About the course
The School Direct Secondary course is a full time, one year Initial Teacher Education qualification introducing you to the requirements for teaching to the 11 – 16 age range. During the course you are salaried and employed by the school. Where appropriate, opportunities to experience post 16 provision will be available. It has been designed to enable you to demonstrate evidence of having met the Teachers’ Standards that lead to Qualified Teacher Status. We strongly believe that innovative and effective teaching and learning is made possible through a teacher’s full engagement with research informed practice and underpinning theories of learning. You will be well supported in becoming a critically reflective teacher capable of inspiring pupils to learn, achieve and flourish.
You will be supported and taught by specialist tutors with excellent experience, knowledge and research informed expertise. Partnership schools provide opportunities for you to learn about pedagogical approaches relevant to your subject specialism and the professional responsibilities of all teachers.
You will have two School Based Training placements, where, with the support of a teacher mentor and a university subject tutor, you will develop your skills to become an excellent classroom teacher. Training to teach is exciting, rewarding and demanding. By the end of the course you will be well prepared for employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
The ability to train to teach is assessed first on application and then at interview. The interview day is a two-way process in which we encourage all applicants to ask questions to ensure that the School Direct course is suitable for them.
We are looking to select student teachers who:
- have the passion, commitment and enthusiasm to teach their specialist subject in secondary schools
- have a strong knowledge, understanding and interest of the specialist subject that they wish to train to teach in
- are committed to working with children and adolescents and improving their educational outcomes
- have an understanding of the role of the teacher and the demands of the teaching profession
- have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- have the ability to reflect upon what they are doing and can respond well to feedback
- are resilient and able to work under pressure
If invited to interview, you will be greeted by the ITT Lead Teacher and be given a brief introductory talk on the School Direct programme, followed by the completion of a short written task and check of your qualifications (originals will need to be provided). You will then deliver a short lesson in your subject specialism to a group of students. This will be followed by a one-to-one interview with the ITT Lead and at least one other member of staff or SLT.
How school placements work
Schools in the University of Hertfordshire schools' partnership have a proven track record of strong engagement with Initial Teacher Education. Schools are evaluated and monitored in relation to the quality and effectiveness of school based training provision. School’s commit to enact the terms of the University of Hertfordshire Partnership for Initial Teacher Education.
During the course you will undertake School Based Training in two contrasting secondary schools:
- The first school placement will be the home school (either Richard Hale School or Sele School) and will run from September to December.
- The second school placement will take place during the first half term of the Spring term, lasting 6 weeks. This will be at a contrasting setting in another school which also works with the University of Hertfordshire. This setting will be decided during the first placement.
*The final placement runs from February to the end of June. Trainees return to the home school for this placement.
Your School Based Training will total a minimum of 120 days. In addition to the two main placements you will:
- visit a primary school to consider Year 6 transition
- visit a special school to explore effective differentiation and inclusion for pupils with complex learning needs
- visit a school demonstrating excellent provision for pupils with English as an additional language
At least £18,339 (equivalent to UQ1 on the Teacher Pay Scale).
Course fees and ongoing costs are covered by the training school.
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.
Honours degree (2.2 or higher) from a UK university. Usually the degree should have a minimum 50% content of the subject applied for.
English language and mathematics GCSE grade 4 or above and Science grade 4 or above for primary teacher training or a qualification recognised as equivalent by the University.
Equivalent overseas qualifications are accepted when recognised as comparable by NARIC. We may require demonstration of English language proficiency through IELTS (Academic version) with an overall score of 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each band).
Contact us for clarification on non-standard qualifications: degree content or GCSE requirement.
In your application and during the interview process, you will need to demonstrate an ability to train to teach through the following:
- Genuine care for children’s learning, progress and achievement
- A commitment and passion for your subject specialism
- Your motivation and interest in training to teach
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- A commitment to working with children and adolescents and improving their educational outcomes
- The ability to be organised, adaptable and resilient
- A willingness to work and learn from others and to be responsive to feedback
You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and a Declaration of Disqualification by Association form. You will also need to respond to targeted and relevant health questions. Guidance will be provided after you have been offered a place.
We recommend that you undertake observation time in a state secondary school prior to interview but this is not essential. Activities to support observation in school - either before or after interview - that you may find useful
About the training provider
The Richard Hale/Sele School Partnership has a long and successful track record of training teachers across a range of subjects. We work in close partnership with the University of Hertfordshire to provide a high quality training experience which prepares teachers well for the challenge of working in education. Both schools are located in the county town of Hertford, in close proximity to each other. Richard Hale School is a boys 11-18 school (with girls in the sixth form) and The Sele School is a mixed 11-18 school. Both schools are well-regarded in the local area and provide ample opportunity for working with a wide range of student profiles. Our programme of 'Professional Studies' runs throughout the year, providing hands on training workshops to support trainees' development, alongside their subject studies at the University.
About the accredited body
The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Education. Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections and in the Guardian and Times League tables, it is rightly proud of its excellent reputation.
The School of Education has an excellent record of employment for trainees on their Initial Teacher Education programmes.
After completing Initial Teacher Education there are opportunities to continue your studies through the MA Education Framework.
The University of Hertfordshire has achieved the top gold ranking in the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework 2018.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Each year the University of Hertfordshire welcomes a significant number of students who disclose a disability and/or have other needs. The University seeks to create a fair, inclusive culture where everyone feels valued and respected.
The University of Hertfordshire is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to ensure that it meets the needs of disabled people and has policies that are intended to support all students both in their studies and in developing their professional practice.
If you have a disability or other need we encourage you to disclose this and any other relevant information that could support your studies, both at the University and at the school.
The School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire provides both academic and practice placement support for teachers in training with disabilities and other needs.
One key aspect of the PGCE course is to raise awareness of mental health and well-being and to support the removal of unnecessary workload.
University of Hertfordshire disability support
University of Hertfordshire statement on disability disclosure by students.
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Richard Hale School, Hale Road, Hertford SG13 8EN
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