About the course
This unsalaried teacher training programme leads to a recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE comprising of 60 credits at Masters level.
For the duration of the course you will be in school for 4 days a week, apart from assessed periods where you will be in school 5 days.
Within school, you will have a host mentor who will have undertaken a training programme at Sheffield Hallam University to develop their mentoring skills, including coaching and classroom observation.
You will take part in our bespoke twilight Programme, delivered by outstanding practitioners from partner schools within the Alliance. All practitioners have strengths in ensuring the progress of vulnerable groups of learners and in leading the development of innovative and creative pedagogy.
You will develop the professional knowledge, understanding and skills required to be an outstanding practitioner through participation in training such as:
-The effective use of data to inform intervention and planning and target setting;
- Assessment for learning personalised and differentiated learning
- Effective behaviour management and nurture approaches
- Key theories underpinning child development and attachment disorders
- Professional expectations and the wider role of teachers
- Career development and preparing for interview.
Our programme is further enhanced by attendance one day a week at Sheffield Hallam University for further subject-specific development and accreditation work. Sheffield Hallam University will also provide intensive preparation for your school placement at the start of the autumn term.
Our recruitment process is shared across the partner schools within the Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance.
There is an initial selection process based on how applicants meet the qualifications and experience criteria. Should you pass this 'initial sift' successfully, then it is likely you will be called to interview.
Interviews take place in our partner schools and the panel may include representatives from Positive Regard TSA, Sheffield Hallam University and Senior Leaders from our partner schools.
The interview process is designed to enable you to show the extent to which you have the potential to meet the Teachers’ Standards. The day consists of four different tasks, a Written Communication Task, a Subject Specific Planning Task, a Pupil Teaching Activity and a formal interview.
We will inform you in advance about the age group you will be teaching, as well as any pre-interview guidance for the other activities as required.
During the interview, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to staff and children and ask questions. Although please be aware if successful you may not be placed in the school in which the interviews are taking place. However, we do organise pre-visits to designated placement schools further into the process.
How school placements work
We work with Secondary Schools across four different Local Authorities. Our schools are both 11-16 and 11-18 and you will have the opportunity to experience Special school settings as well. You will become part of the department allowing you to train alongside experienced and specialist teachers.
We follow the Sheffield Hallam ABA model, where you will spend the majority of your course in one of our partner schools, supported by experienced and supportive staff, one of whom will be assigned as your host mentor. You will undertake a second contrasting placement in another of our partner schools in the first half of the Spring Term.
Throughout the duration of the course, you will be in school for 4 days a week, apart from assessed periods where you will be in school 5 days a week. The assessed periods are in your host school.
You will also need to spend two days in a primary school as well as a four day post 16 experience.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 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 about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
To be eligible for the course, you will need a UK degree, or the international equivalent.
You will also require a Grade 4 (previously grade C) GCSEs in Maths and English.
If you do not have these qualifications, you must prove you have the equivalent level of knowledge in these subjects.
Before you start the course, you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) security check
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with children, with a desire to share that with children of all abilities.
We also want our teachers to be able to effectively meet the learning needs of pupils who may have a diverse range of educational needs.
Experience of working with children of this age range would be very helpful, particularly if in a school setting through previous employment or voluntary work.
Before you start the course, you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) security check.
About the training provider
Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance offers teacher training in Barnsley and across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
We are a values driven alliance and we believe relationships do make a difference. Through School Direct, we wish to recruit, nurture and develop new and exciting talent to the profession as part of our drive to promote outstanding teaching and learning in our schools.
Our Alliance comprises of a range of Primary, Secondary and Special School partners including PRU provisions. Therefore, we can offer you a wide and contrasting range of teaching and training opportunities. We are committed to ensuring that your training experience provides you with tailored support, thereby maximising your chances for success. Many of our trainees have gone on to secure employment in our schools.
We aim to better meet the social and academic learning needs of our students, thereby enhancing and improving their life chances in society and the world of work.
About the accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), who are one of the largest providers of the School Direct programme in the region.
Leeds Beckett University in Leeds
Training with disabilities and other needs
Disability Support at interview:
If you have a sensory or physical disability, dyslexia, a mental health or medical condition, please let us know if you need some support during the selection process. We recommend you contact both ourselves and University Admissions within three days of receiving an invite to interview so we can arrange (for example) extra time in order to complete reading or written tasks if required; a sign language interpreter; a note taker; materials in a different format; wheelchair access. We will try to accommodate your requests so that you can fully participate in the interview without any disadvantage.
All training venues and schools must meet statutory requirements for access, but individual needs will be accommodated wherever possible.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley , South Yorkshire S70 2JW
Positive Regard TSA & Barnsley Academy
Placement at Barnsley Academy, Farm Road, Barnsley , South Yorkshire S70 3DL
Positive Regard TSA & Wales High School
Placement at Wales High School, Storth Lane , Sheffield, South Yorkshire S26 5QQ
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