About the course
Trainees will spend most of the training year based in their placement schools allocated from across White Rose Alliance partners. Trainees will undertake two contrasting placements: placement one running from September to Christmas, and placement two running from January to June.
The course structure enables trainees to develop their confidence and teaching knowledge through three stages. Training will be led by University tutors and school staff and delivered in subject specific and cross-subject groups, predominantly delivered in schools.
During the course trainees are required to travel to the course accrediting university, York St John University (and other venues used by York St John University), generally on Wednesday afternoons, where trainees receive further training and be able to access all the specialist support that you would expect from a university. Trainees are also required to travel to the White Rose Alliance Lead School, King James's School in Knaresborough, for their Professional Studies programme every Wednesday morning until March.
The course leads to a PGCE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) .
All WRA interviews take place at King James's School in Knaresborough. Candidates will generally be given one week's notice of interview whenever possible & the session will usually last for a morning. Depending on applications received, the number of candidates attending (& their subjects) are likely to vary. During the interview session, candidates can expect to have a subject discussion with a subject specialist, undertake a subject test (plus for Sheffield Hallam courses, a literary test), lead a teaching activity with a group of six Year 7 or 8 students (observed by the interview panel) & have a formal interview. The panel for the formal interview will comprise 2 or 3 members of a combination of White Rose Alliance staff, partner school staff or university staff. Candidates will be advised of the interview outcome as soon as possible after the session, once all information from the interview activities has been collated. Should there be any delay to this, candidates will be advised at the end of the interview session.
How school placements work
For the majority of the course, trainees are school-based. Trainees will in school unless attending sessions at their link university (in general terms one day per week), the weekly Professional Studies sessions at King James's School on Wednesday mornings or School Experience Days at WRA partner schools.
WRA partner schools are:
- King James's School, Knaresborough
- Allerton Grange School,Leeds
- Bradford Grammar School
- Stokesley School, Stokesley
- The Grammar School at Leeds
- Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, Thirsk
- Ripon Grammar School, Ripon
- Sherburn High School, Sherburn
- Priesthorpe School, Leeds
- Tadcaster Grammar School, Tadcaster
- Hambleton and Richmondshire Pupil Referral Service (a WRA partner school used for school experience days but trainees will not undertake school placements here)
- Boroughbridge High School, Boroughbridge
Trainees undertake 2 contrasting placements in our partner schools: Placement 1 from September to Christmas and Placement 2 from January to June.
When deciding which schools our trainees will have their placements in, we take into account a number of factors including trainee home location and transport arrangements (ie. do you have your own vehicle or are you reliant on public transport?). We will not place trainees in a school where daily distance from home to school was excessive or impractical. However, we do also have to take into account accommodating the rest of the cohort and the needs of our partner schools (not all schools are able to offer placements in all subjects). In addition to their 2 placements, trainees will also have an opportunity to visit the Hambleton & Richmondshire PRS for a paired day visit plus have School Experience Days in some of our other partner schools as part of our professional Studies programme.
During their school placements trainees will be expected to cover the 11-16 age range plus obtain experience of some 11-18 as well during their course.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- Honours degree in chosen subject at 2.2 or above. If degree subject is not fully in the subject applied for, candidate may be required to complete a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE); this would become a condition from any offer made at interview.
- GCSE Grade Cs or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics.
- Enthusiasm for subject and a desire to share this
- Passion for both learning and teaching
- Genuine interest in young people and their development
- Strong and committed work ethic
- Ability to build good working relationships with others
- Excellent organisation and time management skills
- Confidence in communicating with young people and adults of all levels
- Resilience to cope under pressure
- Resourcefulness and adaptability
- Openness to constructive criticism
- Reflective approach
- Sense of humour
Standard university conditions will apply to all offers made at interview. These include proof of qualifications (candidates will be required to show qualification certificates), pass Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy, have an Enhanced DBS check, complete a medical check.
About the training provider
The White Rose Alliance (School Direct) is a partnership who work together to develop outstanding student teachers who are:
• transformative and creative professionals
• highly motivated and committed
• autonomous and independent
• enquiry based practitioners
• self-reflective practitioners
We are committed to delivering outstanding training that is current and relevant and that provides excellent opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and understanding of your subject and wider educational issues, so that you are well-equipped to be outstanding teachers and education leaders.
King James's School Knaresborough is the lead school for the White Rose Alliance which is a partnership of 12 successful 11-18 schools which provide a variety of educational contexts from inner city to rural based across North and West Yorkshire.
The White Rose Alliance is a well-established provider with a proven track record of bringing teachers into the profession through high quality Initial Teacher Training. We work in partnership with 3 universities in the region who accredit our courses. Our 2017/18 cohort (across all subjects and universities) achieved 100% Outstanding or Good final grades (70% Outstanding). Most of our 2017/18 cohort have secured teaching employment with one third of these gaining jobs within our alliance partner schools. From 2017/18 trainee evaluations :
- 100% of graduating trainees gave the WRA a provider rating of Excellent or Good (81% Excellent)
- 81% of graduating trainees felt very well supported by the WRA
- 100% of graduating trainees would choose the WRA as a provider again
Training with disabilities and other needs
For details about supporting candidates with disabilities and other needs, please see the websites of the respective university partner linked to the course you are interested in:
Leeds Trinity University - (http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/student-life/student-support/dyslexia-and-disability-support)
York St John University - (https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/disability-advice-team/disability-support/)
Sheffield Hallam University - (https://www.shu.ac.uk/current-students/student-support/disability-support)
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