About the course
The course is full time and runs from September until the beginning of July. The course is made up of General Professional Studies sessions, the Subject Specialism Programme and PGCE modules.
All trainees must demonstrate that they can fully meet each of the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the course. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst on teaching placements, and through a series of 3 short assignments. Detailed portfolios of evidence are submitted 3 times during the year to demonstrate how trainees are meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Following the first 2 submissions, trainees receive feedback on their progress and personalised support.
The first thing we look at is your application form and your references to decide whether or not we should invite you for interview. It is, therefore, important to include all the relevant information on the form to help us make this decision.
If you are invited to interview and have a disability, please let the Course Administrator know in advance if there are any special arrangements that should be made for the interview process, for example large print copies of documentation, additional time for reading or wheelchair access to the interview rooms.
You will be sent information about a 15 minute subject specific teaching task. The activity should be devised to be appropriate for a group of Year 10 (14 - 15) students. The interview panel will then ask you several questions to establish your motivation for wanting to teach in your chosen subject area and some administration questions. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the course. During the interview process there will be a literacy and numeracy activity to complete.
The formal interview panel will be made up of a subject specialist and one of the ALP (Advance Learning Partnership) Directors.
How school placements work
The course is full time and runs from September until the beginning of July. The course is made up of General Professional Studies sessions, the Subject Specialism Programme and PGCE modules. It will also involve 2 teaching placements; the first runs from the beginning of October until the middle of December. The second placement runs from the middle of January until June. There will also be an Enhancement Programme before the first placement which has been put together to give trainees a range of experiences. By completing the visits, the trainees will gain a better understanding of a range of educational settings.
All trainees must demonstrate that they can fully meet each of the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the course. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst on teaching placements, and through a series of 3 short assignments. Detailed portfolios of evidence are submitted 3 times during the year to demonstrate how trainees are meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Following the first 2 submissions, trainees receive feedback on their progress.
The PGCE is accredited by University of Sunderland and assessed through 2 written assignments. The 2 PGCE training modules will be held at The Work Place in Newton Aycliffe.
If a trainee does not meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status, but has passed the 2 PGCE modules, the credits can still be used towards a MA programme.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £17,000
- a bursary of £15,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography 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 grade C / 4 in English and Maths.
At least an A or B in A level Geography.
You should have a good degree in Geography or a closely related discipline, including environmental science, planning, geology, development education, architecture and geographic information systems (GIS).
Please email if you need further guidance re your qualifications before you apply.
Expert communication and listening skills
Deep knowledge and passion for your subject matter
The ability to build effective relationships with students
Friendliness and approachability
Excellent preparation and organisation skills
Strong work ethic
Before being accepted onto the course, all trainee teachers must satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach. You will be asked to complete a confidential self certified Health questionnaire, and if appropriate, an Occupational Health Advisor may request to see you for a more formal medical examination.
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About the training provider
By choosing to train to teach with the Advance Learning Partnership you will learn first-hand from outstanding teachers and be immersed in school life from the outset of the course.
Advance Learning Partnership is a not-for-profit Multi Academy Trust consisting of a mix of primary and secondary academies across the north-east. All academies within our trust work closely with each other as a ‘family of schools’. The trust as a whole is not a separate body or group of people, but rather one single organisation made up of all our academies with one single vision and shared set of values.
We work together to ensure that all children, irrespective of their starting point, receive an excellent education.
Whether you are a new graduate, about to graduate or you are considering a career change, our school direct initial teacher training courses, will provide you with the foundation you need for your career in teaching.
Our School Direct Programme
Our route offers trainees an extended professional practice placement in one main school, supplemented by an additional placement (around 6 weeks) in another ALP school. Trainees will also spend time at Durham SCITT working in their purpose built training centre with their team of subject specialists, attending general professional study sessions and following a programme of enhancements. This ensures an experience of teaching in different settings.
Training with disabilities and other needs
At ALP we pride ourselves on the personal approach and fully support candidates with disabilities during the interview process and throughout the course.
The Occupational Health Service provides an assessment and advisory service on the occupational health aspects of trainees. As part of the recruitment process, you will be required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire and, if any needs are identified, they will be followed up.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Whitworth Lane, Spennymoor, Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 7LN
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