About the course
School Direct (salaried) is an employment-based route for high quality graduates, typically with at least three years’ experience of transferable work history. You’ll earn a salary while you train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation.
School Direct (tuition fee) programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. You’ll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through student loans, bursaries, or scholarships.
Career changers can bring valuable skills and experience to the profession, which they have developed since leaving university. This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be from an educational setting. Although school experience is not a requirement to get onto an ITT course, we do however strongly recommend that you gain some school experience so that you fully understand the role of a teacher.
Whichever route you choose, both will help you to develop your skills to become a highly effective qualified teacher.
You will be awarded with QTS and depending on the accredited trainer, you may have the option of achieving a PGCE (with 60 Master’s-level credits), at an additional cost. You will only be eligible for this if your Undergraduate Degree is classified as a 2:2 or above.
Entry onto this course requires an interview. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests in teaching, and to explore why you want to study with us. The interview process is likely to include a presentation, group discussion, reading and writing tasks to probe subject knowledge, and an individual face-to-face interview. We will use the process to make judgements about your potential to be trained as a teacher in your chosen subject area and your suitability to work with children.
How school placements work
During your training year, you will spend at least 120 days in schools. This includes placements in a minimum of two different schools with a main placement and a shorter second placement in a contrasting school in the spring term. We pride ourselves on our inclusive practice and therefore trainees can expect either their first or second placement to take place in a Special Needs School.
You’ll be paid on point one of the unqualified teacher scale.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
- You'll need at least a 2:2 Bachelor honours degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification. For equivalent qualifications, you’ll need to confirm your qualification is equivalent to a UK degree, which can be formally recognised through UK NARIC.
- You must have GCSE grade C/4 (or standard equivalent) in Mathematics and English - and a science subject for primary trainees.
- You must pass the DfE professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. We require this to be completed by 31 May 2019 unless your initial application is received after this date.
We are looking for motivated individuals who share our commitment to inclusive educational practice and who value the opportunity to work in London's most diverse schools.
If your degree subject doesn't link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may still be able to apply for a postgraduate teacher training programme by undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course.
- SKE courses are available in maths, physics, languages, biology, chemistry, computing, English, geography, and design and technology. They can be full-time or part-time, classroom-based or online.
- SKE courses last between eight and 28 weeks, depending on the subject you want to teach and how closely related your subject knowledge is.
- SKE courses are fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees.
About the training provider
The Woodfield Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of schools and other organisations committed to delivering high-quality, school-based initial teacher training (ITT), aiming to strengthen and promote inclusive practice. With this in mind, we expect all our applicants to understand that their main, or second, placement may take place in a special school.
All of our schools are rated by Ofsted as "Good" and "Outstanding" where you will be supported to acquire the skills and knowledge to become exceptional practitioners in education. Over the past three years, we have recruited and successfully trained over fifty salaried and ten non-salaried trainees on the School Direct route, who have gone on to successful employment in schools in Brent and beyond.
Our accredited providers for 2019-20 will be the Hillingdon SCITT (school-centred Initial Teacher Training) and Middlesex University, both offering an enriched comprehensive training programme leading to QTS with the option of gaining a PGCE (may incur an additional cost).
About the accredited body
Training with disabilities and other needs
Woodfield School is a special school with a range of expertise in supporting disabilities and other needs. This is reflected in the support available for our trainee teachers. We ensure that the placement is appropriate to supporting any specific needs of our applicants. Our accredited provider, Hillingdon SCITT, take pride in the Pastoral Support for all trainees. They also offer a variety of school experiences, including the opportunity to visit a Pupil Referral Unit and a Special School.
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