About the course
In this School Direct Trainee position you will experience teaching Physical Education 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 Physical Education and Sport 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 the 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.
Your host school will be Magnus Academy in Newark.
Magnus Academy is an 11 – 19 mixed comprehensive school at the heart of Newark. It is part of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust. Magnus Academy was rated Good in all areas by OFSTED in May 2019.
We have a distinctive Christian ethos at the academy, built on mutual respect, positive relationships, and the desire to help every student achieve excellence in all that they do. We want our students to develop a love of learning and become curious and happy learners with high self-esteem. Helping students develop into confident, sensitive and reflective adults is a key priority at Magnus Academy. Our vision is routed in a Christian ethos and our core values of Determination, Integrity, Ambition, Humility and Compassion reflect this. We regard students as individuals, all different but all equal with varying strengths and interests.
We have high expectations and demand high standards from our staff and students so that everyone is working together to achieve excellence. However, we also ensure all are supported to meet these expectations. Our teachers share our passion for all round educational excellence.
Magnus Academy has a strong track record of developing school direct trainees and recruiting them as members of our teaching staff. Our ethos of continuous career development has provided recent trainees opportunities to take on leadership responsibilities within their NQT year.
Our innovative enrichment curriculum enables students to broaden their cultural understanding of the world, learn new skills and take on personal challenges. The curriculum is carefully designed to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills. There is a vast range of choice in the enrichment programme including many sports activities. All staff are able to share their passion for extra-curricular pursuits in leading enrichment classes.
The course fees for 2020/2021 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 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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Magnus Church of England Academy
Earp Avenue, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG244AB
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