About the course
Most of your training will take place 'on the job'; in the classroom and at weekly Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training sessions run by highly skilled staff in the academy. You will also take part in whole-academy inset days and will attend Department and Team/Year Group meetings. You will be part of the team from day one!
Trainees attend lectures and seminars with the accredited provider typically one day a week, with the rest of the time spent in the academy.
You will be assigned an academy-based Subject Mentor and Professional Tutor. They will meet with you on a weekly basis to provide guidance and support.
Starting on a zero timetable, with the support of your Subject Mentor and Professional Tutor this will gradually increase over the academic year until you are eventually teaching around 75% of a full timetable.
A contrasting placement in a second setting is undertaken during the Spring term. This will provide a broader view of educational issues and experiences.
We want resilient, ambitious and enthusiastic people who are passionate about teaching and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities and backgrounds.
Our aim is to identify your aptitude and potential to meet the Teachers' Standards at the highest level, and to meet the demands of the PGCE course outcomes. If invited for interview, you will be asked to evidence the following:
- Subject knowledge. We will explore the level of that subject knowledge in relation to your potential to teach the full breadth of the curriculum and the subject specific examination specifications at the relevant Key Stages.
- Research into the teaching profession. We will explore your understanding of professional training for entry into the teaching profession.
The selection process will involve interviews at both the academy and the accredited provider, where the provider is Nottingham Trent University, Bishop Grosseteste University or the University of Nottingham. Where The Cambridge Partnership is the accredited provider there will be one interview at the academy with a representative from the provider in attendance.
The academy-based selection process includes a formal interview, a short observed teaching session with a small group of pupils, a handwritten Literacy test, the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils, and a group task with other candidates.
Our accredited providers will be involved throughout and will have an equal say in the selection. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.
How school placements work
A contrasting placement at a different school will take place during the Spring term.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £22,000
- a bursary of £20,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
You should be a graduate, with a 1st, 2:1, or 2:2; or be predicted to gain a minimum of a 2:2 if you are in the final year of your degree (or NARIC certified equivalent).
At least 50% of your degree modules should be related to the subject you wish to teach if training for Secondary phase. If your degree does not meet this requirement, we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in certain subjects.
You will need at least a grade C/4 in GCSE (or equivalent) English and mathematics, plus a science for Primary trainees.
Achieving the best positive outcomes for our pupils is at the heart of all we do. You should be driven by your own high personal standards and be committed to maintaining high expectations for the pupils in your care.
Empathy and a sense of humour will also help!
There are two things that you will need to do if your application is successful, before commencing your teacher training (these are not necessary prior to your interview):
- An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau or CRB check) with barred list checks.
- Pass the Professional Skills Tests. These are designed to test whether you have the basic level of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard.
About the training provider
We are looking for future teachers from all walks of life who are as diverse and vibrant as the communities we serve. Join us and benefit from a tailored package of support and development from outstanding, committed staff and tutors.
The Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) is a Multi-Academy Trust covering Nottinghamshire, Leicester, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Bedfordshire and the East Coast. We currently have 35 open academies, educating over 17,000 pupils aged 3 to 19. Working in areas with high levels of socio-economic deprivation, our mission is to inspire and to ensure that every pupil thrives, makes excellent progress and succeeds.
Alongside our accredited providers The Cambridge Partnership, Bishop Grosseteste University, Nottingham Trent University, and the University of Nottingham, we are offering a wide range of School Direct training places to start in September 2020. Based in one of our academies, you will study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Masters credits, and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Since 2013 we have successfully trained more than 120 teachers through School Direct, with an impressive 100% employment rate upon completion of the course. If you continue your teaching career with us we will provide ongoing support and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) specific to every stage of progression, through our Greenwood Learning Alliance.
Find out more about us here
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applications from all, irrespective of gender, marital status, disability, race, age or sexual orientation.
If you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 please state this on your application. If invited to interview we will ask you if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made to help you access the selection process and, if offered a training place, to ensure that you aren't substantially disadvantaged during your training year.
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