About the course
As a Psychology teacher you will push the boundaries of your own understanding and actively explore dynamic learning experiences to bring Psychology to life. You will prepare to teach students in an engaging, exciting and motivating way to develop skills, intellect and values, passing on your enthusiasm. The programme combines the theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young students in Psychology. The course will help you to develop and refine the skills which you will need to become an effective Psychology teacher, to inspire the next generation of students to reach higher levels of attainment.
There are 4 assignments across the year which are assessed in a variety of ways. Assignments at Level 6: writing and acting on a series of Action Plans and a written assignment reflecting on first experiences in school. Assignments at Level 7: Creating, implementing and evaluating a resource used in the classroom, and, researching an aspect of teaching and learning and presenting the findings.
Application forms are considered by both the university and the individual schools involved with Woodrush Teaching School Alliance.
All successful applicants will have an interview at both Woodrush Teaching School Alliance and The University of Worcester. The University and Woodrush jointly design and manage the interview process. Your interview at Woodrush will consist of a written task, a session with students and a formal interview.
The second interview will be held at University of Worcester and will involve the following; Subject specific written task, group task and presentation to a small group and 1:1 interview with members of the University of Worcester team.
Applicants that demonstrate professionalism, commitment, a realistic understanding of the pressures of the course and the profession, an awareness of the school in which they are intending to train, creativity, organisational skills and a clear recognition of the need to synthesise practical and academic learning through refection are most likely to succeed.
How school placements work
Your placement school will primarily be selected on where there are vacancies for your subject. We aim to place you at a school with the minimal travelling distance. You will have two placements at contrasting schools. For primary you will teach ages 3 to 11 and for secondary ages 11 to 18. Woodrush TSA partner with over twenty schools in and across the Midlands and these can all be found at www.woodrushtsa.co.uk.
We have listed the locations that our partner schools will be running placements for the next year. You should indicate your preference of location on your application, this does not guarantee you will be placed at your preferred location. Throughout the year a schools staffing may change and therefore a school not listed may become available in your subject.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
In order to apply for a place on School Direct, you must have a UK undergraduate 2:2 degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. For secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject.
A GCSE grade C/4 in English and Mathematics for those applying to teach secondary.
A GCSE grade C/4 in a Science as well as English and Mathematics if you are applying to teach primary.
Successful School Direct students will be those that have a clear understanding of schools in England and of what good teaching involves
Recognise that the job of the teacher is first and foremost that of teaching and that the understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and learning is fundamentally essential
Have a solid knowledge of their subject(s) and are always committed to further developing this knowledge base
Are committed to the education of all children, whatever their need and background
Are able to reflect on their own experiences and apply learning to future actions
If you studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.
About the training provider
Woodrush Teaching School Alliance is an excellent place to start your teaching career. We aim to develop outstanding practitioners who are creative, highly effective and exceed the professional standards. Educational theory, innovative research and outstanding pedagogy are the foundations of our highly successful training programme.
Early career teachers regard highly the support that they receive from Woodrush. This was recognised by Ofsted in 2018 who said that early career teachers 'feel fully supported as they develop their skills in teaching and managing pupils’ behaviour. They value the quality of the training and the way in which leaders encourage them to be reflective practitioners. Through this support, newly qualified teachers are able to speak with passion and knowledge about a range of educational topics. All newly qualified teachers spoken to said that they are proud to work at the school'.
Woodrush High School, the lead in our alliance, is an 11-18 school on the border of Birmingham and Worcestershire. We place an emphasis on ensuring all of our students achieve the qualifications, and equally important the life skills, to be successful in the world we live in. We have hardworking and well qualified staff who are dedicated to delivering an ever-changing curriculum in a vibrant and exciting way. The curriculum we offer is broad, balanced and inspires students to learn. Staff at Woodrush work as a close and effective team, sharing good practice and providing support for each other. High quality coaching and mentoring is a strength across our alliance.
About the accredited body
Studying at Worcester provides an immersive and inspiring, school-centred training route into teaching. The innovative design and delivery of the course places the trainee at the heart of a thriving school community.
Substantial number of subject sessions delivered by specialist tutors. Opportunity to broaden your CV by undertaking enhancement activities to give additional experience in SEND, Citizenship, teaching pupils with EAL and Technology Enhanced Learning. You will benefit from their excellent partnerships with schools throughout the West Midlands.
University of Worcester
Graduates enjoy excellent employability prospects as the majority of their partner schools offer early career teaching posts to trainees.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, race, gender reassignment (maternity and pregnancy), religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.
Treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the
same. Our policies, procedures and activities must not discriminate but must nevertheless take account of differences of life-experience, outlook and background, and in the kinds of barrier and disadvantage which people may face,
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Hanley Castle High School
Church End, Hanley Castle, Worcester WR8 0BL
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