About the course
The training will be delivered both at the university and by staff at the partnership schools.
Our training is supported by the University of Brighton, which has a long and successful tradition in teacher education. The university works with us to provide quality input on how to teach and assess in secondary Biology and also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the sessions offered across our partnership.
University sessions take place at various times throughout the course on the University campus and include a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials led by faculty colleagues, outstanding practitioners from partnership schools as well as other educational experts. These sessions also allow you to share your experiences with other trainee teachers and reflect on the learning and teaching you do in schools.
All School Direct students are assessed against the Teachers' Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The University of Brighton works in partnership with schools to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for QTS. A university tutor will be assigned to support you whilst you are on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University.
Students on the School Direct Training route are automatically registered on the Brighton PGCE and will be required to submit academic assignments, some at Masters Level, during the course. This facilitates progression to an MA Education award after completion of the PGCE.
For further information on the course can be found here.
If we are interested in pursuing your application we will pass your details to the University of Brighton and you will be interviewed by the University in the first instance before being interviewed by the partnership.
Heathfield Community College is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the interview process. This will involve approximately 2-3 hours spent at one of the partnership schools and will include the delivery of a 30 minute classroom based activity with a small group of students, a short written task related to a current educational issue and the opportunity to talk to some staff and pupils as well as the formal interview. You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching.
Subject staff and at least one Professional Tutor will be involved in the interviews.
How school placements work
You will complete your first teaching placement in one of our schools and your second placement in a different partnership school.
All four schools are able to provide access to post-16 learners and the opportunity to experience 6th form teaching in a successful and supportive environment.
We are keen to ensure that placement schools work for both the trainee and schools. Therefore are happy to discuss placement school preferences during the interview process.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
When costs such as health or DBS checks, or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.
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 - 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.
Financial support from the training provider
Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get up to £28,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship. Early-career payments are also on offer for those choosing mathematics.Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.
In addition, a small number of discretionary bursaries may be awarded to trainees who we identify as having outstanding potential, and who fall within the bottom and middle tier for core bursary payment purposes.
You don’t need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments automatically by your chosen teacher training provider. You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.
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You should be a graduate with a 'good' degree in Biology. You will need a grade C in at leave five GCSE subjects including English Language and Mathematics.
Please note that before starting the training programme all successful applicants are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy.
We are looking for well-qualified, committed and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about Biology and keen to share this passion with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range.
We would expect you to have some experience of working with young people in this age group, possibly in a sports club or similar.
It is an advantage to have done some recent classroom observation in your subject area before you come to interview, a minimum of two weeks’ school experience.
About the training provider
The Wealden Partnership offers high quality teacher training by dedicated professionals in a supportive and inspirational environment. We have worked with trainee teachers from our local universities for many years and value the enthusiasm they can offer to a school community. We believe that teaching is a wonderful career and that this is a successful, innovative and vibrant group of schools to work with.
Our partnership of schools is led by Heathfield Community College and comprises three other large secondary schools, Uckfield College, Uplands Community College and Beacon Academy as well as some of our feeder primary schools. All four secondary's are highly successful and popular 11 – 18 mixed comprehensives situated in semi-rural communities in the north-eastern corner of East Sussex, within commuting distance of the South Coast. The schools are conveniently located within 10 miles of each other and this enables trainees to attend joint training sessions across all schools.
In addition to collaborating on teacher training, the partnership runs joint training sessions for all staff and provides a range of CPD opportunities for individual staff at various stages of their career development. All schools are committed to raising the quality of teaching and learning through raising standards.
Pupils in the partnership schools are happy, friendly and well-motivated and their welfare and progress lie at the heart of everything we do.
Our teachers are innovative and enthusiastic practitioners eager to share their expertise with the next generation of teachers.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our partnership consists of 4 mainstream schools who all have a fully inclusive approach to education and recruitment.
Any additional support required can be discussed during the interview process and support can be put in place if needed.
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