About the course
The Teach Cheshire partnership has a hub centred around Macclesfield and Poynton, mainly in 11-18 schools, and a second hub in Winsford. We have high academic standards and are passionate about enabling our students to be creative, resilient and independent learners.
Our team of experienced and enthusiastic mentors will help you become a confident teacher so that you can make a difference to the lives of young people. Through our partnership with our university colleagues, we aim to create a varied development programme that helps you learn about effective teaching and learning, behaviour and assessment strategies.
During the course, you can expect:
- Weekly meetings with a well-qualified specialist subject mentor to help with lesson planning and delivery
- Fortnightly meetings with a professional mentor to ensure you develop a wider awareness of the role of the teacher, for example by supporting a form or engaging in extra-curricular activities
- A study of current, challenging educational issues
- A thorough programme of ongoing professional development and careers advice
- Opportunities for reflective practice and research.
Most of the year is spent on placement in your home school with a 6-7 week placement in a different school in the Spring.
Whilst on placement your school will offer a full programme of CPD tailored to your needs. In addition, there are a number of joint development days, each held in a different Teach Cheshire school giving you the chance to meet all the trainees on the programme and experience a number of different contexts.
You have about 35 university study days which tend to blocked in September and January, along with most Fridays through the year. University tutorials are held at the Riverside Campus in Chester or at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes.
You are assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular lesson observations and the development of a portfolio of evidence. You submit a written assignment to the university each term, reflecting on teaching and learning pedagogy and its application in the classroom.
Interviews are held at regular intervals throughout the year in a Teach Cheshire school. They last half a day and include:
- The opportunity to talk to staff and students
- A tour of the school
- A short teaching task (you will be told in advance about the content of the lesson, the age group and size of class you will be teaching)
- Short written tasks for literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge
- A formal interview with senior staff and subject specialists
- Identity and qualification checks (please bring photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications)
Please note that you do not need to have completed school experience before the interview.
How school placements work
You will spend 120 days doing teaching practice in two different schools. The majority of the time is in your home school. We follow the pattern of home school in the Autumn Term, a 6 to 7 week placement in a different school in the Spring Term and back to your home school for the Summer Term.
Home schools are close to our hubs in the Macclesfield and Poynton or Winsford area and the schools we normally use for second placements are in Stockport, South Manchester or the Winsford area. We work hard to ensure travelling times are reasonable.
You will start by observing how experienced staff manage lesson delivery and then you will start to teach parts of the lesson, supported by the normal class teacher.
Your teaching load increases gradually over the year. In the first term, you will build up to teaching a 40% timetable. This increases to around 60% in your second placement and to around 70% by the summer term.
As well as teaching subject lessons, you will work with a form group and have the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities. This ensures you are fully integrated into school life. You will be supported throughout by your subject mentor and professional mentor.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
For full details we recommend checking the subject pages on The University of Chester website here.
In brief, you need:
- Degree classification of 2:1 or above, although some subjects accept 2:2 or above
- Degree must contain 50% content strongly related to the subject you want to teach (subject knowledge enhancement courses may be available if your degree content does not match this requirement)
- Good academic background at A Level or equivalent
- GCSE in Mathematics and English Language Grade C or above
- Successful completion of the pre-entry Literacy and Numeracy tests.
We are looking for:
- enthusiasm for working with children and a determination to make a difference to the lives of young people of all abilities
- some experience working or volunteering with young people
- passion for your subject
- awareness of current educational issues
- personal awareness of your role as teacher in relation to teaching and learning
- your capacity to engage in an intensive period of training
- good communication skills
- the capacity to reflect on your experience
We encourage prospective applicants to attend one of our regular visitor days.
When we make an offer, it is typical for there to be a number of conditions. For example:
- An enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.
- A health screening questionnaire
- Completing school experience (we can help successful applicants arrange this)
In some circumstances:
- Successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
These courses are available for certain subjects and give a good grounding in the curriculum knowledge required to teach. Suitable candidates may be eligible for a bursary.
About the training provider
The Teach Cheshire is an experienced School Direct Alliance with a hub centred around Macclesfield and Poynton, mainly in 11-18 schools, and a second hub in Winsford. The main placement schools are
*All Hallows Catholic College
*Poynton High School
*The Fallibroome Academy
*The Winsford Academy
All of the schools in the Alliance have comprehensive intakes and you will get experience of working with young people of all abilities. We have high academic standards and we are passionate about enabling our students to be confident, articulate, creative and resilient.
We have very high completion rates and all trainees have been graded good or outstanding. Over the past five years, on average, 90% of Teach Cheshire trainees found teaching jobs at the end of the course, with a significant proportion employed within the Teach Cheshire partnership. We work closely with our university colleagues to share the delivery of the programme so that you have the opportunity to apply learning from university sessions to the practical context of the classroom, supported and guided by experienced and enthusiastic teachers.
As a Teach Cheshire trainee, you are fully immersed into wider school life, with the opportunity to build up strong relationships with the staff and students in each placement school. You spend time in two different partnership schools, normally starting in one in the Autumn term, going to a contrasting placement in the Spring term and then returning to the first school in the Summer term.
About the accredited body
The School Direct PGCE course with Teach Cheshire is accredited by The University of Chester, rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. It is a full-time, one-year programme. On successful completion of the programme, you will receive:
- a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Secondary
- recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- up to 60 master's-level credits towards further study.
Around 35 days are spent in the University refining your subject knowledge and understanding of pedagogy. University days are mainly organised as two blocks early in the autumn and spring terms and most Fridays whilst on teaching practice.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Specialist disability and inclusion staff at both universities provide confidential information, advice and guidance to support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. Teach Cheshire schools will work closely with the universities to ensure needs are met whilst on placements.
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