About the course
School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training pathway that offers practical, ‘on-the-job’ training and teacher education. The programme aims to create highly qualified, highly skilled teachers, who are an integral part of a school community, with the expectation that successful trainees are employed within the alliance of schools on completion of the programme.
You don't need to worry about being thrown in at the deep-end on our programme. Within your placement schools, you will be supported by an outstanding and well-trained classroom mentor and a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, in partnership with an experienced professional tutor from our University partner, UCL Institute of Education. Alongside our committed ETSA training team, you will be supported every step of your journey to reach the professional standards of teaching and gain Qualified Teacher Status alongside your PGCE qualification. Your timetable and teaching responsibility will increase as you gain in confidence and skill.
Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school and complemented by attendance at UCL, Institution of Education, ranked number one in the world for teacher education. You will join the Primary PGCE course at the Institute, alongside trainees on the core PGCE, and have access to the full PGCE programme. In addition, by being part of our cohort of ETSA trainees, you will also develop a strong professional support network with other School Direct trainees, who understand and share the School Direct teacher training experience alongside you.
Core modules focus on pedagogy and its practical implications and include 'Teaching and Learning', a 'Specialism module' and 'Professional Practice'. The programme is delivered via lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study and you will be supported through a virtual learning environment. Assessment is through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. Final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of your teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.
Successful completion of the course leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) which includes recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful completion of the
PGCE also offers the opportunity to get 60 Masters level credits, which may be used towards gaining a Masters Degree either at the Institute or elsewhere.
Interviews takes place at our lead school, Tidemill Academy. During the interview process we will observed you interacting with a group of children, conduct numeracy, literacy and ICT tasks and conduct a formal interview where we would ask you to present to us about why you wish to be a teacher. We aim for our interview process to be as relaxing as possible so that you can feel comfortable and show us your true potential.
If you are successful at the interview stage, your application will be passed on to UCL Institute of Education for second stage consideration. The Institute are responsible for making any final offer of a place on the programme and for ensuring you meet all conditions of enrolment.
You will also be expected to pass the DfE's Professional Skills core tests in numeracy and literacy. We strongly advise you book and complete these tests as early as possible in the application process. You will need to pass the tests to enrol successfully on the training programme.
How school placements work
During the School Direct PGCE programme you will complete two main school placements in contrasting schools within our alliance. This is complemented by an enhanced 2-week placement of your choice in a different educational setting.
Our alliance of schools are each unique yet share our values of integrity, inclusion and success for all children, regardless of their background. We have excellent relationships with our partner schools, most of whom have been successfully supporting School Direct trainees with us for the last 4 years. We work with schools across several London boroughs and the majority of our schools are part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary only academy trust in the country, offering unrivalled training and development and excellent career progression. To find out more visit www.reach2.org
The majority of candidates apply to us with a partner school in mind, and name this school on their application. Where an applicant has not named a partner school, we take into account the distance a candidate will have to travel from home to school when placing candidates, as well as any preferences discussed during the interview process. Because we see School Direct training as a long-term investment in teachers, we feel it is important that candidates are training in an alliance of schools which is right for them. Our motto is train with us, stay with us!
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
School Direct PGCE (Tuition Fee) students must pay tuition fees to the Institute directly; these are currently set at £9,250 for 2018/19 and a small increase is likely for 2019-20. Most students cover the cost of their
course fees using a Student Loan.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
You might be able to apply for tuition fees and other financial support including maintenance loans. The following websites are useful sources of information:
All candidates must hold a UK degree (or equivalent) with at least a 2:2 in a relevant subject.
If you are currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, you must have completed the course prior to commencing a School Direct training programme.
You must also have achieved a minimum of grade C or level 5 in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science.
All qualifications gained outside of the UK will be checked to ensure they meet the relevant equivalency standards.
We are looking for applicants who understand the difference high quality education makes to children. We want to see passion and creativity, reflection and emotional intelligence, resilience and integrity. Candidates need to have an appreciation of how children learn and an awareness of how to engage them in the learning process. You should be confident, articulate and have a strong work ethic and sense of humour!
It is recommended that candidates gain some experience in a school prior to commencing the training programme.
If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. The total cost of these checks is £125. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/teacher-training/application-guidelines/teacher-training-programmes
About the training provider
Who are we?
The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) is a vibrant partnership of schools who are passionate about nurturing talented individuals to become outstanding Primary School teachers.
Our diverse and expanding alliance currently has 16 schools across London and the West Midlands. Our teacher training is in partnership with two outstanding Universities: UCL Institute of Education and The University of Derby.
Our trainees are successful; over the last 5 years, 100% of our School Direct trainees were graded good or outstanding at the end of the course. We provide comprehensive training to our School Direct mentors to enable you to get the best possible support. This is complemented by the practical training you will receive from us, led by outstanding classroom teachers and experts in their field. Previous trainees have 'loved' our 'on the job training' and the 'strong relationships' they built with our team.
Shortlisted candidates attend an interview at our lead school which consists of:
- Child centred activity
- Maths and English assessments
No matter which partner school in the Endeavour Teaching School Alliance you apply to, you will be a valued member of our staff and part of our school community. You will have personalised support from an experienced class mentor, a senior leader and our Teaching School hub lead. Your classroom practice will be enhanced by our comprehensive training programme, led by outstanding teachers across our alliance.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We have a strong commitment to equality and inclusion and we seek to offer a first class education to all students, including students with disabilities. All of our sites are wheelchair accessible and we undertake all reasonable adjustments necessary to ensure inclusion of all disabilities.
We are committed to our Equality Policy in respect of serving students and employing staff. Within this policy we will endeavour to ensure that disabled students and staff receive the same standards of service as others. We will not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of disability.
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