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 programme is delivered in partnership between the Teach Manchester Alliance and the University of Cumbria who will award both Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE with up to 60 Masters credits on successful completion. The programme team is led by Tracy Gallier who is the Professional Programme Lead at Piper Hill High School. A variety of Specialist Leaders of Education and expert practitioners also deliver training on this route.
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 over a half-day at our lead School Piper Hill High School.
- literacy task
- mini teach
- individual interview
The outcome of the interview will be informed by the quality of your engagement with all three components.
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
Year based in school, training to teach a primary curriculum in both mainstream and specialist schools.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
• A first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours.
• Three GCSEs at minimum grade C/4 or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics)
Our strongest applicants have done some observation in a school and reflected on their experiences and the role of the teacher.
• Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy before the start of the course.
• A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study
• All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established university procedures
About the training provider
Teach Manchester is an experienced School Direct Alliance of primary, secondary, specialist and sixth form schools and colleges based in central Manchester, working in partnership to offer innovative and exciting Initial Teacher Education. We are committed to providing an outstanding programme of support to training teachers so that they develop into confident and competent teachers who can contribute to the culture of excellence across the alliance and beyond.
We work in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester and University of Cumbria to offer innovative and exciting Initial Teacher Education across primary, primary with SEND and secondary subject specialisms. Our programme equips new teachers with the skills and knowledge to be outstanding teachers and is delivered by our Specialist Leaders of Education, School Leaders and colleagues from our university partners. Upon successful completion of our programme you will be awarded both Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Masters Level Credits as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by our partner universities.
Every child should be taught by an outstanding teacher.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All successful applicants are required to undergo a Fitness to Teach assessment as a condition of offer. These are undertaken by the Occupational Health contractor of the partner university.
We encourage all applicants with disabilities and other needs to talk to us individually regarding their needs and how we can best support them during the period between accepting an offer and the start of the course to ensure that we can make appropriate arrangements. We will use information from the applicant and from professional referrals (for example GPs, Occupational Health, Education Psychologist) as appropriate to provide support on an individual basis.
We work collaboratively with our accrediting universities to support students; and services such as counselling are available through the partner university.
We work with Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Cumbria across our programme suite. Do check the course description to find out the partner university for the course that you are interested in.
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