About the course
Our School Direct salaried programme has been designed to ensure that you are expertly trained to take up your post as an effective and insightful NQT.
The course is for -a Primary teaching qualification. This course is suitable for trainees who have held a degree for at least 3 years and have relevant experience working with children. Most trainees usually apply with a school willing to fund their training year. Although in some circumstances we have been able to broker a school for some trainees.
Trainees will spend the vast majority of their year learning and teaching in their host school. The host school will pay the salary for trainees and will be entitled to a bursary to cover some of their costs. There will be a second attachment of up to 6 weeks in a partner school. Throughout the year trainees will be required to attend university for training weeks (up to 3 separate weeks).
Employment rates are very high from this route.
Oakham Primary is the lead school and will be coordinating the recruitment process in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton.
The interview is likely to last around half a day and will require you to complete a number of tasks. The interview panel will consist of headteachers and senior leaders from the partnership schools as well as staff from the University of Wolverhampton.
How school placements work
Trainees on this route gain most of their experience in their host school, however, they also complete a second school experience in a differennt school in another phase.
Usually, placements are at an alliance school. Trainees applying for the Oakham Alliance should familiarise themselves with the locations of the schools in the alliance before applying.
We currently have the following schools who are part of Oakham Alliance;
Abbey Federation, Bearwood
Cape Hill Primary School, Cape Hill
Grace Mary Primary School, Tividale
Hargate Primary School, West Bromwich
Highfields Primary School, Rowley Regis
Oakham Primary School, Tividale
Tividale Hall Primary School, Tividale
Salary will be based on an unqualified teachers' pay scale or through a local agreement with their host school.
Training fees are £9250 which in the majority of cases are met by the bursary the host school receives.
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.
You should be a graduate, preferably with a first or upper second class degree. However, we are willing to consider applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude and flair for teaching.
You will need at least a grade C in GCSE English, maths and science.
All applicants will be required to undertake specific tasks, several of which are written as part of the application process.
We are looking for trainee teachers who are committed to transforming the lives of the pupils they teach. It is essential that you are passionate about working with young children and have the drive and ambition to be an outstanding and innovative practitioner.
It is also essential that trainees for this route have a thorough understanding of the role of the teacher, how children learn and what outstanding and innovative practice looks like. Time and time again we find that the trainee teachers that stand-out are those that have a thorough knowledge, understanding and experience of how children learn.
About the training provider
Oakham Alliance offers trainee teachers the unique opportunity to work and learn in a range of exciting and innovative primary schools within Sandwell. The alliance offers cultural and socio-economic diversity within its range of settings
All schools share a common ethos and approach to pedagogy, ensuring that pupils become confident learners achieving the highest standards possible with a core focus on:
• Learning and Teaching policies built around the principles of AfL.
• Children as learners and their all-round development at the heart of all schools
• The quality of learner experience rather than coverage
• Pedagogy which views knowledge as something constructed by children not merely transmitted by teachers.
The lead school, Oakham Primary, is outstanding and along with the other good schools, has a proven track record of local school improvement. We have an established background of working in partnership with University of Wolverhampton (UoW), local authorities and importantly, each other.
Within the alliance we have many members of staff who provide support in other schools:
• OfSTED trained inspectors
• Head Teacher consultants
• Former LA advisors and consultants• Specialist Leaders of Education
• Local Leaders of Education
• Advanced Skills Teachers
We are passionate about developing future leaders and believe that School Direct offers an unrivalled opportunity for trainees to learn and develop in our vibrant schools. By working in our schools, trainees will experience a range of contrasting experiences that will make you highly sought-after in the current job market.
About the accredited body
Our excellent partnership with the UoW means that students will receive high-quality support. This will continue into your NQT year and throughout your career. Staff are expert at meeting your needs and will ensure you receive outstanding CPD.
The U0W is one of the Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education. Tutors are experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.
'particularly effective in developing highly professional teachers with the skills to reflect critically on the quality of their teaching in order to improve it'
Employment rates are high'
Training with disabilities and other needs
In line with Sandwell Council Equality in Employment policy, we are committed to ensuring a quality of opportunity for all.
Support for Students (UoW) can include:
◾General Study skills support, including tutorials and general workshops, through the University Learning Centres.
◾Apps Anywhere – access to specialist software.
◾Audio-visual lecture capture – a number of taught sessions are captured.
Depending on your individual needs, you may be eligible for additional support provided by the University. The Student Support and Wellbeing Team can talk to you about additional support that may be available.
Disabled Students’ Allowances
You may be eligible to receive additional funding known as the Disabled Students’ Allowances to help cover the costs of any additional support you may need to access your university course. DSA funding is available for eligible students and can help with costs for specialist equipment, Non-Medical Helpers and other disability-related costs associated with studying.
The Sign Language Society at UoW has been running since 2008 and this is where you get to meet current Deaf students as well as other Deaf people who are both local and from all over the UK along with Deaf students who have already graduated - you can also meet BSL Interpreting and Deaf Studies students there too. We usually meet at The Royal London Pub, every Thursday evening from 7pm to 11pm - feel free to pop in at any time to meet us.
For more information please email: SLS@wlv.ac.uk or see: our facebook page
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Darbys Hill Road, Tividale, Oldbury B69 1SG
Support and advice
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