About the course
Northolt High School is a happy, inclusive 11-19 mixed school in the heart of Northolt where students are well cared for, challenged and supported to make outstanding academic progress.
Our students, from diverse backgrounds, form positive relationships characterised by mutual respect across the school. Our curriculum provides numerous opportunities for students to explore their beliefs and to develop values which enable them to become valuable members of the school and wider communities. Students are supported by a range of staff who are nurturing and skilled in meeting their needs; this is why our students make such excellent academic progress during their time with us. Our school motto, Excellence as a Habit, summarises our vision for all. Northolt High was praised in its most recent Ofsted report for its “culture and climate of high expectations”.
The School Direct Geography programme at Northolt High School begins in September 2019. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2020, you will gain Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from St Mary's as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
All schools in ETSA are highly supportive and inspirational environments where you will develop the necessary skills and acquire a true appreciation of the practice essential for outstanding teaching and learning. You will learn your craft in a safe environment which allows you to experiment with teaching styles, strategies and ideas.
Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school. You will participate in weekly professional development sessions which will cover a wide range of topics and school policies which will be of use to you in your subject area and in the school as a whole. You will also attend Alliance-wide Golden Day training events along with fellow ETSA trainees. Your school-led training will be complemented by attendance at the St Mary's.
You will be assigned an experienced mentor from within your subject area at Northolt High School who will support you in your development over the course of what will be a challenging and rewarding year. All mentors are excellent teachers who are well-trained in mentoring, coaching, lesson observations and feedback skills. You will also work closely with a member of the Senior Leadership team who will oversee a great deal of your training and will provide an invaluable perspective on your role as a teacher and the wider issues of education leadership.
Shortlisted applicants should expect to first attend an interview at St Mary's University.
If successful, applicants will then be invited to an interview at school and to take part in some or all of the following activities: a presentation; a written task; small group teaching; curriculum discussion and an interview. You will be told in advance if you are required to prepare a presentation or to teach.
It is a rigorous and thorough process designed to ensure successful applicants are well placed to succeed.
Please note that we recruit on a rolling basis and usually offer only one position per subject area (unless otherwise stated). We suggest that you apply early as popular subjects are filled quickly.
How school placements work
As well as your main training placement at Northolt High School, you will complete a six-week placement in a contrasting context within ETSA; this will afford you the opportunity to experience working with different students, within different structures and with a wider range of colleagues.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography 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.
Before the start date of the training programme you must hold a UK degree (or equivalent). You should preferably have a 1st or a 2:1 in a relevant subject area from a well-respected institution. It is also preferable that you have at least 3 Bs at A level (or equivalent). All applicants must have at least a C in GCSE English, Maths and Science at the time of application.
School experience is essential if you are interested in applying for School Direct at ETSA. We prefer that candidates have up to 10 days of recent experience in a UK school. If you have arranged some classroom experience but it is yet to take place, please make a note of this in your application.
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Northolt High School
Eastcote Lane, Northolt UB5 4HP
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