About the course
An employment-based route that allows you to earn a salary while you train. Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are a new, nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching. In addition to working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) after the summer to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.
Please note that gaining a place on this route does not guarantee a sponsoring school. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a sponsoring school.
As a trainee with St John Vianney (Lead school) you will be training in one of the 30 primary schools in Hartlepool under the Together to Succeed Alliance alongside the school who has agreed to sponsor your trainee and provide your salary.
As a trainee with St John Vianney, you will have designed for you a personalised programme which is tailored to your training needs and development.
This will include accessing Durham University’s PGCE Course and their comprehensive academic programme which will provide you with an excellent range of teaching and learning strategies and a broad curriculum knowledge. You will have access to both Core and all Foundation subjects which are studied in depth.
In addition to your weekly days in school, you will complete block placements throughout the year. Your Preliminary placement will be in two blocks: one of four weeks and a second of three weeks ( in a school not your host school) These will take place before and after Christmas.
Your main teaching placement will begin around Easter, in your school supporting your training. Your assessed teaching block will last for ten weeks but you will continue to work at this school until the end of the academic year and into the new academic year in order to complete the EPA
As part of the course, in Partnership with Durham University, will be expected to submit assignments relating to your learning and development. These three submissions are at Masters level. These submissions are assessed by University tutors and staff. The University Progress board will also make the final recommendation for QTS at the end of the course.
Please note that gaining a place on the apprentice route does not guarantee a sponsoring school to support. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a sponsoring school.
If you have the support of a school and your application is successful, we will invite you to attend a Selection day at St John Vianney.
You will be interviewed by the Head Teacher, John Hardy or another Headteacher from the alliance. A representative from Durham University will also be in attendance.
As part of the selection process, you will be asked to spend the morning in a classroom working alongside the teacher and any support staff. Feedback will be provided to the interview panel about your conduct in the classroom, focusing on your interaction with the children.
As part of the interview you will be asked to do a five minute presentation, the subject will be provided in advance. A serious of formal questions will follow.
How school placements work
Your preliminary placement will take place in one of our alliance of 30 primary schools. Your main placement would take place in the school who has agreed to sponsor you in your training.
Our alliance of schools ranged from small rural schools to schools with mixed aged classes to large primary schools with two form entry. We have schools in our alliance with very different catchment areas as well as faith schools and academies.
Our designated member of staff makes sure when assigning placements that you are given an experience in very different school settings as well as closely matching class mentors to trainee needs.
Your salary will follow national guidelines for the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
You will need to have GCSEs, or equivalent, in maths, English and Science, at grade C or above.
You will also need to have at least a 2.1 degree in a suitable subject. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applicants with a 2.2.
In our trainees, we are looking for self-motivated, enthusiastic individuals who are resilient and show perseverance and determination.
You must be able to demonstrate the drive to make a positive impact on the children in schools.
Prior experience with children is desirable but not essential.
Please note that gaining a place on the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships route does not guarantee a sponsoring school to pay your salary or support your training. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a sponsoring school.
In line with Durham University’s safeguarding guidelines, you will be expected to complete a ‘fit to teach’ assessment and you will require a clear, enhanced DBS certificate.
About the training provider
We offer bespoke professional and academic training to become an outstanding primary school teacher. The responsibility for your training is shared between you, ourselves and Durham University.
With us, you are entering a supportive, professional partnership:
Durham University provide an extensive academic background introducing you to all national curriculum subjects as well as various approaches to teaching and learning and different patterns of school and classroom organisation.
As Lead School we will deliver a detailed programme addressing professional values and practice and provide personal mentoring support and individual tutorials. We coordinate all placements in the Together to Succeed Teaching School Alliance, which includes all 30 primary schools in Hartlepool. Our alliance also includes the Secondary Schools of Hartlepool and two Special Schools which provide additional opportunities to extend practice.
But essentially, you bring the most important ingredient to this mix. Your enthusiasm, passion and commitment are the building blocks which we in the Teaching School Alliance and Durham University help you to construct into a successful practitioner in the world's best profession - the teaching of young children.
About the accredited body
Durham are proud to be one of the leading departments for education, regularly featuring in the top five in national university league tables such as 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and 3rd in The Times Good University Guide 2018.
Durham lead the way in high quality research- 5th in education nationally and joint 1st in the UK for world-leading research impact. With their OFSTED outstanding rated ITE provision, they are a major contributor in the field of education. You can be assured of high quality teaching having been awarded, Gold, in the Teaching Excellent and Student Outcomes Framework.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Durham University Disability Support offers advice and guidance to both prospective and current students within the University. They also arrange appropriate provision for disabled students, as well as offering support to those who think they may have a disability.
For further information
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
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King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool TS24 9PA
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