About the course
You will learn how to teach Physics to students aged 11-16, and observe teaching to students aged 16-18. Teaching is also about instilling a passion for your subject into young minds. We will support you to develop your teaching skills to be able to convey your knowledge effectively in order to enthuse your students about learning and making progress in your subject.
The course structure is progressive. First, you observe the experienced teachers, then you start to team teach, leading short parts of their lessons, and finally you the lead to teach the whole lesson. Throughout your placement, you are guided and supported by a trained and experienced mentor whom you will meet weekly. You will also have at least 1 day a week at the university in the first term, to focus on the theories of teaching and learning Physics in schools.
You will also have in school weekly training sessions, meeting all the trainees together. learning about practical tips and theories to teach effectively and support your understanding to enable you to develop your strategies to meet the Teachers Standards.
Time spent in school:
You will be in school Monday to Friday. Your timetable to be on average 7 to 9 lessons in your first placement and up to 16 lessons in the second placement.
You are assessed through formal lesson observations weekly, as well as informal lesson observations. The teachers observing will provide some feedback to enable you to make progress and meet the Teachers Standards termly.
You will need to write your own lesson plans, with support from our mentors, and colleagues in your department. The university will guide you for the assignments you will need to write.
You will train in 2 different schools, and we will do our best to place you as near as possible to your home address.
The interview panel:
You will be interviewed at school by the Grey Court Teaching School Director and the Head of Physics of the school. 3 to 4 students will also be part of the interview panel as you will be asked to prepare and teach them a 15 minutes mini-Physics lesson.
We are interested in your potential to teach and interaction with youngsters.
This might be requested by the university.
Other interview elements:
As part of the interview, you will be asked to respond to an educational article, a video clip about teaching or to some scenarios.
How school placements work
You will have 2 placements in 2 different schools.
Within the Alliance and South West region network of schools. All placements are within faculties and departments who are experienced in training teachers.
We try our best to place you as near as possible to our home address.
You will be teaching students aged 11 to 16 and observe 17-18 lessons if possible.
- partner schools within Richmond and Kingston boroughs, and 6 schools withing the South West London Teaching School network.
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 Physics 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.
GCSE Science, Maths and English grade A*-C or 5-9
A-Level Physics or related subject Grade A*-C
Degree in Physics or related subjects 2.2, 2.1 or First.
We are looking to recruit candidates who have a real passion for their subject and the ability to transfer their subject knowledge effectively to enable young people to learn, enjoy and make progress in Physics.
Self-motivation and reflective qualities are crucial to teaching. Having a talent for public speaking, problem solving, taking initiatives and being able to receive constructive feedback to act upon it are essential traits in teacher training.
Criminal records checks and fitness to teach medical checks will be carried out.
About the training provider
Why train with us?
“The quality of training at the Grey Court School is first class” Ofsted January 2018
Grey Court Teaching School Alliance is a group of good and outstanding schools to work, train and learn. We provide a supportive, outstanding and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with the universities of St Mary’s, King’s College London, Kingston and Goldsmith. The Grey Court Alliance is a partnership of 10 secondary and primary schools across Richmond and Kingston boroughs, many of which have achieved good and outstanding ratings.
Our partnership of secondary schools is led by Grey Court School and includes a variety of mixed secondary and primary schools, a faith school and a girls’ school.
They are within the Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Kingston: *Waldegrave School
*The Hollyfield School
*The Kingston Academy
*Meadlands Primary School
*The Russell School
*St. Richard’s Primary School.
All our mentors are qualified teachers, and trained mentors with great expertise to share and train you as you prepare to enter the best job in the world!
Our trainees have said “Training with the Great Court Alliance was an outstanding experience”.
You can find us on Eventbrite, search for "Grey Court School" to attend our Get into Teaching events.
About the accredited body
*You will be working in partnership with an 'Outstanding' (March 2011) provider for both Secondary and Primary provision.
*We have a long standing tradition and proven excellence in providing initial teacher training since 1850.
*Opportunity to work within a professional community to provide excellence in practice and pedagogy.
*Opportunity for knowledge exchange and cooperation between educators, teachers and academies.
*We can offer a wide range of secondary subjects specialisms and primary provision at Key Stage 1 and 2.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Working in partnership with the universities, we support candidates with disabilities and other needs.
All our student teachers are assessed to evaluate their "fitness to teach" as part of their enrolment process.
In the past we have successfully trained student teachers with
*mental health conditions
Grey Court Alliance is a very supportive and inclusive environment to train and work in. We are very proud or out well-being policy and provision for our school community.
Our trainees are always invited to join a range of fun extra-curricular activities for staff, such as football, yoga, zumba and many more.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Grey Court School
Ham Street, Ham, Richmond Upon Thames tw10 7hn
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