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 our school communities, with the expectation that successful trainees are employed within the alliance of schools they have trained in on completion of the programme. Students on our School Direct primary routes with the University of Birmingham will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master's level.
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 the University of Birmingham. 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 our school partnership and complemented by training by expert educators at the University of Birmingham. By being part of our cohort of ETSA trainees, you will also develop a strong professional support network with other, who understand and share the School Direct teacher training experience alongside you.
The course combines school based learning coordinated by our hub school, Moor Green Primary, https://moorgreenprimary.org.uk. School based learning will take place across our partnership of schools, allowing you to learn from different primary school settings. With lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions at the University, this programme offers the best mix of academic theory and practical application. Study at the University is largely within the School of Education’s dedicated building which includes specialist facilities, student study areas and online learning support. 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) in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status.
The schools in our partnership are each unique but share a commitment to ensuring every child receives the best possible primary education and extra-curricular experiences.
All successful applicants are interviewed and this will normally take place at Moor Green Primary, https://moorgreenprimary.org.uk, our School Direct hub school. If you have named a particular school in our partnership, a representative from that school will normally be present at the interview stage. On the day you will undertake an activity with a group of children, a formal interview and deliver a presentation. We also conduct maths and English tests.
We are looking for candidates who:
- Have a clear, questioning and reflective understanding of schools in England and of what good teaching involves
- Recognise that the job of the teacher is first and foremost that of teaching and that the understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and learning is fundamentally essential
- Understand that the training year, just like the job itself, is demanding in time and effort, and that it will involve some travel and will involve balancing academic study with substantial time spent in school
- Are committed to the education of all children, whatever their educational need and background
- Can work in teams, often under pressure, and can work with a range of other professionals
- Are well organised and able to plan for the blend of academic and professional learning that the programme requires
- Are able to reflect on their own experiences and apply learning to future actions
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 the University of Birmingham. 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 course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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A first degree at classification 2:2 or above, 2:1 preferred. 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 outstanding Primary School teachers. Our 'Lead School' is Tidemill Academy, an Outstanding Primary school in the heart of London.
Our diverse alliance has 34 schools working in local partnerships across several areas. These are led by an Ofsted Good or Outstanding hub school and currently located in the East and West Midlands, London, Harlow and Lowestoft. Our teacher training is delivered in partnership with a range of outstanding Universities and SCITT providers.
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.
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.
UEA operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities.
All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire. If this reveals any additional needs, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments at the University and in school placements
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Manor Park Primary Academy
Church Lane, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands B6 5UQ
Moor Green Academy
Moor Green Lane, Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands B13 8QP
Oakfield Primary Academy
Oakfield Road, Rugby CV22 6AU
Racemeadow Primary Academy
Ratcliffe Road, Atherstone CV9 1LT
Riverside Primary Academy
Newbold Road, Newbold-on-Av CV21 1EH
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