About the course
Trainees on the School Direct salaried route will be in a classroom working with experienced colleagues. You will also be appointed a mentor with whom you will meet at least once a week for a meeting.
The course is full time with a series of training sessions and tutorials covering all aspects of teaching the Primary curriculum subjects, which compliment the in school experience provided. The training sessions are held at the University of Hertfordshire and will be led by expert practitioners to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of effectively teaching lessons in a primary school.
As part of the programme trainees will have placements in two contrasting schools and as the year progresses they will spend more and more time in school so that by the summer term they are spending most of their time in school. Trainees will have focus days to enhance your expertise and understanding of SEND.
A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees' subject knowledge and ability to teach, as recorded within the portfolio, culminates in a rigorous assessment of the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). As an accredited provider, the partnership recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Trainees will be employed by their school and paid a salary equivalent to point one on the unqualified teacher scale. They are not required to pay tuition fees.
Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview. The interview will take place at a partner school and involve a panel with representatives from West Hertfordshire Teaching School and members of its alliance of schools.
Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare for the interview.
How school placements work
Trainees will have two school placements in addition to other placement visits during the programme and will be supported by mentors, visiting tutors and the University team, trainees will also spend time in a special school.
Most trainees will come to interview having already found a school placement. Exceptional candidates, without a school placement, will be matched up with a suitable school following interview. A candidate may have to travel across the county to a suitable placement school.
Schools employ trainees during their training period as unqualified teachers. Trainees are paid at point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale.
There are no fees for this course.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
- Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC.
- GCSE Grade 4 or above in English, mathematics and science/biology/chemistry/physics/additional science or applied science(Grade C or above under the old grading structure).
- Original certificates will need to be shown at interview
- All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.
We are looking for candidates with a real passion for teaching. You will need to be self-motivated and resilient with a drive to make a difference to the lives of young people.
Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview. We recommend that applicants undertake observation time in state school prior to interview but this is not essential.
At interview applicants will also need to show some knowledge of the school curriculum as well as the Teachers' Standards.
You will also be required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
About the training provider
Teaching Schools are identified as having a key role in ensuring trainee teachers see and learn from truly outstanding practice. The West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership is committed to training our next generation of outstanding teachers. Led by two outstanding academies in Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon, we are supported by an alliance of over 70 Primary and Secondary schools, within the county of Hertfordshire.
Entering into our eighth year of recruiting and training future teachers in Hertfordshire, for the academic year 2019-2020, we are working in collaboration with our Training Providers, SAF Pilgrim Partnership and The University of Hertfordshire.
One of the many advantages of training to be a teacher with West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership is the personalised programme of training and support we offer. All trainee teachers work alongside an experienced mentor and with professional tutors who can guide them skilfully through their training year.
Visit our website to find out more about the School Direct training opportunities that are available with the West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership 2019-2020.
Training with disabilities and other needs
SAF Pilgrim Partnership is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.
What do we mean by disability?
The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.
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||Bovingdon Training Centre, High Street, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire HP3 0HL
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