About the course
The School Direct course is a thorough and effective way of training 'on the job', with less time spent in University and more time in the actual classroom. Trainees are able to benefit from this extra time by absorbing more of the excellent teaching practices around them, as well as being accepted as a member of teaching staff in a quicker time.
Similar to the traditional University-led Primary PGCE, the School Direct course enables it's trainees to gain a QTS or 'qualified teaching status'. The Primary (3-7) course aims to give participants experience of the full range of ages between 3 and 7 in two contrasting school experiences. Trainees observe and eventually teach (after a comfortable lead up) in their different schools. Trainees also benefit from a Continuing Personal Development day, which shows them them how to effectively teach the full range of subjects, which may be new to many following a subject specific degree. In addition, academic tutoring will take place twice a week at Trinity University during the first part of the course, where trainees will essentially be taught the academic requirements of the course.
At the end of the course St Anthony's will help it's trainees find employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher. And with a wide range of partnership schools both with and without a Catholic focus, we feel confident we can provide assistance with this important first step. Indeed, in the years since we have been leading our own School Direct programme, all our trainees have found full-time employment in teaching, meaning we currently hold a 100 % employment rate.
If an application is successful the applicant will be invited to attend an individual interview. A formal invitation will be sent by Leeds Trinity, but St Anthony's will also send details of the interview by email.
Once an invitation to individual interview has been received it is recommended that the applicant contact St Anthony's as soon as possible to confirm their availability. If an applicant is unable to make an interview or has decided not to pursue their application they must also inform us of this as soon as possible.
The interview will be held here at St Anthony's and will take place on a single afternoon or morning. The interview is divided into two stages. The first involves a short, 15 minute teaching-task delivered to a small group of age-appropriate children. The tasks is then assessed, and those who successfully delivered the short lesson will be invited to attend the next part of the interview.
The second stage involves applicants attending a panel interview. The panel will usually consist of two or three interviewers from our alliance schools.
Once all second stage interviews have been completed, a decision will be made by the panel based on the outcome of both stages. Where possible, all outcomes will be shared on the day of interview, either in person or via telephone.
All Interview information, including details of the teaching task and group composition, will be sent to applicants in advance.
How school placements work
All our School Direct Trainees are given the opportunity to train in two contrasting schools, which will be chosen with the trainee's personality, experience and location in mind.
St Anthony's draws upon the talents and facilities of 13 good to outstanding alliance schools, together with several non-alliance schools in nearby localities. Most of our training partnership schools have a strong Catholic ethos, but we do also have schools from the Church of England among our training schools.
All schools are situated within the West Yorkshire region, being located in Leeds, Wetherby and Wakefield. All trainees should be able to reach their placement school comfortably and in good time, and therefore the trainee's location is taken into consideration before allotting schools.
Full-time school placements begin in October, but trainees will be in a school two days a week form the course start. The first stage school, or 'host school' will give the trainee time to observe and gather evidence of effective teaching and classroom management, before allowing them when they feel ready, to teach their first core subject lessons.
The second stage placement begins toward the end of November, and allows the trainee to move to a new school, known as the 'home school'. The home school will also be used for their third placement when the trainee moves to their preferred year group. During their time at their home school, the trainee will teach more regularly, eventually taking charge of the class for a high proportion of their time in school.
During school placement, trainees will also receive CPD training in a variety of other schools within our alliance, which will build up their range of subject knowledge.
All placements are carefully chosen to suit the trainee and all experience offered swill be according to the personal requirements of the trainee. Our course is a 'bespoke' training scheme with everything tailored to the individual trainee who is at the heart of our School Direct programme.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
In line with DfE requirements, auccessful applicants must have the following qualifications:
- GCSE in English, Maths and Science at grade C and above. (Leeds Trinity University offers a Mathematics subject enhancement test to those who have a conditional place on the course but who do not already have GCSE Maths).
*A degree at 2:2 or above
N.B. Third class degrees may be considered if relevant school-based voluntary or paid work experience has been gained.
When looking for trainees and staff, we always hope to attract the brightest and the best that the profession has to offer.
We require well-organised trainees with a passion for teaching, with a drive and determination to achieve their very best. In addition, our trainees should have the stamina, positive outlook and ambition to carry them through a tough but ultimately rewarding year. When selecting trainees, we always favour quality over quantity, and so if you are chosen to train with St Anthony's, you can be assured that you have the potential to become a great teacher.
All successful applicants will be subject to the usual checks. All trainees should be able to produce evidence of all their qualifications. In addition all trainees will have to pass a DBS check. If DBS checks have already been made at another institution, a fresh DBS may be required by our Academic partner, Leeds Trinity University.
About the training provider
The St Anthony’s Catholic School Alliance provides an outstanding Catholic education for children from the four compass points of the city of Leeds and its neighbouring areas. The alliance contains schools with high percentage EAL (English as an additional language) children, and high pupil premium cohorts, alongside contrasting catchments with high percentage gifted and talented pupils. This in itself provides the opportunity to train in a diverse range of high-achieving schools, three of which are currently graded outstanding, with several others displaying outstanding features; all the rest being termed 'good' by Ofsted.
The Alliance has worked effectively in partnership with Leeds Trinity University for many years, providing outstanding training opportunities for teaching at primary level. The lead school has also previously been a partnership school for School Direct with another outstanding school in the city.
We provide high-quality training, mentoring and coaching, in a supportive and caring environment (trainee feedback tells us so). And since training began, all our graduates have achieved 100% employment. Our Teaching School Alliance is aspirational and aims to support and train outstanding teachers of the future.
Working closely with the National College for Teaching and Leadership we lead and share research that shapes and develops the future of education. Our investment in training teachers extends beyond Initial Teacher Training, and many of our trainees go on to complete our NQT and RQT programmes, often progressing to our higher-level leadership training .
Training with disabilities and other needs
As we are in partnership with Leeds Trinity, we are able to offer all our Trainees extra academic and pastoral support. In addition to help with such diverse skills as essay-writing or coaching for the national Skills Tests, St Anthony's trainees are able to use Trinity's Student Support Services to access support for a range of disabilities:
- dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties
- medical conditions
- Asperger's syndrome
- visual and hearing impairments
- physical or mobility difficulties
- mental health concerns
All our alliance schools along with the Trinity campus are accessible for those in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.
The Trinity Support Services are available during office hours, for one-on-one advice and support. Before joining a course they would very much welcome a discussion to decide how best to serve individual needs. They can be contacted using the following details:
+44 (0) 113 283 7138 or (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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