About the course
The St John Bosco Primary training programme draws on expertise from a range of providers. We collaborate with other Teaching Schools to deliver joint training sessions, enabling you to learn from practicing professionals.
The course is also well supported by tutors from Newman University.
Each trainee has access to a £1000 individual bursary from our Opportunities Fund to spend on resources to enhance their learning.
The interview comprises two main elements. Firstly there is a mini lesson to a small group of students. This will be based on a book of your choice that you can engage students in, followed by an activity linked to the book.
Secondly there is a formal interview with the coordinator of the primary programme for St John Bosco and a tutor from Newman University.
How school placements work
The trainees main training school is agreed following conversation with the Primary coordinator. This will be based on convenience as well as matching the trainee with the most appropriate support in a primary school. Second school placements are six week blocks, during the second term, and aim to give the trainee a contrasting experience. The trainee then returns to the main school until the end of the placement.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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
Each of our primary trainees has access to an individual bursary of £1000 from our Opportunities Fund to spend on resources to enhance their learning, for example a laptop, software, subscriptions, books, places on courses etc.
-A university degree at 2:2 or above.
-Science, Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above
In the first instance a passion to teach young children and make a difference to their lives. Also good knowledge and enthusiasm across a wide range of subjects.
To start a teacher training course we are not looking for a ready made teacher, but for someone who has the willingness to learn from professionals as well as being reflective and seeking continuous improvement.
Whilst recent school experience is not required to make an application it certainly enables you to make a more thoughtful and considered application by drawing on your time in a school, where you will have had opportunities to work with small groups of children and observe lessons.
About the training provider
The St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of primary and secondary schools across Sandwell, Dudley and South Birmingham. We aim to develop outstanding teachers. We do this by providing a subject / class mentor who supports you on a daily basis, in addition there is a professional mentor looking after your wider development. As a School Direct trainee you would also have access to your placement school's professional development programme.
Our year's training comprises three main elements;
-1) A main school placement where you feel part of the school. The aim is to mirror the life of a qualified teacher for the year.
-2) A six week second school placement in a partner school.
-3) Training and support from Newman University.
The qualification at the end of the course awards QTS and PGCE. For the past three years 100% of our trainees, primary and secondary, have gained employment by the end of the course.
For further information
-Primary training, St John Bosco Catholic Primary School in West Bromich lead the Primary training
-Secondary Training, Holly Lodge High School in Smethwick is the lead school for Secondary training.
About the accredited body
Newman University has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. The School Direct training at Newman runs alongside existing PGCE and undergraduate programmes. When you successfully complete the course, you are awarded a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE with QTS) with the opportunity to attain additional Masters’ credits.
Newman prides itself on being a friendly community of staff and students, and their small class sizes mean that academic staff can give personal care and attention to each student.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We have a wide range of partner schools across a large geographical area. This enables us to match trainees to the right place for them. Our experienced team of mentors and close relationship with tutors at Newman University allow us to offer all our trainees the support they need.
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