About the course
As a Biology Initial Trainee Teacher (ITT) you will learn how to plan and teach effective Biology lessons. Working in the Science Department you will develop a clear understanding of how the subject is delivered in secondary schools. You will gain valuable experience in Science subjects whilst on the course.
A significant amount of your learning and training will take place during two block placements within our Alliance schools. You will also attend subject knowledge days at the University of Huddersfield. You will complete a minimum of 120 days in school. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the PGCE (with QTS). This comprises of 120 credits, 90 of which are at Masters Level.
At the GLA, we try to contrast the two placement schools as much as possible, providing the trainee with a breadth of experience which will make them employable in the future.
You will be placed in your subject Department and will receive practical training which will allow you to develop a clear understanding of educational issues and effective classroom techniques. You will be gradually introduced to teaching through observations, training, assessments and marked assignments. Throughout the course you will be supported by teachers, senior leaders and trained mentors. You will be provided with the opportunity to immerse yourself fully in school life.
We believe that a GLA school direct trainee is provided with a realistic teacher training experience and we have no doubt you will build a network of contacts within the teaching profession. Many of our former trainees have secured employment within our Alliance schools and continue to train with the GLA in their NQT year and beyond.
We are confident our GLA trainees are very well supported during their training year. School leaders have a firm commitment to ensuring that all of our trainees complete their studies with the essential skills and knowledge to prepare them for a rewarding career in the teaching profession.
Applications are received on our behalf by the University of Huddersfield via UCAS. We work closely together to ensure all applicants meet the academic requirements of the course. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview at one of the GLA schools. You will be provided with details of the interview once selected. Under normal circumstances, the interviews comprise of:
*Mini Teach (15 minutes) with a class of students (Key stage 3)
*Formal Interview with Teachers & Representatives from the UoH
*Meeting with Head of Department to explore Subject Knowledge or alternatively a written test.
How school placements work
You will have two block placements during the training year and training is delivered in our GLA schools by senior leaders, teachers and lecturers from the University of Huddersfield. There are 5 secondary schools within our Alliance located in the Kirklees area.
Wherever possible we try and consider trainees preferences over schools, but this is not always feasible. We do consider travelling distances, but trainees must demonstrate some flexibility over school placements.
For secondary training you will cover the age range 11 - 16 and you may be offered the opportunity to gain experience in post 16 education wherever possible.
For secondary you will cover the age range 11 - 16 and you may be offered the opportunity to gain experience in post 16 education wherever possible.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
This information is for applicants applying to study at the University of Huddersfield in the academic year 2019/20. Please note that your tuition fees for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
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 - 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.
*Honours degree (2:2 or above) least 50% of your degree should be in Biology;
*GCSE English Language & Mathematics at grade 4 above or grade C above if previous GCSE scheme or a pass at grade 4 or above with equivalencytesting.com
- Two A Levels (1 in a Science Subject)
Requirements met by 31 August 2020.
*Students starting their course in September 2020 no longer need to pass the teacher skills tests. Instead GLA are required to make an assessment of English and Maths knowledge and where necessary provide support to strengthen these skills throughout the training year.
You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.
All GLA Schools have very high expectations of their Trainees. At interview we will be seeking to recruit individuals who are:
- Committed to delivering high quality teaching and learning
- Inspiring and self-motivated individuals
- Individuals who are passionate about their subject
- Prepared to work hard to achieve the best outcomes for all students
- Professional and have a clear commitment to joining the teaching
• A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check. There is a charge (currently £44). You don’t need to do anything before you apply.
• 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.
About the training provider
The Green Light Alliance (GLA) is a growing partnership of schools and institutions in West Yorkshire. Lead Schools Shelley College (Secondary), and Heaton Avenue Primary School, Cleckheaton were both designated as Teaching Schools in 2014. Our passion is to ensure the children and young people in all our schools achieve their personal best.
Most of our partners are judged to be at least “good” by OFSTED and many of these are ‘outstanding’. Our aim is to promote our strengths, and to enable schools in the local community and beyond to make significant improvements in the quality of their leadership, teaching, talent, staffing capacity and pupil progress.
Across our partner schools there are Subject Experts, Specialist Leaders of Education, Excellent Practitioners, trained Coaches and Mentors. We provide all our ITTs with high quality support throughout their training year.
Our Alliance schools encompass the full age range from 3 to 18. Trainees may be offered the opportunity to gain experience in post 16 education. GLA schools share skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve the learning and achievements of young people across the region and beyond.
At the GLA we encourage our trainees to seek to inspire, to challenge and to discover. We want to inspire those we work with; pupils, teachers and leaders to achieve their personal best. We are dedicated to the development of teachers throughout their career, from Initial Teacher Training within the GLA, through to leaders of schools. For further information visit our website:
About the accredited body
The GLA works in partnership with the University of Huddersfield to deliver a professional teacher training programme. The GLA chose to work with the University of Huddersfield as we recognise their commitment to delivering a high quality PGCE Programme (with QTS).
For further information about the University of Huddersfield visit:
Training with disabilities and other needs
At the GLA we welcome applications from individuals with disabilities, recognising the valuable and important contribution individuals bring to school life. We will always seek to ensure individuals with disabilities and other needs are supported during their placement.
We adhere to The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, which require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN).
All our partner Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring.
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Huddersfield Road, Shelley, Huddersfield HD8 8NL
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