About the course
Somers Park is an outstanding school and an excellent place to learn to be an outstanding teacher. We are extremely proud of our hugely successful PGCE: School Direct Primary ages 5-11 initial teacher training course run in partnership with the University of Worcester and our local school partners. This course is designed to give trainees experience and expertise in the primary age range ( Year 1 to Year 6).
You will experience full immersion in day-to-day school life and feel valued as an integral part of our friendly, supportive and highly motivated team. Our flexible and dynamic personalised learning programme offers high quality learning opportunities ensuring a breadth and depth of experiences across all primary subjects with personal and academic support provided by highly skilled and experienced class teachers, mentors and tutors. Throughout your training you will have regular opportunities to observe and learn from outstanding teaching in a range of contexts.
Over the training period you will spend 144 days in school and 46 undertaking university based training. School experience is split into three main blocks plus an enhanced placement to provide a range of contrasting experiences across the age range.
Successful applicants will be asked to :
Demonstrate pre-interview engagement - this could be through a school visit and/or informal conversations with the school.
Complete the same written tasks that PG core applicants do. This is a task not a test and outcomes will be used to set targets.
Lead a classroom /group activity with pupils.
Deliver a short presentation to the interview panel.
Undergo an interview with an interview panel made up of representatives from the school and the University of Worcester
At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them.
How school placements work
The course is designed with periods in University where you will: develop a Masters' level understanding for the complex nature of teaching and learning; be taught by expert University tutors; and come together in peer group subject communities to reflect on your professional development as a trainee teacher. You will be allocated a personal Pedagogy and Professional Practice (PPP) tutor who will oversee your training journey and act as one of the key links in this.
In each of your two school experience schools you will be supported by a Lead Mentor, as well as your class teacher and University Supervisory Tutor. Your progress will be supported and developed by this key team as part of a three way tripartite model, underpinned by professional dialogue between trainee, School and university. You will receive a personalised training programme at Somers Park and your second placement planned around your own specific needs. Your progress and development will be regularly reviewed and you will be encouraged to reflect on your progress and plan next step learning opportunities with your class teachers and mentors. Throughout your training your Reflective Portfolio (RP) will enable you to gather evidence of your professional development against the Teaching Standards Parts1 and 2.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Fees for UK and EU students are subject to change for 20/21
Fees for International students are subject to change for 20/21
• An Honours degree normally (2:2) or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
• Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) passed at time of entry.
• School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk.
About the training provider
School Direct teacher training is an inspiring, school-centred training route where you will be immersed in the day-to day workings of a thriving school community.
Somers Park holds the highest aspirations for pupils and adults, striving to provide a welcoming and enriching environment where the whole community succeeds. OFSTED said the school is 'unique and inspiring' and 'Pupils' attitudes, behaviour and personal development are all excellent'. We have a long established reputation for high standards of pupil learning as well as developing independent thinking skills through a physically creative curriculum.
‘The curriculum is broad and interesting. It makes good use of the school’s outside space and develops global awareness through well---established and purposeful links.’ DfE
We have enjoyed a highly successful partnership with The University of Worcester; 100% of our School Direct trainees have achieved 'Outstanding' (70%) or 'Good' grades at the conclusion of their courses.
Our partner schools have been carefully selected and provide further experiences and opportunities to ensure you are fully prepared to successfully gain employment and take on responsibility for your own classes at the conclusion of the course.
You will work closely with, and be mentored by, an experienced high quality classroom teacher - we have received many comments from students on the high quality of mentoring and coaching they have received.
If you require more information about the training programme or school, please call the school office: 01684572949.
About the accredited body
The course contains:
Comprehensive induction programme
Personalised school mentoring and University Tutor support throughout the programme
Taught days at the University with subject specialist university tutors to link theory and classroom practice
On-going assessment against the Teachers’ Standards
Reflective portfolio of evidence to achieve the Teachers’ Standards
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables reflection on progress creation of a profile of skills, achievements and experiences.
Training with disabilities and other needs
At Somers Park schools we are committed to establishing equality for all pupils, their parents, staff and other users of the school. This is reflected in our school’s values, which state:
All will be developed to their full potential through appropriate, purposeful and stimulating activities.
All will be encouraged to develop healthy life-style choices
All will enjoy a physically and emotionally safe environment
All will have opportunity to contribute to the school, local, national and global community
All will develop life-skills equipping us all for future demands of life
We have prioritised the following to ensure these values are accessible to all:
To provide safe access throughout the school for all school users, irrespective of their disability - we have installed ramps and a lift to improve access.
To ensure that the teaching and learning environment and the resources used are suitable for all staff and pupils, tailoring the requirements to suit individual needs - we have followed advice from visual impairment specialists.
We have a two separate two story buildings at the school one of which has a lift.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Somers Park Avenue, Worcestershire WR14 1SE
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