice as they develop into an outstanding practitioner.
About the accredited body
We work with the University of Exeter who offer our secondary phase School Direct PGCE provision :
Trainees are based entirely in schools for the academic year. They are registered with the university and are eligible for training bursaries and student loans. The Masters modules are delivered by distance learning, through two online 30-credit modules, plus other online tools.
We can offer the following subjects:
Design & Technology
Training with disabilities and other needs
We will assess individual needs on a one to one basis to enable them fair access to our programmes.
The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy.
PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.
Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.
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.
North Devon Teaching School Alliance
Woolacombe School, Beach Road, Woolacombe, Devon EX34 7BT
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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