About the course
This secondary teacher training course leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It prepares and equips you to teach your subject in secondary schools (11-16)and gives you experience of post-16 colleges. School and university training is integrated throughout the course and Sheffield Hallam and the Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance work closely together to identify your individual capabilities and needs and to enable you to make progress in your development as a teacher.
This PGCE course comprises of 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at level 6 plus the recommendation for the award of QTS.
On the course you enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills, learn how to teach your subject, learn about the wider role of teachers in school, gain knowledge about schools and the education system, apply your skills and knowledge on school placements, gain experience of working alongside other professionals who support the care and development of individual pupils in schools.
We help you to develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities and backgrounds. While studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach your subject.
This course begins in early September and finishes by the end of June in the following year. The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance will offer places in Design and Technology through the unsalaried route.
Candidates who are invited to interview will be expected to undertake a teaching activity as well as a formal interview and other tasks related to teaching in their specific subject. Interviews will take place at the school. Prior notification of interview tasks will be provided to candidates in advance of the interview date.
How school placements work
The pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning, and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills. Over the course of the year trainees will gain experience in two contrasting schools.
University tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences, to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- At least 5 GCSE's at grade C or above including Maths and English
- A degree classification of at least 2:2 in a subject relevant to the course you want to apply for.
- Please include any other professional qualifications or courses completed such as subject booster courses or coaching awards.
- Good verbal communication skills.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- The ability to be reflective.
- Interact well with children.
- Demonstrate resilience.
- Good written communication skills.
- Committed to the well-being and development of children.
Applicants must possess the following:
- Good subject knowledge in the area they wish to teach.
- An understanding of how children learn.
- Familiarity with issues in education.
Although there is no specific time requirement for how many hours should have been completed in a school, applicants must have school experience with the age range they wish to teach. This could be through previous employment as a teaching assistant or learning mentor or through individually organised work experience.
About the training provider
The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance is based at Archbishop Holgate's School in York. Our alliance works with a range of schools in York, North Yorkshire, the East Riding and Leeds. Our aim is to provide the highest quality initial teacher training programme possible. We have over 18 years' experience of training teachers and pride ourselves on our innovative and forward thinking programme. We have outstanding outcomes and believe we prepare our trainees for the demand and rigour of the teaching profession.
Our mentors are extremely experienced and will ensure you receive the appropriate support and guidance to become a successful teacher.
At Archbishop Holgate's School we have a specialist Teaching and Learning Team who will be on hand to offer additional support and advice should you need it.
We pride ourselves on the Values, Care and Achievement which we provide for both our staff and students and hope you will consider training with us. Visits to the teaching school or inquiries are warmly welcomed.
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