About the course
You will spend the majority of your time in your main placement school which is usually Aston Academy. One day a week you will be at Sheffield Hallam University giving an excellent blend of practical experience and also chance to reflect and make use of the research expertise of university-based tutors. Additional training will take place at other academies within Aston Community Education Trust.
To complement your development as a teacher you will complete two assignments at Masters level, exploring key issues relating to your subject and your role.
Key Features of the course
- A dedicated team of tutors who provide excellent support for all students.
- A strong subject-specific cohort. You will have chance to develop working relationships with your peers whilst in the university, which provides you with a support network once out on placement.
- The chance to reflect. Teaching is an intensive profession, and at the start of your career it is essential that you have the opportunity to develop skills as a reflective practitioner. During your placements, for example, you will spend every Friday in the University sharing your experiences and considering ways in which you can develop your teaching.
For information about the university based elements of the course please click here
Once we receive your UCAS application we will consider a number of factors in making our decision about whether to interview you:
- Do you demonstrate a clear interest in becoming a teacher?
- Do you have strong references that suggest you have the capacity to train to be a teacher?
- Do you have highly developed subject knowledge, or an awareness that you need to develop this?
- Have you written a strong personal statement, demonstrating your commitment to teaching, your passion for your subject and an understanding of the realities of the profession?
Your selection day will take place either at the Aston Academy or one of our partner schools, and will consist of the following elements:
- Introduction to the course
- A task designed to ensure that your subject knowledge is strong
- A chance to interact with other candidates or with pupils, and to reflect on this experience
- A written task
- A formal interview, carried out by at least two school representatives
How school placements work
You will undertake three periods of school experience:
- At least two days in a primary school early in the programme
- Your main placement for the majority of your training (usually Aston Academy)
- A 5 week placement at another school in our partnership
We work with 10 schools in Sheffield, Derbyshire, and Rotherham. This range of inner-city, suburban and rural contexts provides rich opportunities for diverse and balanced experiences in schools, and we work hard to secure you two contrasting placements.
When arranging placements, personal circumstances such as child-care and additional needs are taken into account as much as possible.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree class 2:2 or above in a relevant subject. If less than 50% of your degree is in your specialist subject you will be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as a condition of entry to the programme.
If you have a 3rd class undergraduate degree and a strong (grade A or B) A level in your specialist subject we may consider your application but you should be aware that you will not be eligible for a bursary.
If you have non-standard qualifications you are welcome to contact us to discuss your eligibility
We consider six key elements when selecting students for our PGCE programme:
- Commitment to teaching
- Insight into the realities of teaching
- An analytical approach to problem solving
- Enthusiasm for your subject
- Interpersonal and communication skills
We will consider your strengths in each area during the selection process, including when considering your application form.
As this course leads to a professional qualification, student teachers will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure and Work Health Assessment. All Student teachers will also be required to complete Safeguarding training. Full information about how to undergo these checks will be provided once you accept your place on the course.
About the training provider
Aston Academy is the lead school for Aston Community Education Trust (ACET) School Direct. Trainees are placed at one of our 18 primary or secondary partnership schools in Sheffield, Rotherham and Derbyshire.
For secondary, the majority of student teachers will be at Aston Academy for one of their two placements and have another placement at one of our partnership schools. Further information can be found here
For primary including early years, trainees have their placements at two of the ACET junior academies. Further information can be found here
About the accredited body
The Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) at Sheffield Hallam University is a national centre of education, recognised for their excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. A hub for excellence, innovation and knowledge advancement in childhood and young people’s development and learning. SIoE has recently received the first ever 'Outstanding' rating from Ofsted for early years' teacher training - alongside an 'Outstanding' rating for primary teacher training.
"All those involved in the partnership are ambitious in their drive to provide high-quality teacher training."
Ofsted report, November 2017
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a student teacher at The University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam University you will have full access to support if you have a disability or additional needs. Full information is available on the following links:
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
Additionally, we work closely with all our school partners to ensure that your needs are met whilst on placement, offering support and adaptations where necessary.
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