About the course
In this School Direct Trainee position you will experience teaching English across age and ability ranges in a comprehensive secondary school throughout an academic year.
We are looking for people who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and school leaders of the future. You should possess a genuine enthusiasm for English and be able to communicate your understanding to others. You should be committed to inclusive and comprehensive education and believe passionately in the difference education can make to young peoples’ lives. Experience of working with young people is not a requirement for entry on to the course, but would be an advantage.
Our School Direct programme contains elements delivered by the school, the Minster Teaching School Alliance and Nottingham Trent University. The programme includes both academic training and assessment as well as extensive classroom practice. School Direct delivers practical experience of theoretical approaches delivered by a range of partners.
The school and university work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured. You will be based in your host school throughout the year and attend university-based days with other School Direct trainees. These days are an opportunity to work with primary and secondary trainees and the sessions will form an integral part of the work you do in school.
In addition, there will also be regular opportunities to reflect and work with other trainees from across the Alliance through our School Direct programme. This will include working with trainees from primary and secondary phase settings, as well as some specific sessions focusing on key areas of development for your specific course.
In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school for a period of five weeks. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.
You will have a trained mentor assigned by the school and a University tutor who will work closely with you. From the beginning of the course, you will be regarded as a beginning teacher and will attend development and professional learning activities within your school.
Further information about placements within our host schools is available in our School Direct placement profiles via our website:
Candidates who submit successful applications will attend an initial interview with Nottingham Trent University to assess their suitability for the course.
Following a successful university interview, candidates will then be invited to attend an interview at their host or lead school. This recruitment process will involve up to a day spent at the school and will include a number of activities designed to assess your aptitude and potential as well as giving you a chance to familiarise yourself with the school and programme:
• a welcome and introduction to the school
• a tour of the school
• an observed 15 minute student activity, (details provided in advance)
• a subject knowledge discussion and interview.
The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:
- enthusiasm for working with young people
- a realistic and positive view of education and an awareness of current educational issues;
- clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
- an open, reflective and enquiring mind;
- motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability;
- an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants.
We will inform you of our decision as soon as possible after your interview.
This is a thorough process designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available. We and you need to be sure that teaching is for you!
How school placements work
Throughout your year you will mostly be based in your host school, experiencing life as a full-time member of teaching staff.
You will undertake a 5-week long second placement at another school in the Spring Term, offering a contrasting experience. In addition, you will attend training at schools around Nottinghamshire and can experience teaching in a different phase, as well as special school experience, if desired.
Your main host school for your training will be The Minster School or Quarrydale Academy. You will select your host school through your application.
The Minster School is a CofE academy of around 1,600 students aged from 7-18, with ancestry tracing back over 1,000 years. The school has been graded ‘Outstanding’ since 2011 by Ofsted and in its most recent SIAMs reports, with recent GCSE and A level results placing us among the top schools regionally . Our rural school is hosted in new state-of-the-art accommodation.
The Minster School proudly works collaboratively with hundreds of other schools through its work as a National Support School, Teaching School, Maths Hub and Music Hub. Our school ethos is ‘Succeeding Together’ and this runs through all of our work. We have one of the largest Sixth Forms in Nottinghamshire and offer 30+ A-Level subjects. We host numerous trainee teachers every year and enjoy developing the next generation of teachers and leaders.
Quarrydale is a mixed academy of around 1100 pupils, with approximately 130 Sixth-Formers. We are situated in the town of Sutton-in-Ashfield, located close to the A38 and M1.
The Academy itself is a popular and exciting place to work, with a friendly atmosphere and a real sense of teamwork. Ofsted graded us as ‘Good’ in March 2017. The education at Quarrydale is built around a highly qualified team of staff committed to delivering a quality education. At Quarrydale we combine traditional values with the latest teaching methods and technologies to inspire our students.
We are looking for people who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and leaders. You should be committed to inclusive and comprehensive education and believe in the difference education can make.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
All applicants are required to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification, preferably at 1st or 2:1 level, although we will consider applications from those with a 2:2.
For secondary, this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach. You should demonstrate the relevance of your degree through your application.
We require passes in English Language, Mathematics and science (for primary) at GCSE grade C+, or an approved equivalent qualification.
We aim to develop the teachers and leaders of the future who will work together with us to inspire young people. We are looking for candidates who enjoy working with young people and who are passionate about learning.
Your application should demonstrate that you possess:
• A desire to teach and work with young people
• Effective communication skills
• A commitment to work hard on the course
• Determination to succeed
• A readiness to reflect and share ideas
• A flexible approach to learning and teaching
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
For all initial teacher training courses, applicants must complete forms requesting an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. In addition you will be required to disclose previous offences.
Literacy and Numeracy Competence
All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. By the end of ITT all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in:
• Speaking and Listening
• Data and graphs
• Mathematical calculations
Your competence in these areas will be assessed by your university at application and throughout the course.
About the training provider
The Minster Teaching School Alliance (MTSA) is a large teaching school working with schools across Nottinghamshire. We work in partnership with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University and host a large number of School Direct students each year throughout the region across a range of phases and specialisms.
We have a very high completion rate and almost all of our trainees from previous years have secured permanent jobs in schools following their training year. Many of our trainees secure employment within their host school or the Alliance following their training.
In addition to the support that you will receive from your university and your host school, MTSA will provide support for you and your mentor, including:
- a programme of sessions throughout the year to support and complement practice that has been taught at university and in school
- specific additional training for key elements of phase-specific teaching, such as phonics or GCSE/A Level examinations
- the opportunity to link and work with School Direct students in other schools across both primary and secondary phases, which has proven to be a real network of support
- a second placement at a school in a contrasting context, with careful consideration of your transport and training needs
- additional support from our team throughout your training.
We are committed to creating the teachers and leaders of the future who are excited to work with us to change the lives of young people.
Training with disabilities and other needs
In partnership with our universities, support can be provided for applicants with disabilities and other needs.
This may be delivered through specific support from your university, additional training or resources, and consideration of your needs by ourselves and/or your host school.
As with students across our Alliance, we will endeavour to provide support on a bespoke and individual basis wherever possible. If you have a disability or additional need, please contact us to discuss this.
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Main Site - The Minster School, Southwell
Nottingham Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0LG
Ashfield Court, Stoneyford Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 2DU
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