About the course
Launceston College MAT follow a programme called School Direct @Exeter. Trainees apply for the School Direct training programme via the College and then attend the taught PGCE programme at Exeter University. Trainees are registered with the university and are eligible for training bursaries and student loans. This model enables trainees to choose the school that they wish to train in and also to have the benefit of having theoretical support from a university. Being part of our School Direct programme means you are truly part of the culture of the school and are treated as staff from the offset.
Launceston College is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. This will involve a full day spent at Launceston College (for Secondary applications) or Callington Primary (for Primary applications) and will include teaching an episode of a lesson, some short-written tests for literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge and the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils.
You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching. Our university partner, the University of Exeter will be involved throughout the day and will have an equal say in the selection. If the placement is at another school in the partnership, staff from that school may also be involved. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.
How school placements work
Trainees are based in school in from September when term starts, before the taught PGCE course at Exeter University and in periods of non-contact time during the autumn term. The length and timing of the second school placement is agreed with the lead school (minimum of 6 weeks).
The main school placement will be discussed at interview (and will be one of our schools within the MAT) the second placement school will be chosen as a contrasting school, that where possible is close to where applicants live. Secondary placements will focus on 11-16 year olds although there can be opportunity to observe and teach post 16 for suitable trainees.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- Graduate or equivalent status
- Relevant Honours degree (at least a 2:1)
- Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above (Summer 2017 onwards, grade 4 or above) Please note that although the NCTL requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English.
- Equivalent qualifications are considered.
We advise applicants to gain some school-based experience prior to application. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people at interview.
We are looking for applicants with an interest in primary education who have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents.
- Selection based on the information provided on the UCAS Teacher Training application
- Selection based on a successful interview
- Successful completion of the professional skills tests
- A medical report which is deemed satisfactory
- A completed Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by the University http://www.exeter.ac.uk/dbs/
About the training provider
Launceston College MAT and Duchy Academy Trust Partnership are committed to the highest standards of learning for students and staff. All schools in the partnership place the development of staff and the development of teaching and learning at the centre of their drive to improve student achievement. A trainee teacher would be part of this.
Launceston College MAT leads the partnership for School Direct applications for both Secondary and Primary placements. The Secondary partnership schools include Launceston College, Bideford College and Atlantic Academy. The Primary partnership schools include Callington Primary School, Lewannick Primary School and Boyton Primary School.
All of the schools benefit hugely from the rural environment in which they are located and place a significant emphasis on learning outside of the classroom. You would have the opportunity to develop experiences within each of the schools and also to potentially undertake a second placement in one of the many other schools we have close relationships with.
A skillful team of ASTs work across the partnership and provide outstanding support to all staff with programmes such as the Outstanding Teacher Programme offering high quality internal professional development.
Both secondary and primary ASTs work closely and supportively together to share and develop best practice with an active interest in seeking out and incorporating the latest research. You would have the support of this team in addition to your subject specialist.
About the accredited body
We work in partnership with Exeter University who are leaders in Initial Teacher Education, consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.
They have an excellent employment record . Of the trainees who completed the course in 2016-17, over 70 per cent were rated as outstanding.
Their PGCE is uniquely characterised by innovative research-led teaching informed by professional practice and academic excellence.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Schools within our partnership have disabled access.
Candidates are supported as appropriate when learning needs have been disclosed.
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