About the course
The School Direct course follows the university PGCE programme and teaching is shared between the university and placement school. As a School Direct student you will spend 120 days training in school and approximately 50 days training at the university's Walsall Campus.
Whilst you are training in school you will be assigned two mentors, a senior mentor and a subject mentor who will support and monitor your progress. Regular meetings with your mentors will provide feedback and help you to set targets. CPD sessions tailored to your needs as a trainee teacher will be delivered throughout the year in addition to staff meetings, whole school CPD sessions and INSET days.
The University of Wolverhampton will short-list applications based upon the course entry requirements. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a school assessment at Lordswood Girls' School and an interview at the university.
The school assessment typically lasts half a day. During the day you will observe students in classes, teach a short lesson and have the opportunity to talk to some staff and students.
During the university interview you will be expected to answer questions supporting your application and complete a subject knowledge audit. All original certificates for GCSE, degree qualifications and results of professional skills tests, if completed, will be required at interview. You will also need to bring proof of identity in the form of a passport or photo driving licence.
How school placements work
During the programme you will complete two placements at a secondary school and a third shorter primary school placement.
During your secondary school placements you will experience teaching students across the 11-18 age range.
Placement schools are selected through negotiation with successful candidates and our partner schools offering training placements.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
- UK recognised honours degree, preferably 2:1 or above, in which the majority of the content was in biology.
- GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English language, mathematics and science (biology, chemistry, physics or combined science).
Applicants should demonstrate that they can:
- Communicate effectively with adults and young people.
- Reflect on any recent experience they have of teaching and their own learning.
- Articulate their perceived professional learning needs.
Ideally you will have secondary school experience in the UK and will have spent time within the subject you are applying to teach.
All candidates called to interview will be required to complete a medical fitness declaration.
An enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service will also be required before commencing the programme.
About the training provider
Lordswood Girls’ School is a school that does not stand still. We are constantly striving to improve on our best, be it with regard to school facilities and the educational opportunities that we offer students, or in the range of innovative projects in which the school is involved and which enable Lordswood Girls’ School to remain at the cutting edge of education.
We are very proud of our position as one of the top schools, both in Birmingham and nationally. The school has been ranked consistently within the top 10% of all schools nationally, based on examination performance at Key Stage 4 and enjoys an excellent reputation for its academic, sporting, and artistic achievements.
Lordswood Girls' School is a member of the Oaks Collegiate, a group of nine mainstream schools and one special school located in south west Birmingham. Together we work in partnership to develop best practice and improve the quality of learning in all Oaks schools. The collegiate is instrumental in developing and delivering teacher training and offers a comprehensive programme of continuing professional development. Network groups and courses support teachers at every stage of their career, from NQTs to middle and senior leaders.
Through our partnership with the Oaks collegiate we are able to offer teachers who train with us an opportunity to complete their placements in a range of schools; from single sex to co-educational, from special schools to sixth form centres. Further information about our partner schools can be found on our school website.
About the accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
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Knightlow Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 8QB
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