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 they have trained in on completion of the programme. Trainees will achieve QTS and be enrolled on a Masters Programme with Essex Teacher Training for the award of PGCE.
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 Essex Teacher Training. 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 experienced teachers within the school and complemented by training by expert educators at Essex Teaching Training. 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
•Professional Practice and Pedagogy
•Theories of Learning and Teaching: The Pupil as Learner
•Developing Teacher Enquiry: Research Informed Practice
All assessments relate to your school placements; you will complete three assessed teaching placements, two in your main school and one in a second school, and additional enhanced school opportunities, which will provide you with the challenging and exciting experience you need. There will be in-depth teacher enquiry on school-based issues. Over the year, you will need to gather evidence that you successfully meet all of the Teachers' Standards (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teachers-standards)
Successful completion of the course leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) which includes recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
You can tailor your studies to match your own interests and career plans. Depending on your preference and any prior experience, you can choose to specialise in teaching Early Years (3–7 year olds), Primary (5–11 year olds), or SEND.
You will be invited to an initial interview with our accredited provider, which will include a short presentation about why you wish to teach, a written task and formal interview with a small panel of representatives from Essex Teacher Training. If successful at Phase I, you will be invited to an interview in one of our partner schools. This interview could include: an activity with pupils eg teaching part of a lesson, or taking a group activity; a pupil panel interview and a formal interview with a small panel of representatives from the school and wider School Direct partnership. If successful at Phase II, you will be given a conditional offer of a place to train. We aim for our interview process to be as relaxing as possible so that you can feel comfortable and show us your true potential.
How school placements work
As part of the course, you will undertake three assessed teaching placements in good schools to broaden your experience. You will be supported throughout by our ‘outstanding’ trained school mentors and tutors / trainers from Essex Teacher Training. Trainees are in school 4 days a week and attend training on the 5th day
We strongly encourage you to visit our schools. It is only through visiting that you can really get an idea about whether the school is the right place for you to train. Our schools are each unique yet they share our values of integrity, inclusion and success for all children, regardless of their background. Our schools include rural, multi-cultural and inner city schools who are part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary only academy trust in the country. Starting your teaching career with REAch2 brings with it 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 partnership school in mind, and name this school on their application. Where an applicant has not named a specific 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 programme covers the primary age ranges 3-7 or 5-11 and you will be teaching within one of these age ranges.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
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Financial support from the training provider
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A first degree at classification 2:2 or above. A first degree comprises 300 HE credits of which 60 must be at Level 6 of QCF. If your degree is from a non-UK university you will need to approach NARIC to gain an equivalence certificate.
If you are currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, you must have completed the course prior to commencing a School Direct training programme.
GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 in English language, maths and science
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. 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.
About the training provider
The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) is a national partnership which works on a local scale. We are passionate about nurturing talented individuals to become the primary school teachers our children need. Our 'Lead School' is Tidemill Academy, an Outstanding Primary school in the heart of London.
Our alliance has 34 schools working in local partnerships. These are led by an Ofsted Good or Outstanding 'hub' school and are currently located in the East and West Midlands, London, Harlow and Lowestoft. Our teacher training is delivered through the local hub school partnership and with a local University or SCITT provider.
Our School Direct trainees are successful; since 2013, 100% received a good or outstanding grading at the end of the course, with 75% securing an outstanding grade in 2019. 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 current classroom practitioners and experts in their field. Previous trainees have 'loved our on the job training' and the 'strong relationships' they built with our team. 100% of our trainees would recommend training with us.
No matter which partner school you apply to, you will be a valued member of 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 as well as benefit from a comprehensive training programme led by expert practitioners.
About the accredited body
Essex Teacher Training is a large provider of ITT in the Eastern Region, offering a variety of different routes to QTS. Working with in excess of 80 schools in Essex and neighbouring counties, they provide excellent opportunities in primary, secondary and special schools. With excellent employment rates and over 95% of trainees finishing the programmes, each year, as good or outstanding, headteachers comment that trainees are well prepared for their NQT year.
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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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.
Garden City Academy
Radburn Way, Letchworth Garden City SG6 2JZ
Newhall Primary Academy
Roundhouse Way, Harlow CM17 9SF
Hester Mews, Hodings Road CM20 1NW
Water Lane Primary Academy
Broadley Road, Harlow CM19 5RD
Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy
Fishponds Road, Hitchin SG5 1NS
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