About the course
School Direct (tuition fee) programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. We work closely with the University of Reading as our accredited provider.You’ll be based in a school, but will also be taught by the university.
School Direct programmes are popular with students who are hoping to gain a position in their placement school following their training.
Although your training is based in a school, they’re not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges.
This particular course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through student loans, bursaries, or scholarships.
If your degree subject doesn't link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may still be able to apply for a School Direct (tuition fee) programme by undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. You may be asked to take an SKE course as a condition of your offer, before you start your initial teacher training programme.
Successful applicants will be offered an interview at one of our schools where they will:
- be interviewed by a Headteacher and a school representative
- be observed working with a group of children
- complete an oral presentation on a topic of their choice
Following success at interview, a School Direct placement will be offered within one of our partner schools
How school placements work
All School Direct trainee teachers will be spend the majority of their training in one school, either Primary or Secondary, with regular training sessions, either at the Lead School, Uplands Primary, one of the partnership schools or at the University of Reading. The individual placement schools have taken responsibility for deciding individual trainees teaching commitment but the partnership agreement in place ensures that all trainee teachers gain the same range of experience, whatever the school.
In addition to their main placement school all trainee teachers will undertake a second placement in the spring term for five weeks.
All trainee teachers will gain experience across a range of key stages and contexts and this experience will be tailored to meet the needs of individual trainee teachers to ensure that all gain the range of expertise needed to become an effective professional.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or equivalent qualifications).
You will also be required to pass the QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy.
About the training provider
Uplands Primary School is the lead school for Forest Learning Alliance, working with Primary, and Special Schools within our local area to provide School Direct fee funded and salaried placements across Bracknell Forest, Wokingham and beyond. We work in partnership with the University of Reading, who have an exceptional reputation in teacher training. As an alliance, we provide high quality provision to ensure a well-rounded training programme, with a clear emphasis on mentorship throughout.
Who are we looking for?
For both salaried and training places we are looking for inspirational people who have a proven track record of good communication skills, the ability to use their initiative and work under pressure in a demanding environment.
School Direct (salaried) is aimed at graduate career changers who have three or more years’ work experience. This year successful applicants have proven, at the point of application and also at interview, they have the necessary skills and understanding of the role of the teacher to be able to train as teachers whilst working in a school environment.
School Direct (fee paying) route is also a school based route into initial teacher training but applicants often do not have as much experience of working in schools, leading classes and taking responsibility for teaching on a regular basis.
About the accredited provider
The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. They are ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019) and have been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade.
Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, they have well-established partnerships with over 300 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.
Ofsted report that “Head teachers are eager to appoint trainees, because they are well prepared and have the necessary high standards of practice required to begin their teaching career” ITE inspection report, September 2016.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We aim to make any reasonable adjustment for any applicant with a disability or any other specific need.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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