About the course
Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College is a Lead School for School Direct Training and judged outstanding by Ofsted (2006/7, 2009/10, 2014/15 and 2018/19). There are eleven special schools and two primary schools working within this partnership.
Dedicated to delivering excellence in education as well as first class teacher training working in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire to offer an exciting and innovative school direct programme. 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 UH and will be led by expert practitioners to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of effectively teaching lessons in a primary school.
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 training school and paid a salary equivalent to point one on the unqualified teacher scale. They are not required to pay tuition fees. 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.
Firstly, you will need to arrange to meet the Headteacher of your preferred training school, because they have to fully support your application before you apply via UCAS.
The training school will arrange to observe you teaching a small group in English or Mathematics and the Headteacher will formally interview you.
Assuming you are successful at the initial interview stage, you will be invited along to Amwell View School (Stanstead Abbotts) for the Final Interview. Part of this process includes:
- a timed ‘Reading and Writing Task’
- providing ID and original exam certificates
You will then attend the final interview and be interviewed by a panel of three Headteachers from the partnership.
Following the interview you will be notified in writing whether you have been successfully selected as a candidate for the schools direct programme. Amwell View School, as the lead school, will then send your details to the University for verification. If you are successful, the University of Hertfordshire will make you an offer which may be subject to conditions.
How school placements work
The school direct trainee will have two school placements one term will be within a mainstream primary school and two terms within their training special school.
The Headteacher of the training school will select a partner mainstream primary school and arrange the dates for the placement.
A Professional Mentor will oversee the school-based training and attend the relevant aspect of the Induction Programme and further Professional Mentor Development Session.
A Teacher Mentor will support all aspects of the training across two consecutive Key Stages and attend relevant aspects of the Induction Programme and further Mentor Development Sessions.
You will be released from school for the trainee for attendance at the School Direct Salaried Professional Learning Course (Wednesdays).
You will be released from school for a Second School Experience.
You will receive an appropriate timetable, including time for observations, mentor meetings and other planned activities.
There will be access and liaison with a UH Visiting Tutor.
There will be access for an UH Senior Tutor and External Moderator for any Quality Assurance visits required.
You will be employed during your training period as an unqualified teacher and paid at point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale.
There are no fees or other costs 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.
First degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent, classification 2.1 or above preferred; 2.2 accepted with other relevant experience or higher qualification.
Level 4 (GCSE grade C) English, Mathematics and Science.
You will be required to pass the Professional Skills tests https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/post-teacher-training-application/preparing-for-the-professional-skills-testsin literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
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.
This placement is classed as having a high degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the Criminal Records Bureau as part of
Hertfordshire County Council’s pre-employment checks.
Observation time in a mainstream school is recommended, however, not essential. Candidates will need to show some knowledge of the school curriculum as well as the Teachers' Standards.
About the training provider
Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College is a school for pupils with severe learning difficulties and some have profound and complex needs. There are 148 pupils on roll from the age of 2 to 19 years.
Amwell View School has Ofsted Report of Outstanding three consecutive year inspections in a row: 2006-07; 2009-10, 2014-15 and 2018-19.
Leadership at the school and the professional mentors who work closely with the trainees through the placement work to a very high standard at this excellent special school.
About the accredited body
The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Education (ITE).
Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections and in the Guardian and Times League tables, it is recognised as a very good quality training provider by local employers and graduate employability is amongst the highest in the country.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Candidates with disability and other needs will be supported at the training school and also the University of Hertfordshire. For example candidates with dyslexia will receive extra time to complete their reading and writing task.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Lemsford Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 6YN
Amwell View School, Station Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts SG12 8EH
Middleton School MLD
Walnut Tree Walk, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9PD
Oakleigh Road N, Whetstone, London N20 0DH
Malmes Croft, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP3 8RL
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