About the course
Welcome to Stafford Primary Schools’ Teaching Partnership. Our School Direct programme is delivered in partnership with Staffordshire University who is our ITT (Initial Teacher Training) provider. Our programme is a carefully thought out blend of classroom experience, university led training and school led training.
As a trainee within the Stafford Primary Schools’ Teaching Partnership, you will be provided with a professional mentor who will support you within every aspect of your learning journey. In addition to this, you will be able to access the support of a link mentor from another school who will arrange training and networking opportunities. The schools within the Stafford partnership have strong links and work closely alongside each other to support associate trainees to develop strong subject knowledge and pedagogy.
As a trainee within this partnership, you will be provided with the knowledge, understanding and skills to become an effective classroom teacher who inspires the children within their class to develop a love of learning and be the best they can be.
Alongside classroom practice, you will be assessed via written assignments.
Following an initial screening to ensure your application meets our entry requirements, applications will be considered by the course leader. Successful applicants at this stage will be offered an interview.
Our Primary PGCE is a two stage interview process, successful applicants in the initial interview will be invited to a second stage interview to be held in a local school. This will involve working with a small group of children, supporting them with learning which has been prepared by the child's class teacher.
How school placements work
There will be 2 placements in contrasting schools. Each placement will last at least 60 days. One placement will be in KS1 and one will be in KS2.
We select placements from within our partner schools, with whom we work closely and have strong links.
Associate Teachers have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular teacher, help with group work and then move towards sharing classes with the teacher before eventually taking classes yourself. As well as teaching, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
GCSEs at grade C or above in English, mathematics and a science
A degree at 2:2 or above
We are looking for associate teachers who have a passion for teaching at the primary phase and who are committed to providing the best possible learning experiences for children. Enthusiasm for working as part of a team is an extremely helpful quality as this will lead to the best possible school-based experiences. We expect our associate teachers to be reflective so that they can learn from their own experiences, as well as the professionals who support them throughout their PGCE learning. High level communication skills are also essential.
Successful applicants will also be required to:
Complete a Medical Questionnaire, which will be assessed by an Occupational Therapist
Provide an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (application can be obtained through the University)
About the training provider
Our qualification provides intensive training leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for primary schools (5-11 year olds). The course is a blend of school based placements, high quality university input, close attention to individual needs and a genuine sense of partnership between our schools and Staffordshire University. Trainees within our partnership will be given placement opportunities in supportive, forward-thinking primary schools which all have strong links. The lead school, Oakridge, is rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. Intensive support will be given throughout the programme from experienced teachers and mentors. As a result, all trainees emerge from our teacher training programme as good or better teachers. Employment rates are very high with many of our trainees gaining offers of employment from placement schools within our cluster.
About the accredited body
Staffordshire University achieved Ofsted 'Good' rating across all phases of Initial Teacher Training in 2016.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our schools acknowledge reasonable adjustments for trainee teachers with disabilities and other needs to promote equality of opportunity for all.
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Silvester Way, Stafford ST17 0PR
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