About the course
Our School Direct programme allows you to qualify as a teacher within one year. We have created a school led teacher training programme, with a commitment to ensure all trainees have the potential to be outstanding. You'll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience. In doing so you will have the opportunity to experience teaching as it really is, whilst working alongside and being mentored by outstanding practitioners.
The course is a one year postgraduate certificate in secondary education with QTS and 90 Masters credits. The programme is divided into two main themes:
Initial Professional Development
You'll have the opportunity to explore creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand. We help prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching and subject knowledge base to a level which you can trial in your placements. Themes include educational psychology, how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, inclusion, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and develop your own educational philosophy.
Specialist Subject Pedagogy
You'll have the opportunity to develop your subject teaching in a stimulating way, using different methodologies and new technologies to inspire and engage young people. We'll help develop your understanding of the curriculum; progression; planning and developing activities; examination requirements; teaching approaches; leadership; and inclusion.
Your training will incorporate school based practice with weekly professional learning delivered by leading practitioners and Huddersfield University. Professional learning will take place in our training centre at The Maltings College in Halifax. At the training centre you will work with a group of trainees from other subjects, which will allow you time to collaborate, share good practice and engage in peer support.
Course tutors are very experienced and supportive and you'll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other teacher trainees from a variety of subject specialisms as well as specialist subject groups.
During the course you'll study four modules:
- Curriculum Development
- Inclusion, Equality and Diversity
- Specialist Subject Development
- Developing Critical Professional Practice
Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence.
The Trinity Teaching School Alliance and Huddersfield University partnership have a rigorous recruitment and selection procedure. We select our trainee teachers not only by seeing whether they meet the academic criteria, but also on their passion for teaching all learners, whether they have excellent subject knowledge and whether they have the aspirations to be an outstanding and inspirational teacher in and out of the classroom.
You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. The interview process typically lasts for a full day. We advise that you spend some time prior to the interview in a secondary school to give you a greater insight into your career choice. The following selection procedures are designed to assess your suitability for training to teach:
- panel interview with a member of the lead school
- pre-prepared presentation about why you want to be a teacher
- subject knowledge test based on aspects of the subject curriculum in school
- a short task to test your literacy skills
- lead a 15/20 minute discussion topic lesson with a mixed aged group of students from 11-16.
From this process we will see whether you have the passion and drive to potentially be an outstanding teacher.
How school placements work
We have a school based approach where you will spend the majority of your training year in one school, but will also complete a short alternative placement in a contrasting alliance school. You will be fully immersed in the culture of your school, and will be able to take ownership of your classes. A second placement allows you to build new networks and challenge yourself.
You will be teaching age 11-16 but will also be offered experience within post 16.
You will also carry out three placements within alternate provision and primary which will enhance your wider knowledge around areas such as social and emotional behaviour and transition.
We work with a wide range of partner schools to deliver our training. Each school has its own unique features, but all are involved with the alliance because they want to play their part in training - and then hopefully recruiting - the outstanding teachers of the future.
Placements are assigned on the basis of a range of factors. Our partner schools are based across West Yorkshire and are constantly expanding due to our growing popularity.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
A School Direct place costs £9,250 and is payable in 3 instalments across the academic year. Payments are made directly to Huddersfield University. Non-salaried applicants can make an application for a Student Loan to cover the cost of tuition fees and living expenses where necessary.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in French or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
An Honours degree of 2:2 or above with at least 50% relevant content in your chosen subject area. If you've got an overseas degree, we'll need a full transcript of your award.
You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course.
You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.
Strong subject knowledge and literacy skills.
All conditions must be met by 31 August 2019.
What We Are Looking For:
- Enthusiasm and a genuine desire to inspire young people
- A commitment to helping every child to make the most of their talents
- Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
- Resilience and the willingness to receive and act on advice
- A realistic understanding of the role of the secondary school teacher
- The ability to manage time effectively
- Evidence of self-motivation in personal learning
If you have the drive and passion and want to make a difference to learners and their communities, we want to hear from you!
Disclosure and Barring Service and Medical
Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a conduct a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
We advise that you spend some time gaining experience in a secondary school to give you a greater insight into your career choice and help you decide whether teaching is right for you. Other areas of relevant experience may also support your application.
About the training provider
Trinity Teaching School Alliance and Huddersfield University have developed an innovative school-led teacher training programme for School Direct 2019. We are a large alliance of over 45 schools across West Yorkshire, offering rich opportunities for trainees to access the highest quality training in a diverse range of establishments including academies, church schools, schools with 6th forms, primary schools with early years provision, grammar schools, and schools with dedicated special needs provision.
Our School Direct programme has been created in partnership with leading practitioners from both the University and across the alliance, as well as subject specialists from our sister organisation White Rose Maths. We ensure a collaborative approach between all partners, led and quality assured by a team of experienced senior leaders, dedicated to providing
the very best training experience for our School Direct students. We have a strong focus on ensuring that our trainees are fully supported to develop their knowledge, skills and professional attributes in order to become outstanding and inspirational teachers.
A world-class education system requires world-class teachers and this unique programme sets out to address this challenge. Trinity Academy Halifax is the lead school - graded outstanding in all areas. As the Teaching School Alliance within Trinity MAT, we are dedicated to developing the teachers and educational leaders of the future. Staff are able to access quality CPD programmes, designed to ensure our outstanding teachers also have the opportunity to develop into outstanding leaders.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We offer disabled access across the Alliance and recommend applicants to discuss their individual needs with us so that we can place you in the most appropriate school for your training year.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Shay Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX2 9TZ
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