About the course
Ladycross Infant School is the lead school for the Derbyshire Partnership for Learning (DPfL) Teaching School Alliance. We work in conjunction with the University of Derby (HEI) and a fellow TSA to deliver our ITT course material.
School Direct is an alternative route into teaching which is more school-based and school-led than a traditional one year PGCE. This course leads to both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE, awarded by our partner university: the University of Derby.
We currently offer two routes, the primary route (UCAS code 2HGH) and the Early Years route (UCAS code 2HGK).
We offer a school based initial teacher training programme that gives you the chance to learn while working as a teacher in a primary phase school. 85% of the programme is spent in at least 2 schools training, observing lessons and best practice, plus teaching yourself.
The remaining 15% is split between time at our partner HEI, the University of Derby, studying for the PGCE element of the programme and time in "hub training" which is delivered alongside another local teaching school alliance.
You will work as part of the teaching team in your placement schools from day one, with a programme that is bespoke to you.
Assessment for the course is completed through school based "Classroom" observations (one per week) during school placements and assignments from our HEI partner the University of Derby.
We feel that managing workload is an important part of a teachers skill set. However during your initial training it is essential that you have the time and space to fulfil your potential as teachers and so we put study days in place at busy times of year when HEI assignments are due. We also ensure that wellbeing days are organised for our trainees, when you receive time out of placement schools to spend with fellow trainees engaged in an activity.
Graduating the programme means the award of QTS and PGCE, plus 60 CAT points towards a Masters qualification.
Trainee applicants are selected for interview based on a range of criteria including qualifications and references.
The interview is a full day process, comprising of skills test, group discussion based on current educational practice and then a formal individual interview.
Candidates that are successful will be invited to teach a small group of children during the afternoon.
The process is undertaken by a panel consisting of serving and experienced alliance practitioners.
How school placements work
We work with over 35 schools from within our alliance, but also outside of the DPfL, to offer a wide range of possible placements that will meet the needs of all trainees.
Trainees will undertake a total of 2 main school placements during the year. This is in addition to a series of enhanced placements. These enhanced placements are organised based on the need of the trainee and their interests, but could include time spent in adjacent key stages, for example in early years or key stage 3 observing best practice, in specialised SEND schools, autism units or private schools.
The substantive placement consists of 2 terms, Autumn and Summer, ensuring that our trainees start and finish the year with the same class, with a second school placement and enhanced placements in the middle school term of the year.
When selecting school placements we take a range of criteria into consideration. Previous experience, trainee wishes and travel time are all taken into account when selecting placement schools.
We aim to keep travel time to a minimum and try to place all trainees within half an hour travel time of their home.
Trainees will be teaching pupils aged 3 - 11, depending on the selected school placement. Again the year group and age of pupils in the class is decided in conjunction with the trainee and placement school.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The following qualifications are essential:
- second class honours degree or above
- Maths, English and Science GCSE at C or above
There are many qualities that successful teachers possess.
We are looking for someone who has:
- an enthusiasm for unlocking the huge potential of children
- the ability to work using their own initiative and manage their own workload
- the ability to work co-operatively and effectively with colleagues
- good communication skills an the ability to build strong positive relationships with children that promote learning
- clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills
- an interest in and enjoyment of working with children
- the ability to reflect on their own practice and set goals based on this
In addition we require:
- successful completion of the Maths and English Skills tests
- satisfactory DBS checks
- fitness to teach clearance
- experience of working with children
About the training provider
Ladycross Infant School is the lead school for the Derbyshire Partnership for Learning Teaching School Alliance. The alliance has over 30 member schools from across Derbyshire.
The vision for the DPfL is "Embracing the opportunities for all children to achieve their potential through support, challenge, collaboration, aspiration and creativity.". This is a vision that we carry through to our ITT programme.
Training with the DPfL means you have access to a full and comprehensive support network from a dedicated team of current practitioners who are facing the same challenges as you on a daily basis.
As we purposely recruit only a small number of trainees, we can tailor make our programme to the needs of each individual. We get to know the strengths and needs of our trainees to give maximum value for money and time. You will work as part of the teaching team from day one with a programme that is bespoke to you.
We have potential schools the length of Derbyshire. These are a mixture of infant, junior and primary and are diverse in size and locality. Because of this, we have the flexibility to offer a range of placements to compliment any strengths and meet any needs.
We have realistic expectations of trainee travel and aim to limit travelling time to half an hour between home and school.
100% of trainees completing the year pass.
100% of trainees who apply for teaching positions are successful in their first round of applications for the following September.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As part of our link with the University of Derby, our trainees have access to their Wellbeing Centre, which provides information and guidance to help you look after your wellbeing during your training.
There, you can book appointments with their specialist advisers or contact the service through the dedicated helpline available during the week.
We coordinate provision for access arrangements for disabled applicants with physical difficulties. We work with host schools, staff, Universities and other external agencies to meet individual access requirements.
We work closely with our placement schools to deliver training that ensures our mentors are able to provide support for all needs.
We are committed to coordinating effective support for all specific learning difficulties. As part of our arrangements with the University of Derby, each trainee receives an individual and bespoke plan of support.
Our commitment is to ensure that everybody has an equal opportunity to become an active part of school life irrelevant of their needs.
The Derbyshire Partnership for Learning is committed to equality and aims to comply with the Equality Act (2010).
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