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 The University of Manchester, 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 over a half-day at our lead School St Peter's High RC School.
- an introductory talk
- a personal interview designed to identify your suitability and commitment to teaching
- a short presentation
- 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 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.
Financial support from the training provider
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)
Funded courses may be available for those who hold a PGCE place offer conditional upon topping up subject knowledge. The main focus is national priority subjects including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Computing with ICT, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish).
- Minimum 2:2 honours degree in mathematics or some other subjects with a 50% mathematics component (such as some engineering or physics)
- Applicant who do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of mathematics in their degree may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course provided they have either an A level in mathematics at grade B or above.
- Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.
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
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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