About the course
This non-salaried route means you will be working alongside experienced colleagues in school 4 days a week plus one day in university. During the autumn term, after a few full time weeks at university you will build up the number of hours you are observing lessons and begin to take over some parts of lessons. After Christmas you will have another few weeks full time in university then move to a second placement as a contrasting experience where you will continue to increase your teaching hours.
• have a school-based subject mentor, a professional mentor and a university teaching fellow for support
• observe other lessons with colleagues to help formulate your individual style of teaching
• be provided with a teaching timetable within ITT requirements
• plan and evaluate taught lessons with the support of your mentor
• be formally observed and discuss in a follow-up meeting (once per week)
• create a portfolio of evidence during the year to evidence you have met the teaching standards for QTS
• attend university day once a week and several alliance days across the year
• be required to submit assignments, spread across the year, which will be assessed at Masters Level for your PGCE
Please see the BCU website for course information (https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education-and-social-work/initial-teacher-training/school-direct) or please feel free to call Mrs. Dixon on 01788 573425 between 9am and 3pm Mon - Fri to discuss your routes, options, and what's involved.
Interviews will be conducted by the Head of Teaching School and a course/subject leader from BCU either at Ashlawn School or in a partner school, depending on where you wish to be hosted for your main placement.
You will complete a few written activities (1 hour) then you will participate in a lower school (KS3) lesson in your subject, we will ask you to prepare a 10min starter activity (details given prior to interview), followed by an interview with the Head of Teaching School, BCU course/subject leader (and a senior member of staff from the host school if not Ashlawn).
How school placements work
You will have two contrasting placements, one before Christmas and 1 after. You're required to attend lectures at university full time for a few weeks at the beginning of each placement and 1 day a week and will also experience one week in a primary school during the course.
You will be supported by a subject mentor, professional mentor, the teaching school and a teaching fellow from the university.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 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.
Financial support from the training provider
You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans please check the government website.
You should be a graduate, with an honours degree grade 2:2 or above or equivalent qualification. It is preferred your degree is in the subject you wish to train to teach, if not, a strong A level grade B/ level 5 is needed. You require a standard equivalent to a grade C/ level 4 in GCSE English and mathematics.
Your qualifications must be completed before the commencement of your training place.
Equivalency tests are accepted at the university’s discretion.
NARIC equivalency certificates are required for any degree or school qualifications gained outside the United Kingdom.
*a desire to teach, motivate and enthuse young people
*interest in and commitment to the education of children
*a flexible approach to learning and teaching
*good oral and written communication skills
*a readiness to listen and share
Previous experience of working with young people strengthens an application
About the training provider
Ashlawn Teaching School (Innovation Learning and Leadership Alliance) is a partnership of schools in Rugby, Warwickshire, and Leicestershire. Together we seek to provide teacher training opportunities based in local schools with a common core of development opportunities focussed on the wider educational community. We create personalised training programmes with a breadth of experience and outstanding support to develop balanced well-rounded teaching professionals. At the heart of our alliance is the desire to provide learning communities where students can experience outstanding learning.
Our School Direct Alliance is led by Ashlawn School, an outstanding bilateral secondary academy, which has an outstanding record of training teachers with experienced mentors across a wide range of secondary subjects.
"Ashlawn Teaching School has been incredibly supportive and fundamental to the successful completion of my teacher training. Without their advice and support at vital times throughout the year, I would have struggled to stay on track and meet targets. I would recommend Ashlawn Teaching School to anyone looking to complete their ITT" - 2018-19 history trainee
About the accredited body
The School of Education and Social Work has a long and established history when it comes to delivering initial teacher training (ITT). Our graduates are very successful in finding employment and many take jobs in the West Midlands. Courses are taught by a range of experienced practitioners, many of whom have been exceptional teachers or have worked as senior managers in education.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Ashlawn Teaching School team tailor our training process to the specific needs of each trainee and we work closely with our partner schools and universities to ensure this critical training year runs as smoothly as possible for each trainee's individual needs.
If you have a disability, including a specific learning difficulty, we strongly recommend you include this in your application form, so we can support you right from the beginning of the process.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Ashlawn Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 5ET
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