About the course
During this year long programme candidates gain a full insight into school life a spending the majority of time in school.
In term one candidates attend university sessions at Coach Lane Campus approximately once a fortnight in preparation for the three academic assignments which are completed over the course of the programme. In terms two and three these sessions reduce and are less frequent as the trainees' teaching commitment increases.
The trainee year is organised into three assessed placements. Trainees begin in a home school with a designated class and mentor. Trainees are based there for the term teaching up to a 60% timetable. In term two trainees under take a second assessed placement for 6 weeks in an alternate key stage and setting. This fulfils the requirement for QTS and allows trainees to broaden their developing skill set further teaching up to a 70% timetable.
In the final third of the year trainees return to their home school and class to complete their final assessed placement.
Interviews usually take place at the Lead School in the partnership, Shiremoor Primary School.
Candidates are asked to prepare a short task which they deliver to children whilst being observe by school personnel.
Following this candidates are interviewed by a small panel of representatives from the alliance school who determine whether candidates would be a suitable match for one of the placements on offer.
How school placements work
Candidates are matched to placement schools following interview by the alliance headteachers. Travel circumstances of candidates and previous experience are factors taken into consideration.
All placements are in first or primary schools within the partnership. Trainees will have three assessed placements in at least two different schools. The placements will be in alternative key stages and where possible, in varied and contrasting settings.
When not attending university sessions, trainees will be in school or attending partnership training sessions. During these sessions trainees visit different school settings and are given focussed curriculum based training.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
GCSE Maths Grade C or higher
GCSE English Grade C or higher
GCSE Science Grade C or higher
A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent.
Applicants will need to pass the Professional Skills Tests.
A DBS Enhanced Certificate and satisfactory health check are required.
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