About the course
Trainees on the School Direct (tuition fee) route will be an extra body in a classroom with an appointed mentor with whom you will meet at least once a week for a meeting.
Trainees will spend most of their year based in a school for four days a week and then attend training on the fifth day. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners who work in our excellent partner schools to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of effectively teaching lessons in a secondary school across all key stages where applicable.
As part of the programme trainees will complete a contrasting school placement and have focus days to enhance your expertise and understand SEND and for other specialist areas of education.
A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees' subject knowledge and ability to teach, as recorded within the portfolio, culminates in a rigorous assessment of the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). As an accredited provider, the partnership recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Some trainees will also be able to study for a PGCE alongside the QTS, this is dependent on the qualification criteria being met.
Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview.
The interview will take place at a partner school and involve staff from both SAF Pilgrim Partnership and one or more partner schools.
Please note that the venue of your interview has no bearing on the school you will be placed in should you be successful.
Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare for the interview.
How school placements work
Trainees will have two school placements in addition to other placement visits during the programme and will be supported by mentors and the Pilgrim team, trainees will spend time in a special school and a mainstream school.
Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account where they live and the school will be either 11-16 age range or 11 to 18.
Initially trainees will spend three days in the school placements and two days in training sessions/workshops. This increases to four days in a school placement and one day training each week.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Candidates are required to have:
- GCSE or equivalent qualification, at Grade C/level 4 or above in English and mathematics
- A level or equivalent Level 3 qualification in the subject or a related subject they wish to train to teach
- A lower second class degree in the subject they wish to train to teach in or a degree in a related subject. We would also consider a third class degree for candidates who demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.
- Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy
Overseas qualifications should be verified by NARIC
SAF Pilgrim Partnership, as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with students. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.
- Declaration of any convictions declared on your UCAS application
- An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required follow an offer of a place
- A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required follow an offer of a place
- Satisfactory clearance for registration
About the training provider
Maplefields School is the Lead School for the School Direct Training Programme offering both Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and mainstream courses, working in collaboration with a number of other special schools. The Academy is a Special School and a Specialist College for pupils with severe Behaviour Emotional and Social Difficulties. as such, we offer a full range of opportunities for children and young people with special needs aged from 2 - 18 years. Our school offers a wide range of excellent facilities including a vocational centre and full size sports hall, astro turf areas and a climbing wall.
We are a school committed to life-long learning and we believe that education for our students includes not only the subject of the National Curriculum but most importantly communication and life skills. We aim, therefore, to teach the students the skills necessary for independence and living that others may take for granted. We want our students to become inclusive educational opportunities for students from our school and mainstream schools to share, ensuring that there is a close partnership between ourselves and the wider educational community. We provide a behaviour outreach service to schools in the north of the county.
We are a very happy school where children enjoy their learning experiences. We concentrate on providing for individual needs so that all students can be encourages to reach their full potential. This means supporting them to achieve accreditation appropriate to their level of understanding and abilities.
Training with disabilities and other needs
SAF Pilgrim Partnership is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.
What do we mean by disability?
The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.
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