About the course
The School Direct Programme is designed to ensure that the trainee has a diverse school based experience that allows them to develop their skills in school based settings. You will be placed in schools within the Teaching School Alliance for your main and second placements.
As part of the SD programme you will join a highly successful secondary PGCE course at a leading London university and have full access to the University’s facilities. During the PGCE you will work with national and international experts in secondary education and in the teaching of your subject, and draw on the results of research studies in education. Successfully completing all aspects of the course will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which also carries 60 M level credits that may be used towards a subsequent master’s degree. The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
You will be interviewed by two members of the Valentines Teaching School team.
The interview process may include some or all of the following activities:
Subject knowledge activity
Delivery of a half hour teaching activity to students
Interview by panel
You may be asked to attend a follow up interview at the partner university
How school placements work
For the majority of your time with us you will be in school for four days a week with a day spent at university. You will be assigned an experienced mentor in school who will support you by meeting with you weekly, by observing lessons, by drawing up a suitable timetable that will develop your skills and broaden your experience. You will be placed in a school within the Teaching School Alliance for your main placement. In addition to the main placement you will also be placed in a second school in the Spring term. This will enable you to experience a different environment and work with different pupils. We aim to ensure that student teachers have the opportunity to teach across the 11-18 range at some point within their two placements. You will have the opportunity to spend a day or a short placement at a special school to learn about behaviour management strategies with more challenging students.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Bursaries and scholarships are available for certain courses. Please see
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.
Good Honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification from abroad.
GCSE requirements are:
English Language, Science and Mathematics at grade C / 5 or above. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language, Science or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via www.equivalencytesting.com and achieving at least a grade 5. We do not accept "applied" or "additional" GCSE subjects. We do not accept BTEC, Functional Skills or Access course qualifications in place of GCSEs. We do accept GCSE Science equivalency if someone has GCSE Biology/Chemistry or Physics.
We are looking for the following qualities and attributes:
• enjoyment of your subject and the ability to communicate this to young people to stimulate interest in lessons and promote learning
• the capacity to be reflective and evaluate your teaching and students’ learning
• adaptability and the ability to work under pressure
• good inter-personal and team working skills
• good attendance, punctuality and professionalism
• good spoken and written English
• previous experience of working with children and young people
• familiarity with recent educational developments and trends
Please ensure you have at least observed lessons in secondary schools before interview.
About the training provider
As a Teaching School and Leading Edge School, Valentines High School places quality professional development at the centre of its work. We were among the first ten schools in London to be awarded the Pan London Quality Mark for CPD, achieving the highest ‘Gold’ Level for the quality of our work. We were also one of the first 100 Teaching Schools. Valentines is an “outstanding” school with GCSE results consistently in the top 5% of national schools for progress. We lead an alliance of high performing, welcoming and highly successful schools in East London, all of whom have considerable experience in developing the skills of trainee teachers across a range of initial teacher training programmes. Our partnership of schools comprises a range of primary and secondary schools including a faith school. They are conveniently located, which means trainees can engage with more than one school in the partnership. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences. We work with a range of leading London universities and all our School Direct programmes lead to PGCE qualifications.
About the accredited body
Our university partner for this programme is UCL Institute of Education (IOE), a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary education.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are an equal opportunities employer, and we seek to accommodate all needs. Please contact us if you would like to discuss arrangements.
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