About the course
Our School Direct courses are all year-long programmes and successful trainees will end their year with Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE.
All trainees will attend lectures at Newman University, on average once per week. A university mentor will be named to support you and observe lessons. The remainder of the week will be spent in a ‘home’ school in Coventry or the surrounding area. You will be a full-time member of staff within the school, only missing days to attend university. In school you will have an allocated mentor who will offer support as you develop your skills in teaching and learning.
You will spend the majority of your year in your home school but you will have a short placement at a different school for your supplementary school experience halfway through the year. Following this, you will return to your home school until the end of the academic year.
For 2019 the secondary courses we are running will be English, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. These courses are all ‘training’ places, meaning trainees will not receive a salary during the year. You will, however, be eligible to apply for any bursary applicable to your subject. For primary trainees, we are offering both salaried and training places for 2019. Salaried trainees are paid as unqualified teachers for the training year.
Newman University essay expectations vary depending on the course but all trainees will be well supported to ensure the academic aspects of the training year can be achieved as smoothly as possible.
Whilst in school, trainees will be immersed in the daily life of a teacher, supported by experienced colleagues. You will benefit from the professional development opportunities provided by your school in addition to what is provided by your university time. Assessments are in the form of essays and shorter tasks interspersed throughout the year.
Interviews will be conducted by representatives from the schools seeking to appoint a trainee, along with representatives from Newman University and Blue Sky Teaching School Alliance. Your interview will consist of a short lesson observation, a formal interview and short written tests in Maths and English. You will only attend on one occasion and you will receive an outcome shortly after the interview day.
How school placements work
Our school placements are all in Coventry or the surrounding area. The role of Blue Sky Teaching School Alliance is to match trainees to schools so that, as far as we possibly can, travel distance doesn’t prevent trainees applying to train with us. Trainees will have two placements in total during the year, with the majority of the year in the home school and a short supplementary placement during the Spring term.
All primary course candidates will end the course qualified to teach between the ages of 5 and 11. School placements will either be in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. We do not offer an Early Years qualification. Secondary candidates will teach between the ages of 11 and 16.
All candidates will be allocated a school at the interview process which will be where you spend the majority of the year. A supplementary 5 – 6 week placement in another school will be organised for you during the Spring term. You will be in school every day, with the only exception being the days you are timetabled to attend lectures at Newman University. All courses are full-time commitments and you would be a member of the teaching team whenever you are in school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry 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 about eligibility for bursaries 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.
Candidates for our primary courses must have achieved a GCSE ‘C’ level or above for English, Maths and Science, or have an equivalent qualification. Secondary course candidates must have English and Maths GCSE at ‘C’ or above and the appropriate A level in the specific subject. Candidates for all courses must have a UK Honours degree or equivalent qualification. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses may be available for candidates. Please enquire if you need further information about an individual case.
It goes without saying that people with a passion for teaching and desire to help provide students with the best possible education, are those that we endeavour to recruit. The Schools Direct process is full and fast paced therefore a hard working, determined attitude is also highly sought after.
Candidates will be subject to the criminal record and other checks required to work with children.
About the training provider
Blue Sky Teaching School Alliance is based in the centre of Coventry with links to primary and secondary schools in Coventry and the surrounding areas.
The lead school, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Coventry, was judged by OFSTED as Outstanding in 2013 and again in 2018. With our strategic and professional partners, we are committed to offering high standards of training for the teachers of the future.
Our accrediting provider is Newman University, Birmingham. Our previous trainees have been extremely happy with Blue Sky as their provider, saying:
- 'Training with Blue Sky is highly tailored to your needs as a new teacher, adapted as the school year advances and your developmental needs arise.'
- ‘It was a fantastic experience training with Blue Sky. There were many opportunities to observe excellent practitioners.’
- ‘Completing my teacher training with Blue Sky not only set me up for my NQT year but my whole teaching career.’
- ‘The support and advice given by Blue Sky was irreplaceable so I’m glad I choose to start my career with them.’
- ‘Blue Sky really ensured my development from a trainee into a Newly Qualified Teacher. The support received was outstanding from the outset and there was always someone to speak to with concerns or worries.’
In addition to the knowledge and experience provided by the Newman University tutors, and the support from your school mentor, Blue Sky Teaching School Alliance personally ensures each trainee receives support and guidance as needed.
About the accredited body
Newman University is one of the largest Accredited Provider of School Based Initial Teacher Training in the West Midlands. It has established an excellent reputation for producing high-quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education through whichever programme you choose. In the latest National Student Satisfaction Survey, it was ranked Number 1 (overall) in Birmingham for student satisfaction.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Blue Sky Teaching School Alliance will endeavour to support any potential trainee with accessibility needs. We would be happy to discuss how we can support anyone to become a qualified teacher.
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Brays Lane, Stoke, Coventry, Warwickshire CV2 4DW
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