About the course
In this School Direct Trainee position you will experience teaching Biology across age and ability ranges in a comprehensive secondary school throughout an academic year.
In general, we are looking for people who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and school leaders of the future. You should be committed to inclusive and comprehensive education and believe passionately in the difference education can make to young peoples’ lives. You should possess a genuine enthusiasm for Biology and Scienceand be able to communicate your understanding to others. Some experience of working with young people will be an advantage.
The School Direct programme will contain 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 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 the context of Biology within our host schools is available in our School Direct placement profiles via our website: https://www.minster.notts.sch.uk/page/?title=Initial+Teacher+Training&pid=88
Candidates will attend an initial interview by the university to assess their suitability for the course.
Following a successful university interview, candidates will then be invited to attend an interview at the 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.
The process will involve a welcome and introduction to the school, a tour, an observed student activity, a subject knowledge discussion and an interview.
The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:
- an awareness of current educational issues;
- a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling;
- an open and enquiring mind;
- clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
- motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability;
- maturity and self-confidence;
- 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.
We know this is a rigorous and 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
This course will initially be offered at the following campus – please check UCAS for up-to-date availability of placements:
Quarrydale Academy, Sutton-in-Ashfield:
Quarrydale is a mixed academy of around 1100 pupils, with approximately 130 sixth formers. We are situated in the town of Sutton-in-Ashfield, which is located between Sherwood Forest, the Peak District and the City of Nottingham, close to the M1 and A38.
The academy itself is a popular and exciting place to work, with a friendly atmosphere and a real sense of teamwork. The students are well behaved and Ofsted graded us as ‘Good’ in March 2017. The education we offer at Quarrydale is built around a highly qualified team of staff committed to delivering a quality education to all our students in a calm, safe and secure environment where high quality learning can take place effectively. At Quarrydale we combine our traditional values with the very latest teaching methods and technologies to inspire our students to succeed in everything they do. We have very high expectations of our students and place great emphasis on self-discipline, self-respect, hard work, achievement and high standards of behaviour.
In addition to spending the majority of your school-based time at your host school, you will also undertake a second placement for several weeks during the Spring Term at a contrasting school, and a number of days experiencing teaching in a primary setting.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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 to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.
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 listen and share
• 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 Skills Tests
Whilst you are not required to have applied and passed these before interview you are strongly recommended to take these as soon as possible. All applicants with a conditional offer must have passed these prior to commencing 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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