About the course
At least 85% of the placement year will be spent in schools, in readiness for your first job. Schools have experienced mentors, and leaders take extra care when introducing trainees to the classrooms. Timetables and commitment are set in consultation with the trainee to ensure quality support provision at every step.
The expectation of teaching from the School Direct trainee increases gradually over the year from 0% to no more than 65% of a full time equivalent (FTE). In additional to the timetabled training programme, you will be offered bespoke professional and personal subject study support, where required.
There is a 6 week placement at a different school during the second half of the spring term. Also school experience will be given for primary/Post 16 and SEN.
All applicants are interviewed at university. In addition, applicants are interviewed at a school within our Alliance.
The interview will consist of:
Written skills test;
- minute observed teaching lesson;
Formal interview where feedback will be given from the observed lesson.
You will be advised in advance of the content required, and age of the relevant class.
The selection process involves our University partners, a member of staff from the school offering the placement, and a representative from Bishop Luffa.
The process is rigorous and thorough and designed to ensure the best possible match of applicant to the places available.
How school placements work
The applicant will be interviewed at the school where they will spend most of their placement. The applicant's choice of campus, and the distance to the school, will also be taken into consideration when deciding on the host school.
Trainees will have a 6 week second placement in a different school during the second half of the spring term.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £22,000
- a bursary of £20,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
You should be a graduate, with a minimum of a 2:2 degree who can demonstrate a good level of subject knowledge and a real aptitude for teaching.
You will have at least grade C at GCSE Maths and English and relevant phase school experience. there will also be a requirement to pass the Professional Skills test before the placement commences.
Ideal candidates for School Direct should be:
Passionate about their subject and education.
About the training provider
Bishop Luffa School is committed to excellence in Teaching & Learning and Leadership through collaboration, recognising that we are all responsible for our young people in our area, and that no single institution can meet all the needs of all its pupils on its own.
At least 85% of the placement year will be spend in schools, in readiness for your first job. Trainees will benefit from working with an experienced mentor, qualified staff and senior colleagues from across the partnership.
Leaders take extra care when introducing trainees to the classrooms. Timetables and commitment are set in consultation with the trainee to ensure quality support provision at every step. In addition to the timetabled training programme, Bishop Luffa will offer bespoke professional and personal subject study support, where required.
We welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds, and encourages and offers opportunities for flexible Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses to support our trainees.
We offer a choice to our applicant for both the PGCE and PgCE. Details will be discussed individually at the time of the interview. We endeavour to support the trainee in the route of their choice.
Our partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Having worked with dyslexic trainees in the past, we are well equipped to support their needs and adapt our practice as required.
We are an accessible site with all relevant Health and Safety practices in place. We work closely with all schools and trainees to ensure needs are met.
We value staff mental health and well being, with an open, professional working relationship with all trainees, allowing for effective communication.
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