About the course
Our School Direct course consists of a variety of learning experiences, focused on practical training in teaching and learning related skills. This practical training is underpinned by the development of participant’s knowledge and understanding of education theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancing their awareness of current educational issues and developments.
This course will be delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, who will award both Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Masters level credits as a PGCE on successful completion.
All programmes include a panel interview where we are looking to find our more about your skills, knowledge, experience and passion.
The interview process takes place at our lead School Loreto Grammar School.
- a personal interview designed to identify your suitability and commitment to teaching
- you will teach a short lesson to a small group of pupils
- a subject knowledge assessment
- identity and qualification checks (please provide photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications)
All offers we make after interview will be conditional on; successful completion of the professional skills tests, satisfactory medical clearance, clearance through the Disclosure and Barring service, validation of any declared qualification and the acquisition of any pending qualifications. Individual offers may have additional conditions and you are advised to carefully read these.
How school placements work
You will become part of your main placement school team from September, this is earlier than University led programmes. You will receive intensive support from our experienced team of teachers and mentors from the beginning of your placement. You will build your skills through observation, reflection, and attendance at both alliance training sessions and university led sessions. This will support you in building your skill set towards teaching whole class lessons, and then onto a significant timetable by the end of the year.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £17,000
- a bursary of £15,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography 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.
- Degree classification minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography.
- GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics.
- Appropriate post-16 qualifications, A-level Geography desirable
Our strongest applicants have undertaken some observation in a school and reflected on their experiences and the role of the teacher.
All School Direct PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.
We also recommend you check the Department of Education website at (www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching) for the latest updates.
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and satisfactory DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.
About the training provider
Loreto Grammar is an all-girls, high-achieving Catholic grammar school with academy status in Altrincham, in the borough of Trafford. Pupils are from the top 50% of the ability range in and beyond Trafford.
The school serves pupils from the dioceses of Shrewsbury and Salford from a wide range of social backgrounds. It is an outstanding Catholic school whose values are rooted in those of its founder, Mary Ward. Her words 'Women in time to come will do much' provide the motto of the school. The most recent Ofsted judged our school as 'outstandingly effective' and noted its 'excellent atmosphere in which girls are challenged to think and learn'. The Loreto education nurtures the whole person, recognised in Ofsted's comment that 'the students' enjoyment is palpable'.
The Professional Mentor has many years' experience in leading the School Direct programme. The Subject Mentors work as a team, resulting in an excellent, well-organised and supportive programme, as is evidenced in previous trainees' evaluations.
About the accredited body
Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the largest universities in the UK. It balances a rich and proud heritage with a modern and ambitious approach, striving to disseminate knowledge and make higher education accessible to those with passion and potential.
Training with disabilities and other needs
At Loreto Grammar School, we take pride in the inclusive and supportive nature of our learning environment: there are no barriers to learning; each student is challenged and supported to achieve her personal best; different gifts are recognised and diversity is celebrated.
Loreto Grammar School aims to provide an inclusive learning environment. We currently support girls with:
• Cognition and learning needs, such as dyslexia;
• Communication and interaction needs, such as Autistic Spectrum Condition;
• Sensory needs, such as hearing or sight impairments;
• Physical disabilities;
• Social, emotional and mental health needs, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and anxiety;
• Medical needs which may be considered SEND due to their impact on learning and provision, such as Type 1 Diabetes.
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