About the course
- Our inspirational School Direct Programme, led by Ashmount School in Loughborough, is built on a long history of successful school based Initial Teacher Training.
- We work alongside the University of Derby to enable trainees to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Credits towards a Master's Degree too.
- We have an excellent track record of our trainees achieving "Outstanding" or "Good" in their final assessments.
- We help you to prepare for and secure your first teaching role and many of the schools we work with are keen to employ our trainees.
- You'll be part of the teaching team in your placement school from day one, learning from experienced colleagues and putting your new skills into practice straight away.
- We will support you every step of the way, with your own personal mentor and academic support from our partner University of Derby.
If you are successful, you will be invited to interview at Ashmount School in Loughborough.
You will be interviewed by the Teaching School Manager and another Senior Leader (i.e. Headteacher from a Member School).
During the day, you will be asked to lead a sample lesson to your peers, which you will have been given information on, prior to the day.
You will also be required to complete Mental Maths and English tests along with written tests.
How school placements work
- We have approximately 25 member schools that we send trainees to, as well as a number of other local schools that we work closely with.
- You can choose from three different pathways to specialise in: 3-7, 5-11 or SEND.
- During the year, you will spend the Autumn and Summer Terms at your Main Placement school in one Key Stage and then the Spring Term will be spent in a contrasting Key Stage.
- You will be based for 4 days per week in your placement school, and the other day is spent at either Ashmount School or the University of Derby undertaking core training.
- We organise your placements for you and where possible, we try not to make you travel too far from home.
- Key training is led by experienced and specialist leaders, including University staff, Headteachers, SLEs and successful teachers.
- There is also the opportunity to complete Enhancement Placements in other types of schools.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs.
Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available.
The University of Derby postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included.
The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary.
Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.
Please visit our website for more information www.derby.ac.ukor call our helpline on 01332 592000
- You need a UK Honours degree (preferably 2:1) or above
- GCSE Grade C or above in English Language, Maths and a Science. You need to have already gained the required GCSE grades when you apply.
- You will be required to have successfully completed Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy in order to secure a place on the course.
If you have the motivation, commitment, resilience and ability to inspire a love of learning, then this is the course for you.
- A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.
About the training provider
We offer two School Direct programmes:
- Primary, Early Years and SEND Teacher Training
Our inspirational School Direct programme offers highly motivated graduates the opportunity to train as primary/early years or SEND teachers whilst based in a school setting.
Trainees achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a University of Derby Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s-level credits whilst acquiring a wealth of practical experience in the classroom, alongside experienced teachers.
- Secondary Teacher Training (North Charnwood Learning Partnership)
North Charnwood Learning Partnership (NCLP) School Direct is a highly successful teacher training programme. We are rightly proud of the excellent quality of the training which we provide in collaboration with The University of Leicester and Loughborough University.
Trainees achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education along with 90 Master’s-level credits.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We would encourage applicants with any specific needs to talk to us so that we can plan accordingly to meet their requirements to support and accommodate.
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:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Ashmount School, Thorpe Hill, Loughborough LE11 4SQ
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