About the course
You will spend the majority of your training in one of the ACET junior academies which will be your main placement school. Additional training will take place at a complementary placement in another ACET junior academy or at Sheffield Hallam University. Find out further information about the university based elements of the course 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 at an ACET junior academy 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 2 placments, a main placement and a contrasting placement, both at ACET junior academies.
There are 8 ACET junior academies that you could be placed at 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 2020/2021 are as follows:
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree class 2:2 or above.
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. At Aston Academy we are committed to providing high quality learning and teaching which is reflected in our Ofsted report where we were judged to be a Good provider.
Trainees are placed at one of our 18 primary or secondary partnership schools in Sheffield, Rotherham and Derbyshire. Our partnership schools vary in their educational setting giving trainees access to a variety of experiences over a wide geographical area.
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 or here
For primary including early years, trainees have their placements at two of the ACET junior academies. Further information can be found here
Last year 100% of ITT trainees rated their overall placement at Aston Academy as good or outstanding.
So far this year 100% of candidates have rated their in school training as excellent.
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. They have been named as the 2019 University of the year for teaching quality by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
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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Aughton Road, Swallownest, Sheffield S26 4SF
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