About the course
You will spend two-thirds of your year teaching, under supervision, in schools. Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. You will receive comprehensive feedback during this time which will enable you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.
At Brighton we work in partnership with schools and colleges to provide a high quality programme of support, which is designed to provide a balance of theory and practice. You will benefit from undertaking two placements in two schools or colleges, with the opportunity to visit additional schools or colleges as part of the 'Peer Observation' programme.
At the School of Education we are excellently equipped with multimedia training materials, which you can use to enrich your learning experience and develop your ICT confidence and proficiency. Our multimedia suites are regularly updated to keep up with technological advancements in classroom teaching aids.
You will be required to attend two interviews one at the University and one at the school that you wish to apply for.
Below is an example of the University and School interview process-
Arrival and document check
11.00 – 12.30 Welcome and overview of the programme with opportunity to ask questions. Writing task.
12.30- 13.25 Lunch Break
13.30 – 16.00 Presentations & individual interviews
8.45 Arrival and document check
9.00 - 9.20 Teaching Task to a group of students
How school placements work
You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based activities, with your training shared between the university and the partner school.
Your school-based training will include observing teachers, working with individual pupils and groups of pupils, team teaching and independent teaching. Your training will also entail completing specific subject tasks and developing your knowledge of school policy and effective practices.
You will maintain a professional training portfolio and be supported to review your work critically and analytically as well as to set appropriately challenging targets. We will also develop an action plan with you to identify strengths, development needs and actions, so that your practice is continually developing.
Key aims of the school-based training:
-advance the development of your professional attributes, skills, knowledge and understanding
-provide practical and specific experiences that enable you to critically analyse your professional practice and take responsibility for your own professional development
-enable you to work collaboratively with colleagues in order to develop an understanding of the ways in which the attainment, development and well-being of all learners can be achieved with a unified support and teaching system
-provide opportunities that enable you to adopt a creative and -constructively critical approach towards your practice, supported by appropriate reading and research.
During your school-based training, university tutors, school mentors and teachers will support you and take shared responsibility for your professional development.
The School Direct: Salaried route is employment-based and requires the trainee to be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher on a salary of approx. £16,000 whilst they train. Candidates get 60 days training and can be required to teach up to 80% of a teachers' timetable. As an employee of a school, candidates have the same rights and responsibilities as any other teacher at that school. This route is therefore aimed at high-quality graduates with three or more years' worth of career experience. No fee is payable as the £3,000 tuition charge is paid by schools on trainees' behalf.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant.
GCSEs (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least English language and mathematics. In-house equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates.
About the training provider
The Brighton & Hove School Direct Partnership is a large alliance of schools from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area. As a partnership Hove Park School is the Lead School in an alliance of 27 different schools from across the City and beyond, and we are committed to initial teacher training, we feel that training with us is a highly rewarding and innovative experience that will provide you with an excellent training ground in your first steps to becoming an outstanding practitioner.
•The Primary, secondary schools and Sixth form Colleges in our alliance have had consistently good and outstanding OFSTED grading for their teaching and learning in recent years.
•Our schools are very experienced in both university and school based teacher training routes, and mentors and coaches are well trained to support you through your training year. We also have a network of very supportive and experienced professional tutors and in-school mentors that will stretch and challenge you, so that you become the best practitioner that you can over the year.
• The diversity within the partnership enables you as a trainees to engage with a wide variety of teaching methods and styles of learning.
•Each year we have a large selection of trainees in our schools, including PGCE, so you will not be alone but will benefit from the peer to peer support that is so important when learning new skills.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a partnership we do our best to cater for all individual needs. Applicants would need to be in contact with the schools directly to see what support they have in place.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
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Support and advice
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