About the course
Our Secondary teacher training programme for Biology is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Teaching School Alliance – FWTSA, the University of Derby and six local secondary schools all with Good Ofsted ratings.
The majority of your time on this course will be spent in a local school, gradually taking on the role of class teacher, working closely with an experienced and skilled practitioner and mentor. In addition, nine weeks will be spent in an additional secondary school, focussing on a different key stage to experience the full range of the secondary curriculum.
The start of the course will consist of a preliminary experience in a primary school that feeds in to your main secondary placement and trainees will also get the chance to spend on week in a special school.
One day each week your training will be split between FWTSA Hub sessions, held at a local school and time spent at the University of Derby. This training will focus on all aspects of teaching pedagogy, including lesson planning and evaluation, behaviour management, literacy and functional skills, learning theory, diversity and inclusion, equality, safeguarding, creative engagement, PSHE and form tutoring.
In school, your subject teaching will be closely monitored and supported by a co-tutor in the department. Senior members of staff hold overall responsibility in each school for the training of trainee teachers, including tutorials and the provision of opportunities for professional development and whole school concerns.
Successful completion of the course leads to the award of PGCE and 60 credits at Masters level awarded by the University of Derby and Qualified Teacher Status.
This course differs from our other BIOLOGY course on offer with the University of Leicester in that training for this course will be undertaken jointly with University of Derby and Forest Way Teaching School. Although placement schools are the same, the University of Leicester course provide all their own training and there will be no time spent training at FWTSA.
Interviews will usually take place at one of the secondary schools in our Alliance and dates will be set as required throughout the year.
The interviews will comprise of:
- Group discussion on selected topics and current educational issues
- Individual interview
- Completion of a written subject task (subject to change)
- Visit to class to meet pupils and teachers
The interview panel will be a selection of:
- FWTSA School Direct Programme Manager
- FWTSA Lead Practitioner
- Senior teacher from an Alliance school
You will need to bring the following with you to the interview:
- Photo ID (Passport/Driving Licence)
- Original Degree Certificate (if available)
- Original Maths GCSE Certificate
- Original English GCSE Certificate
How school placements work
Secondary schools in our Alliance are divided into High Schools and Upper Schools. There are four high schools who take pupils from age 11 to 14, Years 7,8 and 9 and two upper schools who take pupils from age 14 to 19, Years 10, 11,12,13. You will have a placement at both age ranges, with you main placement being in your preferred phase.
You will spend the majority of the autumn and summer terms with your main school placement and the spring term with your second school placement. You will also have the opportunity to experience a Special School and a bespoke placement based on individual needs.
Please see our website www.forestwaytsa.org Alliance Partners page for details of all our partner schools and links to their websites.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
If you are training to be a teacher, you can get finance for your Initial Teacher Training PGCE.
Bursaries are also available – these don’t need to be repaid but they do vary according to the subject you’re planning to teach and the classification of your first degree.
Find out more about paying for your teacher training on the Get Into Teaching website
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Find out about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to at the University of Derby website
The University of Derby offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni. For details please see University of Derby website
You will need to be working towards or have gained the following:
- At least 2:1 degree in relevant subject (in exceptional circumstances in shortage subjects a 2:2 may be accepted with other experience)
- GCSE at C/4 or above in English and Maths, prior to application
- Academic and professional references
“You will be required to satisfy the University that you are physically and medically “fit to teach”.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required and will be undertaken by the University of Derby before you begin the course
We are seeking to recruit highly motivated and inspiring individuals who are excited about the School Direct PGCE and have:
- a genuine commitment to teaching
- excellent communication skills
- ability to form good and effective relationships
- reflective qualities
- emotional resilience
- awareness of current educational issues
- energy and a sense of humour!
- experience in educational related settings, or wider experience of working with children or young people
- any particular outstanding/subject specific skills
Please use your personal statement to highlight these qualities and give us a clear picture of why you want to teach.
Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.
To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Pease note it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.
About the training provider
Training with FWTSA
Forest Way Teaching School Alliance is based in the North West Leicestershire area and our accredited providers are University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University. We are now in our ninth year of delivering both Primary and Secondary School Direct PGCE.
Your placement will be at one of our Alliance schools. With 40+ primary, 6 secondary and 3 special schools, there is a huge array of expertise on hand which gives trainees a great breadth of opportunity.
Our teacher training is led by Programme Managers and a team of experienced practitioners offering a wealth of educational skills and knowledge, and are dedicated to the professional development of outstanding teachers. Working with our partners we have developed a programme which incorporates hands on work at schools, regular time at university and, where appropriate, practical, locally based training by skilled and experienced practitioners ‘doing the job’.
Our Alliance is progressive and proactive with a major focus on career development – from Initial Teacher Training, NQT Induction and training, right though to headship.
Training at FWTSA Hub takes place in our local training suite. Primary and Secondary students will undertake some joint training and will have the opportunity to network. For details of student facilities at our partner universities please see their individual websites.
For more information please see our website www.forestwaytsa.org or contact our Programme Managers
- Primary – Heidi Malliff, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secondary – Sheila Dennis, Email: email@example.com
About the accredited body
University of Derby have been involved with teacher training for over 150 years and have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers.
One of the major ITT providers in the East Midlands, t
hey work collaboratively with School Direct partner schools who are committed to providing trainees with a high-quality, challenging and exciting training experience.
In their 2015 Ofsted inspection, inspectors said their students show excellent professional conduct and are highly regarded in the schools in which they train.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Forest Way Teaching School Alliance and our accrediting providers, University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University, are committed to Equal Opportunities for all trainees, and support is available for candidates who require it. Please make clear any support you may require.
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Warren Hills Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 4UU
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