About the course
This is an innovative training route which allows you to choose the school, or group of schools, in which you train, with an intention – but no absolute guarantee – that they will employ you once you successfully graduate. School Direct is run as a partnership between a lead school, other schools in their alliance and an accredited teacher-training provider.
We have established successful partnerships with schools to offer both School Direct salaried and non-salaried courses for Primary and Secondary teaching.
This is open to all graduates (including those who expect to complete their first degree prior to the September start date). You will pay tuition fees and may be eligible for student loans, and a bursary or scholarship.
The School Direct route enables you to work within a school and train in the classroom, supported by qualified teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University as you progress towards gaining a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.
School Direct places are offered by a school or group of schools in partnership with NTU. The schools involved have an excellent history of involvement in teacher training and a long history of supporting trainees to become confident and effective teachers.
You will be invited to an interview with Leicestershire Learning Alliance as part of the selection process where you will have an opportunity to take part in a number of school-based activities during a normal school day.
They will include:
- An opportunity to meet with Head of Subject and other colleagues
- Subject Knowledge Test
- An opportunity to observe a lesson and discuss
- Individual Interview
- Student Panel Interview
- Teach part of a lesson to a small group.
How school placements work
The school lead organises your placements within the teaching alliance.
The School Direct course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University.
At the University you will study for the same award as other postgraduate teacher trainees except that the delivery will have more emphasis on being trained within a school environment and will involve more staff from schools:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with 60 credit points at Masters level)
- Professional Certificate in Education.
Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)* and a postgraduate qualification.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- A good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2.2 with at least 50% focused on subject areas that are very closely related to the subject that you wish to teach.
- GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths
- A levels (or equivalent) in the subject you intend to specialise in.
- Skills test in Numeracy and Literacy must be completed before starting the course.
We are looking for applicants with a range of skills, knowledge, experience and aptitude for teaching:
- Be able to form positive relationships with both young people and adults
- Have excellent communication skills both orally and in writing
- Have a commitment to learning and teaching who make young people’s learning their first concern
- Be able to analyse and reflect upon your own experiences
- Have an awareness of contemporary issues in education.
Following the interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level knowledge in the subject they wish to teach may be offered a place on the course subject to successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in the subject prior to commencing your teacher-training year.
About the training provider
Leicestershire Learning Alliance work in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU), University of Leicester and Loughborough University to train outstanding teachers who make a significant difference to their students, their schools and their profession. The Universities are established and successful providers of initial teacher-training and education-related courses. Staff at our school work with the experienced researchers and practitioners at the Universities to design and deliver our courses that can be tailored to meet your individual needs. These courses carefully blend significant hands-on teaching experience in our schools with the critical thinking and theoretical underpinning that is so important for the teaching profession. The Universities offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which can be obtained alongside the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status and all universities offer 60 or 90 Masters Credits.
As soon as you gain a place with the Leicestershire Learning Alliance, you will immediately become part of our Alliance working with highly supportive and professional mentors across Key Stages 3 to 5. We can offer you ongoing training to help you become an excellent teacher and ensure you are well prepared for your first teaching post.
The LLA are a group of seven Leicestershire schools led by The Roundhill Academy,
Brockington College, Manor High, The Cedars Academy, Martin High School, Welland Park and Wreake Valley Academy.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should inform us when making their application to enable adequate provision to be made.
The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as ‘A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’
The Academy want to meet the aims and commitments set out in its equality policy. This includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010, and building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce in encouraging equality and diversity.
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