About the course
The Secondary Schools Direct programme will support students to consider the pedagogy of their chosen subject specialism in depth. This course aims to develop and integrate subject pedagogy and theory with classroom practice and equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become reflective and effective teachers of their chosen subject across the 11-18 age range.
The Aspirational Teaching Alliance of St Helens works in affiliation with the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope. These offer students the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses on what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice.
You will be interviewed by School Leaders representing the Aspirational Teaching Alliance. Interview panels will include subject specialist teachers from our 10 St Helens Partnership Schools, as well as colleagues from Teacher Training routes at Liverpool Hope University. Applicants inviting to interview will attend one recruitment day. This will include a literacy and numeracy test.
How school placements work
Successful candidates are selected based on the strength of their applications and interview. All of our home and away placement schools are based within the St Helen’s Local Authority. There is an opportunity to be based in both 11-16 schools and those with a sixth form provision 11-18. The Aspirational Teaching Alliance is partnered with 10 St Helen’s schools. Successful candidates will be assigned two school placements. One will be a home placement school and an additional six week away placement.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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.
An Undergraduate Honours Degree 2:2 or above, incorporating at least 50% subject related for the following subjects:
• Computer Science with ICT
• Religious Education
GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system). These can be pending but required before enrolment
About the training provider
We aim to provide our aspiring teachers with the unique opportunity to develop into successful leaders of learning. We are incredibly passionate and committed in providing our students with a high quality education which enables them to thrive, both academically and spiritually. You will work alongside like-minded individuals and join us in our journey to outstanding as well as developing your own continual professional development. Our staff are eager to guide new members of staff in developing themselves as professionals so they can experience a truly rewarding career choice.
Hope Academy, a joint Catholic and Church of England Academy situated in Newton-le-Willows, is the lead school of the Aspirational Teaching Alliance and sponsored by Liverpool Hope University. Our Alliance has brought together a wide variety of schools so that your training experience will be a comprehensive one. It draws on the strengths and high achievements of our schools covering all key stages so that you will be fully qualified, prepared and equipped to contribute to educational improvement and school leadership as your own career develops.
As a training provider, we work in close partnership with Liverpool Hope University and several secondary schools across St. Helens to ensure that we provide stimulating and challenging training to all of our aspiring teachers. Our School Direct Teacher Training programme has been carefully planned to ensure that you receive a personalised experience, drawing on your own knowledge and experience so that you are the driver of your own success.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We endeavor to support candidates with additional needs. Our course has previously supported candidates successfully with additional needs such as Dyslexia, Mental Health Conditions, English as an additional language, and both physical and hearing impairments.
We work in close partnership with Liverpool Hope University and our St Helens partnership school to create bespoke care plans to ensure accessibility to our teacher training programme between both university and school based settings. Based on the needs of the individual successful candidates.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Ashton Road, Newton-le-Willows WA12 0AD
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